Weekly Minor League Recap

You know the drill; Stats are as of Sunday (which, by the way, come courtesy of minorleaguebaseball.com), numbers are the BA rankings, Jesus Montero is too good for triple A, blah, blah, blah.


-Jerry Sands, LAD, OF, (unranked): The same day Sands was mentioned here last week, the Dodgers brought him up (they must have heard Mike touting his exploits).  Sands is struggling out of the gate (4 for 26 with 4 RBIs, 0 HRs, 3 BBs/8 Ks), so I wouldn’t get too excited about him until I started to see some improvement.  In deeper/keeper leagues, he’s worth stashing on the bench for the time being.

Jesus Montero, NYY, C, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (#3): The aforementioned Mr. Jesus must be getting bored with AAA pitching.  He’s ‘only’ hitting .407 now and won’t let anyone walk him, with a season total of 9 Ks and 0 BBs.  He took a foul ball to the groin during Sunday’s game *grabs groin reflexively* and had to leave, but he should be ok.

-Andrew Brackman, NYY, SP, SWB (#78): Brackman made two starts last week.  On 4/18, he was pretty ineffective, giving up 4 ER, 7 H and 2 hrs in 5 innings with 4 Ks.  He bounced back with a sharper performance yesterday (6 innings, 2 ER, 5 H, only 1 HR, 3 BBs, 3 Ks).  Dude’s gotta cut down on the gopher balls if he is to have any shot at seeing the Bronx this summer.

Mike Moustakas, 3b, and Eric Hosmer, 1b, KC, Omaha Storm Chasers (#9 and #8 respectively): Moustakas: 16 for 67 (.239), with a HR and 7 RBIs last week, slugging only .373.  Hosmer: 24 for 67 (.358), slugging .463, 11BB/11K.

-Mike Montgomery, KC, P, Omaha  (#19): Montgomery is 1-1 after 4 starts, with a 3 ERA and 18 Ks in 21 innings.  He does have 12 BBs.  His last start was solid: 6 innings, 2 ER, 6H, 2 BB/4 K, but he did give up his first HR of the season.

Brett Lawrie, Tor, 2b, Vegas 51s (#40): Lawrie keeps treating baseballs badly, hitting .425 (31 for 73) and slugging .712.  3 HRs and 5 RBIs last week, bringing season total to 4 and 12.  Aaron Hill? He’s hit the DL with a strained hammy.  Too many steal attempts Aaron, tsk, tsk…

Dustin Ackley, 2b, Seattle, Tacoma Rainiers (#12): Ackley is continuing to underwhelm at 17 for 72 (.236), but on the bright side he has 4 steals and is getting on base around 35% of the time (12 BB/15 K), which is not something most Mariners can boast.

-Jose Iglesias SS, Bos, Pawtucket Red Sox (#52): Iglesias is now 11 for 51 (hitting and slugging .216!!!).  He is in danger of dropping off the list (general suckiness).  Next.

Lonnie Chisenhall, Cle, 3b, Columbus Clippers (#25): 3 weeks in, Chisenhall hasn’t showed why he is the 3rd baseman of the future for the Indians (13 for 58 (.224) while slugging .362).  He does have a modest 4 game hitting streak, so maybe he will get going soon.

-Jason Kipnis, Cle, 2b, Clippers (#54): Kipnis is 3 for his last 15, 13 for 51 on the year.  He is still walking as much as he is striking out though (10/11).

-Julio Teheran, ATL, P, Gwinnett Braves (#5): Teheran is starting to dominate at the AAA level, throwing another gem this past week (6.1 innings, 1 ER, 7 H, 5 Ks, 0 BBs).  He is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA and had his first walk-free start last time out.  Julio is the real deal.

-Desmond Jennings, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (#22): Jennings has cooled off considerably since the call up talk (only 6 for his last 29).  He is still getting on base around 40% of the time.  Sam Fuld is playing over his head in TB, but when he inevitably levels off, the clamor for Desmond to jump to Tampa could pick up again.

-Jenrry Mejia, NYM, SP, Buffalo (#44): Mejia gave up his first runs of the year in two starts last week.  One was passable (5.2 innings, 2 ER, 3 H, 4 BBs, 6 Ks), one was outright bad (6 innings, 5 ER, 4 H, 1 HR, 2 BB, 3 K).  Any call up talk might have cooled off.

