–Jesus Montero, NYY, C, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (#3): With the Posada saga taking a turn for the worse for Jorge and the Yankees, the good news is that fantasy players may see Montero make the jump sooner than expected. Montero is chugging along at .336/.369/.443, and hit his 2nd homer of the year last week. He is also showing more patience at the plate, walking 3 more times to bring his season total to 6; hey, its progress. He isn’t hitting out of this world, but when he gets the call, he will almost certainly be an upgrade over most catchers in the majors fantasy-wise.
–Brett Lawrie, TOR, 2b, Vegas 51s (#40): Lawrie is still hitting home runs at a healthy clip, adding 2 more last week. Hitting only .262 over the past 10 may have cooled off the promotion talk, but don’t sleep on him if/when Toronto makes the move (can they really seriously consider sticking with .216/zero HR hitting Aaron Hill? Who knows). One red flag hitting wise: 31/11 K/BB, so he needs to work on patience (kind of like Montero).
–Adrian Cardenas, OAK, DH/2b, Sacremento River Cats (unranked): Cardenas hit .406 in his last ten and is walking nearly as much as he is striking out (11 to 14). Not sure what Oakland is waiting for, as he presents a definite upgrade over Mark Ellis.
–Brandon Guyer, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (unranked): Guyer came back from his 1 game stint with the big club and promptly went 2 for 13 with no extra base hits. He doesn’t walk much, he isn’t a big power guy, but he does have speed. I don’t know how much value I would attribute to him given Jennings has the superior skillset, but can’t hurt to keep tabs on him.
-Yonder Alonso, CIN, OF, Louisville Bats (#73): Alonso continued his hot hitting ways last week, and is at .391/.451/.652 over his last ten. How you doin’ Jonny Gomes?
–Lonnie Chisenhall, Cle, 3b, Columbus Clippers (#25): Chisenhall kept up his solid recent play at the plate, hitting .289 over his last ten. With Jack Hannahan back to being sub-par, Lonnie is in the on-deck circle.
-Desmond Jennings, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (#22): Jennings flashed the power last week, hitting two HRs, while still keeping a stellar walk to K rate (21 to 29 on the season). Magic 8-ball says: Promotion imminent.
-Kyle Gibson, MIN, SP, Rochester Red Wings (#34): Gibson pitched poorly last week during his one start, going 5 IP, and giving up 4 ER and 6 H. He struck out 4 and walked 2. The Twins are looking more and more like a lost cause this year, so they might just see what they have in Gibson before too long.
–Jordan Lyles, HOU, SP, Oklahoma City Redhawks (#42): Lyles was a mixed bag last week: 5 ER in 5.1 IP on 5/9, 2 ER in 7.0 IP on 5/14. He K’ed 7 combined.
-Anthony Rizzo, SD, 1b, Tucson Padres (#75): Rizzo hit .343 in his last ten, and had zero HRs last week. The man is human! SD actually is showing some run scoring prowess of late, so plans to bring him up could be on pause for a bit. Would like to see more patience (16 BBs/31 Ks), but Rizzo still presents as an intriguing prospect when he gets promoted.
-Danny Duffy, KC, SP, Omaha Stormchasers (#68): Duffy had a rough outing last week: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BBs, 2 Ks. Might calm the promotion talk for just a bit. Still, dismiss him at your peril.
–Mike Montgomery, KC, P, Omaha (#19): Montgomery had a disastrous week: 9.1 IP, 15 H, 11 ER, 6 BBs, 9 Ks. Call up talk is officially on hold.
–Lorenzo Cain, KC, OF, Omaha (unranked): Cain hit .300 on the nose the last 10, and he had one absolutely monster game on 5/14: a HR, 7 RBIs, 3 R, 4 for 5. Obviously that skewed his stats for the week, but hey, who wouldn’t take that performance on their fantasy squad? Another player who lacks patience though: 10 BBs, 28 Ks.
