Prospect of the Weekend:
Beau Burrows, RHP, Tigers (Double-A, Erie): 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 8 K.
Burrows has hit some natural developmental bumps since his promotion to Double-A, but you wouldn’t know it looking at Saturday’s impressive outing. Seawolves manager Lance Parrish stuck to his guns and pulled Burrows at his pitch limit, despite some calls from fans to keep him in the game with a no hitter intact. Burrows is an enticing prospect with mid-rotation potential, and when he returns to Double-A to start the 2018 season, opposing hitters are going to be in a world of hurt.
Friday, August 11th
Heliot Ramos, OF, Giants (Rookie, AZL Giants): 2-5, 2 R, HR, RBI, K.
The 19th-overall pick in June, Ramos has come out guns blazing, showing off impressive offensive tools that could make him one of the most intriguing 2017 draftees to watch during the 2018 season.
Sandro Fabian, OF, Giants (Low-A, Augusta): 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI.
It’s not all that often I talk about Giants prospects, so when I talk about two in a row I tend to find it more interesting than I probably should. Fabian had plenty of publicity following an impressive season in the AZL in 2016, but his over-aggressive approach has made it difficult for him to find sustained success in full-season ball. At his best, Fabian shows a knack for contact, good defense in fright field, and a strong arm.
Albert Guaimaro, OF, Marlins (Rookie, GCL Marlins): 2-4, R, 2 2B, K.
To date, Guaimaro has been known for his removal from the Red Sox organization and re-signing with the Marlins, but his tools could help him garner alternative notoriety down the line. With raw juice in his bat, Guaimaro can put a charge in the ball, and if he’s able to harness his approach, he could have a solid offensive profile. Javier Barragan profiled him in last week’s Ten Pack.
Darwinzon Hernandez, LHP, Red Sox (Low-A, Greenville): 6 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 8 K.
After several looks at Hernandez last year, I was convinced his future was in the bullpen, but reports from some of his starts this year suggest there may be enough hints of developing control and secondary stuff that a future in the rotation isn’t completely off the table.
Josh Pennington, RHP, Brewers (Low-A, Wisconsin): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 9 K.
Health has been an issue for Pennington dating back to Tommy John surgery that pushed him to the 29th round of the 2014 draft. When healthy as a professional, Pennington has flashed elite arm strength, reaching as high as 98-99 mph, though his secondary stuff is still a work in progress. Will Siskel has video of him in today’s Ten Pack.
Saturday, August 12th
Royce Lewis, SS, Twins (Low-A, Cedar Rapids): 4-5, 2 R, RBI, K, SB.
Nothing like a four-hit full-season debut for an 18-year-old kid that was drafted first-overall just two months ago, huh? He might be kind of good.
Eloy Jimenez, OF, White Sox (High-A, Winston-Salem): 3-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, K, E.
He changed his colors in Chicago last month, but that hasn’t stopped him from raking in High-A. Jimenez is one of the premium offensive talents in the minor leagues and he should be a critical component of the next high-powered White Sox lineup.
Chris Torres, SS, Mariners (Rookie, Everett): 3-7, 3 R, 3B, K, SB.
Torres is a glove-first shortstop with tremendous instincts and fantastic athleticism that translates to dazzling plays in the field. Augmented by a plus arm, Torres is a no-doubt shortstop that just needs to find a little offensive game in order to find a big-league future as a utility infielder or second-division shortstop.
Willi Castro, SS, Indians (High-A, Lynchburg): 4-6, R, 3 2B, RBI.
Castro hasn’t had much trouble adjusting to High-A this season, hitting nearly .300 along the way and showing the raw tools that make him one of the Indians more interesting prospects. Castro has a chance to stick at shortstop as he develops, which would allow knack for contact and gap power to play well.
Brennon Lund, OF, Angels (Double-A, Mobile): 2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, K.
Lund continued to hit for high average this season, burning through three levels and ripping the cover off the ball in his brief time with Double-A Mobile. A classic leadoff hitter with speed, contact, and on-base ability, Lund can hang in center field and has a slim chance to develop into a regular.
Michael Kopech, RHP, White Sox (Double-A, Birmingham): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 10 K.
Over his last few starts, Kopech has reportedly been dialing back the velocity in order to throw more strikes, and the results are impressive. It also helps when “dialing it back” means sitting 95-97 with monster life instead of regularly hitting triple digits. Scott Delp has more in last week’s Ten Pack.
Pablo Lopez, RHP, Marlins (High-A, Jupiter): 7 IP, 5 H, R/ER, 0 BB, 8 K.
Lopez is a new addition to the Marlins system after coming over as part of the David Phelps package last month. With a low-90s fastball, two quality secondary pitches (curveball and changeup), and an ability to pound the strike zone with all of them, Lopez could be an inning eating back-end starter.
Sunday, August 13th
Lewis Brinson, OF, Brewers (Triple-A, Colorado Springs): 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB.
Soon enough you’ll be back in Milwaukee, and my guess is your raw tools will carry you at that point. Brinson is supremely talented and I remain eager to see what he’s capable of at the big-league level.
Nick Senzel, 3B, Reds (Double-A, Pensacola): 3-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, K.
Senzel raised Brinson’s two-homer game with a walk, by picking up his own two-homer game but adding a single. Senzel has been on a tear lately and he could reach Cincinnati as early as next season.
Oneil Cruz, 3B/SS, Pirates (Low-A, West Virginia): 2-7, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K.
Traded at the deadline for lefty Tony Watson, Cruz could be a monster get for the Pirates if he’s able to fulfill the potential that earned him a $950,000 signing bonus in 2015.
Dermis Garcia, 3B, Yankees (Low-A, Charleston): 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K.
While it’s been a struggle for Garcia since the Yankees aggressively pushed him from the Appy League to Low-A a couple of weeks ago, his raw power still plays when he finds pitches he can drive.
Zach Rutherford, SS, Rays (Rookie, Princeton): 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI.
The Rays sixth-round pick out of Old Dominion this summer, Rutherford lacks a standout tool and the overall package isn’t exciting, but he consistently gets things done at the plate and in the field. Rutherford isn’t going to blow anyone away, but he should steadily climb the Rays ladder and could find his way to the big leagues at the end of the day.
Walker Buehler, RHP, Dodgers (Triple-A, Oklahoma City): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 5 K.
In the bullpen temporarily in an attempt to prepare him to help the big club down the stretch, watching his raw stuff play in short stints is almost obscene.
Conner Greene, RHP, Blue Jays (Double-A, New Hampshire): 4 IP, 12 H, 10 R/ER, 5 BB, 5 K.
Speaking of obscene raw stuff, particularly in short stints, this is what it looks like when things go wrong for Greene. The control profile is never going to be refined, and while the breaking ball has made strides, I continue to prefer the changeup. In my most recent report, I pegged Greene as a top-shelf closer rather than a starter long term.
Jorge Guzman, RHP, Yankees (Short-Season, Staten Island): 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 7 K.
Flipped from the Astros to Yankees as part of the package for catch Brian McCann, Guzman has continued to miss bats at an extraordinary rate this season. Guzman has thrown strikes this season and continues to look like he’s not even trying when he pumps 98-101 mph heat. The slider and changeup both require considerable development to take Guzman from thrower with elite velocity to viable big league prospect.
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