Weekly Minor League Recap

AAA:

Jesus Montero, NYY, C, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (#3): more and more buzz about he who walks on water joining the big club as the DH woes continue in the Bronx. Just a matter of if he gets called up before or after the September 1st roster expansion. Montero has an eight game hitting streak going, and is 8 for 21 with a HR, 3 RBIs, 3 BB, and 3 Ks over the past week.

-Dayan Viciedo, CWS, OF, Charlotte Knights (unranked): Viciedo was back with the Knights as of August 2nd, and might as well have not even suited up, as he is just 3 for 20 since his return. The White Sox are looking more and more out of it, so come September, they might give him some serious playing time.

Devin Mesoraco, CIN, C, Louisville Bats (#64): Mesoraco is slumping since last we discussed him, just 4 for 21, but one of those was a round tripper.

Adrian Cardenas, OAK, DH, Sacramento River Cats (unranked): Cardenas continued his struggles last week, and is at just .235/.289/.324 over his last ten. Who knows if he even gets a cup of coffee with Oakland, as his average has steadily plummeted since the spring, he has no power, no speed, and isn’t a great fielder. His value is all in his .368 OBP and low strike out totals, and I’m a sucker for those dudes.

Brandon Guyer, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (unranked): Guyer is still on the DL.

Lorenzo Cain, KC, OF, Omaha (unranked): Cain came down to earth last week, going just 6 for 29, but he did hit another HR and stole two bases. You could be looking at KC’s starting CF come 2012, as Melky will undoubtedly cash in big time on his career year (read: will want much more than KC is willing to pay).

-Julio Teheran, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#5): Teheran had one of his worst outings of the season on 8/7: 3 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 HR, 4 BB, 5 Ks. He has an unsightly 7/6 BB/K rate in his last two starts.

-Mike Minor, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#37): Minor got called up to replace the injured Jair Jurrjens; he will probably stay up with Atlanta and be a spot starter/bullpen piece once Jurrjens returns.

Matt Dominguez, FLA, 3b/SS, New Orleans Zephyrs (#81): Dominguez is back to very bad: .182/.250/.212 his last ten. He has definitely taken a step back in his growth this year. Wonder if that fractured elbow back in April has anything to do with it.

-Brett Jackson, CHC, OF, Iowa Cubs (#38): Action Jackson tore it up in his last 7: 11 for 26, 4 HR, 5 RBIs, 4 BB, 6 Ks, 1 SB (remember, this is the PCL). Given the Cubbies abysmal OF situation, Jackson should get some substantial playing time come September.

Martin Perez, TEX, SP, Round Rock Express (#24): Perez turned it around last week: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K. He should get some slack, given how heavily hitter friendly the PCL is, but Perez won’t get any breaks in Arlington either if/when he gets the call up.

Matt Moore, TB, SP, Durham Bulls (#15): Another week, more embarrassment for International League hitters: combined 11.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 19 Ks in two starts. Think he’s ready for the AL east? Tampa won’t rush him, but he should headline the top rookie of the year candidates for 2012 if he keeps this up.

-Brett Lawrie, TOR, 3b, Las Vegas 51s (#40): Lawrie got the call up last week, what a shocker. A must add in all formats, even shallow leagues (he’s hitting .455 with a HR and 2 RBIs in his first 3 big league games).

Arodys Vizcaino, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#93): Vizcaino had two appearances last week as he continues his switch to a reliever: 3 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 Ks.

Manny Banuelos, NYY, SP, Trenton (#41): Banuelos was solid in his first two AAA starts: combined 11 IP, 14 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 13 Ks. Nice to see such a strong BB/K rate for once.

Jacob Turner, DET, SP, Toledo Mudhens (#21): Turner has not pitched since his ML debut on 7/30, and looks like he is back in the minors, albeit with the Mudhens now.

Randall Delgado, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#35): Its promotion week! Delgado got the green light to move up to AAA after Minor replaced Jurrjens, and promptly had one of his best outings of the year: 6 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 9 Ks.

