Matt Barnes (Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-US PRESSWIRE)

The Prospect Pulse: Friday April 13th, 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

  • 1B Anthony Rizzo, Iowa (Chicago Cubs): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI
  • C Wellington Castillo, Iowa (Chicago Cubs): 3-4, HR, RBI
  • OF Anthony Gose, Las Vegas (Toronto): 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB
  • C Travis d’Arnaud, Las Vegas (Toronto: 2-4, 2 2B, RBI, R, 2 BB
  • RHP Joel Carreno, Las Vegas (Toronto): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K
  • RHP Jordan Lyles, Oklahoma City (Houston): 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

Jordan Lyles (Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE)

  • RHP Shelby Miller, Memphis (St. Louis): 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
  • OF Mike Trout, Salt Lake (Los Angeles Angels): 1-3, 3B, 2 RBI, BB
  • RHP Brad Peacock, Sacramento (Oakland): 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 8 K

Another big for Anthony Rizzo with his second multi-homer game this week. Anthony Gose trying to rebound his way out of a slow start had a nice day, but couldn’t get a stolen base once he reached. Shelby Miller improved from his first start against Oklahoma City, but the Redhawks still beat up on the 21 year old prospect. Brad Peacock had an excellent start, unfortunately for him his team had no offense to back him up and he took the loss.

International League

  • RHP Chris Archer, Durham (Tampa Bay): 2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 9 ER, 6 BB, 2 K
  • SS Tim Beckham, Durham (Tampa Bay): 2-5, 2 RBI, R

Tim Beckham (Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE)

Slow day from the International League. Chris Archer showed off why everyone is so hesitant with him, his lack of control. Archer has 9 walks in 8 2/3 IP on the young season. He has had over 65 walks in each of his 4 full professional seasons. Middlebrooks hit his second home run of the campaign, but barring an injury there just isn’t a spot for him to play at the major league level right now.

Eastern League

  • RHP Zack Wheeler, Binghamton (New York Mets): 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K

Zack Wheeler (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE)

  • RHP Deck McGuire, New Hampshire (Toronto): 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 5 K

The Mets main piece of bounty from the Carlos Beltran trade, Zack Wheeler, rebounded nicely from a rough first start of the year. Deck McGuire rebounded from his first start, where he allowed 5 home runs, as well. McGuire still has to limit the hits as he has a .409 BAA on the young season.

Southern League

  • RHP Matt Magill, Chattanooga (Los Angeles Dodgers): 4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 8 K
  • LHP Danny Hultzen, Jackson (Seattle): 5 2/3 IP, 1 H, 2 R (o ER), 3 BB, 9 K
  • RHP Dae-Eun Rhee, Tennessee (Chicago Cubs): 6 1/3 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
  • SS Andrelton Simmons, Mississippi (Atlanta): 3-4, 3B, 2 R, SB
  • 2B Scooter Gennett, Huntsville (Milwaukee): 2-4, BB, R, SB

Danny Hultzen has his second career professional outing under his belt; he also has 16 strikeouts in just under 10 innings while only allowing 5 hits. Hultzen’s 6 walks aren’t a huge concern as his stuff is electric and he has shown good control in the past. It is something to take note of, but not to be concerned about yet. Scooter Gennett, he of the spring training cycle, had another good day at the plate. Gennett  is known for his ability to hit the ball to all fields. Matt Davidson has pounded the ball through the first 9 games, he is hitting .485 on the young season.

Texas League

  • RHP Sonny Gray, Midland (Oakland): 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Joel Cisnero, Corpus Christi (Houston): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K
  • LHP Noel Arguelles, Northwest  Arkansas (Kansas City): 4 1/3 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K

Noel Arguelles (Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE)

  • 2B Kolten Wong, Springfield (St. Louis): 2-3, R, BB
  • OF Oscar Taveras, Springfield (St. Louis): 3-5, 3 RBI, 3B, Error
  • 3B Mike Olt, Frisco (Texas): 1-4, HR, 3 RBI
  • RHP Trevor Rosenthal, Springfield (St. Louis): 4 2/3 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, Balk

Sonny Gray has now walked three batters in each of his starts. Cisnero’s outing was encouraging as he has struggled with control throughout his career, it is nice to see a glimpse of what could be if he could gain consistent control. Arguelles had a second consecutive rough outing, the control issues are a new issue as he issued just 24 free passes in 104 innings last year.  The prospect loaded Frisco RoughRiders gave Rosenthal all he could handle in his second start above Low-A.

