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Hitter of the Day: Richie Shaffer, 3B, Rays (Durham, AAA): 2-2, R, 2B, HR, 2 BB, SB.
That’s a great all-around game from a player who’s not all that well rounded. You can ignore the stolen base, as that’s an anomaly: Shaffer is not a very good runner. Power and patience are his calling cards, and the combination helps make up for a long swing that leads to high strikeout totals and will likely be exposed further at the major-league level. Still, Shaffer can put a charge into the ball and should do some damage between the swings and misses.

Pitcher of the Day: Amir Garrett, LHP, Reds (Daytona, A+): 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K.
Garrett is slowly going through the refinement process, and his velocity comes effortlessly from his large frame. That, coupled with his athleticism, gives him a chance to remain a starter. Unfortunately, both of his secondary pitches still need to take significant steps forward in their consistency in order to make that happen. He can get there, but it’s a matter of how long the Reds want to wait for the 23-year-old to reach the big leagues.

Best of the Rest

Rowdy Tellez, 1B, Blue Jays (Dunedin, A+): 4-5, SB. Tellez is known for his power, and it’s evident as soon as you see the big-bodied first baseman, but what becomes apparent over longer looks is the bat control, which is better than expected. This isn’t just a free-swinging power hitter: Tellez is a good all-around hitter who can manipulate the barrel within the strike zone. Don’t read into the stolen base, though—he’s incredibly slow.

Jomar Reyes, 3B, Orioles (GCL Orioles): 3-4, 2 R, 2 2B. This was a rehab start down in the GCL for Reyes, who is on his way back from a thumb injury that curtailed a breakout season almost two months ago. Reyes was off to a great start as an 18-year-old in full-season ball this spring, and his bat was receiving rave reviews before the injury, which shouldn’t have any lingering effects once he gets his timing back.

Greg Bird, 1B, Yankees (Scranton/W-B, AAA): 2-5, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 K. Bird gets knocked for not having the kinds of tools that often get players high ratings on prospect lists, but his raw power is well worthy of such high regard and it plays well in games. Hitters with big power and a patient approach often have big strikeout numbers due to big swings and deep counts, but Bird has been able to maintain moderate contact rates throughout his minor-league career. It’s not a fancy profile, but it’s one that’s going to make for a productive major-league hitter.

Michael Fulmer, RHP, Mets (Binghamton, AA): 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, BB, 9 K. Fulmer has a strong track record of throwing strikes, though at times he struggles with his command within the strike zone. His plus breaking ball is the great equalizer for him, giving him the ability to miss enough bats to batters of either handedness. The development of a third pitch and the improvement of his command will determine whether or not he’ll be able to remain a starter.

David Dahl, OF, Rockies (New Britain, AA): 3-5, R, 2B, SB. Dahl’s return from a frightening spleen injury earlier this year is a great sign all around, making any on-field success a silver lining. The talent has never been a question for Dahl, but the lost development time is beginning to add up, making it that much more important that he was able to get back on the field this season.

Brett Phillips, OF, Astros (Corpus Christi, AA): 3-5, R, 3B, HR. Phillips broke out this season in the California League and was promoted around a month ago to Double-A. He’s continued to hit well, but unsurprisingly, his power has taken a step back, both because of the increased level of competition and the lack of extreme hitters’ parks. His approach remains somewhat unrefined despite his tools, and the better breaking balls of the Texas League have exposed that to an extent. His defense and athleticism will keep him on the field, but how he adjusts his approach to the higher level of competition will determine where he ends up in a big-league lineup.

Notable Prospect Starters

  • Robert Stephenson, RHP, Reds (Louisville, AAA): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K.
  • Jordan Guerrero, LHP, White Sox (Winston Salem, A+): 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, BB, 11 K.
  • Jesse Biddle, LHP, Phillies (Lehigh Valley, AAA): 5 2/3 IP, 4 H, R, 4 BB, 5 K.
  • Michael Mader, LHP, Marlins (Greensboro, A-): 6 IP, 3 H, R, 2 BB, 4 K.
  • Franklyn Kilome, RHP, Phillies (Williamsport, SS): 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K.
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mbovie
7/23
Hey Jeff, what do you think of Brewers 4th round pick Demi Orimoloye? Last night he went 3-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI, BB, SB... Last 10 games he's hitting .400 with 5 HR and 9 SB... Pretty much the second coming of Bo Jackson?!
MaineSkin
7/23
I posted about this guy a few days ago on a group just based on his physical freakness and all he's done is go buck wild since. Your welcome. Just kidding, tgis dude is fun. No BBs, but why walk when you can hit!
seankelleher2
7/23
20:1 K:BB rate too....not all good things
Muboshgu
7/23
He's in the Arizona League. The lower you go, the less stat lines matter.
jalee121
7/23
Nice work as always, Jeff. Do you know much about Jordan Guerrero? As a sad White Sox fan, I'm looking for anything outside of Tim Anderson right now.
OuagadougouGM
7/23
Well, what I have heard is that his stuff has improved this year. His FB is consistently in the low 90's and his slider has more movement and consistency. He had injury problems prior to this year due to overuse, but his stuff has fully bounced back (and more) this year. His stats certainly look good, and he's only 21 at High A.
Meccanodonte
7/23
Phillips broke out in the MWL last year, where he posted gaudy numbers and a worthy .219 ISO. His power seems not a fluke or a Cal league mirage. He deserves time to adjust as a barely 21y in AA.
huztlers
7/23
I was going to post the same thing. He doing exactly what he did last year.
moore315512
7/23
Didn't mean to imply that his power this year was fluky. Just not surprising that a player with an aggressive approach saw his power drop off immediately upon arrival in Double-A. The past few weeks havnt changed the power profile we've put on him in our reports.
lawmaker
7/23
Cody Reed for the Royals team seems to be pitching great lately.
dougkm
7/23
Under the radar, Colin Moran (Astros, Corpus Christi,AA) has finally showed some pop hitting .462,18/39,9R,2 2B,3HR, and 12 RBI over the last ten days. His surge could put him in a trade package, or get him promoted to AAA in August. Luhnow likes him and traded for him to be the Astros future 3B. Good hitter who has lacked corner power to this point.
DaveKutilek
7/23
With the Rays challenged offensively to such a great extent when does Schaeffer get the call?