The Prospect Pulse: April 28th-29th, 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

  • (4/28) LHP Brad Hand, New Orleans (Miami): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
  • (4/28) 2B Johnny Giavotella, Omaha (Kansas City): 5-6, 2 R, RBI
  • (4/28) OF Leonys Martin, Round Rock (Texas): 2-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 BB, SB
  • (4/28) RHP Neil Ramirez, Round Rock (Texas): 1 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
  • (4/28) C Travis d’Arnaud, Las Vegas (Toronto): 3-5, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Travis d'Arnaud

  • (4/29) LHP Dallas Keuchel, Oklahoma City (Hosuton): 6 1/3 IP, 8 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K
  • (4/29) 1B Ryan Wheeler, Reno (Arizona): 2-3, HR, 5 RBI, BB
  • (4/29) OF Adam Eaton, Reno (Arizona): 3-5, 2B, BB, 2 SB

Hand is on pace to set a career high for strikeouts in a season, his K/9 has never ended the season above 9.0. Johnny Giavotella has his average raised up to .300 on the season and his defense. Martin has an excellent OBP of .417, but hasn’t been able to translate his plus speed into good base running ability as he is 6-12 on stolen base attempts. Ramirez had his first terrible outing of the season. d’Arnaud has hit .325 over the past 10 games to raise his average to .263, he currently has a 9 game hitting streak. Keuchel has seen his strikeout rates decrease each of the past two seasons. Wheeler hit his second home run in his past 4 games. Eaton registered his tenth stolen base of this season between Double-A and Triple-A.

International League

  • (4/28) 1B Tyler Moore, Syracuse (Washington): Game 1: 1-3, HR, 3 RBI; Game 2: 1-2. 2B, RBI, BB
  • (4/28) RHP Chris Archer, Durham (Tampa Bay): 6 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 K
  • (4/29) OF Starling Marte, Indianapolis (Pittsburgh): 1-4, HR, RBI
  • (4/29) LHP Justin Wilson, Indianapolia (Pittsburgh): 7 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K

Justin Wilson (Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)

  • (4/29) RHP Alex Cobb, Durham (Tampa Bay): 6 1/3 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Tyler Moore was arguably the best choice for the Nationals to call up when they needed an impact bat, however they choice Bryce Harper instead. Mark DeRosa is DL bound a couple of days later and the Nationals now looked Moore’s way. He made his major league debut on Sunday and collected his first major league hit as well. Archer  has been a disappointment again this year, and control issues have seemed to define has career now. Starling Marte hit his second home run of the season as he adds polish to his game, patiently waiting for the call from Pittsburgh. Justin Wilson showed his potential if all of his stuff is on. He struggles with control and has a career 4.6 BB/9 ratio. Jose Diaz and Doug Slaten completed the no-hitter for Wilson and the Indians. Cobb has been one of the few bright spots in the Durham rotation, featuring a 2. 7 K/BB ratio and a K/9 just shy of 9.0.

Eastern League

  • (4/28) C Rob Brantly, Erie (Detroit): 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, R
  • (4/28) OF Gary Brown, Richmond (San Francisco): 2-5, 2 RBI, R, 2 SB; (4/29) 1-4, 2B, RBI

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

  • (4/29) C Sebastian Valle, Reading (Philadelphia): 2-4, RBI
  • (4/29) OF Matt Den Dekker, Binghamton (New York Mets): 2-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R
  • (4/29) RHP Zack Wheeler, Binghamton (New York Mets): 5 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
  • (4/29) RHP Brett Marshall, Trenton (New York Yankees): 7 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Brantly is averaging an RBI per game and his OPS is now 9 points north of 1.000. Gary Brown has a 4 game hit streak, as well as a 4 game RBI streak. 21 year old Sebastian Valle is one of the few bright prospects in the Phillies’ organization, but despite his .283 average has struck out 22 times in 60 at bats. Den Dekker has a .977 OPS over the past 10 games. Wheeler has struggled with his control this season and needs to improve before regaining his brilliance from 2011. Marshall had his longest outing of the season, and featured his best control of the young season.

