Matt Skole (Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-US PRESSWIRE)

The Prospect Pulse: Friday April 20th, 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

  • LHP Will Smith, Omaha (Kansas City): 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
  • RHP Alex White, Colorado Springs (Colorado): 5 2/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K
  • SS Adeiny Hechavarria, Las Vegas (Toronto): 4-4, R, BB

Adeiny Hechavarria (Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE)

  • OF Mike Trout, Salt Lake (Los Angeles Angels): 3-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R, BB, SB
  • RHP Garrett Richards, Salt Lake (Los Angeles Angels): 6 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K

Will Smith has been much better his past two outings, he has 12 strikeouts and no walks in those games. Alex White has a 2.20 K/BB ratio on the season. Slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria raised his average up to .343 , he does have a bit of a strikeout problem though. Mike Trout can’t do much more to impress the Angels, the future star has a .406/.452/.594 slash line through 16 games. Speaking of guys that don’t have anything more to prove, Garret Richards had his 4th consecutive quality start, and his K/BB ratio is at a ridiculous 4.50.

International League

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

  • LHP Casey Crosby, Toledo (Detroit): 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • RHP Matt Harvey, Buffalo (New York Mets): 6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 10 K

Middlebrooks has his third straight game with a home run, his sixth of the year. Crosby has allowed 14 hits and 8 walks in just 12 innings pitched. His 5 innings tonight were the most he has thrown in an outing this year.  Big Matt Harvey had 9 strikeouts in his first three outings combined, tonight he more than doubled that. Harvey has front-line starter stuff if he can put it all together.

Eastern League

  • OF Gary Brown, Richmond (San Francisco): 1-5, 3B, 4 RBI

Gary Brown (Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE)

Gary Brown, one of the few bright spots in the Giants minor league system coming into the 2012 season has struggled mightily so far in Double-A. Brown is hitting just .207 after today’s game, and had just 1 extra base hit and 2 RBI coming into the contest. Brantly was the Tigers 3rd round pick in 2010 and has had a great Double-A debut. Brantly is hitting .317 and his homer today was his second of the year.

Southern League

Tyler Skaggs throws in the fourth inning of a spring training game at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

  • OF Jared Mitchell, Birmingham (Chicago White Sox): 2-5, HR, 5 RBI
  • RHP Nestor Molina, Birmingham (Chicago White Sox): 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

Skaggs’ line is a bit deceiving, going into the 7th his line was: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 12 K. He got a ground out to start the inning, but then issued a single, error (missed foul pop up), double, double, homer before he was pulled. Skaggs now has 27 strikeouts in 17 1/3 IP. Nick Franklin has struggled to start the season hitting just .255 and striking out roughly once every six at bats. Mitchell is looking to take a step forward in 2012, the home run was his first of the season. Molina had his second consecutive quality start.

Texas League

Jonathan Singleton hit his first, and long awaited, home run of the 2012 season. The 6’2” 235 lb left handed hitter has always been known for his hard contact and ability to barrel balls, but has yet to show anything but projectable power throughout his minor league career.  Today’s home run was the 30th of his career, in 275 games, despite his career .295 batting average. 19 year old Oscar Taveras can hit the ball as well if not better than Singleton. Taveras collected his first stolen base of the season and his average is at .351. He has a seven game hitting streak where he has gone 14-31 (.452) during that streak.

California League

Rymer Liriano (Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE)

  • RHP Kevin Quackenbush, Lake Elsinore (San Diego): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, Save
  • RHP T.J. Walz, Stockton (Oakland): 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K
  • OF Chris Owings, Visalia (Arizona): 1-4, 2 RBI, R, SB
  • SS Billy Hamilton, Bakersfield (Cincinnati): 1-4, R, 2 SB

Marder has 7 multi-hit games out of his past 10; the stolen base was his 8th of the year. Liriano smacked his first home run of what The Pulse hopes is many this season. Fun fact: The Pulse loves five-tool prospects.  Quackenbush makes The Pulse on name alone, but his 13.5 K/9 doesn’t hurt either. T.J. Walz has had three quality starts to start the season. Chris Owings is hoping to have a bounce back year as he is repeating High-A to start the season. Bily Hamilton came through when it counted most. He led off the a 0-0 ball game in the ninth with a single, stole second, stole third, and then scored on a “sacrifice fly to second baseman Carter Jurica“. The legend of the man grows with every game, his hit streak extended to 11 games.

Carolina League

Evan Gattis continues to have one of the most inspiring stories in minor league baseball. He was supposed to be a Texas A&M Aggie in 2004 but before the start of the season he went to rehab for drug and alcohol abuse. After finishing rehab he went to play a 1/2 season at an Oklahoma JUCO before quitting that team as well to go on a journey of the western United States. Gattis had jobs as a ski lift operator and a janitor among other things before returning to baseball in 2010. He was drafted in the 23rd round and last year hit .322 with 22 home runs in 88 games for Low-A Rome. Gattis is hitting .341/.500/.863 with 6 home runs already this season at High-A Lynchburg. A move to Double-A Mississippi could come soon for the now 25 year old Gattis, but he will have to move to 1B as his defense behind the plate is below average.

Florida St. League

  • RHP Gerrit Cole, Bradenton (Pittsburgh): 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

3 games were rained out in the Florida State League Friday night. Of the three that did play, 2011 1st overall pick Gerrit Cole was the only prospect of note. Cole has registered 18 strikeouts in his 12 innings of professional work.  Cole’s WHIP sits at 1.416.

South Atlantic League

  • RHP Domingo Tapia, Savannah (New York Mets): 5 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
  • 3B Matthew Skole, Hagerstown (Washington): 4-4, HR, 4 RBI, 2 2B, 2 R, BB
  • LHP Lino Martinez, Lakewood (Philadelphia): 3 1/3 IP, 14 H, 12 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Wirkin Estevez, Hagerstown (Washington): 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K

Domingo Tapia had his second consecutive strong outing, he has struck out 17 while issuing just one walk in his last two outings. Skole has been punishing Low-A pitching so far this year, he is hitting .370/.463/.630 in 2012. Lino Martinez had allowed 14 hits and 7 runs in his first 3 starts, tonight he matched and eclipsed those totals in just 3 1/3 IP.  Wirkin Estevez is a raw talent with decent command and is working on finding more bat-missing stuff.

Midwest League

Monsalve is a few days away from his 20th birthday and repeating Low-A, but he seems to be finding his groove. Through his first 14 games he is hitting .273 and has shown good pop with a pair of home runs. Sano showed he can do more than just hit homers, he got his first three doubles of the season tonight. His slugging percentage is .765 on the season after the extra base hit outburst. Rosario’s error was his fifth of the year.


Prospect of the Day: Matthew Skole, 3B, Hagerstown (Washington)


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Tags: Adeiny Hechavarria Billy Hamilton Evan Gattis Garrett Richards Gary Brown Gerrit Cole Honor Roll Jack Marder Jonathan Singleton Kevin Quackenbush Matt Harvey Miguel Sano Mike Trout Nestor Molina Oscar Taveras Rymer Liriano Tyler Skaggs Will Middlebrooks

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