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 Mike Montgomery, Omaha (Kansas City): 7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
- RHP Shelby Miller, Memphis (St. Louis): 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K
- C Derek Norris, Sacramento (Oakland): 3-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
- OF Anthony Gose, Las Vegas (Toronto): 2-4, 3B, 3 RBI, R, BB, SB, Error
- OF Mike Trout, Salt Lake (Los Angeles Angels): 3-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB
Mike Montgomery had his second positive outing in a row, giving hope to a Royals fan base that desperately needs it. Shelby Miller had his most complete outing of the year, and also his first outing where he didn’t allow a home run. Gose is hoping his 5 multi-hit games over the past week is the start to a better rest of the season. Mike Trout returned after taking a game and a half off after being hit by a pitch. Trout is hitting .419 after tonight.
- OF Starling Marte, Indianapolis (Pittsburgh): 2-3, 3B, 2 R, 2 BB, SB
- RHP Alex Cobb, Durham (Tampa Bay): 4 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
- Non-Prospect Shout Out: 1B Brad Eldred, Toledo (Detroit): 3-5, 3 HR, 7 RBI
Marte’s stolen base was his 9th on the season, he has yet to show off his power, he has one home run, despite his .286/.342/.457 slash line. Cobb had his first bad outing of 2012, he showed a lack of control in his last start and it carried over to tonight. Brad Eldred is nowhere close to being a prospect at age 31, but he does lead the minor leagues with 12 HR after tonight’s performance. Eldred also has 34 RBI in his 19 games played.
- 2B Jeff Kobernus, Harrisburg (Washington): 2-4, 2 R, 4 SB
- RHP Zack Wheeler, Binghamton (New York Mets): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 6 BB, 3 K
- RHP Tyler Cloyd, Reading (Philadelphia): 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
Kobernus is starting to show serious speed on the base paths. He now has 15 stolen bases and thanks to his .372 average. Wheeler walked more tonight than he had in his three previous starts combined, but somehow found a way to escape the night without allowing a single run. Tyler Cloyd has struckout 21 batters without issuing a single walk in 2012.
- SS Hak-Ju Lee, Montgomery (Tampa Bay): 3-5, 3B, 3 RBI
- SS Nick Franklin, Jackson (Seattle): 3-6, 2 2B, 3 RBI, R
- LHP Danny Hultzen, Jackson (Seattle): 5 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K
- LHP Patrick Corbin, Mobile (Arizona): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
- SS Andrelton Simmons, Mississippi (Atlanta): 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Lee got half of his season total for RBI tonight, and despite his 3 hits, his average sits at .198. Franklin has found plenty of success at the plate hitting .320. Hultzen now has 26 strikeouts in his near 22 innings of professional career. Corbin continues to quietly get hitters out consistently. Andrelton Simmons has had 3 consecutive multi-hit games.
- 3B Mike Olt, Frisco (Texas): 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB
- RHP Barret Loux, Frisco (Texas): 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
- 2B Kolten Wong, Springfield (St. Louis): 2-5, HR, RBI, 3 R, BB, 2 SB
- SS Christian Colon, Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City): 4-7, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R
- RHP Trevor Rosenthal, Springfield (St. Louis): 5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 6 K
- 1B Jonathan Singleton, Corpus Christi (Houston): 4-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3B
- RHP Jose Cisnero, Corpus Christi (Houston): 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R (0 ER), 4 BB, 12 K
- RHP Sonny Gray, Midland (Oakland): 6 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Olt’s home run was his fifth on the season. Wong’s home run was his second and his stolen bases were his third and fourth. Colon’s average bounced back up to .270 after recently falling into a 1-20 slump. Rosenthal is still not showing his good control and continues to walk a fair number of batters. Jonathan Singleton had a monster day at the plate, and the power he has showed lately is encouraging. Cisnero has issued more walks than he has hits, and has more strikeouts than both of those numbers combined.
- OF George Springer, Lancaster (Houston): 4-4, 2 3B, 3 RBI, R
- SS Billy Hamilton, Bakersfield (Cincinnati): 2-5, 3B, R, SB
- 1B Miles Head, Stockton (Oakland): 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
Springer is a legitimate 5-tool outfielder who has had a bit of trouble adjusting to Cal League, but today he showed off his potential. Springer hasn’t been taking as many walks as he has in the past, and has suffered from strikeouts early in the season. Billy Hamilton returns to The Pulse, his OBP still north of 1.000 despite his pair of 0-4′s lately. The stolen base was his 19th, he is on pace to steal 144 bases this season. Big Miles Head slugged homer #5 on the season. His SLG% is .727. Small sample size, but Head’s slash line vs lefties is .125/.125/.188 compared to .443/.470/.869 against right handed pitchers.