-Dee Gordon, LAD, SS, Albuquerque Isotopes (#26): Gordon is 4 for his last 22, dropping his average to .281.  He did steal 3 more bases.  K/BB rate is still ugly at 14/3.

-Kyle Gibson, MIN, SP, Rochester Red Wings (#34): Gibson tossed a gem in his last start: 6 innings, 1 ER, 1 H (was a HR), 6 Ks, 0 BBs.  Each start has gotten progressively better; this coupled with Minnesota’s early struggles could prompt a call up shortly.

Jordan Lyles, HOU, SP, Oklahoma City Redhawks (#42): Lyles had 1 bad start (6 innings, 6 ER, 8 H, 1 HR, 2 BB, 3 Ks) and one good start last week (7 innings, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 Ks, 1 BB).  Houston is bad all of the time, so look for Lyles to get some buzz if he keeps improving.

-Anthony Rizzo, SD, 1b, Tucson Padres (#75): Rizzo is a New Edition to the list; SD hitting prospects are pretty easy to overlook, I just plum forgot about him.  But given the anemic nature of the parent club’s offense, he could get the call shortly and give the Pod’s a ‘bang’. He is manhandling the PCL at a .420 clip (29 for 69) while slugging .768.  He hit HRs on three straight days last week, and now has 6 on the season.  Part of the Adrian Gonzalez haul, keep an eye on your waiver wire for him in deeper leagues as he cannot possibly be worse than what the Friars trudge out there every night.  

Fernando Martinez, NYM, OF, Buffalo Bisons (unranked): Back off the DL, Martinez went 2 for 6 with a HR in two games since returning from a hamstring strain.  He’s now 7 for 22 (.318) on the season.

Injury Updates:

-Ryan Kalish, Bos, OF, Pawtucket (unranked):  Kalish wasn’t doing much better than his teammate Iglesias – 13 for 55 (.236, slugging .309) – before suffering a torn shoulder muscle that will most likely keep him out for the rest of the season.  Ryan, we hardly knew ye; godspeed.

Tanner Scheppers, TEX, SP, Round Rock Express (#84): after 1 start, Scheppers is on the DL again with recurring back problems.

-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 is 15 for 53, hitting a healthy .283.  More impressive is his .566 slugging.  He added another HR this past week and now has 4 on the season.

 -Wil Myers, KC, OF, Northwest Arkansas Naturals (#10): Myers is just 2 for his last 12 to drop his season average to .261.  He did hit a HR last week.  His BB/K rate leaves much to be desired (3/12) and he’s only slugging .435.

-Austin Romine, NYY, C, Trenton Thunder (#98): Romine is up to .294 now (15 for 51) after going 8 for 21 last week, with 3 HRs and 10 RBIs.  He’s slugging .529, getting on base almost 40% of the time, and has an 8/9 BB/K rate.  Nice!

-Travis D’arnaud, TOR, C New Hampshire Fisher Cats (#36): D’arnaud went 5 for 16 last week, with his first HR and 4 of his 5 RBIs.  He’s now ‘up’ to .196.  Still, progress is progress.

-Joe Benson, Min, OF, New Britain Rock Cats (#100): Benson is continuing the hot hitting, 21 for 55 on the season and 6 for 16 last week.  Slugging .600 on the nose.  Sounds like promotion time to me.

-Tony Sanchez, PIT, C, Altoona Curve (#46): Sanchez is 11 for 43, dropping his average to .256 after a 2 for 12 week.  He added 3 walks and didn’t strike out though (8/4 on the season); he’s getting on base at a 40% clip.  Apparently he’s one of those catchers who likes to steal, with 4 attempts on the year.  Unfortunately, he’s been caught 3 times.  Stick to walking Tony.

-Brett Jackson, CHC, OF, Tennessee Smokies (#38): Jackson had an off week, going 5 for 22, dropping his average to a paltry .375.  He belted two HRs and had 3 other extra base hits, increasing his slugging to .679.  Walk/Strike out rate is at 12/13.  This guy looks good.  He’s got almost a full season of success at AA now, combined with last year; time to move him up to AAA Cubbies.

