Weekly Minor League Recap

AAA:

Jesus Montero, NYY, C, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (#3): Montero didnt have a great week average wise, but did hit two HRs, bringing the season total to 13. No news on the call up front. I don’t think Posada’s big day on Saturday will make it tougher for Montero to find playing time down the stretch, unless Jorgie channels 2009.

-Dayan Viciedo, CWS, OF, Charlotte Knights (unranked): Viciedo had better start improving if he wants to make an impact with the Chisox come September. He is now at .206/.386/.265 over his last ten. Sure the walks are nice (9 in last ten), but his avg/power struggles go back awhile now.

Devin Mesoraco, CIN, C, Louisville Bats (#64): Mesoraco had only three hits last week, but two were HRs. He has had a better season than Montero, but is well off the 26 HR pace from last year.

Adrian Cardenas, OAK, DH, Sacramento River Cats (unranked):Cardenas was back to hitting for average last week, as he went 8 for 23, raising it to .299 on the season. No HRs, and only two RBIs  and 1 walk though.

Brandon Guyer, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (unranked): Guyer returned from the DL on 8/13, and went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles.

Lorenzo Cain, KC, OF, Omaha (unranked): Cain slumped last week, which now makes two weeks of mediocre play at the plate. He was 5 for 23, but had a HR.

-Julio Teheran, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#5): Teheran bounced back on 8/12 after his disastrous 8/7 start: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 Ks.

Matt Dominguez, FLA, 3b/SS, New Orleans Zephyrs (#81): Dominguez went back on the DL as of 8/11. It is too bad, as he really was heating up of late: 12 for 21 with 2 HRs and 8 RBIs his last four games.

-Brett Jackson, CHC, OF, Iowa Cubs (#38): Jackson had another HR last week, to go with 8 hits in 27 at bats. His numbers are better across the board in the PCL, where a sub .280 average is cause for concern. But Jackson is very highly regarded, so it probably isn’t just a product of the hitter friendly league.

Martin Perez, TEX, SP, Round Rock Express (#24): Perez only gave up 2 ER and 4 H in 5.2 innings last week, but he also walked 5 and K’ed only 2, so the lack of control is only getting worse. 13 BBs in 30.2 IP, yuck.

Matt Moore, TB, SP, Durham Bulls (#15): This is just a cut and paste of previous weeks really: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 Ks. Most amazing stat to me? the 5.14 K/BB rate.

Arodys Vizcaino, ATL, SP/RP, Gwinnett Braves (#93): Vizcaino went from A all the way to the bigs in one year, as he got called up to Atlanta last week to be a reliever, so I guess he was being groomed for that role in his last few minor league appearances. He could be a useful K and Holds piece, but with Kimbrel and Venters around, he probably will not see any 8th or 9th inning usage.

Manny Banuelos, NYY, SP, Trenton (#41): Banuelos did not have a great start last week: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 Ks. Over a walk every other inning with ManBan on the year, no bueno.

Jacob Turner, DET, SP, Toledo Mudhens (#21): Turner’s first start in AAA didnt go too well: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 6 Ks. The kid is still learning.

Randall Delgado, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#35): Delgado kept up the good work last week: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 6 Ks.

-Anthony Rizzo, SD, 1B, Tucson Padres (#75): Rizzo is obviously better suited for AAA right now, as he went 9 for 22 with a HR and 7 RBIs. His season stats will look legendary, but you know Riz wants another shot at the bigs sometime soon. He still has time to right the ship in 2012, as he is only 22.

Brandon Belt, SF, 1B, Fresno Grizzlies (#23): Well, he’s back in SF. The rollercoaster ride continues for Belt, as he promptly hit 2 HRs on 8/14 against the Marlins, after Andres Torres was put on the DL. This back and forth doesnt seem right for him, but what do I know? Maybe 4th time is the charm.

AA:

Austin Romine, NYY, C, Trenton Thunder (#98): Romine is still on the DL.

-Dellin Betances, NYY, SP Trenton (#43): Betances was brilliant on 8/12: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 Ks. That was his first really good start since July 7th, when he fanned 9 in 6 innings while walking only two.

Shelby Miller, STL, SP, Springfield Cardinals (#13): Miller had his shortest start of the year last week: .2 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 Ks. He isnt hurt, but it looks like his next start will be skipped to limit his workload, according to the Springfield News-Leader.

-Bryce Harper, WAS, OF, Harrisburg Senators  (#1): Harper was only 4 for 18 last week, but did have a HR, 4 RBIs, 2 SBs, and 4 BBs. A .298/.394/.507 season line isn’t too shabby for an 18 year old, eh?

-Jake Odorizzi, KC, SP, NW Arkansas Naturals *(#69): Odorizzi was back to being effective on 8/12: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 Ks. No HRs for first time in 4 starts!

-Tyler Skaggs, ARI, SP, Mobile Bay Bears (#82): Skaggs was awesome last week: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 HR, 0 BBs, 7 Ks. His 3.84 K/BB ratio is almost Moorish.

Mike Trout, LAA, OF, Arkansas Travelers (#2): Trout kept up the good work last week, going 8 for 22 with a HR, 5 RBIs, and 2 steals. Like Harper, Trout is having a great season and is very young, only 20 as of 8/7.

-Hak-Ju Lee, TB, SS, Montgomery Biscuits (#92): Lee was promoted to AA last week, and went 2 for 12.

A:

Manny Machado, BAL, SS, Frederick Keys (#14): Machado is at .150/.244/.225 over his last ten, so something is amiss. He has not been impressive since being promoted to advanced A ball.

Nolan Arenado, COL, 3B, Modesto Nuts (#80): Arenado was a sad 2 for 24 last week, and had no HRs and 1 RBI. He only K’ed once, so seems like he was pretty unlucky to put 23 balls in play and come away with 2 hits.

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