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Nick Turley, LHP, Yankees (High-A Tampa): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K

It's rare for a 50th-round pick to be a prospect, but Turley is just that. Seen as unsignable in 2008, the Yankees took a flyer on him with their final pick and landed him with a $150,000 bonus.

A huge left-hander at 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, Turley is actually more of a finesse pitcher who pounds the strike zone with three solid average pitches in his 88-92 mph fastball, curve and changeup. It's not the sexiest package, but it's led to a 2.69 ERA with 89 strikeouts over 80.1 innings so far in the Florida State League, and if he can do something like that next year at Double-A, he's suddenly a very real prospect.

Others Of Note:

  • Gioskar Amaya, 2B, Cubs (Short-season Boise): 3-for-4, RBI, R, 2 SB, CS. 19-yera-old Venezuela has hitting ability and speed; .326/.401/.543 but has to keep it up as right-side only defender.
  • Archie Bradley, RHP, Diamondbacks (Low-A South Bend): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K. Best start since mid-May as he still dominates when he throws strikes; 3.65 ERA with 96 Ks in 98.2 innings.
  • Jackie Bradley, OF, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 1-for-3, HR (3), R, RBI, 3 BB, SB. Still a ton of walks and showing a bit more power as season goes on; .302/.395/.481 in 33 games since promotion.
  • David Dahl, OF, Rockies (Rookie-level Grand Junction): 3-for-5, R, 2 RBI. First-round pick is among league's hottest hitters; 14-for-29 during seven-game hitting streak and up to .353/.409/.563 overall.
  • Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers (Rookie-level AZL Rangers): 2-for-4, 2B, HR (12), 3 R, 3 RBI, BB, K. The best secondary skills in the complex league with 12 home runs and 25 walks against 89 at-bats; .337/.483/.854 in 26 games.
  • Danny Hultzen, LHP, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 5 K. The command issues return after an encouraging start; 35 Ks in 27 Triple-A innings but also 31 hits allowed and 21 walks.
  • Brandon Jacobs, OF, Red Sox (High-A Salem): 3-for-5, 2B, HR (9), R, RBI, K. Starting to heat up with 901 OPS in 18 July games; .284/.340/.444 overall.
  • Michael Main, OF, Marlins (Short-season Jamestown): 4-for-4, 2B, HR (1), 2 R, 7 RBI, BB, CS. 2007 first-round pick by the Rangers continuing his come back as position player; .381/.435/.619 in six NYP games.
  • Wil Myers, OF, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 2-for-4, HR (16), R, 2 RBI, K. Breaks out of 3-for-30 slump; .295/.378/.595 in 59 games.
  • Mike Olt, 3B, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 2-for-4, HR (26), R, 3 RBI, BB, K. On another power streak with four home runs in last seven games; .291/.402/.588 overall.
  • Gregory Polanco, OF, Pirates (Low-A West Virginia): Tools-laded breakout plaer is 11-for-19 in last six games and up to .329/.387/.526 overall; 20-year-old has taken among the largest steps forward in the minors.
  • Colin Rodgers, LHP, Royals (Rookie-level Burlington): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K. Third-round pick is smallish lefty with decent stuff and tons of polish; 0.73 ERA with nine hits allowed 24.2 innings.
  • Jesus Solorzano, OF, Marlins (Short-season Jamestown): 2-for-5, 2 HR (5), 2 R, 4 RBI, K. 20-year-old Venezuelan has speed, power potential and tons of swing-and-miss; .250/.293/.422 in 31 games.
  • Dan Straily, RHP, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K. Whispers of an impending call-up are starting to circulate; 0.96 ERA with 47 IP, 20 H, 14 BB, 63 K since promotion to Triple-A.
  • Keenyn Walker, OF, White Sox (High-A Winston-Salem): 2-for-4, 3 R, 3 RBI, BB, 3 SB. Top pick for White Sox in 2011 has shown good approach, lots of speed and too many whiffs; .304/.385/.522 in six games since promotion.
  • Christian Yelich, OF, Marlins (High-A Jupiter): 3-for-6, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB, 2 K. Doubles in five consecutive games as part of 10-for-22 streak; .312/.389/.538 in 70 games.  

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When was the last time someone put up as silly numbers as Straily has across two leagues? These are Nintendo numbers and he came almost out of nowhere...!
The optimist points to Tim Lincecum's 2007.
The pessimist points to Chuck James's 2005.
Chuck James had *historically* high fly ball rates. As there's really no "scouts vs. stats" divide anymore - beer and tacos, after all - James represents one of stat-heads' last 'victories'. Baseball America had James as a top-10 prospect when stat heads looked at his fly ball rate and realized there was no historical precedent for a pitcher of that type to experience major league success.

So I guess I'm saying he's not the best example of a guy with great minor league numbers failing to achieve in MLB. His lack of MLB success was predictable.
Got to be one of the most talented groups for Future Shock... ironic that it's lead off by a 50th rounder
Kevin, which outfielder do you feel has the higher offensive potential Polanco or Brian Goodwin?
Here's one you missed: 3B Michael Almanzar, he of the $1.5M Red Sox bonus four years ago, went 3-3, 2B, HR, HBP for Salem, and has hit .467 / .568 / .967 over his last 8 games, with 24% of his season's walks, 5% of his strikeouts, and 4 of his 9 homers. He's six days older than Brandon Jacobs, a better defender, and now has better offensive numbers on the season. Worth watching.
I can't wait to see where Yelich ends up in your mid-season top 100 as well as what you have to say about him.

I'm curious, without the injuries this season, is he in Double-A right now?
Good think Turley was drafted back then, because the bonuses for 50th round picks under the new rules consist of Arby's coupons and a gym bag.
How does one go from unsignable to signing for $150,000. Was he considered unsignable for a 40th round pick?