Southern League

  • (4/28) SS Andrelton Simmons, Mississippi (Atlanta): 1-3, RBI, BB, SB; (4/29) 4-4, BB, 2 SB
  • (4/28) OF Johermyn Chavez, Jackson (Seattle): 4-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R; (4/29) 2-4, HR, RBI, BB

Johermyn Chavez

  • (4/28) RHP Chase Anderson, Mobile (Arizona): 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 9 K
  • (4/29) 3B Matt Davidson, Mobile (Arizona): 1-4, HR, RBI
  • (4/29) RHP Matt Magill, Chattanooga (Los Angeles Dodgers): 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
  • (4/29) LHP Danny Hultzen, Jackson (Seattle): 4 2/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K

Simmons has a .435 OBP over his past 10 games and has drawn five walks compared to just two strikeouts over that span. Chavez has over 25% of hits in the past two games. Anderson has a 12.7 K/9 in his first three starts; he missed  most of 2011 due to elbow issues. Davidson has cooled down significantly since his hot start, he his hitting .189 over his past 10 games. Magill has issued 2 or more walks in each of his starts. Hultzen issued the lowest number of walks he has in 2012 on Sunday.

Texas League

  • (4/28) RHP Keyvius Sampson, San Antonio (San Diego): 3 1/3 IP, 2 H, 5 ER, 6 BB, 6 K
  • (4/28) LHP Edwar Cabrera, Tulsa (Colorado): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K
  • (4/29) SS Christian Colon, Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City): 2-2, 3 BB, R, SB
  • (4/29) RHP Jake Odorizzi, Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City): 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  • (4/29) RHP Sonny Gray, Midland (Oakland): 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
  • (4/29) OF Oscar Taveras, Springfield (St. Louis): 1-3, HR, RBI, 2 BB
  • (4/29) RHP Trevor Rosenthal, Springfield (St. Louis): 5 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 4 K
  • (4/29) 3B Mike Olt, Frisco (Texas): 3-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2B, 2 R

Mike Olt (SOURCE:www.checkoutmycards.com)

  • (4/29) RHP Barret Loux, Frisco (Texas): 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
  • (4/29) RHP Jose Cisnero, Corpus Christi (Houston): 4 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Huge weekend for prospects in the Texas League, both good and bad. Sampson, Rosenthal, and Cisnero all had arguably their worst starts of the 2012 campaign. Cabrera had his second start of  7+  shutout innings and 7+ strikeouts. Christian Colon has an OBP of .432 over the past ten games. Odorizzi has either been untouchable or very average in his starts this season. Gray has allowed 4 or more runs in 4 of his 5 starts. Mike Olt blasted his sixth home run of the season. Barret Loux tied his season high strikeout total on Sunday. Taveras has three home runs in his past five contests.

California League

  • (4/28) RHP Garrett Gould, Rancho Cucamonga (Los Angeles Dodgers): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 12 K
  • (4/28) LHP Andrew Chafin, Visalia (Arizona): 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 12 K

Andrew Chafin (Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE)

  • (4/28) 3B Miles Head, Stockton (Oakland): 4-5, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R; (4/29) 2-5, 2B, RBI, R
  • (4/28) 1B Jonathan Griffin, Visalia (Arizoan): 2-4, 2 RBI; (4/29) 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB
  • (4/29) SS Billy Hamilton, Bakersfield (Cincinnati): 3-4, R, SB, CS
  • (4/29) RHP Anthony Meo, Visalia (Arizona): 6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
  • (4/29) OF George Springer, Lancaster (Houston): 4-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R
  • (4/29) 2B Cory Spangenberg, Lake Elsinore (San Diego): 2-4, 2 SB
  • (4/29) RHP Andres Santiago, Rancho Cucamonga (Los Angeles Dodgers): 6 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K

Miles Head holds the title for best weekend in the Cal League. Head has 2 home runs and eight hits in his past five games. One of The Pulse’s favorite players in MiLB, Billy Hamilton, swiped three more bags this weekend is on pace for 181 stolen bases. 6’7” slugging first baseman Jonathan Griffin is starting to heat up, he has a nine game hitting streak after Sunday’s contest. Cory Spangenberg is heating up as well, hitting .302 in his last ten games. George Springer has struck out thirty times already on the young season. The four pitchers to make the list all had single game high strike out totals in 2012 this weekend. All four also have impressive K/9 ratios as well: Santiago (10.73), Meo (12.21), Chafin (14.64), and Gould (16.12). The most impressive of the four is easily Chafin who has thrown 27 2/3 innings over his five starts and has a K/BB ratio of 7.50 to go with his ridiculous K/9 rate.

