Weekly Minor League Recap

AAA:

Jesus Montero, NYY, C, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (#3): Montero is starting to level off now, having gone .214/.267/.333 in his last ten.  Also, Jorge Posada has been hitting somewhat better in the Bronx (and he has an understandably long leash, given his iconic status) so right now, there really isn’t a place for Jesus there.  Stay tuned, but it is looking more and more as though a substantial impact in 2011 will have to wait until September.  Pre-season rookie of the year candidacy predictions were a bit premature.

Brett Lawrie, TOR, 2b/3b, Vegas 51s (#40): Lawrie continues to put up astounding numbers in the PCL (.405/.458/.857) and a call up – even with the questionable defense – could be days away.  All but the shallowest leagues can wait on him, but all others should make the move accordingly when he does get the call.  Only red flags: 40 Ks in 49 games compared to only 17 BBs, and, of course, that sub-par D, which could cause him to sit a couple of times a week/late in games.

Adrian Cardenas, OAK, DH/2b, Sacramento River Cats (unranked): Cardenas had an ok week: .282/.378/.308.  Obviously that slugging number is pretty sad.  But his OBP skills have to be respected (now 17 BBs/16 Ks).

Brandon Guyer, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (unranked): Guyer hit only .229 last week, but two of his 6 hits were HRs.  He also walked 3 times and struck out only twice, so that’s a positive.

-Yonder Alonso, CIN, OF, Louisville Bats (#73): Alonso had a rough last ten (.195/.267/.244), but since Cincy’s LF situation is a giant question mark, all he needs is one big week to start the call up buzz again.  Glove needs some work; though they let Gomes play Left, and he isn’t exactly Brett Gardner.

Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE, 3b, Columbus Clippers (#25): Chisenhall had a disappointing last ten (.250/.348/.475), but again hit a HR.  His line on the year is respectable (.275/.370/.440), so he just needs to be patient and he’ll be in Cleveland in no time.  Again, Jack frickin’ Hannahan is the Tribe’s starting 3b right now.

-Desmond Jennings, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (#22): Jennings displayed the power this past week (2 HRs), but forgot how to do anything else with the bat.  He is at just .209/.292/.465 over his last ten.  Still don’t sleep on a call up soon.  In all but the shallowest leagues, he should be continually monitored, especially if you need steals and runs help (or if your league uses walks as a cat).

-Kyle Gibson, MIN, SP, Rochester Red Wings (#34): Gibson had two great starts this past week, combining for 12.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 18 Ks, 3 BBs.  Also no HRs.  Definitely a step in the right direction.

Jordan Lyles, HOU, SP, Oklahoma City Redhawks (#42): Lyles again pitched great last week: 6 IP, 4 H , 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, and stands to be called up in the wake of the Wandy Rodriguez injury.  Good to see his walks coming down (only 2 over the last three starts), a trend he will need to keep up if he wants to stick with the ‘Stros.  Strong deep league pick up, depending on the match up.

-Anthony Rizzo, SD, 1b, Tucson Padres (#75):  What else is left to be said about this guy?  Hit only one HR last week, and batting .364/.475/.758 over his last ten.  I guess that would qualify as a slump for him.  The hesitation of SD to call him up is obviously based on salary implications, but pay attention in the coming days, as June could be his time.  Should be rostered in all 12 team or more/Keeper leagues once eligible.

Mike Montgomery, KC, SP, Omaha (#19): Montgomery continues his frustrating season: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 Ks in one start, 4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 Ks in another last week.  Not really much to get excited about at this point.  K rate isn’t that amazing (48 in 57 IP), walk rate is atrocious (34 free passes so far), and ERA is replacement level (5.18).  Only bright spot is just three HRs given up.  This should almost certainly quiet any call up discussion, but he is still too talented to keep this up.

Lorenzo Cain, KC, OF, Omaha (unranked):  Cain is up to .350/.395/.525 over his last ten. KC is dropping in the standings as expected, which only helps Cain’s call up chances as the summer rolls on.

Mike Minor, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#37): Minor got an MLB turn last week and is looking like he will stay with the big club for the time being with the injuries to Brandon Beachy and Tim Hudson.  He pitched a solid 5.2 innings against the Pirates, giving up 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, while striking out 5.  A good deep league/streaming option at this point.

-Julio Teheran, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#5): Teheran was sent back down to Gwinnett for more seasoning, and performed well as expected: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 Ks.  Definitely has the most upside out of the Braves’ young arms.

Mike Moustakas, 3b, KC, Omaha Storm Chasers (#9): Moustakas still hasn’t lit up AAA as we all thought he would; at a paltry .256/.286/.308 over his last ten.  He is also back to striking out more, and hitting HRs less (zero in last ten).  I was high on him before the season started, and I won’t bail just yet, but it is disconcerting that he first didn’t get promoted before Hosmer, and is now struggling to perform even decently in the minors.  Still, the possibility of an MLB chance after June 1 passes isn’t out of the question.