- RHP Yordano Ventura, Wilmington (Kansas City): 4 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
- OF Evan Gattis, Lynchburg (Atlanta): 3-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI, BB
- 3B Edward Salcedo, Lynchburg (Atlanta): 2-6, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
Ventura for the second consecutive start looks like he has put it all together. The 20 year old has 19 strikeouts to just 2 walks over his last 9 2/3 IP. The Braves seem to be trying out a new position for Gattis moving him to LF. Hopefully it means a promotion to Mississippi if he can prove he can handle the position. His slash line is insane, .424/.507/.898. To put that in prospective that means over the course of 16 games he reaches base over half of the times he comes up to bat, his 8 home runs in a pitching friendly league is pretty impressive as well.
Florida St. League
- 3B Nick Castellanos, Lakeland (Detroit): 3-5, 3 RBI, BB
- 2B Levi Michael, Ft. Myers (Minnesota): 3-4, 3B, RBI, 3 R, BB
- RHP Jameson Taillon, Bradenton (Pittsburgh): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
- RHP Carlos Martinez, Palm Beach (St. Louis): 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
- RHP Asher Wojciechowski, Dunedin (Toronto): 5 1/3 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 6 K
Castellanos is showing off his best skill, his hitting, again down in the FSL. His slash line is as follows: .403/.443/.548. Jameson Taillon hasn’t struck out any less than six in any start this year and tonight was the first time he didn’t allow a run all season. Carlos Martinez’s last start ended after one inning because of rain, so tonight’s outing was his first full outing since April 13th. Wojciechowski struck out more tonight than he had in any other start.
South Atlantic League
- RHP Jose Fernandez, Greensboro (Miami): 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K
- RHP Dylan Bundy, Delmarva (Orioles): 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
- RHP Matt Barnes, Greenville (Boston): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K
- RHP Nicholas Tropeano, Lexington (Houston): 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 5 K
- 2B T.J. Rivera, Savannah (New York Mets): 4-6, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, SB, Error
- 3B Matthew Skole, Hagerstown (Washington): 1-2, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB
- RHP Alex Meyer, Hagerstown (Washington): 4 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
Fernandez, Gregory Nappo, and Kevin Cravey combined to throw the minor leagues first no-hitter of the season against a very dangerous Hickory line-up. Fernandez now has a 12.91 K/9 and 4.13 K/BB ratios to go with his .120 BAA and 0.739 WHIP on the year, needless to say, the 19 year old is dominating the SAL. If Fernandez has been dominant, I’m not sure there is a word to describe what Bundy has done. Bundy through 4 starts has faced 43 batters, retired 42 of them, and half of those 42 he has struck out. Bundy has not issued a single hit in his 13 innings, and he is a singular walk away from being PERFECT in all 4 of his starts. It is unreal what Mr. Bundy has done to start this year. The starting pitcher on the team that faced Bundy, Matt Barnes, hasn’t been too shabby either. Barnes has unreal K/9 and K/BB ratios, 14.57 and 8.50 respectively. If The Pulse had to predict the order of their promotions, if they continue to pitch this way, he would say: Barnes by Mid-May, Bundy by June 1, and Fernandez sometime around the SAL All-Star break.
- OF Drew Vettleson, Bowling Green (Tampa Bay): 4-4, HR, RBI, 2 2B, 2 R
- RHP Aaron Sanchez, Lansing (Toronto): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K
- LHP Justin Nicolino, Lansing (Toronto): 3 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
- OF Jorge Bonifacio, Kane County (Kansas City): 3-5, 2 RBI, 2 2B, R
Drew Vettleson had a breakout day at the park today, collecting nearly half of his extra base hits in 2012 in today’s contest. Aaron Sanchez has only allowed 1 hit in each of his starts, and 17 strikeouts in his 12 innings of work. Nicolino, the second half of today’s Lansing piggy back, has showed good control in all of his starts. Bonifacio has crushed right handed pitching this year putting up a slash line of .460/.518/.660 against them.
Prospect of the Day: Pitchers (Fernandez, Bundy, Barnes, Ventura, Sanchez, Cisnero, Taillon, Hultzen, Corbin, & Miller)
Topics: Billy Hamilton, Danny Hultzen, Drew Vettleson, Dylan Bundy, Evan Gattis, George Springer, Greensboro Grasshoppers, Hak-Ju Lee, Honor Roll, Jameson Taillon, Jeff Kobernus, Jonathan Singleton, Jorge Bonifacio, Jose Cisnero, Jose Fernandez, Kolten Wong, Matt Barnes, Mike Montgomery, Mike Trout, Miles Head, Nick Castellanos, Nick Franklin, No-Hitter, Shelby Miller, Starling Marte, Yordano Ventura