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Prospect of the Day:

Yoan Moncada, 2B, Red Sox (High-A Salem): 4-7, 2 R, 4 2B, 6 RBI, BB, 2 K (Doubleheader).
More dominance from Moncada, something we’ve quickly become accustomed to this season. I’m sure the Red Sox have their reasons for keeping him in the Carolina League, including acclimation to a new culture and building confidence, among other things, but let’s just get him to Double-A already. I admit, it’s selfish of me because I want to see him in the Eastern League, but still.

Others of Note:

Dylan Cozens, OF, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 4-6, 4 R, 2 2B, K. Yet another big game for Cozens as he continues his breakout campaign in Double-A. I still need to see more from him this year before I jump onboard completely, but my initial looks and the results are certainly intriguing.

Austin Brice, RHP, Marlins (Double-A Jacksonville): 6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. Brice’s success in 2016 has come on the back of dramatic strike-throwing improvement. Armed with a plus fastball, solid curveball, and potential plus slider, there might be a bullpen arm here even if the control never really comes around long term.

Jonathan Brubaker, RHP, Pirates (Low-A West Virginia): 6 IP, 4 H, R/ER, 2 BB, 11 K. I remember drinking $2.00 Brubaker’s late night with some friends after college, but I digress. This Brubaker entered pro ball as a pitch-to-contact college guy with a limited ceiling. He’s suddenly missing more bats and some scouts are noting his projection is bumping up ever so slightly.

Tyler Beede, RHP, Giants (Double-A Richmond): 8 IP, H, 0 R/ER, BB, 2 K. I’ve been one of the biggest advocates for Beede around the halls of BP, and starts like this are a glimpse as to why. He still has to demonstrate he can throw strikes consistently while also missing bats, but I’m still a sucker for his ceiling as a very good big-league starter.

Keyvius Sampson, RHP, Reds (Triple-A Louisville): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 12 K. No longer a prospect in the technical sense, but Sampson is pitching very well in Triple-A so far this year. If he’s going to find MLB success, I think he’s probably a reliever, but at this point in his development, any big-league production is a positive.

Andrew Benintendi, OF, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 2-5, R. It’s just two singles from a guy who’s been tearing the cover off the ball since he signed last year, but he’s been stumbling since his promotion to Double-A. This marks Benintendi’s third multi-hit game in his last eight contests, and he has hits in seven of those eight games; he may be coming around and adjusting to the new level of competition.

Blake Allemand, INF, Brewers (Low-A Wisconsin): 3-3, R, HR, RBI. Allemand has already piled up 16 extra-base hits and a .325 average this season in Low-A (though he is 24 years old), showing that his senior-year offensive outburst at Texas A&M wasn’t a complete mirage in 2015. Allemand is a quality runner with defensive versatility, making him a potential utility option down the road.

Nellie Rodriguez, 1B, Indians (Double-A Akron): 2-4, R, 2 2B, 2 K. Short of something flying over the fence, this is Rodriguez in a nutshell. He’s got power to all fields and a lot of swing and miss. It’s hard to see a potential regular here, but I’m still stuck liking him dating back to my initial observations during the NYPL All-Star game a couple of years ago.

David Paulino, RHP, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 5 IP, H, 0 R/ER, BB, 7 K. David doesn’t own the ridiculous raw stuff his cousin Brenny had before washing out in the low minors, but he’s still electric. Paulino was an unknown when the Tigers shipped him to Houston along with Danry Vasquez for Jose Veras, largely because he was on the shelf after Tommy John surgery, but he has now made a name for himself and could be a big-league contributor next season.

Eddy Martinez, OF, Cubs (Low-A South Bend): 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, K. The numbers might not show it yet, but does anybody want to wager whether or not he’s the best prospect in the Cubs system by this time next year?

Franklin Barreto, SS, Athletics (Double-A Midland): 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI. I feel like I end up writing about Barreto every week, but his numbers still haven’t come around. I don’t care, I’m still a huge believer in his long-term potential.

Rowdy Tellez, 1B, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 2-4, R, 2B, 3B, RBI. I’ve seen Tellez play a fair bit, and I just enjoy the thought of him rumbling for a triple.

Sean Newcomb, LHP, Braves (Double-A Mississippi): 6 IP, 2 H, R/ER, 3 BB, 7 K. Newcomb is still battling his control and walking too many guys. He can manage that in Double-A and still turn in dominant outings like last night’s, but that won’t fly in Triple-A and the big leagues.

Hunter Renfroe, OF, Padres (Triple-A El Paso): 3-4, 2 R, 3 2B. The approach is still really aggressive and there are concerns that he’ll be exploited some at the big-league level, but he continues to pound the baseball. Renfroe is a big-leaguer in the making, there’s just no motivation for San Diego to bring him up until late this year or next.

Tyler Pike, LHP, Mariners (High-A Bakersfield): 5 IP, 3 H, R/ER, 2 BB, 12 K. These outings have been few and far between for Pike over the last few years, but as a lefty with a lively fastball, quality changeup, and some deception, it’s hard to completely write him off at just 22 years old. I wouldn’t bet on him, but I would keep him around on the off chance something clicks.

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edmega332
6/03
Chris Flexen !! How far down the MiLB Organizations do you go ?
teddywklein
6/03
I second this. He blew a 96 mile per hour fastball past Nick Gordon.
Muboshgu
6/03
There's only so many people that can be written up in a day, but Flexen was a beast yesterday: 7 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K
juice133
6/04
I certainly noticed Flexen's line, and there's no doubt it's very good. There were simply other things I wanted to highlight last night, and those took priority for me. Thanks for noting him in the comments.
proteinwisdom
6/03
Hunter Renfroe now has ~ 300 AAA ABs, netting 24 2B, 5 3B, 18 HR, and 63 RBI in 71 games with El Paso over 2 seasons, while hitting .328, slugging .622, and putting up an OPS close to .980. Throw in 4 steals without being caught -- and a plus arm in RF -- and you wonder how much more he has to do to get a call up. Somewhere toward the second half of last season things seemed to click for him. He still doesn't walk much, but an 18% strikeout rate isn't bad for a guy with his power. Like Trevor Story, he's a bit of an extra base hit machine. Seems like he'd be a much cheaper version of Matt Kemp for a team going nowhere...
cannoncruz
6/03
Got my money on Eloy Jimenez, but will be tight between him and Eddy Martinez for top spot in the Cubs system.
juice133
6/04
Eloy may be the guy standing in Martinez's spot at the top. It'll be a fun race!
davinhbrown
6/03
Been hearing some conflicting reports on Eddy Julio. The lead prospect guy at another site said that Eddy doesn't have a frame to grow into much bigger, has a poor uppercut swing, is not nearly as fast or powerful as advertised, and implied he was behind Eloy, McKinney, Almora, Happ as OF prospects for Cubs. Said folks going by hype from before he signed and comps made to Andrew Jones, and advised to sell in leagues while still holds name value as a 21 y/o in low A. Really made it sound like Eloy looks better now, and projects better in future. His opinions were from viewing the South Bend team multiple times this year.
bigchiefbc
6/03
Devin Williams had a good start: 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
juice133
6/04
That he did, thanks for adding him here.
Muboshgu
6/03
A couple interesting Yankee lines I saw: Dustin Fowler: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K Vicente Campos: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, Double A debut Jeff Hendrix: 3-4, 1 BB, 1 CS, the day after he went 5-5, 1 2B, 3 RBI