Carolina League

  • (4/28) 2B Tommy La Stella, Lynchburg (Atlanta): 3-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R; (4/29) 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R, BB

Tommy La Stella

  • (4/28) RHP Cody Martin, Lynchburg (Atlanta): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
  • (4/28) OF Jackie Bradley, Salem (Boston): 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, SB; (4/29): 2-4, BB, 3 R, 2 SB
  • (4/28) OF Brett Eibner, Wilmington (Kansas City): 2-4, HR, RBI, BB
  • (4/28) RHP Jason Adam, Wilmington (Kansas City): 4 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
  • (4/28) RHP Cody Buckel, Myrtle Beach (Texas): 6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
  • (4/29) RHP Yordano Ventura, Wilmington (Kansas City): 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 4 K
  • (4/29) C/OF Evan Gattis, Lynchburg (Atlanta): 2-2, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Big news, and best news, this weekend out of the Carolina League is easily the promotion of Evan Gattis to Double-A Mississippi after Sunday’s performance. Gattis had hit .385/.468/.821 with 9 home runs and 29 RBI in just 78 AB. The Pulse hopes that Gattis can continue his monster season at the next level. Another promotion candidate could be Jackie Bradley. Bradley is hitting .370/.479/.493 on the season, and has eight stolen bases after this weekend. Wilmington’s two best pitchers combined to create an awful weekend for the Blue Rocks, allowing 19 runners to reach base in 8 innings. Tommy La Stella has his OPS well over 1.000 and hopes he can follow Gattis west to Mississippi. Eibner continues to strikeout too much, he has 111 strikeouts in his 326 professional at bats (34.0% K/AB). The Cody’s have shown good ability to miss bats, both of their K/9 rates are well north of nine.

Florida St. League

  • (4/28) OF Jake Marisnick, Dunedin (Toronto): 2-4, HR, 2 RBI
  • (4/28) LHP Sean Nolin, Dunedin (Toronto): 6 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • (4/28) LHP Colton Cain, Bradenton (Pittsburgh): 4 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
  • (4/28) LHP Jed Bradley, Brevard County (Milwaukee): 5 IP, 6 H, 6 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 5 K
  • (4/28) OF Matt Szczur, Daytona (Chicago Cubs): 1-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R, SB; (4/29) 2-4, 2B, 2 R

Matthew Szczur (Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE)

  • (4/28) RHP Jacob Turner, Lakeland (Detroit): 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 3 K
  • (4/29) RHP Asher Wojciechowski, Dunedin (Toronto): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • (4/29) RHP Jameson Taillon, Bradenton (Pittsburgh): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
  • (4/29) LHP Enny Romero, Charlotte (Tampa Bay): 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Romero has seen his K/BB ratio slowly decline as he as moved up through the minor league ranks, a bullpen role seems likely in the future.  Wojciechowski left the game early because of a line ball off of his left wrist. Szczur is hitting .308 over his past ten games. Taillon had his first outing without registering six strikeouts. Turner has yet to allow an earned run through his first two starts. Half of Marisnick’s hits on the year have gone for extra bases (8 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR). Bradley had his second awful outing in a row, both against Clearwater. Cain has allowed 8 or more base runners in three of his five starts. Nolin had his longest outing of the season on Saturday.

South Atlantic League

  • (4/28) OF Brian Pointer, Lakewood (Philadelphia): 3-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R
  • (4/28) OF Mason Williams, Charleston (New York Yankees): 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R
  • (4/28) SS Cito Culver, Charleston (New York Yankees): 3-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB
  • (4/28) OF Tyler Austin, Charleston (New York Yankees): 2-4, 2 HR, 7 RBI; (4/29) 1-4, HR, 3 RBI
  • (4/28) 2B Rougned Odor, Hickory (Texas): 2-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI
  • (4/28) RHP Jose Campos, Charleston (New York Yankees): 2 2/3 IP, 7 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
  • (4/28) SS Trevor Story, Asheville (Colorado): 2-4, 3B, 4 RBI, 2 R, BB; (4/29) 1-3, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB
  • (4/29) RHP Matt Barnes, Greenville (Boston): 5 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K

