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The Prospect Pulse: April 14th-15th, 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

  • (4/14) RHP Alex White, Colorado Springs (Colorado): 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
  • (4/14) OF Brett Jackson, Iowa (Chicago Cubs): 2-5, HR, RBI, 2B
  • (4/14) OF Leonys Martin, Round Rock (Texas): 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB, CS, Picked off (4/15) 3-7, 2 RBI, 2B, 2 R

  • (4/14) OF Mike Trout, Salt Lake (Los Angeles Angels): 2-4, BB, R (4/15) 3-3, 3B, R, BB, SB
  • (4/14) LHP Mike Montgomery, Omaha (Kansas City): 3 1/3 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
  • (4/14) 3B Vinnie Catricala, Tacoma (Seattle): 2-5, 2B, 3 RBI, R
  • (4/15) RHP Alejandro Sanabia, New Orleans (Miami): 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Alex Sanabia (Mandatory Credit: Photo by Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE.)

  • (4/15) RHP Wily Peralta, Nashville (Milwaukee):6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  • (4/15) RHP Garrett Richards, Salt Lake (Los Angeles Angels): 7 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

It was a big weekend for prospects in the PCL. Super-prospect Mike Trout went 5-7 on the weekend, and Leonys Martin followed suit by getting 5 hits of his own. Sanabia, Peralta, and Richards could all see time in major league rotations on the year either by their own merit or an injury to a present pitcher. Richards has allowed just 12 hits in 21 innings, while Sanabia has walked just one batter all season. Brett Jackson hit his second home run, but has struck-out an eye popping 16 times in 44 at bats this season.

International League

  • (4/14) 3B Will Middlebrooks, Pawtucket (Boston): 2-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB (4/15) 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R

  • (4/15) LHP Casey Crosby, Toledo (Detroit): 3 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 1 K
  • (4/15) RHP Matt Harvey, Norfolk (New York Mets): 3 2/3 IP, 6 H, 6 R (5 ER), 3 BB, 2 K
  • (4/15) RHP Phillippe Aumont, Lehigh Valley (Philadelphia): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Middlebrooks leads the International League this weekend, combining to go 4-9 with a home run, 5 RBI, 3 R, and a walk. Casey Crosby and Matt Harvey both had their second bad starts in a row. Lehigh Valley’s closer Phillippe Aumont registered his fourth save of the year on Sunday working two excellent innings. The 6’7” righty has shown good feel for his new role in the bullpen since moving there full-time in 2011.

Eastern League

  • (4/14) LHP Michael Kickham, Richmond (San Francisco): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K
  • (4/14) 2B Jeff Kobernus, Harrisburg (Washington): 2-4, RBI, 2B, 2 SB

  • (4/15) SS Manny Machado, Bowie (Baltimore): 2-5, 2B, RBI
  • (4/15) RHP Drew Hutchison, New Hampshire (Toronto): 5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Kickham skipped High-A and is succeeding thus far at Double-A. The speedy Kobernus stole his sixth and seventh bases on Saturday, and  had a .375 average at the end of the day Sunday after a 1-5 day. Manny Machado has been solid throughout the first week and a half of games. Hutchison surrendered his first home run of the year. He has walked only one hitter in each of his three starts.

Southern League

  • (4/14) LHP Tyler Skaggs, Mobile (Arizona): 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 8 K
  • (4/15) RHP Nestor Molina, Birmingham (Chicago White Sox): 8 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
  • (4/15) RHP Allen Webster, Chattanooga (Los Angeles Dodgers): 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
  • (4/15) 3B Matt Davidson, Mobile (Arizona): 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, R, 3 BB, SB
  • (4/15) RHP Trevor Bauer, Mobile (Arizona): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 2 K

Bauer allowed his first earned run of the season, and by the looks of it didn’t have his best stuff .  Even if he didn’t have his best stuff, he still pitched around trouble to earn his third win. Teammate Matt Davidson has 7 multi-hit games and is hitting .462 on the young season. Tyler Skaggs, another young D’Backs pitcher, allowed more runners than he had in his first outing, but showed his bat missing ability with 7 strikeouts. 22 year old Nate Eovaldi now has 13 strikeouts to just 3 walks in 2012.

