Weekly Minor League Recap

AAA:

Jesus Montero, NYY, C, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (#3): Montero is still mouldering away at SWB, mainly because the Yankees do not have a regular place for him to play every day, except for possibly DH.  They don’t want to have the kid start his career just batting, and so we must wait (Insert Second Coming joke here).  His average has dropped to .315, but he is showing more power of late, hitting 2 HR and 3 doubles in his last ten.  His walk/k ratio still sucks though (8/31).

Brett Lawrie, TOR, 2b/3b, Vegas 51s (#40): Lawrie is back to hitting for average to go along with his prodigious power.  He is at .375/.490/.800 with 4 HRs, 13 RBIs, 9 BBs, and 7 Ks over his last ten.  He already has more HRs this year (11) than last year (8) in 92 fewer games.  But blah blah blah his glove is nonexistent blah blah blah.

Adrian Cardenas, OAK, DH/2b, Sacramento River Cats (unranked): The beat goes on for Cardenas average wise, as he hit .411 over his last ten.  He also showed some power, slugging .618 (though just one hit went over the fence).  Still getting on base over 40% of the time.

Brandon Guyer, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (unranked): Guyer is at .176/.300/.206 over his past ten.  Looking more and more like the HR in his major league debut was a giant fluke

-Yonder Alonso, CIN, OF, Louisville Bats (#73): Alonso is rolling along at .375/.468/.550 in his last ten.  More importantly, he had 7 walks to 4 strikeouts; patience increases call up potential IMO.

Lonnie Chisenhall, Cle, 3b, Columbus Clippers (#25): Chisenhall cooled off last week (.243 average), but did hit another HR.  Still think pre-all star break call up is imminent.

-Desmond Jennings, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (#22): Jennings had a meh week, and is at .233/.313/.512 over his past ten.  OBP is still around 40% for the season.  Right on schedule for a June call up.

-Kyle Gibson, MIN, SP, Rochester Red Wings (#34): Gibson continued his recent mediocre play, going 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 4 K in his last outing.  He is giving up well over a HR/9 and has a 4.25 ERA on the season.  Still looks like he needs some work in the minors.

Jordan Lyles, HOU, SP, Oklahoma City Redhawks (#42): Lyles tossed a gem last week (7.2 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 1 BB).  His peripherals are solid (1.28 WHIP, .5 HR/9, 2.67 K/BB rates), would be interesting to see what he can do in Houston before the year is out.

-Anthony Rizzo, SD, 1b, Tucson Padres (#75):  Rizzo Watch reaches around the month mark, with him still hanging out in Tucson.  He resumed the HR show last week, hitting 4, and now stands at .377/.451/.742 on the season, with 14 HRs.  Every day could be promotion day.  Yawn.

-Danny Duffy, KC, SP, Omaha Stormchasers (#68): Even after not pitching well on 5/13, Duffy got called up to KC.  He provides some deep league intrigue at the back of the rotation, due to his K potential, but don’t think he’s keeper material.  In his first MLB outing, he went 4 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 6 BB, 4 K, so a mixed bag.

Mike Montgomery, KC, P, Omaha (#19): Montgomery recovered last week (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 Ks).  With Duffy in the big leagues now, it remains to be seen if KC also brings up their top pitching prospect.  I think they hold off for a while, given Montgomery’s control issues, but what do I know?

Lorenzo Cain, KC, OF, Omaha (unranked):  Cain remains consistent, going .302/.348/.535 over his past ten. With Cabrera and Francoeur still playing well, Cain will probably stay in the minors for the time being.

Mike Minor, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#37): Teheran and not Minor got the nod last week to go to Atlanta, but now Minor gets his chance this coming Wednesday against the Pirates, so can’t blame the match up if he fails.  He turned in a solid 8 inning, 8 K, 4 ER, 10 H, 0 BB performance  last week.  Time to see if he is as ‘ML ready’ as everyone says he is.

-Julio Teheran, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#5): Teheran is back in ATL, back in Gwinnett, after turning in an ok start vs. the D-Backs on 5/18, walking 2, striking out 1, and giving up 2 ER and 6 H.  Definitely worth a keeper speculative add if you have the roster space, because you know he will be back up again soon, the way Atlanta keeps spot starting their rookies.

Mike Moustakas, 3b, KC, Omaha Storm Chasers (#9): Mous is back to underwhelming, going .275/.356/.625 over his last ten.  At least his slugging and patience at the plate is looking up (only 5 Ks in last 40 ABs).

