Weekly Minor League Recap:
Considering how well I predicted imminent call ups last week – missing on both Hosmer and Julio Teheran (though I did at least mention Hosmer) – this week I will just return to giving vague prognostications, if anything.
–Jesus Montero, NYY, C, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (#3): Montero is still cruising along at .354/.370/.438, but has been pedestrian the last couple of weeks. He also only has 1 HR. Still, this guy is just playing the waiting game until the Yankees make the call. It might be longer than expected at this point, but keep monitoring. Cervelli won’t hit grand slams every week, Martin looks to be cooling off drastically, and Posada has been terrible (I hate to say that about Jorge, but it’s true).
–Brett Lawrie, TOR, 2b, Vegas 51s (#40): Lawrie must have heard the collective fantasy community’s outrage at Toronto failing to call him up and is thus punishing all by hitting only .217 over his last 10. He still managed to hit two HRs last week, showing that even he cannot stop himself from exhibiting the power. It’s a shame Lawrie can’t field a lick, which is probably the main reason he isn’t on the Blue Jays by now.
–Adrian Cardenas, OAK, DH/2b, Sacremento River Cats (unranked): Cardenas is not doing as well as he was in April, and has seen his average ‘slip’ to .342. He doesn’t offer much power, but does have a 40% OBP. Oakland still hasn’t pulled the trigger, but Cardenas could be a deep league middle infield option if he gets promoted.
–Brandon Guyer, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (unranked): Guyer makes it on the list this week due to his being called up for one game, homering, then being sent back down on Sunday. Weird. But he was raking in triple A (.356/.412/.606 6 HRs, 18 RBIs), and apparently the Rays wanted to just have him up for this one game. Jennings is still the guy to own if/when he gets the call, but keep Guyer on your radar as well, as he is only 25 and could be one of those diamonds in the rough Tampa is so good at finding.
-Yonder Alonso, CIN, OF, Louisville Bats (#73): Alonso started slowly in AAA and seems blocked at the big league level, but he has been on fire lately (.382/.450/.588 in his last 10 games) so he is worth filing away as an intriguing prospect for the 2nd half.
–Lonnie Chisenhall, Cle, 3b, Columbus Clippers (#25): Chisenhall blew up last week, going 10 for 23 with 5 RBIs. He has now had two very good to great weeks in a row and is up to .294/.386/.431 (well, slugging is still an issue). Keep up the good work Lonnie.
-Desmond Jennings, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (#22): Jennings is now performing as expected, up to .304/.417/.461 after a 10 for 22 week. He is showing patience, base stealing ability, and some pop, all good things coveted by the fantasy player. Since Fuld is basically below replacement level the last few weeks, Jennings (and Guyer) are on deck for that LF spot in Tampa..
-Kyle Gibson, MIN, SP, Rochester Red Wings (#34): Gibson put in another quality start last week (6 innings, 3 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 6 Ks). Minnesota got some stability with their SPs last week, so Gibson-watch is on hold for the time being. Still it is doubtful Blackburn and Slowey are in it for the long haul (Liriano, maybe, but we all know that no-no was ‘meh’).
–Jordan Lyles, HOU, SP, Oklahoma City Redhawks (#42): Lyles had another solid turn last week, striking out 9 in 6 innings while allowing just 2 ER and walking the same. Houston sucks and might just be better off letting Lyles tear it up for a full season rather than be called up.
-Anthony Rizzo, SD, 1b, Tucson Padres (#75): Rizzo goes 9 for 21, hits 3 HRs, knocks in 10, steals a base for good measure. In other news, the sky is blue and NASCAR is boring.
-Danny Duffy, KC, SP, Omaha Stormchasers (#68)*: Duffy kept up the Ks, but gave up some runs for the first time in three starts last week in 2 turns. He struck out 17 in 12 innings, giving up 6 ER (4 and 2 respectively), while walking 3. Gotta love that K/BB ratio: its now 41/7 on the year. Keep an eye on this youngster for sure.
