After a two week hiatus, minor league recap is back. Note: Baseball America updated their prospect rankings, but I am just going to stay with the ones from the beginning of the year.
–Jesus Montero, NYY, C, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (#3): Montero was starting to heat up at the end of June/beginning of July, going 8 for 26 with 2 HRs and 7 RBIs from June 28-July 3, but then he got placed on the 7 day DL with an injury. It isn’t major, so he should be back shortly. Would sure be nice if he keeps up that mini power surge when he does return. Unless the Yanks find an everyday spot for him, it doesn’t look like a call up is imminent, even with the rash of injuries to the big club. However, with A-rod now out for a month +, I wouldn’t put it past the Bombers to call up Montero to be the regular DH/back up catcher.
–Adrian Cardenas, OAK, DH, Sacramento River Cats (unranked): Cardenas is hitting .263 in his last ten, with 4 walks and 4 Ks. Slugging is an abysmal .368 over that same period.
–Brandon Guyer, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (unranked): Guyer got called up for a couple of games, but went 0 for 3 in his one appearance. He was sent back down after Sunday’s tilt against the Yankees. He was hitting very well at Durham prior to that: .351/.429/.432, with 6 RBIs, 5 BBs, 2 SBs, and 8 Ks in his last ten.
-Yonder Alonso, CIN, OF, Louisville Bats (#73): Alonso slashed .263/.378/.526 in his last ten, with 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 7 BBs and 8 Ks.
–Jason Kipnis, CLE, 2b, Columbus Clippers (#54): Kipnis got hot again over his last ten, hitting .351 with 3 HRs and 8 RBIs, an OBP of .429 and Slugging of .622. With Chisenhall now up, Kipnis stands a good chance of joining the Indians shortly as well.
-Desmond Jennings, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (#22): Jennings is still at Durham, for whatever reason.* Newsflash Tampa: Sam Fuld is not that great, legends and myths notwithstanding. He hit 2 HRs and stole two bases in his last ten, but hit .235/.350/.441. Stay tuned, you never know if/when the Rays will pull the trigger. *Apparently he actually fractured a finger, so he is out of commission for a couple of weeks at least. Oh well…
-Kyle Gibson, MIN, SP, Rochester Red Wings (#34): Gibson had a rough go of it on 6/30, his last start: 5 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 2 HR, 1 BB, 3 Ks. He is keeping the walks under control, and still K’ing around a batter an inning, but he has been getting hit pretty well of late.
–Lorenzo Cain, KC, OF, Omaha (unranked): Cain was en fuego in his last ten: .444/.512/.750, with 3 HRs, 2 SBs, 4 BBs, 6 Ks. No room at the inn in KC though, with Cabrera, Gordon, and Francoeur all still somehow performing extremely well. He’s better off playing every day until they find space for him.
-Julio Teheran, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#5): Teheran was good and very good in his last two: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 Ks on 6/30; 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 Ks on 7/6. Only allowed 2 HRs in 95.2 IP, which is pretty amazing.
-Mike Minor, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#37): Minor has been sent back to Gwinnett for the foreseeable future, and it hasn’t gone well thus far. Since June 26, he has allowed 12 ER in 15 IP, with 10 Ks and 7 BBs. Ick. Maybe the back and forth to ATL/Gwinnett has messed with him, who knows.
–Matt Dominguez, Fla, 3b/SS, New Orleans Zephyrs (#81): Dominguez has been awful at the plate lately. Just .167/.231/.306 in his last ten. Next.
–Collin Cowgill, OF, ARI, Reno Aces (unranked): Cowgill continues to hit with consistency, performing at a .286/.380/.405 clip in his last ten. No HRs, but 7 RBIs, 7 BBs, 9 Ks, and 2 SBs. Keep watch for him post All-Star break.
–Austin Romine, NYY, C, Trenton Thunder (#98): Romine hit .275/.318/.300 his last ten. He is turning more and more into a defensive specialist, and not much of a big time hitter out of the catcher position – then again, who wouldn’t take a .290 hitting backstop with solid plate discipline (21 BB/34 K on the year) on their fantasy team?
–Manny Banuelos, NYY, SP, Trenton (#41): Banuelos pitched three times in the last two weeks, with mixed results. He combined for 9.2 IP, 12 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, and 15 Ks in two of them, and then had a rough 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K outing in the other. Still, take out the walk problems, and he is having a very good fourth season in the minors (he only just turned twenty).