-Wilin Rosario, COL, C, Tulsa Drillers (#49): Rosario is coming into his own, hitting .310 now after going 7 for 17 in his last 5 games.  Only 5 Ks on the year to go with 4 BBs.  He is now slugging .714 after launching two over the wall last week.

-Christian Colon, KC, SS, Arkansas Naturals (#51): Colon is struggling.  He went 3 for 13 last week, now is 11 for 50.  He did hit a HR and has kept up his plate discipline (9/6 BB/K).  He also stole another base.

Matt Moore, TB, SP, Montgomery Biscuits (#15): Moore had two on the surface ineffective starts last week: in 9 innings combined, he gave up 5 ER, 9 H, 3 HRs and walked 3.  But he did strike out 12 and now has 24/3 K/BB on the season.  So he’s showing he has the stuff, just a matter of harnessing it and keeping those fly balls in the park.

-Chris Archer, TB, SP, Montgomery (#27): Archer got roughed up last week to the tune of 5 ER, 10 H, and a HR in 4 innings.  He did K 5 while walking none though, his first outing without issuing a free pass.

-Casey Kelly, SD, SP, San Antonio Missions (#31): Kelly had a mixed bag week: combined 11 innings, 7 ER, 13 H, 2 HRs, 5 BBs, 12 Ks in two starts.  Still very raw but tons of upside.

-Randall Delgado, ATL, SP, Mississippi Braves (#35): Delgado was even better this week than last: 11 innings, 3 ER, 15 H, 3 BBs, 13 Ks (well, the hits weren’t that great). Has a 1.71 ERA, 25/9 K/BB and no HRs on the year.  The Braves have some kind of young pitching depth going on.

-John Lamb, KC, SP, Northwest Arkansas Naturals (#18): Lamb gave up 4 ER, 5 H and a HR last time out.  But he reversed his K/BB from last week (5 Ks/1 BB).  Still trying to figure things out in AA.

-Martin Perez, TEX, SP, Frisco Roughriders (#24): Perez threw 5 perfect innings last time out to go with 3 Ks (1.38 ERA 15 K/4 BB on the year).  Good to see out of Texas’ top pitching prospect.

-Rubby de la Rosa, LAD, SP, Chattanooga Lookouts (#90): de la Rosa has given up exactly 1 ER each time out.  In 2 starts last week, his line was 10.1 innings, 2 ER, 9 H, 5 BBs, 10 Ks.  His latest start was rocky, as he walked 4 in 5.1.  Still, he is sporting a 1.76 ERA, no HRs and 19/8 K/BB on the year.  Obviously the walks need to come down if he wants to move up.

-Jarrod Parker, ARI, SP, Mobile Bay Bears (#33): Parker is still having trouble coming back from surgery.  His first of two starts last week: 3.1 innings, 7 ER, 7 H, 2 HRs, 3 BBs, 1 K – ouch!  It was beginning to look like Parker needed a demotion to get straightened out.  However, in start #2, he did improve: 5 innings, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 Ks.  It is not a big improvement, but it is progress.  Still, you can almost certainly forget about Parker making any big league impact until 2012 at the earliest.

 –Manny Banuelos NYY, SP, Trenton (#41): Not sure how I missed Banuelos actually made a start before going on the DL, but he did; my bad.  On 4/11 he pitched 4 scoreless innings, giving up 4 H.  He walked 1 and K’ed one.  After coming back from the DL, Manny cruised through another start: 4 innings, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BBs, 4 Ks.  He now has 8 innings of scoreless work.  He will not be perfect all year, but glad to see the top Yankee pitching prospect living up to expectations thus far.  Here’s to a 2012 debut in the Bronx.

Derek Norris, WAS, C, Harrisburg Senators (#72): Norris came back after a DL stint and went 1 for 9 last week.  He is 2 for 15 on the year with an ugly 9 Ks/2 BBs.  Needs improvement.

Trey McNutt, CHC, SP, Tennessee (#48): McNutt came back from the DL this past week: 4 innings, 2 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks.  Meh.

Injury Update:

-Dellin Betances, NYY, SP, Trenton Thunder (#43): Betances is still DL’ed.