*(correction: I had him unranked last week).
–Mike Montgomery, KC, P, Omaha (#19): Montgomery is doing well as far as letting up runs, but his control is suspect at the moment. He had a 1/4 K/BB ratio last week and is at 24/19 on the season. He only gave up 1 ER in each of his last two turns and is limiting hits. However, those walk numbers have to improve if he wants to get the call, which, given KC’s quick promotion of Eric Hosmer last week – a surprise to most, including, of course, me – might be sooner than later. It’s pretty clear Duffy and Montgomery have more talent in their little fingers than Chen, Davies, and O’Sullivan have in their entire bodies combined.
– Eric Hosmer, 1b, KC, Omaha Storm Chasers KC Royals (#8): As everyone knows by now, Hosmer got the call last Friday, ahead of schedule. He is probably added in most leagues, even deep non-keepers. I own him in one league (non-keeper) and plan on trying to sell him if he starts out hot (he’s 3 for 9 so far, with 3 walks and an SB), as the track record for highly touted prospects in their rookie season is fraught with struggles (See Belt, Brandon).
–Lorenzo Cain, KC, OF, Omaha (unranked): Cain, part of the Greinke trade with Jake Odorizzi, has proven his worth in the PCL, hitting .313/.402/.475 this year, and .395/.489/.553 the last 10 games. Another of KC’s wealth of prospects to keep an eye on as the year progresses, given Melky Cabrera and Jeff Francoeur can’t possibly be part of the team’s future plans in the outfield.
-Julio Teheran, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#5): Teheran got a spot start call up on Saturday and is now back with Gwinnett. He didn’t fare too well, giving up 3 ER, 4 H, a HR and 2 BBs in 4.2 innings. He only K’ed 1. Nothing to worry about here, it’s just one start. The kid is legit.
Injured (Super) Prospect Update:
-Domonic Brown, PHI, OF, Clearwater Threshers (#4): At Triple A Lehigh Valley last week, Brown looked comfortable, going .409/.429./.737 (gotta love small sample sizes); monitor as needed though, because this guy has just a bit of talent. Add him if you have the roster space (and he’s still available in your keeper).
–Austin Romine, NYY, C, Trenton Thunder (#98): .286/.318/.310 last ten. Needs more polish at AA it seems.
-Brett Jackson, CHC, OF, Tennessee Smokies (#38): Mr. Jackson is nothing exciting lately (.257/.409/.429 last 10), but still keeping sterling OBP.
-Trey McNutt, CHC, SP, Tennessee (#48): Mcnutt didn’t pitch last week, but doesn’t show up injured. WTF?
–Jacob Turner, DET, SP, Erie SeaWolves (#21): Turner was just ‘blah last week: 5 innings, 3 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 2 Ks, 1 HR.
-Jake Odorizzi, KC, SP, Wilmington Blue Rocks (unranked): Solid again: 6 innings, 2 ER, 6 H, 8 K, 1 BB.
–Shelby Miller, STL, SP, Palm Beach Cardinals (#13): No bumps last week: 6 innings, 10 K, 3 BB, 1 ER, 4 H.
-Bryce Harper, WAS, OF, Hagerstown Suns (#1): 12 for 21 with 1 hr and 4 rbis last week. Ridic.
-Tyler Skaggs, ARI, SP, Visalia Rawhide (#82): Skaggs had a great start last week: 6 innings, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5K, 2H.
–Jean Segura, LAA, 2b, Inland Empire 66 (#57): Segura was rolling along, but had a rough last ten games: .171/271/220. He did walk more than he K’ed, which is always good.
–Manny Machado, BAL, SS, Delmarva Shorebirds (#14): Machado is making mincemeat of A pitching, going .438/.561/.969(!) in his last 10, hitting 5 HRs in that time. He is at .333/.450/.611 on the season and seems poised to move up. He did land on the 7 day DL, but isn’t expected to be out long.