Mason Williams (Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

The Prospect Pulse: Wednesday April 25th, 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

No games scheduled today in the PCL

International League

  • RHP Matt Harvey, Buffalo (New York Mets): 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Matt Harvey (Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)

Harvey was making his fifth, and best, start of the season. He has 24 strikeouts in his 26 innings of work this season, and 15 Ks in his past 13 innings. Crosby has struggled throughout the year, but has been improving in his last two starts. Despite the recent improvement, he still needs to decrease the number of runners he allows to reach base. Will Middlebrooks is on fire, and The Pulse loves it. He is on pace for 64 home runs this year; obviously the pace he is setting is very unlikely to continue, but The Pulse still wants to honor his awesome month of April. Teheran has struggled in two of his four outings this season, the link between the two has been inability to miss bats on that evening.

Eastern League

Matt Den Dekker (Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE)

  • RHP Deck McGuire, New Hampshire (Toronto): 3 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Chris Heston, Richmond (San Francisco): 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 7 K
  • RHP Trevor May, Reading (Philadelphia): 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K
  • C Rob Brantly, Erie (Detroit): 2-3, 2 RBI, R, BB

Rosenbaum hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 16 innings of work. Den Dekker has shown an increased ability to hit for average this season and should be a double digit power/speed threat. McGuire has been blasted for 7+ ER twice already this season. Hitters are batting .346 against the Blue Jays 2010 first rounder. Heston hasn’t struck out as many batters as you would like to see, but his .185 BAA is something to take comfort in. Trevor May has struck out at least six in all of his starts. Brantly’s average is just 8 points shy of .400.

Southern League

Christian Bethancourt (Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE)

Skaggs was hurt by the big fly yesterday. He gave up three home runs, but aside from that he pitched quite well. The big lefty has never struck out less than 7 in a start this season. Eovaldi left his second consecutive start after one inning. The Pulse is still looking for answers as to why he left early from this outing. Bethancourt is a defensive wizard, and the bat is catching up. The 20 year old has his average up to .246, but has just one extra base hit.

Texas League

  • OF Oscar Taveras, Springfield (St. Louis): 2-5, HR, 2 RBI
  • OF Wil Myers, Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City): 2-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB, SB

Wil Myers (Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US )

19 year old Oscar Taveras has taken the Texas League by storm. His slash line is .312/.321/.610, and he has an extra base hit in four of his past five games. Myers is repeating Double-A, but his average is 65 points higher than it was last season. He also is within three home runs of matching his total from 2011. Profar is another 19 year old in the Texas League, unlike Taveras he has struggled. Profar has hit for better average from the right side of the plate, but all of his power and walks have come from the left side.

California League

  • OF Rymer Lirano, Lake Elsinore (San Diego): 1-4, HR, RBI, SB
  • 1B Telvin Nash, Lancaster (Houston): 1-5, HR, RBI

Bakersfield and High Desert were both rained out tonight, much to The Pulse’s dismay. Rymer Liriano continues to struggle, hitting just .197, in his third trip to Lake Elsinore. He has played 48 games in High-A with a slash line of  .180/.261/.257. Telvin Nash is a classic power hitter, high home runs, high walks, and really high strikeouts.

Carolina League

  • C Miguel Gonzalez, Winston-Salem (Chicago White Sox): 3-4, 2B, 5 RBI, R, BB

Gonzalez is a 21 year old who took two years to graduate from the SAL. Not a prospect, but he had the best night at the plate in the league where no other prospects stood out.

Florida St. League

  • SS Derek Dietrich, Charlotte (Tampa Bay): 3-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R
  • RHP Gerrit Cole, Bradenton (Pittsburgh): 5 IP, 3 H, 5 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 5 K
  • LHP C.J. Riefenhauser, Charlotte (Tampa Bay): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K
  • 3B Rob Segedin, Tampa (New York Yankees): 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB, SB
  • RHP Seth Maness, Palm Beach (St. Louis): 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 7 K

The Florida State League has claimed another power hitter in the form of Derek Dietrich. Dietrich 60 XBH last year, including 22 home runs, this year he has only 5 extra base hits. Cole allowed a career high five runs Wednesday. Riefenhauser is a young lefty who’s K/9 is 13.02 and batting average against is .254. Segedin is showing unusual good pop to start 2012.

South Atlantic League

  • OF Mason Williams, Charleston (New York Yankees): 4-4, 2B, HR, RBI, 2 R, BB
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell, Charleston (New York Yankees): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K
  • LHP Zachary Fuesser, West Virginia (Pittsburgh): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 8 K
  • Non-Prospect Shout Out: OF Steven Souza, Hagerstown (Washington): 4-6, 3B, HR, 9 RBI, 3 R, BB

Mason Williams is the lead-off hitter in a prospect packed Charleston line-up. He is hitting .391/,420/.587 in his past 10 games. Mitchell’s success has been directly correlated to his control on a given day. Fuesser had his best start of the year and hitters are hitting just .172 against him.

Midwest League

  • LHP Gerardo Concepcion, Peoria (Chicago Cubs): 5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Sean Murphy, Burlington (Oakland): 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 13 K

Concepcion made his stateside debut after signing a mega contract this off-season. The Cuban born Concepcion projects to be a back end starter if everything goes perfectly. Murphy isn’t a prospect being a college player in his third pro year in Low-A, but his performance tonight was enough to earn him a spot in The Pulse’s line-up.


Prospect of the Night: Mason Williams, OF, Charleston, New York Yankees


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Tags: Bryan Mitchell Christian Bethancourt Gerardo Concepcion Gerrit Cole Honor Roll Jurickson Profar Mason Williams Oscar Taveras Rymer Liriano Telvin Nash Trevor May Tyler Skaggs Wil Myers Will Middlebrooks

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