The Prospect Pulse: Monday April 16th, 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

Johnny Giavotella (Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE)

  • LHP Martin Perez, Round Rock (Texas): 5 2/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 4 K
  • LHP Brad Hand, New Orleans (Miami): 5 1/3 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. Batting: 2-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB
  • 3B Zack Cox, Memphis (St. Louis): 1-3, HR, RBI, BB
  • RHP Jarrod Parker, Sacramento (Oakland): 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Jarrod Parker (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE)

Giavotella hit his second home run of the season, he hasn’t hit for as high of an average as he did in 2011. His defense will determine how long it takes him to get back to Kansas City more than anything. Zack Cox has had a miserable start to the season, the home run he hit was just his fifth hit of the year. Cox’s batting average now sits at .128 after 12 games. Parker had arguably his best start of the season. Hand’s 5 ER allowed were his first runs allowed all season.

International League

Bryce Harper (Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)

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

Alex Torres (Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

Harper makes his first appearance on The Pulse in some time. Harper’s error was his third of the year in center and despite the two hits is now hitting just .244. Familia, Betances, and Torres were all legitimately awful Monday night.  Torres has more walks than he does innings pitched this year. Familia and Betances both have two less walks than innings pitched through their first three starts.

Eastern League

Manny Machado (Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE)

  • OF Zoilo Almonte, Trenton (New York Yankees): 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R

Slow day for prospects in the Eastern League. Machado’s teammate Bobby Bundy didn’t fair to well in his third outing of the year, allowing six runs, four earned, in 4 2/3 IP.

Southern League

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

Scooter hit his first two home runs of the season and now has an 8 game hitting streak. Gennett is now hitting .321 on the season. Matt Davidson hit his first home run on the season and has 2 or more hits in 8 of the past 9 games. Zeke Spruill allowed double the amount of runners he had in his first two starts combined. Paxton has allowed 8 hits all season, the control issues tonight have been a potential problem throughout his career.

Texas League

  • LHP Robbie Erlin, San Antonio (San Diego): 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 3 K

Robbie Erlin (Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE)

  • RHP Tim Mellville, Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City): 4 IP, 2 H, 3 R (1 ER), 5 BB, 2 K
  • OF Oscar Taveras, Springfield (St. Louis): 3-5, 3B, R, RBI
  • RHP Justin Grimm, Frisco (Texas): 6 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

Erlin and Melville both had disappointing second outings on the season. Erlin has been plagued by bad defense behind him all season.  Melville’s control issues made an appearance in his start tonight. Oscar Taveras, sometimes known as Minor League Guy on Third, raised his average to .311 on the year. Justin Grimm continued his tour of dominance over the Texas League and has now struck out 17 batters while allowing only 11 hitters to reach base.

California League

Billy Hamilton continued off of his hot weekend and added another multi-hit game. Hamilton also stole his minor league leading 10th stolen base of the young season. Rymer Liriano has been ice cold on the year and despite his 2-4 night is still only hitting .222 with 16 strikeouts in 36 at bats. Liriano started the 2011 in Lake Elsinore and struggled so much he was sent down to Fort Wayne where he dominated.

Carolina League

Nationals’ prospect Michael Taylor is not at all like Oakland’s Michael Taylor other than their shared name. Nationals’ Michael Taylor is faster than his Oakland counter part, and doesn’t have near as much power. Heidenreich pitched a complete game in a losing effort for Winston Salem.

Florida St. League

Matthew Szczur (Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE)

  • OF Christian Yelich, Jupiter (Miami): 2-3, 3B, 2 BB, 3 R, SB
  • RHP Jimmy Nelson, Brevard County (Milwaukee): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K
  • LHP Nik Turley, Tampa (New York Yankees): 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K

Matt Szczur has started off the year in a serious funk getting 5 of his 9 hits on the year in the past two days. His average now sits at .214. In more encouraging news he has drawn 8 walks on the year. Yelich continues his great start in his second game. 6’6” Jimmy Nelson 21 strikeouts and only 4 walks in 17 innings of work. 50th round draft pick in 2008 Turley has a 4.00 K/BB in 2012.

South Atlantic League

  • 2B Rougned Odor, Hickory (Texas): 3-4, HR, 2 RBI
  • RHP Luke Jackson, Hickory (Texas): 5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 7 K
  • LHP Adam Conley, Greensboro (Miami): 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 7 K
  • C William Swanner, Asheville (Colorado): 3-4, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R
  • RHP Vianney Mayo, Asheville (Colorado): 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K
  • OF Tyler Austin, Charleston (New York Yankees): 2-4, 3B, RBI, 3 R, BB
  • RHP Jose Campos, Charleston (New York Yankees): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Luke Jackson is crushing Sally league competition early in the year; he has piled up 22 strikeouts in just under 15 innings. Adam Conley also has 22 strikeouts, and just 3 walks, in his 17 innings of work. Swanner and Mayo aren’t major prospects, but their days deserved recognition. By my count Mayo’s outing was the first 9 inning complete game shutout by any pitcher in the entire minor leagues. Jose Campos allowed his first home run and earned run of the season.

Midwest League

A pair of games were rained out in the Midwest League, but the big story was the match-up between Archie Bradley and Noah Syndergaard. Both lived up to their expectations, and Bradley keeps living up to the big praise that he is getting. One thing to not on Bradley is his lefty/righty splits. He has struck out 13 right handed hitters without issuing a walk, but against lefties he has 9 strikeouts with 6 walks. It is a small sample size, but something to keep an eye on moving forward.

 

Prospect of the Day: William Swanner, C, Asheville Tourists (Colorado)

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Topics: Archie Bradley, Billy Hamilton, Christian Yelich, Honor Roll, James Paxton, Jarrod Parker, Jose Campos, Luke Jackson, Matt Davidson, Matt Szczur, Noah Syndergaard, Rymer Liriano, Scooter Gennett, Will Swanner

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