Time again for the weekly minor league round-up. Like last week, stats are as of Sunday and the numbers next to names are the Baseball America 2011 ranking.
–Jesus Montero, NYY, C (#3), Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees: Jesus continues to treat Triple A pitching like batting practice. He is now 16 for 38 (.421) and slugging .579. Bonus: only 5 Ks (though no BBs, which is nitpicky). There has been talk of calling him up soon to back up Martin. You don’t have to be told his status is worth careful monitoring, but I just told you anyway.
–Brett Lawrie, TOR, 2b, Vegas 51s (#40): Lawrie is beyond hot the first couple of weeks, hitting .426 (20 for 47) and slugging .660 with a hr and 7 rbis. Toronto could give him a shot soon, as they may try to move Aaron Hill, who looked to be firmly entrenched at 2b just a short time ago. If he keeps it up and Hill continues his early season struggles (.216, no hrs, 8 rbis) he may force the Jays’ hand.
-Jerry Sands, LAD, OF, Albuquerque Isotopes (unranked): Sands makes his debut on the list as he is tearing up AAA to the tune of .400/.422/.875 (avg/obp/slg). He came out of nowhere as a 25th round draft pick in 2008 and blasted 35 hrs across A and AA last year. He plays LF and L.A. could always use another right handed bat off the bench. Keep an eye on your waiver wire for him as he could provide a cheap power boost.
–Adrian Cardenas, OAK, 2b, Sacramento River Cats (unranked): Part of the Joe Blanton trade, Cardenas is another under the radar prospect making waves this year. He debuts on the list leading the PCL in average at .484. He is also getting on base at a .556 clip, while slugging .613. Oakland needs offense (what else is new?) so Cardenas might make the jump soon. He isn’t known for his hrs despite the high slugging %age, but has hit around .300 and gotten on base around 37% of the time throughout all professional levels. Think a poor man’s Asdrubal Cabrera.
-Andrew Brackman, NYY, SP, SWB (#78): New to the list since he didn’t make a start until April 12th, Brackman’s debut line was 5 innings, 3 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 2 Ks. With the Yankee starting pitching in constant flux, Brackman could see some MLB action by the summer if he performs, as he has been one of their top pitching prospects for the past couple of years. He has not lived up to his hype yet, but worth monitoring nonetheless.
–Mike Moustakas, 3b, and Eric Hosmer, 1b, KC, Omaha Storm Chasers (#9 and #8 respectively): Mousy is still struggling, 9 for 42 now, though he did hit his first hr of the season. Hosmer is 18 for 44, with a homer and 6 rbis, so he seems to be having no problem with Triple A pitching.
-Mike Montgomery, KC, P, Omaha (#19): Montgomery bounced back in his last two starts, going a combined 10 innings, striking out 11 and giving up no earned runs and 4 hits. The only blemish was 8 BBs.
–Dustin Ackley, SEA, 2b, Tacoma Rainiers (#12): Ackley is 9 for 41, but hit his first 2 hrs this past week and does have 8 walks/6 Ks. Seattle
will be is very bad offensively, so he could be up soon even if he isn’t raking.
-Jose Iglesias BOS, SS, Pawtucket Red Sox (#52): Iglesias is 8 for 28, but no extra base hits. Jed Lowrie is looking amazing with the varsity team, so don’t hold your breath on Iglesias.
-Ryan Kalish, BOS, OF, Pawtucket (unranked): Kalish isn’t a top 100 prospect, but he’s still young and highly regarded. He is just 10 for his first 48.
–Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE, 3b, Columbus Clippers (#25): Chisenhall is still cold at 8 for 38. If this continues along with Cleveland’s amazing start – two unlikely scenarios – he could see more time at AAA than expected.
-Jason Kipnis, CLE, 2b, Clippers (#54): Kipnis is 10 for 36 with 2 steals and a solid 6/8 BB/K ratio.
-Julio Teheran, ATL, P, Gwinnett Braves (#5): Teheran had another solid start in his 2nd outing (4 innings, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 Ks, 4 BBs). He’s got a tidy 1.86 ERA, but the 6 BBs in 9.2 innings needs work.
-Desmond Jennings, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (#22): 11 for 33 with 2 hrs and 6 rbis, 4 steals and a 9BB/9K ratio. Could be only a matter of time before call up.
-Chris Davis, TEX, 3b, Round Rock Express (unranked): after scorching Triple A, ‘Crash’ Davis is back up with the big boys, a product of the Josh Hamilton injury. I wouldn’t get remotely interested until I saw he can actually handle big league pitching this time around, plus he’s competing with Mitch Moreland, Mike Napoli and Michael Young for at-bats. The Rangers have some real problems on offense, eh?
