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- Hanser Alberto, SS, Rangers (Surprise): 3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB. One of many very good middle infield prospects in the Rangers’ farm system, the 20 year-old Alberto has 14 hits in his first 38 at-bats and four consecutive multi-hit games; look for him to start 2013 in Hi-A with a possible mid-season promotion to Double-A Frisco.
- Dellin Betances, RHP, Yankees (Scottsdale): IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, K. No walks in any appearance is good news for Betances, who is coming off of a disastrous 2012 season (6.44 ERA, 99 BB, 124 K in 131.1 IP between Triple-A and Double-A); hasn’t allowed a run in last 4.2 IP with 1 BB and 7 K.
- Corey Dickerson, OF, Rockies (Salt River): 2-for-3, RBI, SB. Has yet to struggle at any of the four levels he’s played as a pro (PIO, A, A+, AA); Rockies have a surplus of good OF’s on their big league club and in their farm system so I wouldn’t be surprised to see a trade involving at least one this winter.
- Pedro Florimon, Jr., SS, Twins (Escogido-DWL): 2-for-2, 2 BB, 2 R. Finished the season as the starting shortstop of the Twins, thanks to his defense and the lack of any other good options; off to a 7-for-41 start so he’s not exactly going to stop the Twins from searching for an upgrade unless he reaches base four times in a game regularly this winter.
- T.J. House, LHP, Indians (Scottsdale): 4 IP, 0 R, H, BB, 4 K. The 23 year-old has been dealing in his first four starts, holding opponents to a .175 BA with 6 BB and 18 K in 17 IP; could reach the majors in 2013, although that would probably mean that things weren’t going very well in Cleveland.
- Rymer Liriano, OF, Padres (Peoria): 3-for-5, RBI, R, K, CS. Top prospect for the Padres went hitless in 3 consecutive games before breaking out on Wednesday with his 5th multi-hit game of the season; caught stealing for first time in 6 chances.
- Starling Marte, OF, Pirates (Escogido-DWL): 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, 3 R, BB, SB. Getting warmed up for his spring competition with Jose Tabata and Travis Snider for what could be just one starting outfield spot in Pittsburgh; it could be two spots, but I have a feeling the Bucs will fill one through free agency.
- Chris Martin, RHP, Red Sox (Surprise): 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K. Back-to-back scoreless outings for the 26 year-old, who has no walks and seven strikeouts in his last 4 IP. Two years removed from pitching in an Independent League, the hard-throwing reliever will likely start the season in Triple-A Pawtucket.
- Mark Montgomery, RHP, Yankees (Scottsdale): 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K. He’s not ready to replace free agent Rafael Soriano as the Yankees’ closer but it wouldn’t be a surprise if he’s in the majors by June 1st and playing an integral role in the bullpen by the end of the season.
- James Paxton, LHP, Mariners (Peoria): 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K: Should be in a big league rotation at some point in 2013, whether it’s for the Mariners or some other team; he was reportedly being scouted by the Royals in his last start.
- Stefen Romero, 2B, Mariners (Peoria): 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R. The Mariners’ Minor League Player of the Year hasn’t stopped hitting all year long; has hit in 8 of 9 AFL games after hitting .352 between Hi-A High Desert and Double-A Jackson.
- Jean Segura, SS, Brewers (Cibao-DWL): 2-for-3, RBI, BB, SB, E. The general consensus is that Segura is going to be an above-average hitting major league shortstop; it’s the 10 errors in 43 big league games last season and now 4 errors in his first 9 games in the DWL that will likely have the Brewers looking for a reliable veteran stop-gap, such as Alex Gonzalez, to play SS in 2013.
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