Dustin Ackley, 2b, SEA, Tacoma Rainiers (#12): Ackley is now consistently performing at Triple A, going .349/.391/.605 his last ten.  Monitor in the next week or so, and stash as needed if he gets the green light.

AA:

-Rubby de la Rosa, LAD, SP, Chattenooga Lookouts (#90): Totally missed on this one, but he jumped from AA to the bigs to bolster the Dodgers’ bullpen, which is in shambles.  He is in the closer mix, and got a save chance on 5/27.  He ‘blew’ the save (gave up 1 ER in 2 IP), but got the win when LA scored in the bottom of the 9th.  Great K numbers in the minors should translate to the majors, but don’t be surprised if he is sent back down once the veterans get healthy, as he is projected as a starter, not a closer.  He might be gone in the deepest leagues and deep keepers, but I wouldn’t get too excited about him unless you are desperate for saves.

Austin Romine, NYY, C, Trenton Thunder (#98): Romine looked great the past ten games, going .350/.422/.500.  Three hundred hitting backstops with plus defensive skills do not grow on trees, so once the Montero situation is ironed out, he should be moved up.

-Brett Jackson, CHC, OF, Tennessee Smokies (#38): Jackson is still out with a strained hand ligament.

-Trey McNutt, CHC, SP, Tennessee (#48): McNutt got back to throwing regular innings last week, with mixed results:  5 IP,  5 H, 3 ER, 1BB, 4 Ks on 5/23, 7 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 Ks on 5/28.

Jacob Turner, DET, SP, Erie SeaWolves (#21): Turner just keeps chugging along: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 Ks last week.

Paul Goldschmidt, ARI, 1b, Mobile BayBears (unranked): Goldschmidt continued his stellar season, going .342/.432/.632 in his last ten.  Add to the power more walks than Ks (40/34)? Yes please.

Randall Delgado, ATL, SP, Mississippi Braves (#35): Ouch! Delgado had a Mazzaro-like start last week: 4.1 IP, 10 H, 10 ER, 3 HR, 2 Ks.  But he didn’t walk anyone, so he must have heard me regarding reducing the free passes.  I guess I should have said “No more walks, but don’t pitch BP either.”  My bad Randall.

-Mike Trout, LAA, OF, Arkansas Travelers (#2): Trout hit a pedestrian .200/.415/.233 in his last ten.  Just one extra bagger, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs.  Not very good right now in the power/average department, but the walks/steals continue to pile up (10 and 5 in last ten respectively).

Martin Perez, TEX, SP, Frisco Roughriders (#24): A name that should be mentioned here is Perez’s, who has been toying with AA hitters thus far: 2.01 ERA, 53 Ks in 53.2 IP, 1 HR, 42 H.  Has only allowed 2 ER in his last four turns.  At only 20 years old, he’s still most likely got a ways to go, but he is Texas’ #1 prospect at the moment.

Matt Moore, TB, SP, Montgomery Biscuits (#15): Moore returns to the list, as he has been downright awesome lately.  Only 3 ER allowed in his last 5 starts, during which he has struck out 44 batters.  Now at 76 Ks in 52.2 IP.  He also has not allowed a HR in five starts.  Moore can’t be too far from a call up to Durham.

A:

-Jake Odorizzi, KC, SP, Wilmington Blue Rocks (unranked): Only went 3.1 IP last week, but K’ed 7, walked 3, gave up 3 H, 1 ER.

Shelby Miller, STL, SP, Palm Beach Cardinals (#13): Miller keeps impressing: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, TWELVE Ks last week.  81 strikeouts in 53 IP!  A ball hitters will be glad when he is gone. UPDATE: And A ball hitters can rejoice, Miller got moved up to AA Springfield (Missouri) as of May 28th.

-Bryce Harper, WAS, OF, Hagerstown Suns (#1): Harper extended his week off to two weeks off, now just at .184/.279/.368 his last ten.  No need to panic, this is his first full season in professional baseball; slumps are to be expected, even from studs like him.

-Tyler Skaggs, ARI, SP, Visalia Rawhide (#82): Skaggs threw a tidy 7 innings last week, allowing just 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, while whiffing 10.  Now at 74 Ks in 59 IP.  Has allowed a HR in each of his last two starts, so something to keep an eye on.

Jean Segura, LAA, 2b/SS, Inland Empire 66 (#57): Segura is back on the 7 day DL after a short return to action.  It is a recurring hamstring issue, which could have him out longer this time.  Since Segura is a speed guy, definitely lowers his value at the moment.

Manny Machado, BAL, SS, Delmarva Shorebirds (#14): Machado is still out with a dislocated kneecap.

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