-Jenrry Mejia, NYM, SP, Buffalo (#44): Mejia has yet to give up a run in two starts; his latest gem was 6.2 innings against Scranton Wilkes-Barre, with 5 Ks, 3 BBs, and 4 H.
-Dee Gordon, LAD, SS, Albuquerque Isotopes (#26): The Dodgers’ SS of the future is 14 for 42 with 5 steals. He does have an ugly 13/2 K/BB thing going on though.
-Kyle Gibson, MIN, SP, Rochester Red Wings (#34): Gibson did better in his 2nd start (2 ER, 5 H, 2 BBs, 3 Ks in 5innings). He did give up another hr, which makes 2 in 2 outings.
–Jordan Lyles, HOU, SP, Oklahoma City Redhawks (#42): Lyles also improved in start #2 (4 innings, 2 ER, 6 H, 4 Ks, no BBs).
–Fernando Martinez, NYM, OF, Buffalo Bisons (unranked): started out 5 for 16, then ended up on the 7 day DL, right hamstring strain.
-Tanner Scheppers, TEX, SP, Round Rock Express (#84): Started on the 7 day DL and had a mediocre 1st start, going 2 innings and giving up 3 ER on 4 H. He K’ed 3.
-Matt Dominguez, Fla, 3b, New Orleans Zephyrs (#81): On the 7 day DL to start the season, fractured elbow, out 4-6 weeks as of early April.
-Mike Trout, LAA, OF, Arkansas Travelers (#2): Trout raked the past week, and is now 11 for 38 with 3 hrs and 3 steals (he had two hrs in one game on 4/12) to go along with a nifty 7/8 walk to strikeout ratio and a .579 slugging percentage.
-Wil Myers, KC, OF, Northwest Arkansas Naturals (#10): Myers is 10 for 34 adding a hr and 5 rbis last week.
-Austin Romine, NYY, C, Trenton Thunder (#98): Romine is just 7 for 30, but did have 4 rbis last week. He also has 6 BBs and only 4 Ks.
-Travis D’arnaud, TOR, C New Hampshire Fisher Cats (#36): Hitting an abysmal .133 (4 for 30). Sliver lining: 3/4 BB/K.
-Joe Benson, Min, OF, New Britain Rock Cats (#100): Benson is 15 for 39 and slugging .615 while swiping 3 bases. The Twins have had trouble scoring runs so not out of the realm of possibility that we see Benson move up to Triple A shortly, with an eye on joining the team post-All Star break. Benson is 23, so age is not an issue.
-Tony Sanchez, PIT, C, Altoona Curve (#46): 9 for 31, he is 5 for his last 10 and has 5 BBs to 4 Ks.
-Brett Jackson, CHC, OF, Tennessee Smokies (#38): Jackson is 15 for 34, slugging .647, has 5 steals and an 8/7 BB/K ratio. Look for a jump to Triple A shortly.
-Wilin Rosario, COL, C, Tulsa Drillers (#49): 6 for 25, but only 1 K; he’s also slugging .600.
-Christian Colon, KC, SS, Arkansas Naturals (#51): 8 for 37, but a 6/5 walk to K ratio. Amazing how he is BA’s 51st ranked prospect, and just the 6th best in the Royals’ system. Will be interesting to see how it plays out for them in 2012. I don’t put much stock in the 2011 start, the starting pitching can’t possibly hold up.
–Matt Moore, TB, SP, Montgomery Biscuits (#15): As great as his debut went, his 2nd start left much to be desired. Moore gave up 10 hits, 6 earned and 2 dingers in 4.1 innings. He did K 5 and walked none, if you are looking for a silver lining. However, he obviously was not inducing many harmless balls in play on the ones that were hit. Moore has plenty of time – and talent – with which to right the course though.
-Chris Archer, TB, SP, Montgomery (#27): Archer didn’t do too well either in start #2, going 4.2 and allowing 3 ER, 5 H, and 3 BB. He did K 4.
-Casey Kelly, SD, SP, San Antonio Missions (#31): Kelly improved in his second start (6 innings, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks).
-Randall Delgado, ATL, SP, Mississippi Braves (#35): Delgado pitched well again: 5 innings, 1 ER, 6 Ks (but 4 BBs).
-John Lamb, KC, SP, Northwest Arkansas Naturals (#18): Lamb only gave up 1 ER, and 3 H in 3.2 innings his last time out, but he walked 5 and only K’ed 1.
-Martin Perez, TEX, SP, Frisco Roughriders (#24): Perez had a great start #2, going 5 shutout innings, with only 4 H while striking out 9. He still walked 2, and walks are something Perez had issues with in 2010.