Texas League

  • (4/14) SS Christian Colon, Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City): 2-4, HR, RBI, 2 R,  BB
  • (4/14) OF Wil Myers, Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City): 4-5, HR, 5 RBI, 2B, 2 R

Switch-hitting prospect Jurickson Profar hit his second and third home runs of the year, both against LHP. All 3 of Profar’s homers have come off lefties. Nolan Arenado has been barreling balls all April, hitting .395, but he finally connected for his first Texas League home run of his career. Carlos Pimental is switching to a relief role this season and has shown serious strikeout potential since the move. He has 13 strikeouts in 7 1/3 IP. Myers had his best game of the young season.

California League

  • (4/14) SS Billy Hamilton, Bakersfield (Cincinnati): 3-4, BB, R, SB, CS (4/15 Game 1) 1-2, BB, 2 SB, CS, Error (4/15 Game 2) 3-3, 3B, BB, R, CS
  • (4/14) SS Joe Panik, San Jose (San Francisco): 3-5, 2 2B, RBI, R
  • (4/14) OF George Springer, Lancaster (Houston): 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, Error

  • (4/14) OF Leon Landry, Rancho Cucamonga (Los Angeles Dodgers): 3-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 2B, BB, 3 R, 2 SB
  • (4/14) 1B Miles Head, Stockton (Oakland): 3-4, HR, 3 RBI
  • (4/15) C Jack Marder, High Desert (Seattle): 2-5, 2B, RBI, R, CS
  • (4/15) SS Brad Miller, High Desert (Seattle): 2-4, 2B, 2 R, BB, Error

  • (4/15) RHP Zach Lee, Rancho Cucamonga (Los Angeles Dodgers): 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Billy Hamilton‘s big weekend raised his average up to .382. Hamilton also swiped his 8th and 9th base Sunday afternoon, but being caught stealing three times was almost as surprising as Hamilton reaching base 10 out of his 12 plate appearances. Jack Marder and Brad Miller both registered 2 hits apiece, and Miller added his 9th error in 10 games. Marder picked-off a runner at first base via a snap throw to first base from behind the plate. Zach Lee again went 5 innings, like he had done in his first two starts.

Carolina League

  • (4/14) RHP Yordano Ventura, Wilmington (Kansas City): 3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
  • (4/14) 2B/SS Odubel Herrera, Myrtle Beach (Texas): 3-5, 2B, RBI, SB, Error
  • (4/14) SS Xander Bogaerts, Salem (Boston): 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
  • (4/14) 2B Tommy La Stella, Lynchburg (Atlanta): 2-4, 3 RBI, 2B, SB (4/15) 2-3, RBI, 2B, 2 R
  • (4/15) C Evan Gattis, Lynchburg (Atlanta): 5-6, HR, 6 RBI, 2B, 2 R
  • (4/15) 3B Edward Salcedo, Lynchburg (Atlanta): 3-6, HR, 2 RBI, 2 2B, 2 R
  • (4/15) LHP T.J. House, Carolina (Cleveland): 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 8 K

Royals’ prospect Yordano Ventura was getting rave reviews from Baseball Prospectucs’ Jason Parks. Parks said via twitter that Ventura’s curveball was a “plus-plus pitch” that was “bat missing monster”. Xander Bogaerts connected for his first big fly of the season. Braves’ prospects had a huge weekend, 25 year old Evan Gattis hit his 3rd home of the year and is now hitting .469. Edward Salcedo hit his first home run and Tommy La Stella continued his solid hitting. T.J. House is in his third year in the Carolina League, but the 22 year old has had a pair of wonderful outings to start 2012.

Florida St. League

  • (4/14) RHP Gerrit Cole,  Bradenton (Pittsburgh): 3 IP, 4 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 4 K

  • (4/14) OF Angel Morales, Ft. Myers (Minnesota): 4-5, HR, 3 RBI, 2B, 3 R
  • (4/14) RHP Zachary Nuding, Tampa (New York Yankees): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
  • (4/14) C Jacob Realmuto, Jupiter (Miami): 2-4, RBI, BB, SB, PB
  • (4/14) LHP Austin Wright, Clearwater (Philadelphia): 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB 6 K
  • (4/15) OF Jake Marisnick, Dunedin (Toronto): 2-4, 3B, R, 2 BB, SB
  • (4/15) OF Christian Yelich, Jupiter (Miami): 2-4, 2 R, BB
  • (4/15) RHP Taylor Jungmann, Brevard County (Milwaukee): 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 3 K

Miami’s top prospect Christian Yelich made his 2012 debut and started it out on the right foot. Yelich also added an outfield assist on top of his 2-4 day. Gerrit Cole’s second professional outing didn’t go as well as his first outing, but he still missed bats despite allowing 2 home runs. Taylor Jungmann had a third consecutive solid outing, but his K/BB rate hasn’t been very encouraging this year.

