Weekly Minor League Recap

AAA:

Jesus Montero, NYY, C, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (#3): Montero has seen his batting average drop below .300 (.294) for the first time this year, but added another HR last week.  His K/BB ratio is about 5:1, and he is only getting on base around 34% of the time.  However, this could just be a matter of Montero getting antsy to move on the next level, now that he has proven his worth in the minors for over 4 years.

Brett Lawrie, TOR, 2b/3b, Vegas 51s (#40): The Lawrie call up was supposed to be last weekend, but it was derailed by a minor wrist injury, which put him on the 7 day DL as of June 1.  Once that heals up, be ready to add the youngster.

Adrian Cardenas, OAK, DH, Sacramento River Cats (unranked): Cardenas has fallen off recently: .189/.286/.189 in his last ten.  Could be a victim of BABIP luck, as he only struck out 3 times in his last 37 ABs.  Cardenas is the full time DH now for Sacramento, which hurts his chances of getting called up.

Jemille Weeks, OAK, 2b, Sacramento River Cats (unranked): Weeks, the younger brother of MLB’er Rickie, has had a great season so far, and could be called up before Cardenas because he offers a better glove.  At .324/.419/.453, with 8 steals, 28 BBs and 31 Ks, he offers speed and patience, with a bit of pop as well.  A decent middle infield option in deep leagues if/when he gets promoted.

Brandon Guyer, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (unranked): Guyer had a solid week, going 7 for 17 with three steals, which helped his season line get to .324/.393/.545.

-Yonder Alonso, CIN, OF, Louisville Bats (#73): Alonso picked it back up, going 11 for 24 with two HRs last week.

Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE, 3b, Columbus Clippers (#25): Chisenhall went 6 for 23 last week with 0 HRs.  Despite the calendar turning to June, still no call up, much to the fantasy communities’ chagrin.

-Desmond Jennings, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (#22): Jennings had another HR this past week, and hit .291.  He did have 5 Ks to 2 BBs and just one steal, but the 8 HRs in 54 games is a nice surprise.

-Kyle Gibson, MIN, SP, Rochester Red Wings (#34): Gibson had a rough start last week: 5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, but 0 BB and 5 Ks.  Gotta love the 11 BBs in 60 IP to go with 64 Ks.  Don’t love the nearly 1 HR per 9 given up.

Jordan Lyles, HOU, SP, Oklahoma City Redhawks (#42): Lyles got the call up last week and did not disappoint in his debut, going 7 IP and given up just 2 ER and 5H against the Cubs in Wrigley.  He also struck out 4.  But he struggled against the Padres of all teams in his next start: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks.  Still worth a try out for those who need pitching help in deeper leagues.

-Anthony Rizzo, SD, 1b, Tucson Padres (#75):  Rizzo is still in AAA, but that could change by the day.  Had another Rizzo-like week, adding another HR, hitting over .300, etc.  Petco isn’t the best hitting venue, but he does get to play in other parks half the time; and that fact didn’t exactly hurt Adrian Gonzalez, not that Rizzo is at that level…yet.

Mike Montgomery, KC, SP, Omaha (#19): Montgomery improved, but still didn’t impress last week: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 Ks (but 2 HRs).  Next…

Lorenzo Cain, KC, OF, Omaha (unranked):  Cain cooled off lately; .262/.311/.405 over his last ten, though he added his 4th HR of the year.

-Julio Teheran, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#5): Teheran had a rough start on 5/30 (6 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 3 Ks) and a good one on 6/4 (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 Ks).  He’s just in a holding pattern until the Braves need his services again.

Mike Moustakas, 3b, KC, Omaha Storm Chasers (#9): Moustakas busted out in his last ten: .378/.370/.600 with 2 HRs (though he did K 7 times with no walks last week).  Betemit is hitting for average but not much else, so here’s hoping the Royals finally see what Moustakas can do at the next level very soon.

Dustin Ackley, 2b, SEA, Tacoma Rainiers (#12): Ackley kept it up again last week, and is at .350/.480/.575 over his last ten with 10 BBs and 8 Ks.  Definitely looks ready to help the offensively starved Mariners, just waiting on the front office to pull the trigger.

