Another light day with major-league teams traveling and the majority of minor leagues playing post-season baseball. 

Around The Majors

  • Rob Brantly, C, Marlins: 1-for-4, 2B, K. Hitting .357/.438/.500 with a pair of doubles in 16 September PA.
  • Brett Jackson, CF, Cubs: 1-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 K. Jackson has struck out in 16 of his last 18 games and is hitting .184/.344/.510 over that time; his on-base percentage has been boosted by an uncharacteristically-high walk rate of 14.6%; he owns a 10.1% walk rate in Triple-A this year and 12.4% rate for his minor league career.
  • Manny Machado, 3B/SS, Orioles: 0-for-4, K. Only Orioles starter without a hit against the Yankees, drops his season line to .274/.286/.463.
  • Josh Stinson, RHP, Brewers: 0.1 IP, H. Stinson’s first big-league appearance of the year after going 11-9 with a 3.16 ERA and 91-71 K-BB at Double-A Huntsville; was claimed off of waivers from the New York Mets at the end of spring training.

Around The Minors

  • Bryce Brentz, RF, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket): 2-for-3, R, 2 RBI, 2B. Started his Triple-A career by going 0-for-12 with five strikeouts, but went 2-for-5 when he finally ran into a left-hander on the final day of the season.
  • Gerrit Cole, RHP, Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis): L (0-1), 2.0 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 0 BB, K, HR. Inarguably Cole’s worst start as a pro; prior to yesterday, he hadn’t given up more than three earned runs in any of his 26 starts across three levels.
  • Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B, Royals (Advanced Class-A Wilmington): 3-for-5, 2 R, RBI, 2 2B, K. Bat never really came alive, though he did cut down on his strikeouts in an overall-disappointing .240/.296/.322 campaign.
  • David Dahl, CF, Rockies (Short-season A Grand Junction): 3-for-4, 2 HR (9), K. This year’s tenth-overall pick out of an Alabama high school has 41 extra-base hits in 306 PA as an 18-year-old in the college-heavy Pioneer League; hitting .379/.423/.625 overall.
  • Chris Hawkins, RF, Blue Jays (Low-A Lansing): 2-for-5, HR (1), 3 RBI. Former third-round pick out of high school has an intriguing approach and average power, though he hasn’t been able to unlock the latter outside of batting practice very often.
  • Courtney Hawkins, LF, White Sox (Advanced Class-A Winston-Salem): 2-for-4, HR (2), K. Goes deep for the second time in two games; ten home runs overall in his pro debut.
  • Trevor May, RHP, Phillies (Double-A Reading): ND, 5.1 IP, 3 H, R, 2 BB, 6 K, HR. A nice outing for May after an up-and-down regular season in which he battled mechanical inconsistency; reports that he threw an eephus are, at this time, unconfirmed.
  • Jio Mier, SS, Astros (Advanced Class-A Lancaster): 2-for-4, R, 2B. One of our preseason prospects on the bubble, Mier had an injury-interrupted season at Lancaster at the age of 21, but likely showed enough in 200-plus PA to earn a 2013 assignment to Double-A; hit .292/.396/.409 with 3 HR, 34-29 K-BB during the regular season.
  • Jarrett Parker, CF, Giants (Advanced Class-A San Jose): 3-for-4, 2 R, RBI, 2B, BB. The Giants selected Parker out of Virginia in the second round of the 2010 draft, but he’s spent two seasons in the California League spinning his wheels; hit .247/.366/.443 with a 175-70 K-BB in 491 PA with San Jose.
  • James Paxton, LHP, Mariners (Double-A Jackson): W (1-0), 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K. Continuing his second-half tear after missing all of June with a knee injury.
  • Noah Perio, 2B, Marlins (Advanced Class-A Jupiter): 3-for-5, 2 R, K. Athletic college football recruit that the Marlins snagged in the 39th round in 2009, Perio never got his bat going in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League; as a second baseman, he’ll have to hit to remain on the prospect radar.
  • Guillermo Pimentel, LF, Mariners (Low-A Clinton). 3-for-4, 2B, HR (1), 4 RBI, BB. Pimentel’s overall numbers (.245/.289/.366) took a step backward in 2012, but he hit much better (.272/.312/.408) in the second half.
  • Rob Rasmussen, LHP, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): ND, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K. Acquired from Miami in the deal that sent Carlos Lee’s talents to South Beach, Rasmussen’s control has been a touch better since joining the Astros (3.0 BB/9 to 3.7 BB/9).
  • Miguel Sano, 3B, Twins (Low-A Beloit): 2-for-4, 2B, HR (1), 3 RBI, 2 K. Sano’s 29th home run of the year.
  • Nicholas Tropeano, RHP, Astros (Advanced Class-A Lancaster): ND, 6.0 IP, 3 H, R, 2 BB, 6 K. Houston’s fifth round pick out of Stony Brook in 2011, Tropeano combined to go 12-7 with a 3.02 ERA and 166-47 K-BB in 158 regular season innings split between Low-A Lexington and Lancaster; fastball can reach the low-90s, but he’s successful because of a plus changeup and deception.
  • Christian Yelich, CF, Marlins (Advanced Class-A Jupiter): 0-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K. Weird line of the day, Yelich never put the ball in play but scored a pair of runs in Jupiter’s 11-7 win over St. Lucie.


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I'm glad BP is still doing these even after Kevin's departure to browner pastures (at least for now, hopefully KG can help make those pastures greener).
Everyone's grass down here is brown. Is Kevin bringing his rain dance with him?
Paxton quietly had easily the best second half of "The Big Three". And while they were working on that knee issue they ironed out a mechanical flaw that the club saw, too. Should fight for a big league spot next Spring...but for which team?
Happy these are continuing.

Would love to see more about ceilings, and phrases like:

scouts say...
projects as...
Another great job Brad.
If you watch Machado, you'll understand why he will be a top 10 fantasy SS next year with 3B eligibilty and in 3 years will be easily top 5. His swing is effortless, he drives the ball to oppo field and has a crazy appraoch for a kid 3o older than Harper.
Most recent reports I've heard have said Tropeano's velocity is up noticeable this year, like 93-95 with regularity.
Love the new layout. Would really like to see the players' DOB next to their names if possible?
Age may be a little cleaner; I'll try it out tomorrow. Thanks for the tip.