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 Jordan Lyles, Oklahoma City (Houston): 5 2/3 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
- LHP Mike Montgomery, Omaha (Kansas City): 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 7 K
- C Travis d’Arnaud, Las Vegas (Toronto): 1-4, HR, RBI
- 1B Anthony Rizzo, Iowa (Chicago Cubs): 2-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB
Lyles had a bit of a rough night, but still showed impressive control with bat missing ability. His K/BB ratio is at 9.00 after 18 2/3 IP and he is still just 21 years old. Mike Montgomery gave the world a flash of what could be. He had an excellent outing tonight, and the big 22 year old will have to have five or so more outings like this before people aren’t so down on him. He has serious command/control issues to work through. Rizzo hit his sixth and seventh home runs of the year. Thursday was his third multi-homer game in the past 10 games.
- 3B Lonnie Chisenhall, Columbus (Cleveland): 3-5, RBI, 2B, R
- 3B Will Middlebrooks, Pawtucket (Boston): 2-5, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R
- 1B Tyler Moore, Syracuse (Washington): 3-4, 2B, 3 RBI, BB
- RHP Alex Cobb, Durham (Tampa Bay): 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 5 BB, 6 K
The International League’s hot corner prospects, Lonnie Chisenhall and Will Middlebrooks, have gotten off to excellent starts in 2012. Chisenhall is hitting .344 and Middlebrooks is hitting .368 and his home run today was his 4th in six games. Moore played in the outfield today and in his past ten games is hitting .333/.400/.769. Cobb’s start was his second consecutive ‘quality start’.
- 2B Jonathan Schoop, Bowie (Baltimore): 1-2, HR, RBI, 2 R, 2 BB
- 2B Jeff Kobernus, Harrisburg (Washington): 3-5, 2 R, 2 SB
Schoop has had an abysmal start to the season, he is hitting .227 after Thursday. The home run was his first of the season. Kobernus is hitting the ball like a maniac, and running a lot once he gets on base. He is 11-12 stealing bases this season.
- RHP Nathan Eovaldi, Chattanooga (Los Angeles Dodgers): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
- 3B Nate Samson, Tennessee (Chicago Cubs): 4-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 2B, BB
- 2B Scooter Gennett, Huntsville (Milwaukee): 3-4, 3 RBI, 2 R, SB
- RHP J.C. Sulbaran, Pensacola (Cincinnati): 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 11 K, 2 HBP
- LHP Patrick Corbin, Mobile (Arizona): 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
- LHP Danny Hultzen, Jackson (Seattle): 6 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
No official word on Eovaldi leaving after one inning other than it was, “a scheduled thing”. Samson isn’t a prospect but you have to respect his day at the plate. I should start a club of AA second base prospects who know how to hit. Gennett adds 3 hits like Kobernus, his average is now at .375. Sulbaran has an electric fastball, but struggles with his control. Corbin has seen his strikeout totals increase in each start. Hultzen did about what is expected of him each time out; tonight was the first time he didn’t allow a run.
- 3B Mike Olt, Frisco (Texas): 2-3, HR, RBI, 2 R, 2 BB
- RHP Barret Loux, Frisco (Texas): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K
- RHP Sonny Gray, Midland (Oakland): 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
- RHP Trevor Rosenthal, Springfield (St. Louis): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K
Mike Olt hit his third home run of the season, and more importantly reached base three more times in the game. Former Texas A&M Aggie Barret Loux had his best outing of the year and raised his K/BB rate up to 2.5. Sonny Gray and Trevor Rosenthal both had their best starts of the season as well. Neither had allowed less than 2 runs in a start before Thursday.
- 1B C.J. Cron, Inland Empire (Los Angeles Angels): 2-5, 4 RBI, R
- C Jack Marder, High Desert (Seattle): 2-4, HR, RBI, 2 R, BB
- SS Brad Miller, High Desert (Seattle): 2-4, 2B, RBI, R, BB
- 1B Steven Proscia, High Desert (Seattle): 4-5, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R, Error
- 2B Cory Spangenberg, Lake Elsinore (San Diego): 1-4, 2B, 3 RBI, R, BB, SB
- OF Rymer Liriano, Lake Elsinore (San Diego): 1-3, 2B, RBI, 2 R, SB, HBP
- RHP A.J. Cole, Stockton (Oakland): 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
- SS Billy Hamilton, Bakersfield (Cincinnati): 2-4, BB, SB, CS, Error
Huge night for the Cal League, Marder and Miller are favorites of The Pulse and continue to mash the ball. C.J. Cron had his second 4 RBI night of the season, he needs to learn how to take a walk if he wants to be a successful power hitter in the majors. Steven Proscia exploded for MiLB’s second 3 home run game in as many days. Spangenberg and Liriano have had disappointing starts to 2012. A.J. Cole put it all together for his best outing of 2012. Billy Hamilton continued his multi-hit streak to 5 games and his average sits at .396.
