Weekly Minor League Recap

AAA:

Jesus Montero, NYY, C, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (#3): Montero was injured for a couple of days (eye infection) last week and only played 1 game.  It seems to be a lingering issue, so stay tuned.

Brett Lawrie, TOR, 2b/3b, Vegas 51s (#40): The Lawrie call up will now be delayed for a couple of weeks, as the wrist injury is more than minor; he broke a bone in his left hand.  He still should get to Toronto once he heals up, as he was just days away from a call up pre-injury.

Adrian Cardenas, OAK, DH, Sacramento River Cats (unranked): Cardenas hit .290 in his last ten and only K’ed three times.  Since Jemille Weeks got the call up over him last week, not sure if there is any room for him in Oakland; then again, it is looking more and more like a lost season for the A’s, so no harm in giving Cardenas some MLB experience.

Jemille Weeks, OAK, 2b, Sacramento River Cats (unranked): Weeks got called up last week, and is hitting .333 with two RBIs, 1 K, and three runs scored.  He should stick around for a while, given Mark Ellis is on the DL.

Brandon Guyer, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (unranked): Guyer is at .293/.326/.439 over his last ten.  Not inspiring OPS numbers, and he only walked once.

-Yonder Alonso, CIN, OF, Louisville Bats (#73): Alonso went .293/.370/.488 over his last ten, with another HR last week (he now has 8).

Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE, 3b, Columbus Clippers (#25): Chisenhall is slumping hard: .154/.233/.179 his last ten.  Not helping his chances of moving up to Cleveland anytime soon, but don’t sleep on him; he is one hot streak away from moving up.

-Desmond Jennings, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (#22): Jennings had a great week, and is at .375/.432/.575 over his last ten.  Since many of the big names are in the majors now, he should be one of the next to go.  Even though he might only have three months or so to make an impact, he must be rostered in all deep/keeper leagues when he gets the nod (he might be already), and could end up being the most productive rookie by year’s end.

-Kyle Gibson, MIN, SP, Rochester Red Wings (#34): Gibson had an ok turn last week: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 4 Ks.  Gotta be better than Brian Duensing, right?

-Anthony Rizzo, SD, 1b, Tucson Padres (#75):  Rizzo finally made his MLB debut last week, and so far, so good: batting .300 with 5 BBs, 1 HR, and 4 Ks.  I have been talking him up since April, so you know what to do, if he isn’t already rostered.  I think the Petco problem is exaggerated.

Lorenzo Cain, KC, OF, Omaha (unranked):  Cain stayed cool last week, now at .242/.324/.424 over his last ten.

-Julio Teheran, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#5):  Absolutely masterful in his last start: 8 IP, 3 H, 11 Ks, ZERO anything else.  Eventually this kid looks like he is going to be the ace of the Braves.  Hanson, Jurrjens, Teheran, Minor, Beachy in 2012?

Mike Moustakas, 3b, KC, Omaha Storm Chasers (#9): Moustakas, along with Weeks and Rizzo, made his debut in the Show last week.  He had a recent hot streak in AAA, so it seemed like the logical move after June 1 passed.  Mous is hitting .300 with a HR since the call up.  KC might not end up over .500, but they sure will be fun to watch if Moustakas, Hosmer, and Gordon continue to hit well.

Dustin Ackley, 2b, SEA, Tacoma Rainiers (#12): Ackley is still down on the farm, for whatever reason, despite going .282/.462/.513 over his last ten, with a HR and 6 more BBs last week. Now at 53 BB/37 Ks!  He has shown over the past month or so that he deserves a shot in Seattle, especially given the retreads (Jack Wilson, Adam Kennedy) being trotted out on a daily basis.  His shot may come this week though, as he was not in Tacoma’s line up Sunday.  Keep watch and pounce accordingly deep/keeper leaguers.

Matt Dominguez, Fla, 3b, New Orleans Zephyrs (#81): Dominguez cooled off last week, with only 4 hits, none of the extra base variety.

