The Prospect Pulse: Thursday April 12th, 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 Dallas Keuchel, Oklahoma City (Houston): 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Rizzo and Adams both continue their hit parade on PCL pitching. d’Arnaud has had a slow start in the first week of the season and I’m sure he is just as relieved as anyone for his multi-hit game. 24 year old Keuchel has had a tremendous start to his season allowing just 6 hits and no walks or runs in his first 13 innings.

International League

  • LHP Manny Banuelos, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (New York Yankees): 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Julio Teheran, Gwinnett (Atlanta): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
  • SS Jose Iglesias, Pawtucket (Boston): 3-5, RBI, R, SB
  • 1B Tyler Moore, Syracuse (Washington): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Tyler Moore (Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE)

Banuelos had his second straight terrible outing of the season. Banuelos gave up 11 hits in his first outing, and now lost his control today. Julio Teheran returned to form in his outing today. The offensively inept Jose Iglesias had a nice day at the plate, raising his average to .217 on the season.  Tyler Moore hit his third and fourth homers of the season; he is hoping to reach 31 like he has in each of the past two seasons at  High-A and Double-A respectively.

Eastern League

  • OF Aaron Hicks, New Britain (Minnesota): 2-3, HR, 2 RBI
  • RHP Trevor May, Reading (Philadelphia): 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Small day by the prospects of the Eastern League. Aaron Hicks hits his second homer in as many days which gains him consecutive appearances on The Pulse. Trevor May has another 6 K outing, this time lasting through the 7th inning and having an overall better outing.

Southern League

  • LHP Aaron Miller, Chattanooga (Los Angeles Dodgers): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K
  • 1B Hunter Morris, Huntsville (Millwaukee): 4-4, 3 RBI, 2 2B
  • LHP Kyle Lobstein, Montgomery (Tampa Bay): 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
  • LHP Sean Gilmartin, Mississippi (Atlanta): 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 3 K

Sean Gilmartin (Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE)

Oft-injured Aaron Miller had his best start in recent memory, and the Dodgers hope the 2009 first round pick can stay healthy and capitalize on his talent. Lobstein and Gilmartin both had average starts, neither impressive, nor disappointing.

Texas League

  • 1B Jonathan Singleton, Corpus Christi (Houston): 3-5, 2 2B, 3B, RBI, BB, 3 R
  • SS Christian Colon, Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City): 3-5, RBI, SB, Error
  • RHP Jake Odorizzi, Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City): 2/3 IP, 1 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Jake Odorizzi (Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE)

  • LHP John Gast, Springfield (St. Louis): 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
  • RHP Keyvius Sampson, San Antonio (San Diego): 5 1/3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Good News: Jake Odorizzi got all of his outs via the strikeout, Bad News: Jake Odorizzi only registered two outs. Odorizzi threw just 35 pitches before being pulled for his inefficiency. Slugger Jonathan Singleton used his power to get three extra base hits,

California League

  • LHP Andrew Chafin, Visalia (Arizona): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
  • C Jack Marder, High Desert (Seattle): 2-3, 2 R, BB, CS
  • 1B Miles Head, Stockton (Oakland): 2-5, HR, RBI, 2 R

Chafin had his second nine strikeout performance of the young season, giving Arizona another young pitcher with good upside. Jack Marder continues to hit the ball, he has been playing out of the DH spot regularly this season as catcher wasn’t his primary position in college. Marder’s teammate SS Brad Miller can hit the ball with the best of them in the Cal League, but made his 8th error in 8 games. Miller had 31 errors his sophomore year at Clemson while playing shortstop. A move to second base may not be far away for Miller if the error-fest continues.

Carolina League

Bogaerts picks up the offense after a slow start, The Pulse is sure he will be making many more appearances on here as he has some of the best raw power in the entire minor leagues. Buckel is one of Texas’ many fine prospects, the 19 year old has been amazing thus far in High-A striking out 16 batters in just 10 innings. White Sox fans hoping this is the year Trayce Thompson puts it together have to be encouraged by his start this season.

Florida St. League

  • LHP Enny Romero, Charlotte (Tampa Bay): 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 6 BB, 4 K
  • LHP Jed Bradley, Brevard County (Milwaukee): 6 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 4 K

Enny Romero did his best to summarize his career in one start. When his stuff is on, it is unhittable, but at times he can lose complete control and issue walk after walk. Romero showed both sides tonight issuing no hits, but a ton of walks. He is more than likely destined for a bullpen role unless he can find consistency very soon. Colton Cain is the third best starter at Bradenton behind Cole and Taillon, but he has talent to look forward to in the future. Jed Bradley had a good second start of his professional career.

South Atlantic League

  • RHP Alex Meyer, Hagerstown (Washington): 2/3 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr., Charleston (New York Yankees): 3-4, 2B, RBI. 2 R, BB
  • OF Tyler Austin, Charleston (New York Yankees): 2-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI
  • SS Jose Vinicio, Greenville (Boston): 2-3, 2B, SB, Error
  • RHP Jose Fernandez, Greensboro (Miami): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K
  • OF Keenyn Walker, Winston-Salem (Chicago White Sox): 5-5, 5 RBI, 2 R, 2 SB, Error
  • OF Jordan Scott, Lexington (Houston): 3-4, RBI, R, BB. SB

Two of Bichette Jr.’s four hits came off Atlanta’s Tim Hudson during his rehab start. Tyler Austin connected with his two homers late in the game after Hudson had departed. Vinicio has started off hot in his first full season of pro ball. Keenyn Walker, the White Sox top pick in 2010, had the best night in Sally League and potentially all of the minor leagues tonight. Jordan Scott is now hitting .500 on the year after tonight’s game where he also swiped his 6th stolen base. 19 year old Jose Fernandez now has 18 strikeouts in 11 innings pitched, and batters are hitting just .151 against Fernandez. I love Fernandez and his first two starts have made me grow fonder of the young lefty who can touch triple digits.

Midwest League

  • SS Francisco Lindor, Lake County (Cleveland): 3-4, 2B, R
  • LHP Felipe Rivero, Bowling Green (Tampa Bay): 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
  • LHP Elvis Araujo, Lake County (Cleveland): 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 7 K
  • RHP Stephen Landazuri, Clinton (Seattle): 5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
  • RHP Drew Gagnon, Wisconsin (Milwaukee): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Venezuelan Felipe Rivero has shown off his good control early in the season, only issuing 1 walk in 11 innings. Durability remains a question with Rivero who is only listed at 151 pounds while standing 6′ 0” tall. On the other hand, big 6′ 6″ lefty Elvis Araujo now has 7 strikeouts in both of his outings and only one walk issued in his 9 innings. 2011 3rd round pick Drew Gagnon has got off to a dominate start in his first full season of professional baseball.


Prospect of the Day: OF Keenyn Walker, Winston-Salem (Chicago White Sox)


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