Carlos Pimentel, RHP, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 B, 0 BB, 5 K.

Not that the Rangers exactly need a sleeper, but keep an eye on Pimentel. A 22-year-old Dominican in his sixth year in the system, Pimentel had a 4.74 ERA at Frisco last year and has often struggled with his control, but he has solid stuff with a 90-94 mph fastball, solid slider and good feel for a changeup. After beginning the year in the bullpen, last night was his first start of the season and he's yet to allow a run in 15.1 innings while striking out 20.

Others Of Note:

  • Jason Adam, RHP, Royals (High-A Wilmington): 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K. 0.40 ERA in four starts thanks to improved secondary stuff.
  • Cody Buckel, RHP, Rangers (High-A Myrtle Beach): 6.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K. Good stuff and even better polish; has more than four times as many strikeouts (29) as hits allowed (7) in 21.1 innings.
  • Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B, Royals (Double-A Wilmington): 4-for-5, 2 2B, R, 3 RBI. Starting to snap out of it? Batting average up more than 100 points over the week to .259/.359/.333.
  • Nick Franklin, SS, Mariners (Double-A Jackson): 3-for-5, 2 K. Second straight three-hit game brings average up 50 points to .304/.360/.449 in 17 games.
  • Didi Gregorius, SS, Reds (Double-A Pensacola): 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB. Fourth straight multi-hit game (10-for-15) and .403/.461/.403 overall as all 27 hits are singles.
  • Ryan Jackson, SS, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis): 4-for-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI. Should be ready come the inevitable Furcal injury; .311/.382/.410 in 17 games.
  • Ryan LaMarre, OF, Reds (Double-A Pensacola): 2-for-4, 2 2B, 3 R, BB, K. Athletic outfielder has yet to put up numbers to match the tools; 11-for-27 during six-game hitting streak and .260/.337/.390 overall.
  • Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket): 0-for-2, BB, K; 1-for-2, HR (8), R, 3 RBI, BB. Home run streak ends at four straight games and then a new one begins; .371/.413/.757 in 18 games.
  • Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K. A strange year to be sure, with two dominant starts, one bad one and one disaster in which he didn't get out of the first inning; 4.08 ERA overall with 25 Ks in 17.2 IP.
  • Andy Oliver, LHP, Tigers (Triple-A Toledo): 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 7 K. If you tilt your head funny, it kind of looks like progress.
  • Trevor Reckling, LHP, Angels (High-A Inland Empire): 1.2 IP, 0 H, 4 R, 6 BB, 2 K. Former highly-regarded prospect is in the tallest of weeds at this point.
  • Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Cubs (Triple-A Iowa): 2-for-3, 2B, BB. 10 multi-hit games in 18; .380/.429/.718 overall.
  • Luigi Rodriguez, OF, Indians (Class-A Lake County): 3-for-5, 3B, HR (1), 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, 2 K, SB. Was in attendance and will have more on him and SS Francisco Lindor soon.
  • Joe Ross, RHP, Padres (Low-A Fort Wayne): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 7 K. Best pro start for last year's first-round pick who has been inconsistent so far as a pro.
  • Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB, K, SB. .333/.424/.526 line is awfully impressive, but with one home run in 57 at-bats, questions about when the raw power shows up in games are still there.
  • Cory Spangenberg, 2B, Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore): 3-for-5, R, RBI, BB, 2 SB, CS. 2011 first-round pick might be finally coming around; 10 hits in first 15 games but five in last two.
  • Jacob Turner, RHP, Tigers (High-A Lakeland): 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K. Successful, albeit somewhat strange season debut.
  • Christian Villanueva, 3B, Rangers (High-A Myrtle Beach): 2-for-5, HR (1), R, 3 RBI, 2 K. First home run in 14 games with early-season struggles; .255/.345/.412 in 14 games.

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Crazy-ass line for Reckling! Wow.

Amazing that Pimentel's been playing pro ball for 5+ years already at age 22.
No nod to Sunday's three-homer performance from a guy (Chris Carter) who has been cluttering my team's reserve roster for far too many years? :)
These are yesterday's performances, not Sunday's.
I hear ya', but we didn't get an update yesterday for Sunday's action. Just thought a three-HR day would get some mention somewhere.
Spangenburg has done this before when he went to Low A last year from rookie ball. It seems like he needs to get comfortable for a few weeks, but once he gets used to the competition level, he starts stinging the ball.
For Luigi, Lake County should read Single A and not AAA.
At least you can say Reckling has unhittable stuff.
Can Ryan Jackson be an everyday ss for the Cards or just an injury replacement, backup when everyone is healthy?
I think so, actually. I'm a believer.
What's the story on Turner's short start?
Pitch count rehabbing from some spring shoulder tightness.
Is Turner's start "strange" because of 0 K's?
Middlebrooks is off to a hot start or making some sort of improvements?