California League

  • OF Corey Dickerson, Modesto (Colorado): 3-5, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R
  • RHP A.J. Cole, Stockton (Oakland): 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 2 K

4 of the 5 scheduled games in the league were postponed due to rain. The one game that did get completed did offer up a pair of good prospects. Dickerson hit his first of what is sure to be many home runs in the California League. He has collected 15 hits in his first 32 at bats in the season. Cole gave up a pair of homers, one to Dickerson, and hasn’t had much success getting hitters to swing and miss this season.

Carolina League

  • RHP Jason Adam, Wilmington (Kansas City): 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K
  • C Tomas Telis, Myrtle Beach (Texas): 2-4, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Jason Adam has been enjoying the pitcher friendly Carolina League so far this year, striking out more batters than he has allowed to reached base. 2o year old Tomas Telis has one of the odder starts to the season accumulating half of his six hits, via the home run.

Florida St. League

Nick Castellanos (Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE)

It was a great day in the Florida State League if you are a fan of pitching. Taillon, Wojciechowski, and Martinez all bounced back from below average outings their first time out in 2012. Nick Castellanos continues to hit the ball like it is nobody’s business. Chase Huchingson, an undrafted free agent sign, continues to put up impressive numbers. He will have to prove himself every step of the way if he wants to make it to the show.

South Atlantic League

  • SS Cito Culver, Charleston (New York Yankees): 3-5, RBI, SB
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell, Charleston (New York Yankees): 2 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Matt Barnes, Greenville (Boston): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K

Matt Barnes (Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE)

  • LHP Ethan Stewart, Lakewood (Philadelphia): 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Cito Culver has been colder than an Upstate New York winter to start the season. I hope that yesterday’s 3-5 night can jump-start Culver’s season as he is one of my favorite prospects to have a breakout season in 2012. Matt Barnes dominated in his second professional start; the 6’4” right-hander could prove to be the steal of the 2012 draft if he continues pitching like this. A promotion to High-A Salem could also be possible after 5 or so more outings like his first two.

Midwest League

  • RHP Joseph Ross, Fort Wayne (San Diego): 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
  • RHP Will Roberts, Lake County (Cleveland): 6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
  • LHP Jordan Shipers, Clinton (Seattle): 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
  • OF Jorge Bonifacio, Kane County (Kansas City): 2-4, RBI, 2B, R, BB
  • SS Marco Hernandez, Peoria (Chicago Cubs): 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2B, BB, SB
  • C Juan Castillo, Quad Cities (St. Louis): 4-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI
  • 3B Kaleb Cowart, Cedar Rapids (Los Angeles Angels): 3-5, 3 RBI, R

Jorge Bonifacio registers his sixth multi-hit game in the past seven. He is now hitting .433 and even more impressively has drawn 7 walks and only struck out five times. Marco Hernandez hoping to break out of a cold streak registered a bunch of firsts on the day. He hit his first home run, drew his first walk, and stole his first base of the 2012 season yesterday. Slow developing Juan Castillo, now 22, had the best day of his professional career yesterday. 2010 1st round pick Kaleb Cowart looks to have found a grove in Cedar Rapids putting up a slash line of .394/.429/.545 in the first eight games.

Prospect of the Day: RHP Matt Barnes, Greenville (Boston)


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Tags: Anthony Rizzo Brad Peacock Cito Culver Corey Dickerson Danny Hultzen Honor Roll Jason Adam Jorge Bonifacio Matt Barnes Nick Castellanos Zack Wheeler

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