Anthony Rizzo (Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE)

The Prospect Pulse: Monday April 9th, 2012

The Prospect Pulse is a review of prospect performances, good or bad, from the day before. Prospects are sorted by the league in which they play.

Pacific Coast League

Mike Montgomery (22) (Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE)

Anthony Rizzo collects his second and third homers in just two days. The first of Rizzo’s two homers was a mammoth shot clearing the electronic scoreboard in right field according to a friend in attendance. Mike Montgomery continues his struggles to start off the 2012 campaign. If Montgomery can’t regain consistency in his delivery and his control, his future is likely an even longer stay in AAA Omaha.

International League

Starling Marte (Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE)

Harper knocked in his first RBI of the season, but also added his second error in CF. Harper may have the speed to stay in center currently, but as he ages, matures, and slows down a move to a corner outfield position is likely. Marte knocked his first home run tonight, he has recorded a hit in every game this season for the Indians.

Eastern League

Manny Machado clubbed his first home run of the season. One point of concern on Machado’s season would be his six strikeouts in just twenty at bats.  Giovanni Soto is a relatively unknown name in the prospect world, but he is primed to breakout.

Southern League

Christian Bethancourt (Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE)

Big name prospects make up the names in the Southern League portion of The Pulse today, Walker and Skaggs both had excellent outings to start the year. Simmons made his first start of the season after losing out on the battle to be the Braves starting shortstop. 20 year old Christian Bethancourt has now caught 5 of 8 runners trying to steal this season.

Texas League

Christian Colon (Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-US PRESSWIRE)

  • RHP Tim Mellville, Northwest Arkansas: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
  • LHP Robbie Erlin, San Antonio: 2 and 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
  • 2B Kolten Wong, Springfield: 2-5, HR, RBI
  • 3B Nolan Arenado, Tulsa: 2-5, RBI

Arenado and Wong continue to make their names a daily part of The Pulse. #4 overall draft pick in 2010, Christian Colon, had a stellar night at the plate with four singles. His teammate Tim Melville showed improved control that contradicts his career 1.97 K to BB rate.

California League

  • 1B Steven Proscia, High Desert: 3-3, HR, 3 RBI, BB
  • LHP Alexander Carreras, Visalia: 5 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
  • RHP Kyle Lotzkar, Bakersfield: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K

Cuban defector Alexander Carreras had a splendid professional debut falling an out short of a ‘quality start’. 2007 first round draft pick has been slow developing so far in his career , but when he does pitch he is effective and has good stuff.

Carolina League

There was only one game tonight in the Carolina League, but a couple of prospects to take note of. Cuthbert has been cold so far this year hitting just .167. The errors tonight are uncharacteristic for Cheslor, who normally plays above average defense at the hot corner.

Florida St. League

Levi Michael (Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-US PRESSWIRE)

Tyler Collins continued his incredible start to the season with his 4th straight three hit game.  Fellow Tigers’ prospect Castellanos hit his first long ball of the season. Ceciliani finished a double shy of the cycle. The big news was Gerritt Cole making his professional debut. Cole, last years 1-1 in the draft, got all of his outs via the strikeout or the ground. His 4 hits consisted of three doubles and one single.

South Atlantic League

The 18 year old Rougned Odor finally started hitting. Odor, just 18 years old, is another one of the Rangers many international signees and is very adept at hitting. Tropeano came in as a reliever and dominated, the 2011 draft pick has shown good bat missing stuff so far in his career.

Midwest League

Sano’s pair of blasts bring his total up to three on the young season as he continues his hit parade. The question still remains, where will he fit on defense. Personally I believe he is destined for a role in right field. Austin Hedges is regarded as one of the best defensive catchers in the 2011 draft. His knock has been his hitting. Hedges is one of my favorite candidates for a breakout season this year.

Prospects of the Night:  1B Anthony Rizzo (Cubs) and 3B Miguel Sano (Twins)


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Tags: Anthony Rizzo Austin Hedges Christian Bethancourt Christian Colon Gerritt Cole Miguel Sano Mike Montgomery Starling Marte

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