Will Middlebrooks (Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE)

The Prospect Pulse: Wednesday April 18th, 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 Brad Peacock, Sacramento (Oakland): 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Brad Peacock (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE)

  • LHP Dallas Keuchel, Oklahoma City (Houston): 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Forrest Snow, Tacoma (Seattle): 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
  • RHP Shelby Miller, Memphis (St. Louis): 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 9 K

Brad Peacock has allowed 3 earned runs in his 3 starts. Peacock has 2 walks in each of his starts, and his three strikeouts today is his season low total for a game. Keuchel allowed his first runs and issued his first walks today. Opponents are hitting .169 against the big lefty this year. Forrest Snow had his first quality start of the young season. The 23 year old has been plauged by control problems to start the year. Miller easily had his best start of the year, but showed an unusual loss of control tonight.

International League

  • RHP Chris Archer, Durham (Tampa Bay): 4 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 K
  • 2B Cord Phelps, Columbus (Cleveland): 4-5, 2 2B, RBI, SB, CS

Cord Phelps (Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE)

Archer has as many walks (13) as he does innings pitched (12 2/3). Control has been a major problem in Archer’s career and the best hope for him now is a transition to the bullpen where he could pitch in the 8th or 9th inning. Cord Phelps is really good at hitting and has now raised his average to .355. Locke doubled his season strike-out total and issued his first walk in his 15 innings pitched. D.J. Mitchell has allowed just 13 runners to reach base in his 17 innings of work.

Eastern League

  • RHP Zach Wheeler, Binghamton (New York Mets): 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
  • RHP Deck McGuire, New Hampshire (Toronto): 6 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K
  • LHP Daniel Rosenbaum, Harrisburg (Washington): 9 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 9 K

Wheeler threw his second consecutive game of 8 or more strikeouts. Deck McGuire’s outing was his best of the season, and he hasn’t allowed home run since allowing five in his first outing of the season. Rosenbaum is old for the Eastern League, but the Xavier product has a career 2.34 ERA in 350+ minor league innings. This season he has struck out 16 batters without issuing a single walk.

Southern League

  • RHP Brandon Maurer, Jackson (Seattle): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  • 2B Scooter Gennett, Huntsvilee (Milwaukee): 4-7, 2 2B, RBI, SB
  • 3B Matt Davidson, Mobile (Arizona): 1-6, HR, RBI
  • SS Didi Gregorious, Pensacola (Cincinnati): 4-5, 3 R

Maurer is no where near the talent of the Seattle’s Big 3 also in Jackson’s rotation, but he could grow into a back of the rotation/inning eater type. Scooter Gennett and Matt Davidson both benefited from playing double headers this evening. Didi Gregorious’ average now sits at .362 after his big night at the plate. All 21 of Didi’s hits have been singles

Texas League

No games schedule today, league wide off day.

California League

  • 1B A.J. Kirby-Jones, Stockton (Los Angeles Dodgers): 3-4, 3 HR, 5 RBI
  • RHP Blake Treinen, Stockton (Los Angeles Dodgers): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K
  • C Jack Marder, High Desert (Seattle): 3-4, 2B, RBI, R, 2 SB, HBP
  • 1B Telvin Nash, Lancaster (Houston): 1-4, HR, RBI
  • SS Billy Hamilton, Bakersfield (Cincinnati): 2-5, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI
  • LHP Andrew Chafin, Visalia (Arizona): 4 1/3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K

A.J. Kirby Jones is a 1B/DH type who slugged his second, third, and fourth home runs of the season. He is 23 years old and his only real tool is his power and ability to draw a walk. Treinen was the Dodgers’ 7th round pick last year and has above average control. Telvin Nash popped his minor league leading 7th home run of the season. Jack Marder continues to do what he does best, hit and run. His average now sits at .371 and he has 7 stolen bases on the young season. Hamilton had his fourth multi-hit game in a row. Chafin has 9 strikeouts in each of his three starts.

Carolina League

  • RHP Jason Adam, Wilmington (Kansas City): 7 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 5 K
  • C Evan Gattis, Lynchburg (Atlanta): 2-5, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
  • SS Xander Bogaerts, Salem (Boston): 1-3, 2B, RBI, R, 2 BB

Adam has been the bright spot for Royals fans watching their prospect so far this season. Adam has allowed just one earned run in his 17 2/3 IP. Baseball Prospectus’ Jason Parks was in attendance and via his twitter account said Adam “missed bats with both (his change-up and curve) and looked advanced”. Gattis is an advanced bat and a well below average defender. Boagaerts’ stolen base was his first of the year.

Florida St. League

No games scheduled today, league wide off day.

South Atlantic League

  • RHP Matt Barnes, Greenville (Boston): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K, HBP
  • RHP Rafeal Montero, Savannah (New York Mets): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K

Small sample today in the Sally League as three games were rained out. Barnes continues his domination of the Sally League. He has now thrown 17 innings, striking out 25 batters and issuing just 2 walks. He has yet to allow a run this season and opponents are hitting just .111 against him. Montero is a thin framed, 21 year old, right hander with good control. This start was his best of the season.

Midwest League

  • RHP Joseph Ross, Fort Wayne (San Diego): 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
  • OF Eddie Rosario, Beloit (Minnesota): 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, R, BB
  • SS Francisco Lindor, Lake County (Cleveland): 1-4, 2B, RBI, R, BB
  • LHP Jordan Shipers, Clinton (Seattle): 6 1/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 5 K

Ross has been hot and cold through his first three starts. Hitters are hitting .354 against Ross, and he has allowed 12 earned runs in 11 1/3 IP. On a positive note, he does have 10 strikeouts and 5 walks in that time.  The Twins top prospect not named Miguel Sano had himself a good day at the plate. The speedy Rosario has a .385 OBP after today’s game. 21 year old Jordan Shipers has a 3.75 K/BB Ratio.


Prospect of the Day: Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Pawtucket (Boston)


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Tags: Andrew Chafin Billy Hamilton Brad Peacock Daniel Rosenbaum Francisco Lindor Honor Roll Jason Adam Joseph Ross Matt Barnes Matt Davidson Scooter Gennett Shelby Miller Will Middlebrooks Zach Wheeler

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