-Rubby de la Rosa, LAD, SP, Chattenooga Lookouts (#90): His debut on the list comes with a stellar 1st start: 5 innings, 1 ER, 3 H, 9 Ks, 3 BBs (well, not the walks). He is LA’s top ranked pitching prospect, but don’t expect any impact in 2011.
-Jarrod Parker, ARI, SP, Mobile Bay Bears (#33): The D’Backs top pitching prospect had a rude introduction to 2011, after missing all of 2010 due to TJ surgery: 7 ER, 6 H, 1 hr, 3 BB in 3.2 innings. He did K 5. He has much to prove and will need some time to get back into the condition he was in pre-surgery.
-Dellin Betances, NYY, SP, Trenton Thunder (#43): Betances went on the 7 DL (blister) after his debut.
–Manny Banuelos NYY, SP, Trenton (#41): Banuelos hasn’t made a start yet, on the 7 day DL, same issue as Betances.
–Derek Norris, WAS, C, Harrisburg Senators (#72): On 7 day DL (ankle), not supposed to be out more than a week.
–Trey McNutt, CHC, SP, Tennessee (#48): 7 day DL.
-Manny Machado, BAL, SS, Delmarva Shorebirds (#14): Machado is doing well, hitting .361 (13 for 36) while walking 7 times and whiffing only 5. Only 18, he won’t see higher than double A this year, if at all.
-Jake Odorizzi, KC, SP, Wilmington Blue Rocks (unranked): Odorizzi, part of the Greinke trade, made two starts last week, with mixed results. On 4/10 he went 4 innings, allowing 4 H, 1 ER, 1BB, while K’ing 6. On 4/17, he went only 3 innings, giving up 2 ER, 4 H, and walking 2. He did strike out 4.
-Drake Britton, BOS, SP, Salem (VA) Red Sox (#97): Britton again was sub-par in start #2 (2 innings, 5 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 1 K). He’s now sporting a 22.85 ERA on the year.
-Arodys Vizcaino, ATL, SP, Lynchburg Hillcats (#93): Vizcaino turned in another fine performance on 4/15 (5 innings, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks). Think the Yanks wish they could do the Vasquez trade over again and keep him off the table?
–Shelby Miller, STL, SP, Palm Beach Cardinals (#13): Miller was dominant again in outing #2, striking out 11 in 5 2/3, while giving up 6 H, and 2 ER. He walked just 1. That’s a 20:2 K/BB ratio (10/1 for the math wizards out there).
-Bryce Harper, WAS, OF, Hagerstown Suns (#1): The Golden Boy is 9 for 37, but hit his first hr of the season last week and stole another base. Has struck out 11 times.
-Tyler Matzek, COL, SP, Modesto Nuts (#32): Matzek cleaned up his act somewhat in his second start as he pitched 3.1 innings of 2 hit ball, to go with 1 ER, 5 Ks and 4 BBs.
-Nolan Arenado, COL, 3b, Modesto (#80): 10 for 43 with 4 rbis, zero walks and 8 Ks. Nothing to see here for now, move along.
-Zack Wheeler, SF, SP, San Jose Giants (#55): A very good follow up to his 5 shutout innings in start #1 (5.2 innings, 4 H, 2 ER, 8Ks/1 BB). Impressive K/BB ratio this time out.
-Tyler Skaggs, ARI, SP, Visalia Rawhide (#82): Skaggs pitched well on 4/13, going 5 innings, striking out 7 compared to 4 walks, and giving up 1 ER on 2 H.
-Matthew Davidson, ARI, 3b, Visalia (#99): Davidson is 11 for 42, but had a hr and 7 rbis last week.
-Jean Segura, LAA, 2b, Inland Empire 66 (#57): 19 for 47 with 6 steals and a 5/7 BB/K ratio, he is OPS’ing 1.004.
-Nick Franklin, SEA, SS, High Desert Mavericks (#53): 10 for 34, he has a 6 game hitting streak a hr and 2 steals in the past week.
-Jonathan Villar, HOU, SS, Lancaster Jethawks (#94): Continuing his hot streak, Villar is 15 for 43, and hit his first hr last week. Also has 10 rbis and 7 steals (5 SB’s last week alone).
-Aaron Hicks, MIN, OF, Fort Myers Miracles (#45): Hicks is 9 for 33, only 3 for his last 19.
-Brody Colvin, PHI, SP, Clearwater Threshers (#56): 7 day DL (Back).
-Gary Sanchez, C, NYY, Charleston River Dogs (#30): 7 day DL (Abdominal Strain).