-Dellin Betances, NYY, SP Trenton (#43): Betances had one ok turn and one very good one in the last two weeks: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 Ks on 7/1; 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 Ks on 7/7. Like Banuelos, he is doing well, just needs to work on his control.
-Brett Jackson, CHC, OF, Tennessee Smokies (#38): Jackson picked it up big time in his last ten: .324/.444/.595, with 3 HRs.
–Jacob Turner, DET, SP, Erie SeaWolves (#21): Turner had his first really bad start last week: 7 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 2 Ks. Of more concern is the drop in Ks. He has had only 1 start in his last 6 where he K’ed at least a batter per inning.
–Paul Goldschmidt, ARI, 1b, Mobile BayBears (unranked): Goldschmidt got back on track, as expected. He is hitting .314/.405/.629 in his last ten, with 2 HRs. 25 now on the year, he should join the D-Backs soon in an attempt to help them in their improbable playoff run. Hopefully he can help your team in that regard as well.
–Randall Delgado, ATL, SP, Mississippi Braves (#35): Delgado pitched well on 6/30, giving up just 1 ER in 7 IP and striking out 6, though he did allow 9 H. He didn’t pitch well on 7/5: 3 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 Ks.
-Mike Trout, LAA, OF, Arkansas Travelers (#2): Ah yes, Mr. Trout. Most (including myself) were pretty surprised to see he was called up to the Show last week, as a replacement for Peter Bourjos. This could just be a short term thing, over when Bourjos is healthy, in about a week, but who knows? If he performs, how could they send him back down? Of course, if he struggles, the decision is easy. I think Trout won’t embarrass himself, but all signs point to this being a small tantalizing sample, rather than a permanent big league debut. Then again, most didn’t think he’d see Anaheim at all until September at best, March 2012 most likely. I added him in one league, just for kicks, and put in a waiver claim in another, again, just as a gamble. We shall see.
–Martin Perez, TEX, SP, Frisco Roughriders (#24): Perez was again underwhelming last week: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K (one inning was on 7/7, in relief). Too many walks Marty!
–Matt Moore, TB, SP, Montgomery Biscuits (#15): Why is he still in AA? Moore tossed 14 stellar innings the last two weeks: 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 18 Ks. What else can you say about him? Pretty special, and a possible 2012 pitching stud for your fantasy team.
–Shelby Miller, STL, SP, Palm Beach Cardinals (#13): Miller was very good the last two weeks: 10.2 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 10 Ks. Moore has definitely surpassed him though as the most buzzy young arm.
–Arodys Vizcaino, ATL, SP, Mississippi Braves (#93): Vizcaino had a solid start on 7/1: 7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 Ks; he had a sub-par one on 7/6: 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 Ks.
-Bryce Harper, WAS, OF, (#1): Harper got promoted on July 4, which seemed overdue. He is 5 for 14 since then. Expect more eye-popping numbers from the 18 year old phenom as the year rolls on. Who thinks he could see D.C. in September if the Nats, however unlikely, are in a playoff race? I don’t, but I wouldn’t call that opinion a lock either.
-Jake Odorizzi, KC, SP, NW Arkansas Naturals (unranked): Odorizzi also joined the promotion party, which was about time. He was just ok however, in his first start with the new team: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 Ks.
-Tyler Skaggs, ARI, SP, Visalia Rawhide (#82): Skaggs’ last three starts were brilliant: 17.2 IP, 15 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 23 Ks (he only went 3 IP his last time out, but no injury). He will turn 20 on 7/13, so don’t expect the Snakes to move him up too quickly.
–Manny Machado, BAL, SS, Frederick Keys (#14): Machado has not started dominating, despite being promoted to high A ball. He is at .242/.350/.364 over his last ten, but has a HR and 6 BB/7 Ks.
-Hak-Ju Lee, TB, SS, Charlotte Stone Crabs (#92): Lee is still tearing it up: .302/.348/.465 his last ten, with a HR.
–Nolan Arenado, COL, 3B, Modesto Nuts (#80): Arenado has had a great season, and deserves mention here as a young prospect of interest. He has a .308/.353/.484 line on the season, with 11 HR, 67 RBIs, 24 BB, 31 Ks. He is at .333/.381/.615 his last ten. Colorado needs a 3rd baseman badly, so I wouldn’t be shocked if he moves up quickly.