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Chris Owings, SS, Diamondbacks (High-A Visalia): 4-for-5, 2B, HR (9), R, 2 RBI, K.

Owings is one of those players from whom the numbers have rarely matched the scouting reports. Scouts see a true shortstop with a quick bat and surprising power for his size, but he's often been undone by his approach, as in 2011 at this same level, he hit .246/.274/.388 with 130 strikeouts and just 15 walks in 121 games. He's still swinging at everything, and with



49 strikeouts in 163 at-bats his .331/.364/.571 line is not sustainable, but it's definitely progress.

Others Of Note:

  • Jorge Bonifacio, OF, Royals (Low-A Kane County): 3-for-4, HR (2), 2 R, 2 RBI. Miguel Sano taking much of the attention away from another 18 year-old who is dominating the league; 10-for-16 in last four games and .340/.414/.473 overall.
  • Nick Castellanos, 3B, Tigers (High-A Lakeland): 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, 2 K. Of course, this lowers his batting average; .405/.451/.554 in 37 games.
  • Garrin Cecchini, 3B, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 2-for-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI, 2 K. Began the year 3-for-27 but has hit .349 since; .301/.367/.434 overall.
  • Delino Deshields, 2B, Astros (Low-A Lexington): 2-for-4, 3B, 3 R, 2 RBI, BB, 4 SB. .241/.349/.333 line in second season at Low-A is disappointment; but 24 stolen bases in 25 attempts catches the eye.
  • Billy Hamilton, SS, Reds (High-A Bakersfield): 0-for-2, R, 2 BB, K, 3 SB. The only problem with his statistical line is the 11 errors in 33 games at shortstop; .340/.415/.514 with 38 stolen bases in 36 games overall.
  • Alen Hanson, 2B, Pirates (Low-A West Virginia): 3-for-5, 2B, HR (6), 2 R, RBI. The power has been has shocking as the batting average; .358/.397/.617 in 38 games.
  • Brandon Jacobs, OF, Red Sox (High-A Salem): 3-for-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI, K. Still waiting on the power but at least the bat has come around; 20-for-54 (.370) in last 13 games and .295/.343/.411 overall.
  • Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians (Low-A Lake County): 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, K. Fifth straight two-hit game and .322/.369/.490 overall; rare to see an 18-year-old shortstop who is too good for Low-A.
  • Brett Marshall, RHP, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. 13 shutout innings in last two starts to lower ERA to 2.79; best pitch is low-90s fastball with life and command.
  • D.J. Mitchell, RHP, Yankees (Triple-A Empire State): 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 6 K. Sinker/slider specialist has been outstanding and will likely be back in big leagues this year; 2.75 ERA with .195 opponent's average.
  • Marcel Ozuna, OF, Marlins (High-A Jupiter): 2-for-4, HR (8), R, RBI, K; 2-for-2, 2 R, K. 2012 season would be best described as streaky; .254/.301/.458 in 37 games.
  • Eury Perez, OF, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 4-for-5, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI, 2 SB. 9-for-13 streak has batting average up 41 points in three days; .253/.282/.300 in 34 games.
  • Gary Sanchez, C, Yankees (Low-A Charleston): 2-for-5, 2B, HR (2), 2 R, 6 RBI, K. Hitting .333/.380/.483 in 30 games, but defensive reviews remain ugly.
  • Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pirates (High-A Bradenton): 5.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 4 K. First bad start of the year; 2.95 ERA in eight starts and has yet to walk more than two in a game.
  • Mason Williams, OF, Yankees (High-A Charleston): 3-for-4, R, 2 RBI, CS. Has met every expectation with .315/.355/.480 line in 31 games.
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mantle1988
5/17
You brought up Grant Green yesterday. Said he needs to stay in CF to have star potential, but the A's have a pretty exciting center fielder now. How's his LF defense, and does he have the bat to be an above average starter in left? I'd be happy with a Green-Cespedes-Reddick outfield next season.
kgoldstein
5/17
He needs to stay in center because his bat doesn't play especially well in a corner, thus . . .
mantle1988
5/17
...move Cespedes to LF and Green to CF?
Infrancoeurgible
5/17
... bring Ben Grieve out of retirement?
kdierman
5/17
Since Cespedes has a LF type of Bat - and Green is very athletic (LF defense should not be a problem) ... My take is that this would be the 3rd best overall outfield in the AL West assuming Trumbo got 500 AB's in LF for the Angels. If you had Colin Cowgill and Michael Taylor as your 4th and 5th OF's - thats not the worst. The A's just have to find someone else willing to pay Coco $5 million per.
ostrowj1
5/17
"My take is that this would be the 3rd best overall outfield in the AL West." Is better than the Mariners (ok, throw in the Astros too) the standard you want to be aiming for?
aardvark
5/17
It seems like Rymer Liriano has been a disappointment in the Cal League. Any idea what's going on there? Has Williams passed him up in your eyes?
hyprvypr
5/17
Kevin is Lindor's success enough to bump him into the top 5 prospects? I don't see any negatives and everything screams confident, complete baseball player. 2014 ETA possible??
kgoldstein
5/17
He's fantastically awesome. We'll see. So much amazing pitching . . .
LaserShow
5/17
What is Brandon Jacobs power potential?
kgoldstein
5/17
20+
YouthMovement
5/17
KG--Would Alen Hanson be in your top 100 if released today?