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What am I supposed to write at this point?


Grant Desme
, OF, Athletics (AFL: Phoenix)
Yesterday’s stats: 3-for-4, 2 HR (10), 4 R, 4 RBI, BB, K

More fun with numbers. In 12 games, Desme is batting .469/.544/1.143. In the first three innings of games, he’s 8-for-14 with four home runs. When playing left field, he’s 8-for-13 with five home runs. He has no home runs when leading off an inning in 12 at-bats, so when not leading off an inning, he has 10 home runs in 37 at-bats. It’s just ridiculous.


Arizona has been good to the Cubs system


Andrew Cashner
, RHP, Cubs (AFL: Mesa)
Yesterday’s stats: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K

Whatever order you want to put them, Cashner, along with infielders Josh Vitters and Starlin Castro, are the top three prospects in the Cubs system, and all of them are having outstanding seasons so far for Mesa. Four no-hit innings are even more impressive considering the offensive context of the league, and his stuff matched the stats, as he sat at 92-96 mph with his fastball, and his slider is a wipeout offering at times.


Not quite the hype of the Strasburg debut


Aaron Crow
, RHP, Royals (AFL: Surprise)
Yesterday’s stats: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K

After the botched 2008 negotiations with the Nationals, and after the extended talks with the Royals this year, Aaron Crow finally pitched as a professional. He sat at 92-94 mph with his fastball in the first inning, but then settled comfortably into more of a 90-92 range, showing off the outstanding slider that he had in college. It’s just one game, but it was a good start.


Minor sleeper alert?


Danny Dorn
, OF, Reds (VEN: Anzoategui)
Yesterday’s stats: 3-for-4, 3 HR (4), 3 R, 6 RBI

Dorn was a star at Cal State Fullerton, but he was always seen as a pure college performer without much in the way of tools. The Rays took him in the 23rd round of the 2005 draft, but he returned to school. The Reds took him in the 32nd round the following year as organizational filler. Three full seasons later and he’s still hitting; he has a career minor league line of .291/.375/.509, and while he’s pegged as a bench outfielder by scouts, that’s still a helluva find in the 32nd round.


Others Of Note


  • Ian Desmond
    , SS, Nationals (DOM), 2-for-4, HR (1), R, 3 RBI, K: His 2009 surge seemed to slow down with Licey until last night, as he was 3-for-18 going into Wednesday’s game.

  • Casey Kelly
    , SS/3B/RHP, Red Sox (AFL), 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, R, 4 RBI, BB, K: One has to wonder if Red Sox officials cringe every time he has a good game.

  • Wilkin Ramirez
    , OF, Tigers (DOM), 2-for-2, HR (1), R, RBI, 2 BB: Ramirez is now 8-for-18 for the Tigres; I’m not sure what a year of Triple-A would do for him, yet I’m also not sure where he’d fit in with the big league club.

  • Drew Storen
    , RHP, Nationals (AFL), 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K: We need to find a sports book in Vegas that will do prospect prop bets. First to D.C.: Storen or Strasburg-who you got?

  • Josh Thole
    , C, Mets (VEN), 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, K: Thole is batting .385/.467/.500 in 15 games. He has no power and has thrown out just one of 15 opposing base stealers, but he sure knows how to get on base.

  • Jemile Weeks
    , 2B, Athletics (AFL), 3-for-3, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI: Weeks is a truly special athlete; now he just needs to stay healthy.
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kowcore
10/29
What, no Brewers pitchers? Shocking.
oira61
10/29
Kevin: What's your overall take on Desme at this point? When will he reach Oakland? What's his ceiling? How has this toonish AFL season affected your opinions?
milkmanmax
10/29
So, Kevin, you have Cashner ahead of Hak-Ju Lee? How close is it? Also, who projects to be the better defensive SS, Castro or Lee? Thanks.
kgoldstein
10/29
It's close -- I'm a huge Lee supporter (just look at last year's Cubs Top 11) -- but his distance from the big leagues has to be taken into account a bit. Lee has more upside defensively, but they're both legitimate shortstops.
tdrury
10/29
Kevin, when do you see Weeks arriving in Oakland for the first time/on a permanent basis? Thanks.
stevedorsch
10/29
Who can I call to have Dorn traded to the Indians? "I forgot about Dorn because he's only high-priced."
Chomsky
10/29
Grant Desme, with love and squalor.
sjberke
10/30
"First to D.C.: Storen or Strasburg—who you got?" As a DC area resident and Nats fan--Storen, without a doubt. He's already had time in the minors (more specifically rocketed through them) and the Nats aren't going to be worried about his arbitration/free agency clock as much as they will be with Strasburg.