Weekly Minor League Recap

This will be the last week for the recap. The leagues are all finished or are finishing as of today, so time to give my final updates. Gamers know any of these prospects, if called up, could provide a boost in the playoffs. Small sample size rules the day from here on in.

AAA:

Jesus Montero, NYY, C, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (#3): Montero made his beyond much anticipated debut with the Yanks last Thursday against, of all teams, Boston. He went 0 for 4 in that game, but has since gone 5 for 9 with a two HR game on Labor Day. I could see him being a valuable add against lefties for the rest of the month. Keeper? maybe in deeper leagues, and definitely in dynasties. Will be interesting to see what the Bombers do with him and Russell Martin over the winter.

Devin Mesoraco, CIN, C, Louisville Bats (#64): Mesoraco did actually get called up last week, and was 1 for 1 in his only at bat, stroking a double.

Adrian Cardenas, OAK, DH, Sacramento River Cats (unranked): Cardenas stayed in the minors, and no word on him being called up. He had another good week, going 9 for 25 with a steal and an RBI.

Brandon Guyer, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (unranked): Guyer was called up on September 1, and is 1 for 9 since his return.

Lorenzo Cain, KC, OF, Omaha (unranked): Cain is staying in the minors at this point (Omaha won the Northern Division in the PCL), and was 6 for 20 with 4 RBIs and an SB last week. He had a 5 for 5 day on 8/31.

-Julio Teheran, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#5): Teheran was called up on September 2, after having a horrific start in AAA on 9/1: 3 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 1 HR, 5 BB, 1 K. He should be some insurance for the Braves to secure their wild card spot.

Matt Dominguez, FLA, 3b/SS, New Orleans Zephyrs (#81): Dominguez had a 6 for 20 week, scoring 4 runs on 9/2.

Jordany Valdespin, NYM, SS, Buffalo Bisons (unranked): Valdespin was just 6 for 24 his last 7, striking out 8 times.

-Brett Jackson, CHC, OF, Iowa Cubs (#38): Jackson had a rough week: 2 for 19. One hit was a HR, and he walked 5 times, on the bright side.

Martin Perez, TEX, SP, Round Rock Express (#24): Still not showing much: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 Ks on 9/1.

Matt Moore, TB, SP, Durham Bulls (#15): Durham is in the playoffs, so Moore likely will help them try to win a title (plus the Rays are 7 back in the WC race). He was his dominant self last week: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 Ks.

Manny Banuelos, NYY, SP, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (#41): Banuelos was bad on 9/3: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 1 HR, 5 BB, 1 Ks. He is probably fatigued, what with the 129 IP thrown this year, compared to 64 last year.

Jacob Turner, DET, SP, Toledo Mudhens (#21): Turner got the call up on 9/1 against KC, but was not impressive: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 1 HR, 0 BB, 2 Ks. Don’t see a major positive impact the rest of the year fantasy-wise.

Randall Delgado, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#35): Delgado was called up as well, so him and Teheran will provide some youth in spot start/bull pen situations. He was serviceable on 9/4 against the Dodgers: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 4 Ks.

-Anthony Rizzo, SD, 1B, Tucson Padres (#75): Rizzo was just 2 for 16 last week. Tucson is done, so he was called up on 9/4, going 0 for 3. Lets hope the second time around goes better for him.

Dellin Betances, NYY, SP, SWB Yankees (#43): Betances followed up his ‘Wild Thing’ imitation with two better performances on 8/29 and 9/4. Combined 12 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 6 BB, 15 Ks. Hey, he pitched more innings than issued walks!

Tim Beckham, TB, SS, Durham Bulls (unranked): Beckham was 7 for 27 with a HR and 2 RBIs last week.

Austin Romine, NYY, C, SWB Yankees (#98): Romine was promoted as a result of the Montero call up, as expected. Since joining the SWB Yanks, he is 2 for 15 with a ribbie.

Alex Liddi, SEA, 3B, Tacoma Rainier (unranked): Liddi just got called up to Seattle today, according to the Mariner’s bleacher report, and, although he hit for a low average (.258) and struck out a ton (168 in 137 games), he did smack 28 HRs and 32 doubles. He gets a cup of coffee, and is worth monitoring this week, if you need any power jolt to advance to the next round.

AA:

Shelby Miller, STL, SP, Springfield Cardinals (#13): Miller finished the season on a high note after the recent controversy: in two starts, 13 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 15 Ks.

-Bryce Harper, WAS, OF, Harrisburg Senators  (#1): Harper never returned from the hamstring strain, and finished the season on the bench.

-Jake Odorizzi, KC, SP, NW Arkansas Naturals (#69): Odorizzi had a great start to end the season: 7 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 6 Ks.

-Tyler Skaggs, ARI, SP, Mobile Bay Bears (#82): Skaggs had a rough go for the first time in awhile on 9/3: 4 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 Ks. Still, 7 Ks…

Jarrod Parker, ARI, SP, Mobile Bay Bears (#33): Parker had a nice three last innings: 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.

-Hak-Ju Lee, TB, SS, Montgomery Biscuits (#92): Lee will certainly need some more seasoning in AA next year. He finished with a .190/.272/.310 line in 24 games in the Southern League.

Travis d’Arnaud, TOR, C, New Hampshire Fisher Cats (#36): d’Arnaud was 3 for 15 last week, but ended up with a HR in his last game. His double A line (.311/.371/.542) should push him to the top of the catcher prospect list, assuming Mesoraco and Montero stay in the bigs.

A:

Manny Machado, BAL, SS, Frederick Keys (#14): Machado finished up with a 5 for 28 week, with 1 measly RBI and 11 Ks. Needs more salt.

Nolan Arenado, COL, 3B, Modesto Nuts (#80): Arenado finished the season with gusto: a 7 game hitting streak, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs. Dude is ready for AAA probably, let alone double.

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