Collin Cowgill, OF, ARI, Reno Aces (unranked): Cowgill deserves some attention; just look at his line over his last ten games: .512/.543/.837.  Softball like numbers.  He has been hitting well all year (.369/.434/.607), has speed (19 steals), and shows patience (28 BB/33 Ks).  Worth a test drive when promoted, which could be soon.

And yea, I missed on the Dee Gordon call up last week, but I did talk about him in April.  He is only a 1 category contributor at this point (steals) and I really think it was just an emergency thing, given LA’s injury situation.  If he keeps the average up, he could prove more useful, but I am not too high on him.

AA:

Austin Romine, NYY, C, Trenton Thunder (#98): Romine is on the 7 day DL with a sore neck/back.

Manny Banuelos NYY, SP, Trenton (#41): Banuelos returns to the list as he has been great all year and should see triple A shortly: 2-0, 2.88 ERA, 56.1 IP, 50 H, 18 ER, 32 BB, 53 Ks, 3 HRs.  Obviously the walks are a problem, but everything else looks kosher.

-Brett Jackson, CHC, OF, Tennessee Smokies (#38): Jackson is 4 for his last 11 with a HR.  Its small, but its progress.

Jacob Turner, DET, SP, Erie SeaWolves (#21): Newsflash: Turner had a sub-par outing last week: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 4 Ks.  Probably just a hiccup.

Paul Goldschmidt, ARI, 1b, Mobile BayBears (unranked): Goldschmidt had two more HRs last week, and is at an obscene .394/.545/.667 over his last ten.  He is hitting so well, he might even skip AAA and go right to Phoenix.  If any of that power translates, he could be a big HR/OPS add.  Worth a waiver flyer in deep/keeper leagues once eligible.

Randall Delgado, ATL, SP, Mississippi Braves (#35): Pitched well again last week: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 Ks.  That makes three quality starts in a row.

-Mike Trout, LAA, OF, Arkansas Travelers (#2): Trout had a great last ten: .405/.488/.703, with a HR and five steals last week.  Some talk of seeing him in Anaheim in September, but remember, he is only 20.

Martin Perez, TEX, SP, Frisco Roughriders (#24): Perez had a quality start last week: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 8 Ks.  He has cut down on his walks the last three outings, giving out only three free passes in 19 innings.

Matt Moore, TB, SP, Montgomery Biscuits (#15): Moore had a mediocre start for him last week: 4 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 1 ER (5 R), 1 HR, 2 BB, 5 Ks.

Shelby Miller, STL, SP, Palm Beach Cardinals (#13): Miller was fine in start #2 in AA: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 Ks.  The beat goes on for one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball.

Arodys Vizcaino, ATL, SP, Mississippi Braves (#93): Another Braves prospect? Just an embarassment of riches.  Vizcaino was profiled earlier in the year in A ball, and he recently made the jump to double A.  Thus far, he is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA, 18 IP, 14 H, 9 ER, 3 HR, 7 BB, 18 Ks.  Still pretty raw, but the front office saw enough to bump him up to the next level.

A:

-Jake Odorizzi, KC, SP, Wilmington Blue Rocks (unranked): of course, as soon as I say Odorizzi doesn’t belong in A anymore, he gets lit up: 3 IP, 7 ER, 2 HR, 4 BB, 3 Ks.

-Bryce Harper, WAS, OF, Hagerstown Suns (#1): Harper, despite blowing kisses to opposing pitchers, is still producing at an awesome clip: .375/.512/.656 over his last ten with another HR last week.

-Tyler Skaggs, ARI, SP, Visalia Rawhide (#82): Skaggs did not pitch well last week:  4 IP, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 Ks.

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

Manny Machado, BAL, SS, Delmarva Shorebirds (#14): Machado is struggling to get back in the groove after his injury; just 5 for 25 since his return, but one hit was a HR.

-Hak-Ju Lee, TB, SS, Charlotte Stone Crabs (#92): Lee, part of the Garza trade, has been handling A ball pitching: .356/.435/.500 with 17 steals and 7 triples thus far.  He also has 25 BBs/37 Ks, so Joe Maddon would love that.  A switch to AA looks likely soon for the 20 year old.

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