–Jesus Montero, NYY, C, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (#3): Montero had a quiet week; no HRs, no RBIs, no extra base hits at all. The boredom of minor league baseball is just too much for him right now. The most anticipated call up of the year (at least in NYC) should be less than 2 weeks away. Unless he goes .350/.450/.650, it will of course be deemed a colossal failure.
-Dayan Viciedo, CWS, OF, Charlotte Knights (unranked): Viciedo had three HRs (two in one game) and 7 RBIs last week, which should make him more attractive to fantasy owners come September. He also only K’ed once; bonus!
–Devin Mesoraco, CIN, C, Louisville Bats (#64): Mesoraco was 4 for 17 last week, but with 5 BBs and only 2 Ks. He has a nifty .250/.375/.536 line over his last ten.
–Adrian Cardenas, OAK, DH, Sacramento River Cats (unranked): Cardenas had one his best weeks in a while, going 14 for 29 with 6 RBIs and 3 steals. Now back over .300 (.312) for the year, to go with a .378 OBP.
–Brandon Guyer, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (unranked): Guyer was 10 for 27 with 5 RBIs and 2 steals last week, and has only 3Ks since returning on 8/13.
–Lorenzo Cain, KC, OF, Omaha (unranked): update 8/21 game. Cain continued to slump average-wise last week (7 for 27), but did pick up 6 RBIs and a steal.
-Julio Teheran, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#5): Teheran had a solid start on 8/17: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 Ks. Red flag: 11 BB in last 23 innings.
–Matt Dominguez, FLA, 3b/SS, New Orleans Zephyrs (#81): Dominguez is still out (hamstring).
–Jordany Valdespin, NYM, SS, Buffalo Bisons (unranked): Valdespin was not really on anyone’s radar going into 2011, as he was an undrafted free agent in 2007, but his AA season was pretty impressive: .297/.341/.483, with a 62/15/51/33 line in 107 games. He has since been promoted to Triple A Buffalo and is having some growing pains there: just .239/.271/.370 in 11 games. He did have a 3 for 4, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB game on 8/20. He had his best minor league season at the right time, as the Mets undoubtedly will not have the scratch to bring Jose Reyes back in 2012, so Valdespin should be in the running to man the vacated SS position next year. Even if his power is not legit (his career high in HRs prior to this year was 6), he still looks like a solid runs/avg/speed candidate, not unlike Starlin Castro.
-Brett Jackson, CHC, OF, Iowa Cubs (#38): Jackson had a great week average wise (10 for 27), but no HR, 2 BBs, and 12 Ks.
–Martin Perez, TEX, SP, Round Rock Express (#24): Perez had a good turn in his last outing on 8/16: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 Ks. The catch? 2 homers.
–Matt Moore, TB, SP, Durham Bulls (#15): Moore, wait for it….stellar again: 4 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 8 Ks.
–Manny Banuelos, NYY, SP, Trenton (#41): Banuelos, who was matched up last week with the aforementioned Moore the Magnificent, held up pretty well: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 Ks. ManBan’s innings are getting up there, so, like many pitching prospects, he will see his workload diminish from here on in.
–Jacob Turner, DET, SP, Toledo Mudhens (#21): Turner was very good on 8/21: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 Ks. He is already up to 130 IP on the year, after only tossing 115 frames last season, so he is a candidate for bullpen duty come September in Detroit as they make their division title push.
–Randall Delgado, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#35): Delgado got shelled on 8/21: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 3 HR, 4 BB, 5 Ks. It was his first bad start in AAA, so no biggie.
-Anthony Rizzo, SD, 1B, Tucson Padres (#75): Rizzo had a rough week, going 3 for 21 with 9 Ks.
–Dellin Betances, NYY, SP Trenton (#43): Betances was promoted to AAA and was great on 8/18: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 8 Ks. Zero walks!
–Austin Romine, NYY, C, Trenton Thunder (#98): Romine returned on 8/16 and went 4 for 14. He’s only played in 75 games due to various injuries, so he will need to stay healthy next year to get his stock back up. Still, his .285/.356/.379 line isn’t too bad, for a catcher.