-Anthony Rizzo, SD, 1B, Tucson Padres (#75): It was a tough time for Rizzo at the big league level, and he is back in AAA for the time being. He slugged .625 in his last ten games since returning (3 HR 3 2B), but hit only .250 and got on base at only a .317 clip. He should be a prospect of interest going into 2012, but if he struggles early with SD, the quad A label is going to start being mentioned regarding Rizzo.

Brandon Belt, SF, 1B, Fresno Grizzlies (#23): Another hyped up rook who failed to live up to expectations for 2011, Belt is back in AAA after being ferried back and forth this year. Lets hope a fresh start in 2012 works for the kid.

Trayvon Robinson, SEA, OF, Tacoma Rainiers (unranked): Robinson gets a mention here only because he was traded to Seattle in a prospect swap with the Dodgers, and promptly made his MLB debut on August 5, and had his first HR on 8/6. He was a power stud with LA’s AAA squad, mashing 26 HR in 377 ABs, but he also K’ed 126 times! If you are desperate for some pop, might be worth a flier in deep leagues, but his ridiculously high K rate (as compared to only 48 BBs), coupled with his home park is enough to scare me off.

AA:

Austin Romine, NYY, C, Trenton Thunder (#98): Romine landed on the DL again as of August 2.

-Dellin Betances, NYY, SP Trenton (#43): Betances was average at best in two starts last week: 9 IP, 12 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 11 Ks. More of the same: high Ks, but high BBs. 54/109 (BB/K) is not MLB caliber.

Shelby Miller, STL, SP, Springfield Cardinals (#13): Miller had another ‘bleh’ start by his standards: 6 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 Ks. He has set the bar so high, 6 innings of 1 run, 1 hit ball is met with: ‘but what about the BB/K issue huh?’

Drew Pomeranz, COL, SP, no farm team yet (#61): Pomeranz still does not have enough pro ball eligibility to be officially dealt to Colorado (you learn something new every day), so he is in the Arizona Rookie League for the time being as a member of the Indians. On August 15th he can finally be moved to the Rockies and should be with their AA or AAA team.

-Bryce Harper, WAS, OF, Harrisburg Senators  (#1): Andddd Harper is back somewhat, going 8 for 23 with a HR, 3 RBIs, 1 SB, 2 BB, and 4 Ks last week. Washington actually probably likes that he cooled off, so they don’t feel pressured by the fans to rush him to the majors in 2012.

-Jake Odorizzi, KC, SP, NW Arkansas Naturals *(#69): Odorizzi had two rough starts last week: combined 10.1 IP, 11 H, 8 ER, 3 HRs,  7 BB, 6 Ks. Now has given up 8 HRs in 39 IP, to go with 15 BBs. Should temper expectations some for 2012.

-Tyler Skaggs, ARI, SP, Mobile Bay Bears (#82): Skaggs only tossed 3 innings on 8/6, but he was near dominant yet again: 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 Ks. He probably will not throw too many more innings this year, as he only had 98.1 last year, and he is up to 125.1.

Mike Trout, LAA, OF, Arkansas Travelers (#2): Well, Trout is back to AA after struggling in the bigs. He went 9 for 26 last week, with 3 RBIs and 3 SBs, so it doesnt look like his confidence is shaken. Rare is the rook who dazzles their first time in the Show.

A:

Manny Machado, BAL, SS, Frederick Keys (#14): Machado was an unimpressive 5 for 22 with 1 RBI and no extra base hits last week. Still a raw talent, hopefully by the end of next year he can perform up to the ridiculously high expectations the O’s have set for him (he has been compared to A-rod; yea, no pressure kid).

-Hak-Ju Lee, TB, SS, Charlotte Stone Crabs (#92): Lee had a uneventful week, and is now hitting just .225 and slugging .425 in his last ten. On the bright side, he is walking a lot, and has 8 during the same time period; also, 3 for his 6 hits were doubles.

Nolan Arenado, COL, 3B, Modesto Nuts (#80): Arenado has turned it on of late, and is at .333/.370/.692 over his last ten games. He had a 2 HR game on 8/2, and only K’ed once last week.

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