Matt Barnes (Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE)

  • (4/29) RHP Nicholas Tropeano, Lexington (Houston): 5 2/3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
  • (4/29) RHP Jose Fernandez, Greensboro (Miami): 5 1/3 IP, 7 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K
  • (4/29) RHP Alex Meyer, Hagerstown (Washington): 5 2/3 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
  • (4/29) OF Christopher Grayson, Hickory (Texas): 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, BB, SB

Tyler Austin tried to do his best impression of Matt Kemp this weekend. Austin has six home runs in his past seven games. Austin’s teammates Williams and Culver both used their three hit nights to help Charleston rally to win despite Jose Campos’ bad outing; Campos allowed half of the batters he faced to get a hit. Rougned Odor hit his fourth home run of the season in the same contest. Trevor Story had himself a weekend to remember, he has done a good job being patient at the plate this season and drawing walks. Brian Pointer is seven points shy of having his OPS at 1.000. Christopher Grayson is old for the Sally League, but has dominated like you would expect him to, hitting .408/.511/.697. Meyer posted his season high strikeout total on Sunday. Fernandez made up for not allowing a hit in has past outing by allowing 7 hits today; he also posted a season low strikeout total. Tropeano’s lack of strikeouts is puzzling due to his early success in the SAL. Matt Barnes has nothing more to prove here, 42 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings pitched and just 4 walks ( 14.17 K/9, 10.5 K/BB).

Midwest League

  • (4/28) SS Francisco Lindor, Lake County (Cleveland): 2-4, R, BB, 2 SB, CS, Error; (4/29) 3-4, HR, RBI

Francisco Lindor

  • (4/28) OF Luigi Rodriguez, Lake County (Cleveland): 3-5, RBI, R; (4/29) 1-4, HR, RBI
  • (4/28) SS Jace Peterson, Fort Wayne (San Diego): 2-4, 2B, 2 SB
  • (4/28) RHP Joseph Ross, Fort Wayne (San Diego): 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
  • (4/29) LHP Justin Nicolino, Lansing (Toronto): 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
  • (4/29) RHP Aaron Sanchez, Lansing (Toronto): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
  • (4/29) RHP Tim Shibuya, Beloit (Minnesota): 6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 11 K

Lindor and Rodriguez’s have hit their two home runs on the same day (4/23 & 4/29). Rodriguez is averaging nearly a strikeout per game out of the lead-off spot. Lindor has a .314 average through just over 100 at bats. Peterson has shown is elite speed early in the season accumulating 10 stolen bases in 12 attempts. Peterson has also shown good plate discipline by drawing 14 walks in just over 100 plate appearances. Soon-to-be 19 year old Ross has allowed 5 or more runs in three of his five starts. The piggyback of Nicolino and Sanchez has given the Lugnuts 30 innings of 17 hit, 10 walk, shutout baseball. The pair has amassed 37 strikeouts in that time as well (Nicolino 17, Sanchez 20). Shibuya has the rare combination of bat missing pitches with above average control/command.

 

Prospect of the Weekend: Tyler Austin, OF, Charleston, New York Yankees

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Topics: Aaron Sanchez, Alex Cobb, Alex Meyer, Andrelton Simmons, Andrew Chafin, Anthony Meo, Asher Wojciechowski, Barret Loux, Billy Hamilton, Brent Marshall, Chase Anderson, Cody Buckel, Danny Hultzen, Evan Gattis, Francisco Lindor, Garrett Gould, Gary Brown, George Springer, Honor Roll, Jackie Bradley, Jacob Turner, Jake Marisnick, Jake Odorizzi, Jameson Taillon, Jason Adam, Johermyn Chavez, Jonathan Griffin, Jose Campos, Jose Cisnero, Jose Fernandez, Joseph Ross, Justin Nicolino, Justin Wilson, Keyvius Sampson, Luigi Rodriguez, Mason Williams, Matt Barnes, Matt Davidson, Matt Szczur, Mike Olt, Miles Head, Oscar Taveras, Ryan Wheeler, Sean Nolin, Sonny Gray, Starling Marte, Tommy La Stella, Travis D'Arnaud, Trevor Rosenthal, Trevor Story, Tyler Austin, Tyler Moore, Yordano Ventura, Zach Wheeler

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