Weekly Minor League Recap

Since the All-Star break was last week, there is not that much to update, and no major call-ups/promotions, so take the new info for what it’s worth.

AAA:

Jesus Montero, NYY, C, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (#3): Montero was back in action on 7/15 after returning from a minor back injury, and is 2 for 13 in two games.  As expected, he will stay in triple A for the foreseeable future. Trade rumors involving him for an established starter will swirl from now until the deadline, so he could end up in the majors soon, just not in pinstripes. As a dyed in blue bomber fan, it would be tough for me to see them part with him, but I wouldn’t balk at including him in the right package (read: Ubaldo Jimenez – which looks increasingly unlikely given what the Rocks want in return; maybe Wandy Rodriguez; hell no Hiroki Kuroda). Montero is worth more than a 36 year old middle of the rotation stop gap, so I hope they don’t panic and pull the trigger on something like that, just because he is not performing as expected.

Adrian Cardenas, OAK, DH, Sacramento River Cats (unranked): Cardenas has been swinging a hot bat of late: .308/.372/.410 over his last ten. All year he has shown great plate discipline, and he has little to no power, so you’d think he is exactly the kind of guy Billy Beane would want in Oakland. Maybe September…

Brandon Guyer, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (unranked): Guyer returned to Durham and is 3 for (update in am) in 4 games. Will probably see him again in September, but a third 1-2 game call up isn’t out of the realm of possibility with the Rays.

-Yonder Alonso, CIN, OF, Louisville Bats (#73): Alonso is 4 for 12 since the break with an RBI and 4 BBs in 4 games. If the Reds make a move before the deadline, he is a candidate to move up (if others, such as Chris Heisey are sent elsewhere) or move on. As has been touted most of the year, an intriguing young power bat if either occurs.

Jason Kipnis, CLE, 2b, Columbus Clippers (#54): Just as the call up talk reached critical mass, Kipnis went cold: .194/.324/.226 his last ten. With Cleveland battling for the AL central title and needing all of the help they can get, one good week could mean a promotion.

-Desmond Jennings, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (#22): Jennings healed quickly (turned out just to be a bruised finger), and was back in action on 7/16: he is 4 for his last 9 with 3 doubles, 2 RBIs, and 2 BBs. Could be the last pre-season hyped up prospect to hit the bigs this year…any day now.

-Kyle Gibson, MIN, SP, Rochester Red Wings (#34): Gibson’s recent struggles continued, as he got knocked around Sunday night: 4 IP, 8 H, 7 ER. On the bright side, he K’ed 4 and walked none, but when you are getting hit as he has been of late, it’s probably better to try and throw off the plate more. Definitely looking like 2011 is a big setback for the Twins’ top pitching prospect.

Lorenzo Cain, KC, OF, Omaha (unranked): Cain keeps on keepin’ on: an obscene .405/.450/.622 his last ten. Dude has had a great season, and he isn’t that young (25), but he is blocked in KC for the time being. The Royals should be sellers at the deadline, and with Cabrera and Francoeur possible trade targets (yes, that is not a misprint), Cain should be first in line to fill the void.

-Julio Teheran, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#5): Teheran did not pitch last week.

-Mike Minor, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#37): Minor had a quality start for once in quite some time last week: 6 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 Ks.  Probably won’t see him back up until September, barring injury fill in.

Matt Dominguez, Fla, 3b/SS, New Orleans Zephyrs (#81): Dominguez had a better last few games, going 4 for 16 with a HR and 4 RBIs. The Marlins are pretty much out of it absent a miracle, so he could get a cup of coffee by September if he plays well.

Collin Cowgill, OF, ARI, Reno Aces (unranked): Cowgill was 5 for 13 last week with two SBs. Should join Arizona for the stretch run, along with Mr. Goldschmidt (see below).

-Brett Jackson, CHC, OF, Iowa Cubs (#38): Jackson got promoted to Triple A since last week, and is 5 for 16 in his first 4 games. Look for the awful Cubs to bring him up when the rosters expand in September.

Martin Perez, TEX, SP, Round Rock Express (#24): Despite all of the free passes, Texas decided to move Perez up. Perez rewarded them with a walk-free outing last week: 5 IP, 6 H, 1ER, 4 Ks.

