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Around The Majors

  • Jaye Chapman, RHP, Cubs: ND, 1.0 IP, 0 H, 2 K. Three strikeouts and zero hits allowed through his first two major-league innings; was the only Cubs pitcher to escape without allowing a base runner in Chicago’s 9-1 loss to Washington.
  • Adam Eaton, CF, Diamondbacks: 2-for-5. Starts his major-league career off with back-to-back two-hit games; hitting .364 through his first 11 AB.
  • Nathan Eovaldi, RHP, Marlins: L (4-11), 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR. His brief career with the Marlins has been a rollercoaster of sorts: two starts of three or fewer innings and six runs allowed; four games of at least five innings and one or zero runs allowed. Has a 3.98 ERA since August 8.
  • Bryce Harper, CF/RF, Nationals: 2-for-3, 2 HR, 2 BB. Batting .400 with five home runs since August 29; his second two-home run game during that time.
  • Brett Jackson, CF, Cubs: 0-for-1, K. Struck out for Joe Mather in the eighth inning against Craig Stammen.
  • Jeremy Jeffress, RHP, Royals: ND, 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 K. Streak of scoreless appearances snapped at eight games; has a 1.04 ERA through 8.2 innings in 2012.
  • Manny Machado, SS/3B, Orioles: 2-for-3, 2B, RBI. Has at least two hits in five of his last six games and is hitting .440 since August 31.
  • Shelby Miller, RHP, Cardinals: ND, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 4 K. Strong debut for the Cardinals’ top pitching prospect; entered in the sixth inning in relief of Adam Wainwright.
  • Matt Moore, LHP, Rays: L (10-9), 6.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 HR. Struck out six Yankee batters through the first three innings before the wheels came off in the fourth; six earned runs are the most he’s allowed since an eight-run outing against Oakland on May 6.
  • Wily Peralta, RHP, Brewers: W (1-0), 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 3 K. Earns his first major-league win in the first start of his career; only prior major-league experience was a single inning of relief on April 22; was 7-11, 4.66 ERA, 143-78 K-BB at Triple-A Nashville.
  • Addison Reed, RHP, White Sox: ND, 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 K. Hasn’t had a clean (no hits or walks) outing since August 5; allowed 14 hits and six earned runs in nine and one-third innings (5.81 ERA) over his last 10 appearances.

