Mar 2, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Alex Castellanos (76) poses for a picture during the Dodgers photo day at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE

The Prospect Pulse: April 17th, 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

  • RHP Neil Ramirez, Round Rock (Texas): 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Neil Ramirez (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE)

  • 2B Alex Castellanos, Albuquerque (Los Angeles Dodgers): 3-5,  2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, 4 R, 2 SB

Small day in the PCL which happens from time to time as the league is a mix of 4A players, old major leaguers fighting for another chance,  and the occasional prospect. Ramirez had his most complete outing of the young season and showed good control. Look for my scouting report of him later today. Castellanos has got off to a start posting a batting average of .364 after tonight’s contest.  The 25 year old hit .320 last year between the Texas and Southern League, and hit 23 home runs as well.

International League

Ryan Lavarnway (60) hits a three-run home run in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

Teheran had what easily was his best outing of the  year. He has walked two in each of three outings, but his strikeout totals and innings pitched have increased with each outing. Lavarnway has had a slow start to the season hitting just .231, the home run was his second of the year and second in two days.

Eastern League

Sebastian Valle (Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE)

  • RHP Trevor May, Reading (Philadelphia): 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

The Reading Phillies offense out scored Bowie, Akron, Harrisburg, Altoona, Trenton and Erie squads combined. The R-Phils lineup put up a staggering 19 runs against the Richmond Flying squirrels. More impressively was the fact that they only hit one home run, a solo shot by Darin Ruf who went 5-5 on the night. Valle raised his average up to .333 on the year, he does have as many strikeouts as hits on the young season (13). May had his third straight start of 6+ strikeouts. Opponents are hitting just .183 against May and he hasn’t surrendered a home run in his 17 innings of work this year.

Southern League

The Southern League had a pair of games rained out and another shortened by rain, but the main event of the night played a full nine. That event was Taijuan Walker vs Sean Gilmartin. Walker’s second start of the year went better than his first and he now has 15 K to 2 BB in his 11 innings. Sean Gilmartin has had a bit of a disappointing start to his year due to his lack of strikeouts. He has 7 Ks and 4 walks in 18 innings. He has gotten progressively worse in each outing so far.

Texas League

  • RHP Keyvius Sampson, San Antonio (San Diego): 5 1/3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Jake Odorizzi, Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City): 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 4 K

Couple of so/so outings for a pair of top prospects in the Texas League. Sampson’s K/BB rate is still above three through his 14+ innings of work.  Odorizzi rebounded from his awful start where he lasted just 2/3 inning, but allowed just as many earned runs.

California League

  • SS Billy Hamilton, Bakersfield (Cincinnati): 2-5, 3 R, SB
  • RHP Garrett Gould, Rancho Cucamonga (Los Angeles Dodgers): 4 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

Billy Hamilton now has an 8 game hitting streak and is hitting .500 over the course of that streak. Hamilton’s success in his career will have a direct correlation to how much he can get on base and utilize his 80 speed. During his hit streak Hamilton has stolen a base in 7 of the 8 games. Gould has a 3.oo K/BB ration in his first three starts, but has been inefficient with his pitches because of this.

Carolina League


  • RHP Cody Buckel, Myrtle Beach (Texas): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

Cheslor Cuthbert has not looked like much of a prospect through the first 10 games of the year hitting just .194. Going into Tuesday night’s contest Cuthbert had more walks (6) than hits (5). Speedy Nick Ahmad got his first home run of the year and stole his sixth base later against Salem. Red Sox toolsy outfielder Jackie Bradley had another good day and has his average within a few points of .300. Cody Buckel allowed his first run of the season, he has 21 strikeouts to 6 walks in 15 innings. He has allowed just 2 hits in each of his three starts and has a 4.5o GO/AO rate.

Florida St. League

  • OF Christian Yelich, Jupiter (Miami): 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB
  • LHP Jed Bradley, Brevard County (Milwaukee): 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K
  • RHP Brody Colvin, Clearwater (Philadelphia): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K

Yelich has reached base 9 times in his 14 plate appearances. The 20 year old has only played in three games this year due to an elbow injury.  Jed Bradley hasn’t given up an earned run all season, but he registered 18 walks compared to 3 walks. Hitters are hitting just .156 against the former Texas Longhorn.  Colvin had his first quality start of the season, he had just four strikeouts in his first two outings combined.

South Atlantic League

  • RHP Jose Fernandez, Greensboro (Miami): 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
  • RHP Alex Meyer, Hagerstown (Washington): 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 2 HBP
  • RHP Dylan Bundy, Delmarva (Baltimore): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Dylan Bundy is in fact human, he has now allowed just a single walk in 9 minor league innings. 28 batters have faced him, 15 have struck out. Bundy has yet to allow a single hit. That is insane folks. Jose Fernandez is looking like a top prospect himself, now having 18 strikeouts of his own with only 4 walks in 11 innings. Alex Meyer rebounded from his awful start last Thursday and had his best start of the young season.

Midwest League

  • 3B Miguel Sano, Beloit (Minnesota): 1-3, HR, RBI, 2 R
  • RHP Drew Gagnon, Wisconsin (Milwaukee): 5 1/3 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K
  • RHP Adys Portillo, Fort Wayne (San Diego): 4 2/3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K
  • LHP Felipe Rivero, Bowling Green (Tampa Bay): 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 7 K
  • RHP Tyrell Jenkins, Quad Cities (St. Louis): 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Great day for pitchers in the Midwest League. Sano hit his 5th home run of the season, he is continuing to show his power even in the pitcher friendly league. Gagnon continued his hot start and has 6+ strikeouts in each of his starts. Portillo has been nearly unhittable this season (.115 BAA), but his control still is troublesome despite his serious swing and miss stuff. Rivero has an outstanding 16.00 K/BB ratio in 17 IP and has yet to allow an earned run. Jenkins rebounded from his short first outing.


Prospect of the Day: Alex Castellanos, 2B, Los Angeles Dodgers


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Tags: Billy Hamilton Cheslor Cuthbert Christian Yelich Cody Buckel Dylan Bundy Felipe Rivero Honor Roll Jose Fernandez Julio Teheran Miguel Sano Taijuan Walker

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