Weekly Minor League Recap

AAA:

Jesus Montero, NYY, C, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (#3): Montero picked up the production last week, hitting 2 HR and driving in 9. He was 7 for  23, with 5 extra base hits.

-Dayan Viciedo, CWS, OF, Charlotte Knights (unranked): Viciedo makes his debut on the list as he has had too good a season to ignore any further: .307/.365/.500, with 49 R, 16 HR, and 65 RBIs. He got called up last year to the big club, and acquitted himself quite well, hitting .308 with 5 HR and 13 RBIs in 104 ABs. Viciedo strikes out a healthy amount and doesn’t walk much (70/31 respectively on the season), but if/when he gets the nod, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him provide solid value in deeper leagues. Unfortunately, he has slumped of late (.143/.302/.143), but that shouldn’t erase the fine season he is having.

Devin Mesoraco, CIN, C, Louisville Bats (#64): Mesoraco has also had a very good season, one that probably warranted attention here a while ago; oh well, better late than never. He has been involved in trade talks recently, so who knows where he will end up finishing the season. His bat seems legit: .303/.376/.502 with 47 R, 10 HR, 54 RBI this year. His past ten have been very good as well: .324/.342/.459. As we all know how thin catcher is, if he gets a chance in Cincy or elsewhere, should be worth a look in almost all but the shallowest leagues.

Adrian Cardenas, OAK, DH, Sacramento River Cats (unranked): Cardenas continued his hot hitting, going 9 for 29 last week with a HR (only his fourth of the year).

Brandon Guyer, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (unranked): Guyer is slumping since returning to Durham: just .194/.333/.355 his last ten.

-Yonder Alonso, CIN, OF, Louisville Bats (#73): Alonso didn’t miss a beat post-break: .293/.408/.488 his last ten, with a HR and 7 RBIs last week.  Word is Cincy wants another OF bat before the deadline, but they might also consider trying Alonso out.

Jason Kipnis, CLE, 2b, Columbus Clippers (#54): Despite slumping bad in his few weeks  in AAA, Kipnis got the call up last week.  I don’t see him as more than a deep league bench fill-in at this point, but stranger things have happened.

-Desmond Jennings, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (#22): Jennings finally got called up, and had an impact right away, going 4 for 6 with a triple, 2 walks, and 2 steals in his first two games. Obviously, he should be rostered in most keeper/deep leagues. Shallower leagues can hold off, unless the need for steals is pressing. Hopefully this two game sample is a sign of bigger things to come from Mr. Jennings.

Lorenzo Cain, KC, OF, Omaha (unranked): Cain cannot be considered on a hot streak anymore, as he has been performing at a high level for a while now. He is at .333/.447/.410 his last ten, and .321/.391/.521. If KC sells at the deadline, and he is called up, can he continue such a pace in the Show? Probably not, but he should be monitored anyway.

-Julio Teheran, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#5): Teheran pitched twice last week: on 7/18, he was solid: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 Ks, and on 7/23 he only went 1 IP, for some reason. Couldn’t find any injury news, so who knows.

-Mike Minor, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#37): Minor had a quality start last week, but it was not pretty: 6 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 Ks.

Matt Dominguez, FLA, 3b/SS, New Orleans Zephyrs (#81): Dominguez had an o-k last ten: .273/.327/.455 with a HR and 5 RBIs last week.

Collin Cowgill, OF, ARI, Reno Aces (unranked): Cowgill got hot in his last ten: .356/.431/.533 with a HR and 10 RBIs last week. He added 2 steals, and has a great success rate (30 for 33).

-Brett Jackson, CHC, OF, Iowa Cubs (#38): Jackson is slumping: .171/.310/.371 his last ten. The PCL may be a hitters league, but it’s not lob pitch softball.

Martin Perez, TEX, SP, Round Rock Express (#24): Perez was bad last week: 3.1 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K.

Matt Moore, TB, SP, Durham Bulls (#15): Moving on up! Moore is on the fast track now, as he was promoted last week. He promptly had a typical Moore-like outing: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 Ks.

-Brett Lawrie, TOR, 3b, Las Vegas 51s (#40): Lawrie is back with Triple A Las Vegas, but it shouldn’t be long before we see him in Canada; he was 11 for 30 with a HR and 7 RBIs last week. Hopefully the injury doesn’t have any lasting impact on his swing.

AA:

Austin Romine, NYY, C, Trenton Thunder (#98): Romine picked it up last week, with a HR, 4 RBIs, and 9 hits.

Manny Banuelos, NYY, SP, Trenton (#41): Banuelos had (another) mediocre outing last week: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 Ks.

-Dellin Betances, NYY, SP Trenton (#43): Betances was ineffective in two starts last week: combined 8.2 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 8 BB, 9 Ks. The shine is coming off a bit for the B boys.

 Jacob Turner, DET, SP, Erie SeaWolves (#21): Turner cranked up the Ks Monday night: 8 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 Ks. Good to see the strike out rate back up there.

Paul Goldschmidt, ARI, 1b, Mobile BayBears (unranked): Crushed another pair of HRs last week, to go with 8 RBIs and a .615 slugging.

Randall Delgado, ATL, SP, Mississippi Braves (#35): Delgado had a quality start last week: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 Ks. Still bad with the walks though.

Shelby Miller, STL, SP, Palm Beach Cardinals (#13): Miller was solid, if wild last week: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 Ks. Very rare to see him walk that many.

Arodys Vizcaino, ATL, SP, Mississippi Braves (#93): Vizcaino had three relief appearances last week, so this is something to monitor. He went three innings combined, giving up 1 ER and 4 H, while K’ing 2 and walking 3.

-Bryce Harper, WAS, OF, Harrisburg Senators  (#1): Harper has now had his first prolonged difficulty as a pro: he is at .208/.263/.226 since being promoted. Let’s see how he responds.

-Jake Odorizzi, KC, SP, NW Arkansas Naturals (#69): Odorizzi had a great start last week: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 Ks.

-Tyler Skaggs, ARI, SP, Mobile Bay Bears (#82): Skaggs bounced back somewhat after a rought 1st outing in AA: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 Ks.

A:

Manny Machado, BAL, SS, Frederick Keys (#14): Machado had a bleh last ten: .256/.293/.359.

-Hak-Ju Lee, TB, SS, Charlotte Stone Crabs (#92): Lee is at .244/.279/.244 his last ten.

Nolan Arenado, COL, 3B, Modesto Nuts (#80): Arenado was 11 for 27 last week, with 8 RBIs, 4 walks and 1 K.

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