The Prospect Pulse: Friday April 27th, 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

Yasmani Grandal (Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE)

Big news late Friday night from the Pacific Coast League, Mike Trout will make his 2012 debut for the Angels Saturday. The Angels released Bobby Abreu Friday night and brought Trout up to take his place in the Angels line-up for years to come. Matt Adams has been sidelined with a sore elbow, but returned to action Thursday, and hit his fourth home run Friday. Sanabia has an 11.5 K/BB ratio over his 32 2/3 IP innings. Martin Perez hasn’t missed nearly as many bats as some would like to see. Yasmani Grandal hit a home run in his first game back from the disabled list.

International League

  • OF Starling Marte, Indianapolis (Pittsburgh): 2-4, 2 2B, RBI, 3 R, 2 BB

Starling Marte (Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE)

  • LHP Alexander Torres, Durham (Tampa Bay): 1 IP, 6 H, 7 R (6 ER), 2 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Dellin Betances, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (New York Yankees): 5 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Jeurys Familia, Buffalo (New York Mets): 3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 7 BB, 3 K

The big news from the International League today was Bryce Harper being called up by the Nationals. Harper will make his major league debut in LF Saturday night in Los Angeles. Starling Marte is looking for a promotion of his own as his average breaks the .300 mark thanks to an 8 game hitting streak he is on. Familia, Torres, and Betances have all been plauged by control problems this season. Torres and Familia have more walks than innings pitched, and Betances has more walks than strikeouts.

Eastern League

The Eastern League Pulse tonight features three of the better prospects in their respective organizations who have struggled to start the year. Schoop who has hit .290 each of his last to seasons has started 2012 with a .208 average. Robbie Grossman has back to back 2 hit games, those hits account for 25% of his season total. Gary Brown has his average just above the Mendoza line, at .211, in 2012.

Southern League

  • RHP Taijuan Walker, Jackson (Seattle): 6 IP, 6 H, 0 H, 1 BB, 5 K
  • LHP Sean Gilmartin, Mississippi (Atlanta): 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
  • SS Tyler Saladino, Birmingham (Chicago White Sox): 3-5, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB, SB

Taijuan Walker has the raw potential to be the best starter out of Seattle’s big three. Hultzen is more polished, but Walker has the potential for three plus or better pitches. Gilmartin is the opposite of Walker, he is about as safe and polished as you can get. What you see is what you get with Gilmartin, a safe back of the rotation option at the major league level. Saladino has pop in his bat, and has showed more base running ability this year than he has in the past.

Texas League

Profar has had an extra base hit in 7 straight games, and a 9 game hitting streak overall. Justin Grimm had more strikeouts tonight than he had in his previous three starts combined. Cosart showed a rare complete loss of control, issuing double the amount of walks he had issued previously in the season in Friday’s start.

California League

  • LHP David Holmberg, Visalia (Arizona): 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
  • RHP Ruben Alaniz, Lancaster (Houston): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K
  • SS Billy Hamilton, Bakersfield (Cincinnati): 3-4, RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 SB, CS, Error
  • LHP Nick Maronde, Inland Empire (Los Angeles Angels): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 12 K

Time for one of The Pulse’s favorite practices, to inform you the reader how big an asset Billy Hamilton could be. Hamilton leads the California League in the follow categories: Avg (.395), OBP (.479), R (23), 3B (4), SB (25), and OPS (1.084).  Billy Hamilton leads the CAL LEAGUE in OPS. I love Billy Hamilton about as much as anyone and that stat impressed me that I had to triple check it to make sure it was right. Hamilton is playing the best baseball of his career right now, but the tremendous athlete may have made the adjustments necessary to make him one of baseball’s most valuable weapons. Homberg has a 10.39 K/9 ratio, 5.00 K/BB ratio, and a 1.06 WHIP in 30 1/3 IP. Maronde has 19 strikeouts to just 2 walks in his last two starts.

Carolina League

Evan Gattis played at DH tonight, but when he gets serviceable in the outfield, or any other position besides catcher, he will move up to Double-A Mississippi. Northcraft has had shaky control/command thus far in the season. Vazquez showed above average power while repeating Low-A last year.

Florida St. League

  • SS Drew Maggi, Bradenton (Pittsburgh): 1-3, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB, SB, Error
  • LHP Austin Wright, Clearwater (Philadelphia): 7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K
  • LHP Grant Dayton, Jupiter (Florida): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0BB, 7 K
  • RHP Jimmy Nelson, Brevard County (Milwaukee): 7 2/3 IP, 2, H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 6 K
  • OF Jake Marisnick, Dunedin (Toronto): 3-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, SB
  • 3B Nick Castellanos, Lakeland (Detroit): 4-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R

Maggi is hitting .275/.375/.406 and brings a good combination of extra base hitting ability and speed. Austin Wright is a strikeout machine and has 10 strikeouts in each of his two most recent starts. Dayton has been a reliever his entire professional, but in 2012 has moved to a starter. Jimmy Nelson has had a phenomenal start to the campaign, he owns a 0.88 WHIP through 30 2/3 IP. Marisnick has a 4 game extra-base hit streak going. Castellanos is 1/8 of the way to hitting .400 on the season.

South Atlantic League

  • C Austin Barnes, Greensboro (Miami): 3-3, 2B, 3 RBI, BB, SB
  • RHP Luke Jackson, Hickory (Texas): 5 1/3 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Tyler Wilson, Delmarva (Baltimore): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K
  • LHP Miguel Pena, Greenville (Boston): 4 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
  • 2B Ross Wilson, Kannapolis (Chicago White Sox): 4-5, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 2B, BB

Barnes has been on fire lately hitting .444 over his past 10 games. Luke Jackson showed off the inconsistency that has plagued his career so far. Wilson has a WHIP of 1.00 and a K/BB rate of 3.00. Miguel Pena has shown serious bat missing ability with above average control in his young career. Ross Wilson lashed out for a huge night after his semi-recent demotion from Winston-Salem.

Midwest League

Jabari Blash had his second consecutive multi-homer game. Landazuri has a 0.897 WHIP through 5 starts and 29 innings pitched. Austin Hedges returned from the DL yesterday, and continues to show promising refined hitting skills. Portillo has more strikeouts than innings pitched. JaDamion Williams is a burner on the base paths and needs to find a consistent way to reach base. Rivero’s 2 earned runs today were his first of the season. Archie Bradley has allowed 8 hits in his 26 innings, but he does need to refine the control/command of all of his pitches. Gagnon’s WHIP is below 1.00 and his K/BB ratio is 4.17.


Prospect of the Day: Ross Wilson, 2B, Kannapolis, Chicago White Sox


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Tags: Archie Bradley Austin Barnes Billy Hamilton David Holmberg Dellin Betances Drew Gagnon Evan Gattis Gary Brown Honor Roll Jabari Blash Jake Marisnick Jimmy Nelson Jurickson Profar Justin Grimm Luke Jackson Nick Castellanos Nick Maronde Ross Wilson Starling Marte Taijuan Walker Yasmani Grandal

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