-Manny Machado, BAL, SS, Delmarva Shorebirds (#14): Machado tailed off last week (3 for 22) and is down to .276 on the year.  He does have 10 BBs/9 Ks and is getting on base at a 39% clip.

-Jake Odorizzi, KC, SP, Wilmington Blue Rocks (unranked): Odorizzi had a strong start last week: 6 innings, 2 ER, 4 H, 10 Ks (!) and 1 BB.  Now at 20 Ks/4 BBs on the year.

-Drake Britton, BOS, SP, Salem (VA) Red Sox (#97): Britton improved drastically in start #3: 5 innings, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 HR, 0 BBs, 2 Ks.  Still has an ugly 12.54 ERA with a sad 5 Ks/4 BBs.

-Arodys Vizcaino, ATL, SP, Lynchburg Hillcats (#93): 5.1 innings, 2 ER, 9 H (ouch), 2 BBs, 5 Ks.  Still, not bad.  Has a sub 3 ERA and 15 Ks/4 BBs on the year.

 –Shelby Miller, STL, SP, Palm Beach Cardinals (#13): Same old, same old: Miller Ks a ton, walks little in start #3.  He did give up HR #1, but still only let up 3 earned in 7 innings, to go with 6 hits.  Now at 28 Ks/3 BBs on the season.  Yea, he’s pretty good at this throwing of the baseball to get people out thing.

-Bryce Harper, WAS, OF, Hagerstown Suns (#1): Ah, THIS is the Bryce Harper we all expected: 6 for 12 with 2 HRs, 7 RBIs, 3 BBs, 1 steal, 2 Ks last week.  He was positively A-Rodian on 4/22: HR, 6 RBIs, 2 BBs.  Now at .306/.414/.551, Harper looks to be on his way.

-Tyler Matzek, COL, SP, Modesto Nuts (#32): Matzek had a tidy 3rd start: 4 innings, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BBs, 1 K.  He has a 10/10 K/BB line, which is not very good, to put it kindly.  That first start really skewed his numbers though.

-Nolan Arenado, COL, 3b, Modesto (#80): At .324 with an 8 game hitting streak.  He also drew his first walk last week. Yay!  But most of his hits are singles.  Boo!

-Zack Wheeler, SF, SP, San Jose Giants (#55): Wheeler struck out 7 and walked none in start #3.  Sounds great, right?  He also gave up 7 H, 5 ER, and a HR.  So a mixed bag.  K/BB rate is solid though (18/4 in 15.2 innings).

-Tyler Skaggs, ARI, SP, Visalia Rawhide (#82): Tyler ‘Boz’ Skaggs had two erratic starts last week: combined 10.2 innings, 8 ER (4 given up in each), 11 H, 1 HR apiece, 7 BBs and 16 Ks.  A lot of walks (14 in 20.1 innings), a lot of Ks (29).  Obviously that K rate shows his potential to be something special.  The 19 year old just needs to learn how to pitch to professional hitters without having them either walk, strike out, or hit the ball hard.

-Matthew Davidson, ARI, 3b, Visalia (#99): Davidson went 6 for 19 last week, up to .279 on the season.  He went 4 for 4 on 4/23.  Ugly 19 Ks to 4 BBs and .377 slugging on the season.

-Jean Segura, LAA, 2b, Inland Empire 66ers (#57): 2 for 14 last week, 0 steals.  At .344/.412/.475 on the season.

-Nick Franklin, SEA, SS, High Desert Mavericks (#53): at .291 now, he walked 6 times and K’ed 5 last week.  Added 2 steals.  Getting on base 40% of the time.

-Jonathan Villar, HOU, SS, Lancaster Jethawks (#94): Went cold last week (3 for 21).  Added another steal, but struck out 10 times compared to 1 walk. Now at .281 with a dismal .310 OBP.

-Aaron Hicks, MIN, OF, Fort Myers Miracles (#45): Hicks went 3 for 19 last week, dropping his average to .231.  He did have 3 walks/3 Ks.

-Gary Sanchez, C, NYY, Charleston River Dogs (#30): Returned to action last week, going 4 for 18 with 4 RBIs.  He K’ed 9 times and walked only twice.

Injury Update:

-Brody Colvin, PHI, SP, Clearwater Threshers (#56): Still on the 7 day DL (Back).


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