Jake McGee, TB, RP, Durham Bulls (#71): You may remember McGee as a possible closer option in the spring for the Rays, who showed he still needed seasoning after an inauspicious start. McGee has been great with Durham as a reliever, with 9 saves, a 2.70 ERA, 38 Ks, 8 BBs in 33.1 IP. With the Rays fighting for a wild card spot, look for him to join the relief corps in September  now (total fail on my part; he got called up June 15). He could be a valuable whip/era/K contributor, and may even vulture a save or two (this is still Kyle Farnsworth closing games; not exactly Rollie Fingers).

AA:

Austin Romine, NYY, C, Trenton Thunder (#98): Romine is back to sucking with the bat: 2 for 14 last week. Will only get promoted depending on if Montero moves up/on.

Manny Banuelos, NYY, SP, Trenton (#41): Banuelos had a mediocre outing last week: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 6 Ks. He can K all the hitters he wants, but the walks are a big problem (now 45 in 84 IP), and he will not be an effective major leaguer unless he solves that issue.

-Dellin Betances, NYY, SP Trenton (#43): Betances did not pitch last week. Both he and Banuelos will be subjects of trade rumors as the deadline approaches.

 Jacob Turner, DET, SP, Erie SeaWolves (#21): Turner was just ok last week: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 Ks. 21 of his 31 walks have come in the last ten starts and – again – the K rate is lackluster.

Paul Goldschmidt, ARI, 1b, Mobile BayBears (unranked): Goldie was only 3 for 23 last week, but 2 of those hits were longballs; even when he slumps, he produces. Lord knows the D-backs could use his power in the middle of that line up.

Randall Delgado, ATL, SP, Mississippi Braves (#35): Delgado was alright last week: 4 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 Ks. Walks are becoming a bit of a concern with him too (10 in last 14 innings).

Matt Moore, TB, SP, Montgomery Biscuits (#15): Moore didn’t pitch last week.

Shelby Miller, STL, SP, Palm Beach Cardinals (#13): Miller was solid last week, going 5 innings, giving up 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, while K’ing 5. He isn’t striking out folks at the same rate he was in A ball, but his ERA is much lower and he isn’t issuing as many walks. Miller is going to be in St. Louis sometime next year, book it. I think it would be silly of them to trade him at the deadline, short of packaging him with a bonafide youngish ace.

Arodys Vizcaino, ATL, SP, Mississippi Braves (#93): Vizcaino went just 3 innings last week, but was great: 2 H, 1 BB, 7 Ks. He has ratcheted up the strike outs since moving up (53 in 46 as compared to 37 in 40). Beachy, Minor, Teheran, Delgado, this guy…can’t say it enough: the Braves are stacked with prospect/rookie SPs.

-Bryce Harper, WAS, OF, Harrisburg Senators  (#1): Harper had a very off week: just 1 for 13 with 6 Ks in 4 games (update 7/17). No biggie.

-Jake Odorizzi, KC, SP, NW Arkansas Naturals (#69*): Odorizzi was very solid last week: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 Ks. The Royals will take their time with their young future ace. *All year I had him unranked, because I am blind or something.

-Tyler Skaggs, ARI, SP, Mobile Bay Bears (#82): Skaggs made the leap last week (after I said he probably wouldn’t be moved up too quickly. classic), and promptly disappointed in his AA debut: 4 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 Ks.

A:

-Brett Lawrie, TOR, 3b, Dunedin Blue Jays (#40): No, Mr. Lawrie didn’t get demoted, he’s just rehabbing his injured wrist, which is very good news. He is just 1 for 8 (update 7/17), but the numbers aren’t important. Once he is fully healthy and comfortable at the plate again, he will join the Blue Jays. Get ready to add, those in need.

Manny Machado, BAL, SS, Frederick Keys (#14): Machado was 4 for 14 with 4 RBIs, no BBs, and 4 Ks last week.

-Hak-Ju Lee, TB, SS, Charlotte Stone Crabs (#92): Lee was 6 for 20 last week, with an RBI, two walks, and 4 steals (wasn’t caught once).

Nolan Arenado, COL, 3B, Modesto Nuts (#80): Arenado was just 3 for 22 last week, with 7 Ks. Of course, right after I mention him.

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