Around The Minors

  • Matthew Andriese, RHP, Padres (Advanced Class-A Lake Elsinore): W (1-0), 8.0 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K. Padres’ third-round pick out of UC-Riverside in 2011; went 10-8 with a 3.58 ERA and 131-38 K-BB in 146 IP during the regular season.
  • Trevor Bauer, RHP, Diamondbacks (Triple-A Reno): W (1-0), 5.0 IP, 3 H, R, 5 BB, 6 K, WP. Ties career high with five walks, which he’s done twice before; has 23 wild pitches on the season.
  • Jonathon Berti, 2B, Blue Jays (Advanced Class-A Dunedin): 3-for-3. Collected three of Dunedin’s five hits in their 3-0 loss to Lakeland in the Florida State League playoffs. Berti owns a career .259/.364/.345 line in 170 games, but struggled at the plate (.190/.301/.287) after a mid-season promotion from Lansing.
  • Clayton Blackburn, RHP, Giants (Advanced Class-A San Jose): W (1-0), 7.0 IP, 3 H, R, BB, 9 K, 1 HR. Promoted from Low-A Augusta to augment San Jose’s postseason run, Blackburn is a big right-hander with a low-90s sinker that grades out as plus due to its excellent movement and Blackburn’s command of it. The Giants’ 16th-round pick out of an Oklahoma high school in 2011, Blackburn went 8-4 with a 2.54 ERA and 143-18 K-BB in 131.1 IP at Augusta.
  • Dylan Bundy, RHP, Orioles (Double-A Bowie): W (1-0), 6.0 IP, 6 H, R, BB, 7 K, HR, 2 WP. Easily the best of his four Double-A starts this year; the win is Bundy’s 10th overall.
  • Leandro Castro, RF, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 2-for-3, R, 2B, HR. Sneaky pop with on-base skills that make J.P. Arencibia look like a Greek god; wrapped up his third-consecutive year of hitting exactly 10 home runs during the regular season; could emerge as a lefty-hitting fourth outfield option next year, though he lacks the raw power to profile in a corner or the requisite speed to patrol center field regularly.
  • Larry Greene, LF, Phillies (Short-season A Williamsport): 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, K. Finishes the year with an eight-game hit streak during which he posted a .379/.486/.552 slash line with a 7-6 K-BB.
  • Courtney Hawkins, LF, White Sox (Advanced Class-A Winston-Salem): 1-for-4, HR (1). Chicago’s first-round pick last June, Hawkins has raced through the lower minors, hitting .284/.324/.480 across three levels during the regular season; his home run last night (ninth overall) accounted for the Dash’s only run in Winston-Salem’s 4-1 loss to Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League playoffs.
  • Andrew Heaney, LHP, Marlins (Low-A Greensboro): W (1-0), 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, BB, 9 K, WP. Miami’s first pick (ninth overall) in last June’s draft; nine strikeouts are the most he’s had in six pro starts.
  • Luis Heredia, RHP, Pirates (Short-season A State College): W (4-2), 5.0 IP, 2 H, BB, 5 K. Set a season-high with five strikeouts in five innings (the tenth time in 14 starts he’s gone exactly five frames); just turned 18 and has been handled carefully in two pro seasons, throwing fewer than 100 innings combined.
  • Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians (Low-A Lake County): 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, K. Lindor’s bat fell off in the second half when he hit just .228/.335/.299.
  • Wil Myers, CF, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 2-for-2, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB. Hit 37 home runs across two levels during the regular season to earn Minor League Player of the Year accolades from Baseball America; hit .314/.387/.600 with a 140-61 K-BB overall.
  • Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): W (1-0), 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 HR. Seven strikeouts are Odorizzi’s most since June 12; went 15-5 with a 3.03 ERA and 135-50 K-BB between Double-A and Triple-A during the regular season.
  • Joe Panik, SS, Giants (Advanced Class-A San Jose): 2-for-4, R. After a cold start, Panik hit .337 during the second half, a hot streak that has continued into the postseason. San Francisco’s first-round pick out of St. John’s in 2011, Panik is a good-bat middle infielder who may profile better at second base due to ordinary range and an underwhelming–albeit accurate–arm.
  • Eddie Rosario, 2B/CF, Twins (Low-A Beloit): 3-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI. After hitting just 18 doubles in 511 PA from 2010-11, he ripped 35 two-baggers in his full-season debut this year; hit .299/.347/.499 with a 71-31 K-BB in 449 regular season PA.
  • Joe Sclafani, SS, Astros (Short-season A Tri-City): 1-for-5, HR, K. After going 5-for-5 on Tuesday, Sclafani hit his first home run as a pro in Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to Hudson Valley.
  • Jesus Solorzano, OF, Marlins (Short-season A Jamestown): 3-for-5, 2B, RBI. At 22, Solorzano is a bit old for the New York-Penn League, but his power-speed package still makes him someone to watch.
  • Cory Spangenberg, 2B, Padres (Advanced Class-A Lake Elsinore): 1-for-3, RBI, K. Drove in the only run of the game in Lake Elsinore’s 1-0 win over Lancaster in the California League playoffs.
  • Oscar Taveras, CF, Cardinals (Double-A Springfield): 1-for-5, R. Only 1-for-8 since I started writing the minor league update, would be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned.
  • Michael Ynoa, RHP, Athletics (Short-season A Vermont): ND, 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Allowed eight runs in 1.1 innings on August 26, but has otherwise delivered a 3.73 ERA in 19.1 New York-Penn League innings.

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1. Very cool that you responded so quickly to split up the majors and minors.

2. I didn't expect it, but it really is better this way!

I agree. I really like a quick hit on some of the big leaguers. Nice touch.
Leandro Castro: How does a guy who hits ten homers a year in the minors and with poor on-base skills rate as a decent fourth outfielder option (unless he provides solid defence and strong base-running/stealing skills)?

A also appreciate the additions of prospects who've reached the majors, but don't think guys like Matt Moore and Addison Reed, who've been in MLB all year, belong here. It's much more appropriate for recent call-ups like Eaton, Jeffers, Machado, Miller, Peralta.
Castro has improved in each of the last couple of years and is still young enough to take another step forward.

The mental criteria I'm using when I'm going through the major league boxes is, "is this guy rookie eligible?" but I'll open it up for other suggestions. This is still very much a work in progress.
I like the Moore and Reed inclusions.
You can just skip over Moore and Reed if you want. Some people want to see them since they were top prospects at the beginning of the year.
I am one of them. The "rookie eligibility" criteria works well for my particular interests.
Yeah, I love the addition of updates on prospects in the majors.

I think with something like this more is better. If I want to skip the Reed and Moore comments, I can, but it is nice for those who want to read them. Your rookie eligible criteria is fine.
I agree with others' positive comments on the new format.

I'd also like to add: Thanks for getting this out early in the day.

If the new plan for the Minor League Update results in high-quality pieces 5 days a week, published early in the day, I think that would be an improved product, notwithstanding the loss of talent.
I'm not as concerned about when, but would also love it to be a 5-day a week column. Love KG, but the update has been spotty this year.
I knew Dylan Bundy was talented, maybe too talented for his level. But I had not realized he started pitching lefty, just to even things out. Very impressive, eh?
I like the new MLB/MiLB breakdown, and agree with the person who said that more is better with the minor league update.

Holy crap, Trevor Bauer has thrown a ton of wild pitches. Is that because of his stuff being tough for catchers to handle or is it more wildness?
Fantastic debut, Bradley! Love the inclusion of rookie eligible players in the majors. That's a great way to track call-ups, which is great for September.
Good job Brad! Keep it up!