• Tim Beckham, SS, Rays (Triple-A Durham): 3-for-6, HR (3), R, RBI, 2 K, SB. The good news is that he's hitting .291 and slugging a surprising .545 in his first 12 Triple-A games; the bad news is that he's yet to draw a walk.
  • Dellin Betances, RHP, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/WB): 3 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 9 BB, 4 K. Only 41 of 84 pitches went for strikes, but at least the strikes were tough to hit.
  • Xander Bogaerts, SS, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 2-for-3, 2B, 2 R; 1-for-2, K. Half of his hits have gone for extra bases with .244/.313/.493 line; that's rare power for an 18-year-old.
  • Domonic Brown, OF, Phillies (Triple-A Lehigh Valley): 3-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, SB, CS. Has not exactly blown up the International League, especially in terms of power; .268/.414/.384 in 33 games.
  • Keon Broxton, OF, Diamondbacks (High-A Visalia): 2-for-2, 2B, HR (7), 3 R, 6 RBI, 2 BB. Tools are starting to turn into skills thanks to improved approach; .280/.391/.435 since the break.
  • Chris Carter, 1B, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento): 2-for-5, HR (15), 3 R, 4 RBI, BB, K. 8-for-21 with four home runs and six walks in his last five games to raise OPS 70 points to .261/.356/.513.
  • Zack Cox, 3B, Cardinals (Double-A Springfield): 2-for-3, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB. 7-for-12 with four home runs in his last three games and up to .316/.382/.461 overall; OPS is over 1000 in both July and August.
  • Zeke DeVoss, OF, Cubs (Short-season Boise): 4-for-4, R, BB. If you want speedy on-base guys, it's hard not to be impressed by a .323/.488/.385 line. Too bad he has zero power.
  • Niko Goodrum, SS, Twins (Rookie-level Elizabethton): 2-for-4, 3B, HR (2), R, 4 RBI. Quickly saving prospect status with .348/.463/.530 line in 20 August games.
  • Jedd Gyorko, 3B, Padres (Double-A San Antonio): 3-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB. Finding his swing after intial Texas League slump; .273/.363/.403 in 46 games since promotion.
  • Billy Hamilton, SS, Reds (Low-A Dayton): 4-for-5, RBI, 2 SB (91), CS. With nine stolen bases in his last four games, nine more in his final 13 suddenly seems realistic.
  • Brandon Jacobs, OF, Red Sox (Low-A Greensboro): 2-for-4, HR (16), 2 R, 2 RBI, K. Has looked like he's running out of gas lately;. 313/.389/.516 season still unquestionably a breakout.
  • Rymer Liriano, OF, Padres (Low-A Fort Wayne): 2-for-4, 2B, 3 R, RBI, BB, 2 SB. Hitting .385 in last 25 games and .328/.390/.508 overall; if not for Billy Hamilton, his 59 stolen bases would be a bigger story.
  • Osvaldo Martinez, SS, Marlins (Triple-A New Orleans): 4-for-4, 2B, 2 R. Has been massive disappointment with the bat this year; .239/.291/.312 in 78 games.
  • Devin Mesoraco, C, Reds (Triple-A Louisville): 4-for-4, 2B, 2 HR (15), 2 R, 5 RBI. Had fallen off of late and was hitting just .193 in August before last night's barrage; .293/.375/.498 overall.
  • Nestor Molina, RHP, Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K. Now has 24 strikeouts and one walk in 16 Eastern League innings while giving up just eight hits. Outstanding command and control of average stuff.
  • Matt Moore, LHP, Rays (Triple-A Durham): 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K. I guess he has an off day every once in a while.
  • Telvin Nash, 1B, Astros (Low-A Lexington): 3-for-4, 2 2B, HR (13), 3 R, 5 RBI, BB, K. Sleeper in the Houston system with hitting skills and big time raw; .276/.383/.507 in 61 games.
  • Brett Oberholtzer, LHP, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K. Best start as an Astro; 3.92 ERA in four starts for Hooks with 20 Ks in 20.2 IP.
  • Brenny Paulino, RHP, Tigers (Rookie-level GCL): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 10 K. 18-year-old Dominican has ideal frame and fastball that already gets into the mid-90s.
  • Guillermo Pimentel, OF, Mariners (Rookie-level Pulaski): 2-for-5, HR (10), 2 R, 2 RBI. Crazy raw power still hampered by approach; .274/.322/.452 in 58 games.
  • Jacob Realmuto, C, Marlins (Low-A Greensboro): 4-for-5, 2 HR (10), 2 R, 6 RBI, SB. Including his home run off Stephen Strasburg, he's gone deep seven times in last 14 games;. 286/.348/.447 overall.
  • Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Astros (High-A Lancaster): 3-for-4, BB. First three-hit game since trade; .333/.370/.575 in 22 Cal League games.
  • Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Diamondbacks (Double-A Mobile): 9 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K. Needed just 86 pitches while facing two over the minimum; in one scout's eyes he has, “elevated himself to having frontline potential.”
  • Neftali Soto, 1B, Reds (Double-A Carolina): 2-for-3, HR (27), R, 2 RBI, BB. Has more home runs than anyone in the minors during the second half of the season; .264/.319/.562 overall.
  • Oscar Taveras, OF, Cardinals (Low-A Quad Cities): 3-for-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI, BB. Seven hits in last two games and back up to .371/.435/.561 overall; the hit tool is without question, but scouts vary wildly on his power ceiling.
  • Michael Taylor, OF, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento): 3-for-6, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB. Clearly some progress with new swing mechanics, but is it enough? .281/.372/.454 in 85 games.
  • Tim Wheeler, OF, Rockies (Double-A Tulsa): 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, BB, SB. Has not hit a home run since July 25 and has a 533 OPS in 20 August games; .288/.367/.536 in 125 games.
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So there's a T. Nash with hitting skills and big time raw (power)? Hmmm...
I wish it were Toe's brother Thyroid.
DeVoss may not have a ton of power, but his slugging pct should get a boast by being able to leg out his fair share of doubles and triples.
If this was true, his slugging would be higher in the minors too...
Kevin, do you think Jacobs has a chance to be an above average Lf defensively, or do you see him growing into more of a below average fielder/DH as he fills out?
Has Cox's approach at the plate changed recently, or is he just in the midst of a prolonged hot streatk? Has his stock improved any in your eyes over the second half of the season?
Hamilton - besides the speed, the bat also really seems to have wakened up. What do you/scouts make of the dramatic change from his 1H to 2H performance?
I think people forget Dom Brown broke his hamate bone earlier this year. The power will be back next year.
Any thoughts on Jonathan Singleton's collaspse in BB/K ratio since he was traded? 56 BB, 83 K with Phillies; 5 BB, 27 K with Astros.
Probably giving up walks for power.
For Billy Hamilton you state, "With nine stolen bases in his last for games, needs nine more in his last 13 suddenly seems realistic." Forgive my ignorance, but I do NOT understand. Please explain.
Nine steals in his previous four games makes it look more likely he'll be able to swipe the nine additional bags he needs to hit 100 for the season.
Thanks for the clarification!!!!
Is Bogaerts good enough defensively to stay at short, KG?
Three Astros prospects in one Future Shock? My heart just stopped. Incidentally, Oberholtzer is an Astros prospect, not Braves.
Fixed. Good catch.