- C Evan Gattis, Lynchburg (Atlanta): 2-4, HR, 2 RBI
- RHP J.R. Graham, Lynchburg (Atlanta): 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
- RHP Yordano Ventura, Wilmington (Kansas City): 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
- 1B Travis Shaw, Salem (Boston): 4-5, 2B, 3 RBI
- OF Jackie Bradley, Salem (Boston): 2-4, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R, SB
Gattis hit his fifth home run of the season. All of the home runs have come in the past 8 games. On the season Gattis is hitting .435/.509/.848. Ventura had his best, and longest, outing of the season. The 21 year old Ventura has the potential to be a Top 100 prospect if he can take his raw skill and transform it into game ability. Bradley is hitting .333 on the season and Shaw raised his average up to . 420 after today’s game on 4/19.
Florida St. League
- OF Jake Marisnick, Dunedin (Toronto): 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, SB
- RHP Asher Wojciechowski, Dunedin (Toronto): 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
- LHP Jesse Biddle, Clearwater (Philadelphia): 3 IP, 7 H, 7 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 4 K
- C Jacob Realmuto, Jupiter (Miami): 3-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
- RHP Jameson Taillon, Bradenton (Pittsburgh): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Marisnick raised his average to .288 after his big day at the plate, he hasn’t hit a home run yet this year. Jesse Biddle has struggled so far in the FSL. Hitters are batting .340 against the large lefty. Realmuto has his average a few points above .300 and knocked out his second home run in tonight’s contest. Taillon has 6 strikeouts in each of his outings.
South Atlantic League
- C Gabriel Lino, Delmarva (Baltimore): 3-4, 2B, RBI, R, BB
- RHP Nicholas Tropeano, Lexington (Houston): 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K
- 3B Kyle Kubitza, Rome (Atlanta): 4-4, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, BB, 2 SB
- OF Josh Bell, West Virginia (Pittsburgh): 2-5, 2B, RBI, R, SB
- C Gary Sanchez, Charleston (New York Yankees): 2-4, RBI, BB, R, 3 SB, 2 Errors
- OF Mason Williams, Charleston (New York Yankees): 2-4, RBI, R, SB
18 year old Gabriel Lino now has his average sitting at .375. The young man hits balls to all fields and could add power as he matures. Tropeano and his amazing change-up found more success tonight. He is dominating the Sally League like a college draftee should. Kubitza has had two or more hits in five out of his past seven games. Positive: Josh Bell stole his first base of the season; Negative: Bell has struck out 17 times compared to just one walk. There were 12 stolen bases tonight between Charleston and West Virginia, not a single runner was thrown out trying to steal either. Gary Sanchez now has five stolen bases on the year. In his two previous seasons, 129 games, he had 4 stolen bases.
- OF Jorge Bonifacio, Kane County (Kansas City): 3-5, 2B, R, 2 SB, Outfield Assist
- 3B Miguel Sano, Beloit (Minnesota): 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, BB, Error
- LHP Justin Nicolino, Lansing (Toronto): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
- RHP Aaron Sanchez, Lansing (Toronto): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
- LHP Ryan Carpenter, Bowling Green (Tampa Bay): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
Bonifaco and Sano continued to do what they do best. Bonifacio is now hitting .407/.500/.556 through 54 AB. Sano clubbed his 6th home run, but is hitting just .260 on the season. Lansing/Toronto’s piggy-backing system with their starters provided a pair of gems tonight in Nicolino and Sanchez. Carpenter, a 7th round pick from Gonzaga, has 16 strikeouts and 1 walk in his first four starts.
Prospect of the Day: Steven Proscia, 1B, High Desert (Seattle)
Topics: AJ Cole, Anthony Rizzo, Barret Loux, Billy Hamilton, Brad Miller, CJ Cron, Cory Spangenberg, Evan Gattis, Gary Sanchez, Honor Roll, Jack Marder, Jeff Kobernus, Jorge Bonifacio, Miguel Sano, Mike Montgomery, Mike Olt, Nick Tropeano, Patrick Corbin, Sonny Gray, Trevor Rosenthal, Will Middlebrooks, Yordano Ventura