• Greg Billo, RHP, Royals (Low-A Kane County): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K. Midwest League ERA leader (1.93) got more support from scouts as season wore on; Has at least average stuff and knows what to do with it.
  • Cody Buckel, RHP, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K. 2010 second-rounder has deep arsenal for a teenager and whiffed 120 in 96.2 innings during the regular season.
  • Lorenzo Cain, OF, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 2-for-4, 3B, R, RBI, K. Of all the players who got to Kansas City this year, I'm still confused as to why Cain's .312/.380/.497 line wasn't enough.
  • Chris Dwyer, LHP, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 7 K. Power southpaw was one of the bigger disappointments during regular season with 5.60 ERA as command and control fell apart.
  • Justin Grimm, RHP, Rangers (High-A Myrtle Beach): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 6 K. Solid right-hander is buried in a system full of them. Not a future star, but looks like a big leaguer.
  • John Hellweg, RHP, Angels (High-A Inland Empire): 6.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 8 K. Six-foot-nine righty with monster fastball who made rare A-ball conversion from closing to starting with 113 strikeouts in 89.1 innings.
  • Zach McAllister, RHP, Indians (Triple-A Columbus): 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Ex-Yankee still has back-of-the-rotation possibilities as big strike-thrower who eats up innings.
  • Matt Moore, LHP, Rays (Triple-A Durham): 6.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Saves his worst Triple-A start (by a mile) for the playoffs.
  • Marcel Ozuna, OF, Marlins (Low-A Greensboro): 4-for-6, 2B, HR (1), 3 R, 2 RBI. Massive power plus horrible approach equalled a .266/.330/.482 regular season line.
  • Jacob Realmuto, C, Marlins (Low-A Greensboro): 3-for-6. Catcher with athleticism and projection; hit .287/.347/.454 and might be one of the better true sleepers around.
  • Robbie Ross, LHP, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 12 K. Your tough-luck loser of the night; season-high in strikeouts during regular season was seven.
  • Matt Szczur, OF, Cubs (High-A Daytona): 1-for-3, HR (1), R, RBI, K. .260/.283/.410 line in 43 High-A games left more questions than answers.
  • Oscar Taveras, OF, Cardinals (Low-A Quad Cities): 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI. Of course he had three hits in his first playoff game.
  • Zach Wheeler, RHP, Mets (High-A St. Lucie): 3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 7 K. Touched 99 mph with a fastball that sat in the mid-90s, but command wasn't ideal.
  • Joe Wieland, RHP, Padres (Double-A San Antonio): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K. Former ranger out-dueled Ross; finished regular season with 150 strikeouts and 21 walks in 155.2 innings.
  • Christian Yelich, OF, Marlins (Low-A Marlins): 2-for-7, 2B, HR (1), R, 3 RBI, K. 2010 first-round pick was among the best hitters in the minor leagues during the second half, hitting .354/.423/.568 in his last 60 games.
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The reason Cain didn't make it to KC is simple: Melky Cabrera. Who should have been traded at the deadline. But I guess I can't fault Moore for not doing it when he felt he got only lowball offers.
you know all the offers he got?
I didn't say I knew the offers, I said he felt like the offers were of the lowball variety. I'm merely going by what Moore said, and it's his opinion that counts, not mine.
What do you make of Jacob Pettit? He was a 42nd round draft choice in 2010 who went 7-0 after being elevated from the South Atlantic League to the Carolina League?
Looks like a nearly-25-year-old scraping by in single-A.
Yeah, Kevin recognized Melky last week... •Lorenzo Cain, OF, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 5-for-5, 3 RBI, SB. 13-for-21 in last five games and hitting .317/.383/.505 overall; Melky's good year hurt him in 2011, but he deserves a chance.
Sure, but why the hurry? A full year of AAA never broke a prospect. Melky isn't a superstar, but neither is the sort of player you give away just to clear a roster spot; he could very well be useful next year.
KG, Wheeler needs at least another year and a half in the minors, right?
Agreed, would like KG's take on Wheeler.
A little off topic - KG where is Pedro Alvarez' ceiling after his latest detour to AAA?
How the heck does hellweg go from walking roughly 57 guys per IP to a front(ish)end SP prospect? Any word on what the adjustments were?
Apparently Matt Moore can't pitch under pressure.