Dustin Ackley, 2b, Seattle, Tacoma Rainiers (#12): Ackley is back on the board after having a great last ten games.  He had 2 HR, 7 RBIs, 6 BB, 4 Ks, to go with a .349/.429/.558 triple slash line.  His superlative patience at the plate (33 BB/25 K) to go with his recent power and average surge should result in a call up sometime in June, given Seattle’s offensive woes and Ackley’s substantial upside.

Injured (Super) Prospect Update:

-Domonic Brown, PHI, OF, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, Philadelphia Phillies (#4): Brown’s thumb healed quickly and he is now back up with the big boys.  He went 0 for 4 in his 2011 MLB debut on Saturday and is currently in a platoon with Ben Francisco.  Any progress from Brown should give him the lion’s share of plate appearances though.

AA:

Austin Romine, NYY, C, Trenton Thunder (#98): Romine must have seen the writing on the wall, as he turned in a .293/.356/.415 line in his last ten.  He also drilled his 4th HR and is up to 15 BB/25 Ks.

-Brett Jackson, CHC, OF, Tennessee Smokies (#38): Jackson is on the 7 day DL with a strained hand ligament.

-Trey McNutt, CHC, SP, Tennessee (#48): McNutt went 3 innings in his last turn, giving up 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, and K’ing 1.  Guess they are easing him back into the rotation or something.

Jacob Turner, DET, SP, Erie SeaWolves (#21): Turner tossed another gem last week (8 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 8 Ks).  That gives him an 18/5 K/BB rate with 4 ER allowed over his last three starts.  This guy is good.

Paul Goldschmidt, ARIZ, 1b, Mobile BayBears (unranked): Goldschmidt makes an appearance on the board due to his prodigious power output thus far.  He has 15 HRs and is slugging .696.  Also hitting .331 and OBP’ing .463 (more walks than Ks, 37 to 28).  This power isn’t a fluke either: he hit 35 HRs last year in single A.  Given Arizona’s dearth of offense in the infield outside of Stephen Drew (at times), Goldy could be fast tracked to the majors.  At least a good still young (23) prospect to keep an eye on in the coming months.

Randall Delgado, ATL, SP, Mississippi Braves (#35): Delgado gave up only 1 ER in 4 IP last time out, but did walk 3 and K only 3.  Still, he is looking like another candidate to join the parent club within the next year or so.  The walks need to come down a bit though (20 in 49.1 IP).

-Mike Trout, LAA, OF, Arkansas Travelers (#2): Trout had a blah last ten: .273 avg with no HRs and two extra base hits.  He did walk 9 times in his last 6, compared to 4 Ks, and stole 3 more bases. Now at a healthy .308/.415/.538 on the season.

A:

-Jake Odorizzi, KC, SP, Wilmington Blue Rocks (unranked): Had a very good performance last week (6.2 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks).  Odorizzi has a Halladayesque 59/9 K/BB rate with only 1 HR allowed, to go with a 2.28 ERA and a barely above 1 WHIP on the season.  Nice.

Shelby Miller, STL, SP, Palm Beach Cardinals (#13): 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 10 Ks.  Just another week at the office for Shelby (if by “office” I mean outdoors, in Palm Beach, as a 20 year old top pitching prospect).

-Bryce Harper, WAS, OF, Hagerstown Suns (#1): Harper took a week off last week; didn’t want to embarrass the poor A ball pitchers further.  He is at .211/.302/.411 his last ten.  Still at a crazy .349/.429/.638 clip on the season.  Remember: he’s only 18!

-Tyler Skaggs, ARI, SP, Visalia Rawhide (#82): Skaggs pitched well again last week: 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 Ks, 1 HR.  At about a 3:1 K/BB rate with only 3 HR allowed in 52 IP on the season.  If Jarrod Parker doesn’t figure it out soon, he could be ‘Zona’s #1 prospect shortly.

Jean Segura, LAA, 2b/SS, Inland Empire 66 (#57): Segura came back from the DL and went 5 for 17 with a HR, 2 doubles, and a steal.  Now at .291/.357/.440 on the year.

Manny Machado, BAL, SS, Delmarva Shorebirds (#14): Machado is still on the 7 day DL with a dislocated kneecap; taking longer to come back than thought, but can’t blame Baltimore for being careful with their prized SS of the future.

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