Casey Kelly (Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE)

The Prospect Pulse: Wednesday April 11th, 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; their parent club is listed in parentheses.

Pacific Coast League

  • LHP Brad Hand, New Orleans (Miami): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 10 K
  • C Wellington Castillo, Iowa (Chicago Cubs): 3-3, HR, RBI, 2B, BB, 3 R, Error

Wellington Castillo

  • 3B Josh Vitters, Iowa (Chicago Cubs): 2-3, 2 RBI, R
  • LHP Martin Perez, Round Rock (Texas): 5 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • RHP Jarrod Parker, Sacramento (Oakland): 6 IP, 9 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 6 K
  • RHP Casey Kelly, Tucson (San Diego): 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K

Hand now has 17 strikeouts in 11 innings in his first two starts. Wellington Castillo didn’t win the back-up job in Chicago because they wanted him to play every day, he could be a starter in the major leagues as soon as this year’s trade deadline. Parker and Perez both had average starts, neither good nor bad. Casey Kelly  has struck out 14 hitters without issuing a single walk this year.

International League

  • LHP Alex Torres, Durham (Tampa Bay): 5 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
  • LHP Dellin Betances, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (New York Yankees): 3 1/3 IP, 7 H, 8 ER, 6 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Jeurys Familia, Buffalo (New York Mets): 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
  • 3B Lonnie Chisenhall, Columbus (Cleveland): 2-4, HR, 2 RBI

Lonnie Chisenhall (Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE)

Betances had his first rough outing of the year, he has now allowed 11 hits and 7 walks in 8 1/3 IP. In tonight’s outing he allowed three home runs. The number of walks Betances issued is also slightly alarming. Chisenhall hit his second homer in as many days. Harper had a rough day striking out in three of his five at bats.

Eastern League

  • RHP Bobby Bundy, Bowie (Baltimore): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Tyler Cloyd, Reading (Philadelphia): 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

A short sample from the Eastern League as a pair of games were washed out due to rain. Dylan Bundy‘s older brother Bobby had a nice quality start. Bobby didn’t miss as many bats as he did in his first outing. Tyler Cloyd followed up his 6 innings of perfect baseball with another quality outing and continued to show his good control.

Southern League

  • LHP James Paxton, Jackson (Seattle): 4 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

James Paxton (Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE)

  • RHP Trey McNutt, Tennessee (Chicago Cubs): 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K
  • RHP Zeke Spruill, Mississippi (Atlanta): 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  • C Kyle Skipworth, Jacksonville (Miami): 0-3, RBI, Allowed 6 stolen bases

Paxton wasn’t quite as sharp as he was in his first outing, but it is hard to be as good as he was in his opening appearance. Kyle Skipworth’s prospect shine is dwindling and tonight highlighted his inability to stop the running game. In his career there have been 438 attempted steals against Skipworth, of which he has caught just 123 runners (28% Caught Stealing Percentage).

Texas League

No games today in the Texas League.

California League

  • C Jack Marder, High Desert (Seattle): 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB, SB
  • RHP Donn Roach, Inland Empire (Los Angeles Angels): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

A small sampling tonight also offered up by the Cally League who also had two games rained out. Jack Marder continues to put his name on The Pulse’s list. Marder knocked his first homer of the young season and swiped his 5th base of the year as well. Roach is an excellent ground-ball pitcher allowing just one home run in 70 innings last year in the Midwest League. Roach is transition from the bullpen in 2011 to the starting rotation this year.

Carolina League

Lowery provided his third multi-hit game of the season to help push the Mudcats to a win. David Freitas has been an all-star at every stop in his minor league career and has excellent plate vision and discipline. Heidenreich made his opening appearance tonight, the big righty has always been questioned for his lack of ability to miss bats.

Florida St. League

  • LHP Adam Morgan, Clearwater (Philadelphia): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
  • LHP Alex Burgos, Lakeland (Detroit): 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Morgan is a fly ball pitcher with high strikeout potential and good control. Burgos has been good but not great at all of his stops in the minor leagues thus far in his career. Burgos’ teammate OF Tyler Collins went hitless for the first time all season, but still has a BA of .542 in 24 AB.

South Atlantic League

  • RHP Michael Foltynewicz, Lexington (Houston): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K
  • OF Josh Bell, West Virginia (Pittsburgh): 2-4, HR, 3 RBI
  • 3B Samuel Mende, Asheville (Colorado): 2-4, HR, RBI, 2B, SB
  • LHP Adam Conley, Greensboro (Miami): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 8 K
  • RHP Jose Campos, Charleston (New York Yankees): 5 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 8 K
  • LHP Blair Walters, Kannapolis (Chicago White Sox): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K
  • RHP Dylan Bundy, Delmarva (Baltimore): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K

Dylan Bundy accepts the male athlete of the year award at the 2011 Gatorade national athlete of the year awards. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

  • RHP Logan Verrett, Savannah (New York Mets): 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 10 K

A big night for pitchers in the Sally league. Biggest of all of those being Dylan Bundy’s second professional outing. Much like his first Bundy’s pitch count was limited, but his dominance was not. In fact Bundy had a perfect game when he left. Verrett was hurt by poor defense behind him and a pair of long-balls he allowed. Jose Campos, another one of my favorite prospects, had a second great outing. Hitters are now hitting .029 against him on the season. Samuel Mende’s multi-hit game was his fourth this season.

Midwest League

  • RHP Noah Syndergaard, Lansing (Toronto): 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Archie Bradley, South Bend (Arizona): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
  • RHP Austin Wood, Cedar Rapids (Los Angeles Angels): 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K

Archie Bradley had his second seven strikeout performance of the season, but lasted an extra inning compared to his first outing. Austin Wood was drafted in the 6th round last year, but has posted a first round caliber 13.5 K/9 rate and .118 BAA through his first two starts. Syndergaard pitched his second 3 inning outing, this time out of relief.


Prospects of the Day: RHP Casey Kelley, Tucson (San Diego) or The Bundy Brothers of Baltimore


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Tags: Archie Bradley Bobby Bundy Brad Hand Casey Kelly Dellin Betances Dylan Bundy Jack Marder James Paxton Wellington Castillo

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