–Shelby Miller, STL, SP, Springfield Cardinals (#13): Contrary to reports that Miller was yanked last week after .2 IP to ‘limit workload,’ Miller was suspended for allegedly being involved in an alcohol-fueled altercation at an apartment complex in Springfield, Missouri. He apparently will be reinstated this week, barring no further problems, according to stltoday.com. Definitely hate to hear about this kind of stuff, but I personally wouldn’t worry too much; it looks like a one time thing, people make mistakes. Hopefully Miller can put it behind him and get back to doing what should make him a millionaire 100 times over in the next decade.
-Bryce Harper, WAS, OF, Harrisburg Senators (#1): Ouch, bad news for Harper; he suffered a right hamstring strain on 8/19 and might be done for the season. Not a big deal in the scheme of things, but you never like to see young budding stars get nicked up. His final 1st pro season line didn’t disappoint, even if he slowed down a good amount after making the jump to AA: .297/.392/.501, 63/17/58/26. I wouldn’t expect him to see MLB action in 2012, unless the Nats are in some sort of playoff hunt in September, and Harper is just raking in AA or AAA.
-Jake Odorizzi, KC, SP, NW Arkansas Naturals *(#69): Odorizzi gave up 6 H, 3 ER, and 2 HR in 5 IP in his last start, but he also struck out 7 and walked only 1. He has been inconsistent in AA thus far, and the gopher ball issue is a concern, but it has only been 9 starts. The Ks are there and the control is solid (142/40 K/BB on the season).
-Tyler Skaggs, ARI, SP, Mobile Bay Bears (#82): Skaggs was nearly as good this week as last: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 7 Ks. Arizona has themselves a nice 20 year old front end of the rotation pitcher in the making.
–Jarrod Parker, ARI, SP, Mobile Bay Bears (#33): Parker was ‘zona’s #1 pitching prospect coming into the season, but has been overshadowed by Skaggs for most of the year. Lately, he has lived up to the hype: 2.80 ERA, 44 H, 21 BB, 47 Ks in his last ten starts (54.2 IP). Recall that he missed all of 2010 due to Tommy John surgery, so it was understandable that it took him a while to round back into form. Come 2013, the D-Backs could have one of the best young rotations in the NL in Parker, Skaggs, Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson, and Josh Collmenter.
–Mike Trout, LAA, OF, Arkansas Travelers (#2): Trout is back with the Angels in his 2nd tour of duty. Lets hope he does better this time around, if only for his confidence going into 2012.
-Hak-Ju Lee, TB, SS, Montgomery Biscuits (#92): Lee was 7 for 31 last week, and hit his first HR with his new club. He also scored 6 runs and stole 2 bases.
–Travis D’arnaud, TOR, C, New Hampshire Fisher Cats (#36):D’arnaud had a slow start to his 5th minor league season (he had his first pro season at 18), but has been living up to his prospect position the last few months. He has a ridiculous for a catcher (or really anyone) .319/.383/.549 line on the year, with 18 HRs, 66 RBIs, and 31 doubles, and should overtake J.P. Arencibia as Toronto’s backstop sometime in 2012 or 2013. Still only 22, D’arnaud is a better defensive catcher, which would allow the Jays to move Cibby to 1B/DH. Once thought to be second fiddle to Kyle Drabek as part of the Halladay trade, he is clearly now the centerpiece, as Drabek has been sent back down and is struggling mightily in AAA Las Vegas (7.10 ERA with 34 BBs and 87 H in 58.1 IP!).
–Manny Machado, BAL, SS, Frederick Keys (#14): Machado was 7 for 26 last week, but did hit a HR and struck out only twice.
–Nolan Arenado, COL, 3B, Modesto Nuts (#80): Arenado had a hugely productive week: 3 HRs, 14 RBIs, 10 for 24, 3 BBs and 1 K. Wow. He is making the most of his at bats with runners on, with 111 RBIs in 120 games. Not the biggest power guy (.482 slugging), but could be a very useful hot corner fantasy starter in a couple of years.