Matt Dominguez, 3b, FLA, New Orleans Zephyrs (#81):  You might remember Dominquez fractured his elbow back in early April when he was first included on the list.  Florida’s top position prospect is back now, and is starting to make his mark.  He is at .267/.366/.533 in 17 games thus far, with 3 HRs and 8 RBIs in his last 4.  Could provide a spark to the big club before the year is out (Wes Helms and Greg Dobbs currently man third; not exactly murderer’s row), but the Marlins will surely be careful with him after his injury.

Mike Minor Update: Minor continued his back and forth between AAA and ATL, tossing an out and out gem on 6/5 with Gwinnett: 8 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 Ks, retiring 18 in a row at one point.  When the MLB Braves need a fifth starter again, he should be back up, so monitor as needed.

AA:

Austin Romine, NYY, C, Trenton Thunder (#98): Romine got hurt last week in a collision at the plate, and could have a concussion.  Let’s hope he comes out ok.

-Brett Jackson, CHC, OF, Tennessee Smokies (#38): Jackson came back on 5/30, but has only 4 hits in 28 ABs.  Tough to get back into it after a 20 day lay-off, especially after a hand injury.

-Trey McNutt, CHC, SP, Tennessee (#48): McNutt is back on the 7 day DL again (bruised ribs), after throwing 2 innings in a start last week.

Jacob Turner, DET, SP, Erie SeaWolves (#21): Turner threw another 7.1 innings of quality ball: 6 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 5 Ks.

Paul Goldschmidt, ARI, 1b, Mobile BayBears (unranked): Goldschmidt added two more HRS last week, to go with a .351/.415/.676 line over his last ten.  At 19 round-trippers in 56 games, he stands to beat last year’s total of 35.

Randall Delgado, ATL, SP, Mississippi Braves (#35): Had two starts last week, and recovered from his blow up on 5/24 by having a quality start on 5/31: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K and a very good one on 6/5: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 Ks.  Would like to see the walks come down and the K rate go up, but otherwise, not too shabby.

-Mike Trout, LAA, OF, Arkansas Travelers (#2): Trout is still average over his last ten, other than OBP: .257/.422/.343.  He also had a minor leg injury, but is considered just day to day.

Martin Perez, TEX, SP, Frisco Roughriders (#24): Perez finally had a sub-par start last week: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 Ks.  Now has over a full season of starts at this level, so a promotion seems like the next step.

Matt Moore, TB, SP, Montgomery Biscuits (#15): Moore continued his dominance: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 Ks.

Shelby Miller, STL, SP, Palm Beach Cardinals (#13): Miller’s debut in the Texas League went very well: 6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 Ks.  Big time success here, and Miller could end the season in Triple A, or (gasp!) St. Louis, in September, if the Cardinals find themselves in a race and need an electric arm in the ‘pen.

A:

-Jake Odorizzi, KC, SP, Wilmington Blue Rocks (unranked): Odorizzi threw 6 shutout innings, to go with 2 BB, 3 H, and 8 Ks.  Now has a 2.05 ERA on the year, with 74 Ks in 52.2 IP. Doesn’t seem to have much more to prove at this level.

-Bryce Harper, WAS, OF, Hagerstown Suns (#1): after his brief slump, Harper is back to terrorizing single A pitching: .400/.538/.733 his last ten.  Also 8 BBs to 6 Ks, and 5 more steals.  A brief scare on Sunday when Harper was hit by a pitch on the knee, but it looks only to be a bruise.  Phew!

-Tyler Skaggs, ARI, SP, Visalia Rawhide (#82): Skaggs had a nice turn again last week: 7 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 Ks.  But – you guessed it – he allowed another long ball.  Now three starts in a row.

Jean Segura, LAA, 2b/SS, Inland Empire 66 (#57): Segura is on the 7 day DL (hamstring).

Manny Machado, BAL, SS, Delmarva Shorebirds (#14): Machado is back after his kneecap injury.  He went 1 for 4 on 6/5 with a run scored.  He is at .330/.443/.596 on the season.

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