South Atlantic League

  • (4/14) OF Tyler Austin, Charleston (New York Yankees): 4-4, 2 2B, 2 R, BB (4/15) 2-4, HR, 3 RBI, BB
  • (4/14) OF Gregory Polanco, West Virginia (Pittsburgh Pirates): 2-4, HR, RBI
  • (4/14) RHP Tyler Wilson, Delmarva (Baltimore): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
  • (4/14) RHP Nicholas Tropeano, Lexington (Houston): 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K
  • (4/14) RHP Kevin Vance, Kannapolis (Chicago White Sox): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
  • (4/14) RHP Domingo Tapia, Savannah (New York Mets): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K
  • (4/14) OF Gregory Polanco, West Virginia (Pittsburgh): 2-4, HR, RBI, SB (4/15) 1-4, HR, 3 RBI
  • (4/15) 2B Delino DeShields Jr., Lexington (Houston): 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB
  • (4/15) C Gabriel Lino, Delmarva (Baltimore): 4-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2B, 3 R, BB
  • (4/15) 1B Harold Riggins, Asheville (Colorado): 4-5, 3 RBI, 2B, R
  • (4/15) 2B Rougned Odor, Hickory (Texas): 2-5, HR, 3 RBI

Yankee prospect led the way for the Sally league this weekend. Austin’s 6-8 weekend helped lead the prospect-laden Charleston squad to a pair of victories. Nick Tropeano turned in an impressive performance Saturday, he now has 18 strikeouts in 11 innings. Ranger’s prospect Rougned Odor‘s homer was his first of the year. Delino DeShields Jr., who was recently labeled as a bounce-back candidate by S2S writer Kevin O’Brien, hit his first home run on the year as well.

Midwest League

  • (4/14) SS Francisco Lindor, Lake County (Cleveland): 3-5, RBI, R
  • (4/14) RHP Aaron Sanchez, Lansing (Toronto): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
  • (4/14) 2B Eddie Rosario, Beloit (Minnesota): 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, Error
  • (4/15) OF Drew Vettleson, Bowling Green (Tampa Bay): 2-2, HR, 5 RBI, 3 R
  • (4/15) OF Luigi Rodriguez, Lake County (Cleveland): 3-4, 2 RBI, 2B, R, 2 BB. 3 SB
  • (4/15) RHP J.R. Bradley, South Bend (Arizona): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
  • (4/15) 3B Miguel Sano, Beloit (Minnesota): 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB
  • (4/15) RHP Stephen Kohlscheen, Clinton (Seattle): 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K
  • (4/15) OF Jorge Bonifacio, Kane County (Kansas CIty): 2-5, HR, 2 RBI

The Midwest League had a lot to offer this weekend, both from the mound and from the plate. Francisco Lindor has been making solid contact all spring, then 8th overall pick wont turn 19 until November. Another 18 year old tearing up the league, Jorge Bonifacio, was hitting .410 at the end of Sunday’s contest. The home run was his first of the season. Miguel Sano‘s big fly was his fourth of the year. Kohlscheen dominated in his four innings of relief against Sano’s Beloit Snappers.

 

Player of the Weekend: Billy Hamilton, SS, Bakersfield (Cincinnati): 7-9, 3 BB, 3 SB, 3 CS, R, 3B

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Tags: Billy Hamilton Brad Miller Brett Jackson Christian Yelich Delino DeShields Jr. Garrett Richards Gerrit Cole Honor Roll Jack Marder Jorge Bonifacio Jurickson Profar Miguel Sano Nolan Arenado Phillippe Aumont Trevor Bauer Tyler Austin Will Middlebrooks Yordano Ventura

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