– Mike Minor, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#37): Minor is in the news due to an injury to Brandon Beachy last week. Minor has performed well with Gwinnett (2.22 ERA, 44.2 IP, 5 HR, 46 K, 14 BB) and wasn’t discussed until now due to Teheran and Beachy being ahead of him on the depth chart. Could get a spot start next week and maybe more this year if the stars align just right (i.e., more injuries to Braves). I originally talked him up in the prospect preview before the season started; the man’s got talent and might get a shot to prove it this week.
-Julio Teheran, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#5): Teheran is back in the minors, and back to dominating (7.2 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 7 K, 4 BB). With the Beachy injury, Teheran might go right back to ATL.
–Mike Moustakas, 3b, KC, Omaha Storm Chasers (#9): Mous is heating up for Omaha, hitting .351/.444/.676 over his last ten. He keeps this up, he could join Hosmer shortly. Moustakas has the pedigree to be something special this year, it’s just a matter of time.
Injured (Super) Prospect Update:
-Domonic Brown, PHI, OF, Clearwater Threshers (#4): Brown hit a bump in the road, spraining his thumb last week. He should be back in action in 5-7 days. It’s a minor thing, but that’s now the second injury this year for Domonic.
Unexciting Prospect Update:
Fernando Martinez, NYM, OF (unranked): Just fyi, Martinez got called up last week for the NY Metropolitans. Although he started well in three games thus far (2 for 6, a hr and 2 rbis), he isn’t really anyone of interest in any but the deepest of leagues. Even as a keeper, he presents limited value.
–Austin Romine, NYY, C, Trenton Thunder (#98): Romine is at .220 over his last ten with only 1 extra base hit (a double). Pronogsis: negative for moving up anytime soon.
-Brett Jackson, CHC, OF, Tennessee Smokies (#38): Jackson is now at .233/.410/.467 his last ten. Good to see the kid can get on base even when not hitting. I still say he gets moved up shortly.
-Trey McNutt, CHC, SP, Tennessee (#48): McNutt is back after a hiatus of some sort, and threw only 2 innings on 5/13. Not sure what happened, but something seems amiss.
–Jacob Turner, DET, SP, Erie SeaWolves (#21): Turner had two great turns last week, combining for 13.2 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 10 Ks. Turner is not even 20 yet though, so they may give him more time at AA before seeing what he can do in triple A.
–Randall Delgado, ATL, SP, Mississippi Braves (#35): Given the Braves have moved up (or shown the likelihood of moving up) several Triple A prospects of late, Delgado could get promoted to the next level the way he is pitching. He is sporting a 2.38 ERA, 45 K’s/17 BBs, 38 H in 45.1 IP. Man do the Braves have good young pitching.
-Mike Trout, LAA, OF, Arkansas Travelers (#2): Trout update: .300/.408/.575 in his last ten, .303/.386/.549 on the season. Only his first year at Double A though, don’t get too excited about any MLB talk for 2011.
-Jake Odorizzi, KC, SP, Wilmington Blue Rocks (unranked): Threw 6 1 hit, shutout innings while K’ing 13 and walking 3 on 5/10. However, he followed that with a mediocre 4.2 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 4 K performance on 5/15. He didn’t walk anyone though. Still, he looks ready to move up, which I have been saying for the past three weeks.
–Shelby Miller, STL, SP, Palm Beach Cardinals (#13): Miller had two great starts last week, as per usual (combined 12 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 17 K, 4 BB). What are you waiting for St. Lou?
-Bryce Harper, WAS, OF, Hagerstown Suns (#1): The legend of Mr. Harper grows, as if that was possible, with him going .429/.467/.643 over his last ten games. Starting to put up beer league softball like numbers now. I feel bad for the A-ball pitchers who have to face him.
-Tyler Skaggs, ARI, SP, Visalia Rawhide (#82): Skaggs was stellar last week: 13 IP in two starts, 2 ER, 4 BB, 14 Ks. Doesn’t look like he needs too much more time at this level.
–Jean Segura, LAA, 2b, Inland Empire 66 (#57): Segura hit the 7 day DL on 5/11. He was at a dismal .154/.250/.205 in his 10 games prior.
–Manny Machado, BAL, SS, Delmarva Shorebirds (#14): Machado is still on the 7 day DL with a dislocated kneecap, but should return within a week.