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, their parent club is listed in parentheses.
Pacific Coast League
- LHP Will Smith, Omaha (Kansas Citiy): 4 1/3 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
- RHP Alejandro Sanabia, New Orleans (Miami): 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
- RHP Wily Peralta, Nashville (Millwaukee): 5 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
- RHP Garrett Richards, Salt Lake (Los Angeles Angels): 6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
- OF Grant Green, Sacramento (Oakland): 2-5, HR, 6 RBI, 2 R, BB
- OF Michael Taylor, Sacramento (Oakland): 3-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, R, BB
Smith’s outing was his second rough start of the season, his team went on to play an additional 11 innings after he departed. Green and Taylor combined to knock in half of Sacramento’s 18 runs on the night. Garrett Richards continues his push to take over the #5 spot in the Angels rotation.
- 3B Will Middlebrooks, Pawtucket (Boston): 2-4, HR, RBI, 2 R
- RHP Matt Harvey, Buffalo (New York Mets): 5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
- 3B Lonnie Chisenhall, Columbus (Cleveland): 3-5, HR, RBI, Error
- RHP Alex Cobb, Durham (Tampa Bay): 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Chisenhall’s home run was his second on the campaign, Middlebrooks got his first. Both seem likely to see time at the major league level this year, though Middlebrooks may have to wait until September for that opportunity. Harvey and Cobb both register quality starts in their outings.
- OF Aaron Hicks, New Britain (Minnesota): 2-4, HR, RBI, 2 R, Error
- RHP Drew Hutchison, New Hampshire (Toronto): 6 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
A weird line for Hutchison, allowing 9 runners over the course of 6 innings and 92 pitches and striking out no one. That is tough to do. Hicks is starting to raise his average after a slow start and added a home run for good measure.
- RHP Allen Webster, Chattanooga (Los Angeles Dodgers): 6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
- C Christian Bethancourt, Mississippi (Atlanta): 2-4, 2B, 2 R, SB
- RHP Nestor Molina, Birmingham (Chicago White Sox): 4 2/3 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
- RHP Trevor Bauer, Mobile (Arizona): 5 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 11 K
Bethancourt is starting to become a daily fixture in these columns, I just love his defensive skills and now that the bat is picking up it is exciting to watch Bethancourt develop. Trevor Bauer doesn’t need anymore time in Double-A, he is big league ready and was out of spring training. The only question that remains is how many more times he is going to have to dominate inferior talent before he gets the call.
- LHP Drew Pomeranz, Tulsa (Colorado): 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
- RHP A.J. Griffin, Midland (Oakland): 6 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
A.J. Griffin isn’t necessarily a star prospect at age 24 and repeating Double-A, but he turned in his second consecutive outing allowing 0 runs, 1 walk, and striking out 8. Pomeranz had a short outing due to a limited pitch count, but still had a good outing, not outstanding but not disappointing either.
- 1B C.J. Cron, Inland Empire (Los Angeles Angels): 5-5, HR, 4 RBI, 2 2B, 2 R
- 1B Telvin Nash, Lancaster (Houston): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI
- RHP Zach Lee, Rancho Cucamonga (Los Angeles Dodgers): 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
- C Jack Marder, High Desert (Seattle): 4-5, 2 R, RBI, SB
- OF Chris Lofton, San Jose (San Francisco): 4-7, 3 RBI, 2 R, CS, Picked off
- LHP David Holmberg, Visalia (Arizona): 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 9 K
- SS Billy Hamilton, Bakersfield (Cincinnati): 2-5, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 SB
Telvin Nash returns to The Pulse with his second multi-homer game in the first week of the season. Jack Marder is quickly becoming a player I look forward too seeing how he did on the day. Marder hits for average and knows how to run the bases and hits lead-off all while being a catcher. Speaking of players I look forward to seeing, Billy Hamilton had another good day and is 5% done his quest for 100 stolen bases for a second straight season. 2011 1st round slugger C.J. Cron had what very easily could be his best game of 2012.
- 1B Dan Black, Winston-Salem (Chicago White Sox): 4-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SB
- OF Michael Taylor, Potomac (Washington): 2-3, 3 RBI, BB, CS
Dan Black isn’t a prospect by anyone’s definition, but going 4-4 and showing power, discipline, and speed will get you a spot on The Pulse just for recognition you deserve. Michael Taylor is a prospect and is having trouble translating his raw speed into base running ability.
Florida St. League
- RHP Taylor Jungmann, Brevard County (Millwaukee): 6 2/3 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
- C Jacob Realmuto, Jupiter (Miami): 2-4, HR, RBI, 2 BB, SB
- RHP Michael O’Brien, Tampa (New York Yankees): 5 2/3, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Jacob Realmuto is a player to keep tabs on to break out this year. He got rave reviews from spring training and has lived up to them a week into the young season. Jungmann allowed a few more base runners than you would like, but not a bad outing considering it is his second in professional baseball.
South Atlantic League
- OF Brian Pointer, Lakewood (Philadelphia): 2-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB
- LHP Edwin Escobar, Augusta (San Francisco): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K
- OF Josh Bell, West Virginia (Pittsburgh): 2-5, 2B, RBI
Escobar started last year in Augusta making 2 starts and 2 relief appearances before being sent back to the Giants EST camp. He was dominated allowing 21 of the 41 batters he faced to reach base and registered just 18 outs at Augusta in 2011. What a difference a year makes, Escobar already matched his innings pitched in one outing and has two more strikeouts than he did in 2011 at the same level.
- 3B Miguel Sano, Beloit (Minnesota): 2-4, 3B, RBI
- OF Jorge Bonifacio, Kane County (Kansas City): 2-4, RBI, R
- C Austin Hedges, Fort Wayne (San Diego): 2-5, 2B, HR, 4 RBI
- RHP Cody Hebner, Fort Wayne (San Diego): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K
- RHP J.R. Bradley, South Bend (Arizona): 3 1/3 IP, 11 H, 8 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Austing Hedges, another one of my favorite players (maybe I just have an obsession with catchers?), had another fantastic day. Hedges slugged his first home run of the campaign. Personally I hope he continues to make The Pulse daily. J.R. Bradley didn’t fair well in his first start of his second year at Low-A. Bradley led the Midwest League in losses last year with 16. Not a good stat to judge a prospect off of, but still not a title a prospect wants to hold.
Prospect of the Day: 1B C.J. Cron, Inland Empire (Los Angeles Angels)