Weekly Minor League Recap

AAA:

Jesus Montero, NYY, C, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (#3): Montero is still coasting (.265/.375/.294 his last ten), but he has shown an improved ability to draw a walk (4 in his last three games).  At this point, you would have to call his season a disappointment, given the expectations.  But he still has time to show people why he belongs in the majors – and recall that last year at this time he was not exactly lighting it up either.  The Yankees sure wouldn’t mind adding a powerful bat without having to make a trade, and fantasy owners wouldn’t mind either.  But the window for 2011 impact is surely getting smaller.

Brett Lawrie, TOR, 2b/3b, Vegas 51s (#40): Lawrie is on the DL with a broken bone in his left hand for an indefinite amount of time now.  It could be early August before he sees playing time again. Sucks.

Adrian Cardenas, OAK, DH, Sacramento River Cats (unranked): Cardenas slumped hard last week, going 3 for 20.  On the bright side, he continues to walk more than strike out.

Brandon Guyer, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (unranked): Guyer was 6 for 22 last week with 5 RBIs. Recall or no recall, he gives Tampa yet another young, potentially productive player.

-Yonder Alonso, CIN, OF, Louisville Bats (#73): Alonso was back on the field last week, but he is only at .200/.304/.350 his last ten games.  He did however hit another HR on 6/24 and had a 6/4 BB/K ratio.

Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE, 3b, Columbus Clippers (#25): Chisenhall returned from his concussion with a vengeance, as he went 9 for 21 with 2 HR and 14 RBIs last week.  Bus ride to Cleveland in the near future (if this continues)? Magic 8 ball says: “signs point to yes.” Update: Scratch the ‘if this continues’; Chisenhall is up. 

Jason Kipnis, CLE, 2b, Columbus Clippers (#54): Kipnis cooled off considerably last week, going 5 for 22, though he did walk 9 times in 7 games.

-Desmond Jennings, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (#22): Jennings stayed cool last week, going 6 for 21 with a HR and 2 SBs (he missed Sundays game with a sore wrist, nothing serious though).  The last few weeks have spurred many a Jennings watch, but still nothing.  The Rays are always tough to figure out, eh?

-Kyle Gibson, MIN, SP, Rochester Red Wings (#34): Gibson had two starts last week, with mixed results: 10 IP, 14 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 9 Ks.  He has been solid, if unspectacular.

Lorenzo Cain, KC, OF, Omaha (unranked):  Cain went 7 for 25 last week, with 7 RBIs.

-Julio Teheran, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#5):  Another week, another couple of gems: 8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 8 Ks on 6/20; 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 Ks on 6/25.  Simply brilliant.

Matt Dominguez, Fla, 3b, New Orleans Zephyrs (#81): Dominguez continued his hot hitting last week, as he is now slashing .375/.405/.475 in his last ten.  Only 1 RBI and no HRs last week though.  He doesn’t figure to be a big power/average guy in the majors, and much of his real-life value resides in his glove, but he could still prove useful, especially in NL-only leagues, where the hot corner talent level is ‘meh’ at best behind David Wright and Ryan Zimmerman.

Collin Cowgill, OF, ARI, Reno Aces (unranked): Cowgill was only 8 for 30 last week, but has hit safely in 8 straight.  Lots of talk Goldschmidt and he could join the D’Backs very soon.

AA:

Austin Romine, NYY, C, Trenton Thunder (#98): Romine returned on 6/24, and is 2 for 9 in two games.

Manny Banuelos, NYY, SP, Trenton (#41): Banuelos bounced back and pitched 5 solid innings in a start last week: 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 Ks.

-Dellin Betances, NYY, SP Trenton (#43): Betances has had a solid season, and is worth mentioning at this point.  He has a 2.37 ERA, with 71 Ks in 64.2 IP; 42 H; 35 BBs.  His last turn was 6 shutout innings, with 1 H, 4 BB, 4 Ks.  The Yanks are hoping one of the two B’s (if kept from being traded before the deadline) join the big league rotation in 2012.

-Brett Jackson, CHC, OF, Tennessee Smokies (#38): Jackson was 1 for 13 last week, and only walked twice compared to 8 Ks.  Ick.

Jacob Turner, DET, SP, Erie SeaWolves (#21): Turner was solid again last week: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 Ks.  Nice to see the K rate bounce back after a bit of a lull.

Paul Goldschmidt, ARI, 1b, Mobile BayBears (unranked): Goldschmidt continued to slump, but did hit another HR, so at least the power isn’t disappearing.  However, that .139/.225/.306 line in his last ten is not going to get him to Arizona any faster.

Randall Delgado, ATL, SP, Mississippi Braves (#35): Delgado was back in the minors last week, and was just ok: 7 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 HR, 2 BB, 8 Ks.

-Mike Trout, LAA, OF, Arkansas Travelers (#2): Trout kept hitting last week, with a last ten of .310/.396/.500.  No HRs last week, but 2 SBs.

Martin Perez, TEX, SP, Frisco Roughriders (#24): Perez had a quality start last week: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 Ks.  32 BBs in 82 IP isn’t too hot though.

Matt Moore, TB, SP, Montgomery Biscuits (#15): Moore only went 5 innings last week, but kept piling up the zeroes: 3 H, 4 Ks, no BBs.  107 Ks in 82.2 IP!

Shelby Miller, STL, SP, Palm Beach Cardinals (#13): Miller turned in a 3 hitter last week: 6 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 Ks.

Arodys Vizcaino, ATL, SP, Mississippi Braves (#93): Vizzy was average last week, except for the strikeouts: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 Ks.

A:

-Jake Odorizzi, KC, SP, Wilmington Blue Rocks (unranked): Odorizzi had a second straight very good start: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 Ks.  Only 3 HRs allowed in 72.1 IP.

-Bryce Harper, WAS, OF, Hagerstown Suns (#1): Harper has been taking it easy of late it seems, as he just had two hits last week in three games; one was a double, other a single.  There is some talk of a promotion to AA, rather than to high A ball, but it seems to be just that, talk.  Either way, the Nats don’t seem in any rush to move him up too quickly, given this is still his first year playing the outfield, and first year playing professional ball for that matter.

-Tyler Skaggs, ARI, SP, Visalia Rawhide (#82): Skaggs did not pitch last week, but no injury reported.

Jean Segura, LAA, 2b/SS, Inland Empire 66 (#57): injured (hamstring).

Manny Machado, BAL, SS, Delmarva Shorebirds (#14): Machado, despite some recent struggles, got promoted on 6/23 to the high A Carolina League Frederick Keys.  He apparently had a great low A all-star game, which prompted the advancement.  He was 2 for 12 in his first four games there, with a HR, 3 BBs, and just 1 K.

-Hak-Ju Lee, TB, SS, Charlotte Stone Crabs (#92): Lee cooled off last week, going just 4 for 26.  He was also caught stealing twice, and is only 20 for 30 in that regard.

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