Gerrit Cole (Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)

The Prospect Pulse: Monday April 30th, 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

Adam Eaton during photo day at Salt River Fields. (Image: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE)

Rizzo is crushing right handed pitching this year, hitting .467/.522/.817 against them in 2012. Shelby Miller hasn’t been nearly as dominant as he has in the past. Miller is just 21 years old and is adjusting to facing higher quality talent, and AAAA hitters as well. Montgomery’s WHIP in his last three starts is 1.10 (just 4 walks in 20 IP) and his K/BB over the same span is 4.00. Hechavarria has done a better job of limiting his strikeouts and increasing his walks over the past week and a half. Eaton has taken advantage of his opportunity of playing every day at AAA, and has the potential to stick with the team when A.J. Pollock returns.

International League

Jose Iglesias hits a single in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies (Image:Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

Iglesias  has his batting average back at the Mendoza Line after his third multi-hit game in the past 10 games. Iglesias has just one extra base hit on the season, and the question remains whether or not he will ever hit enough for his 80 defensive ability to play at the major league level.

Eastern League

  • RHP Trevor May, Reading (Philadelphia): 7 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
  • RHP Deck McGuire, New Hampshire (Toronto): 6 2/3 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Chris Heston, Richmond (San Francisco): 5 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
  • LHP Daniel Rosenbaum, Harrisburg (Washington): 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Trevor May has 6 or more strikeouts in each of his starts this season. McGuire continues to get hit hard, his batting average against this year is .330. Heston has allowed 1 ER or less in four of his five starts, and has struck out 7 or more batters in each of his past two games. Rosenbaum hasn’t allowed an earned run since April 13th.

Southern League

No games in the Southern League today.

Texas League

  • OF Oscar Taveras, Springfield (St. Louis): 2-3, 2B, RBI, R, BB
  • RHP Jacob Brigham, Frisco (Texas): 7 IP, 3 H, 4 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 10 K

Oscar Taveras has 32 hits on the season, 17 of those have going for extra bases. His slugging percentage of .670 is second highest in the league. Brigham has struggled with control at times this year, but had easily his best outing of the 2012 season on Monday.

California League

No games in the California League today.

Carolina League

Bogaerts has yet to transition his raw power into usable power in games; he has just 1 home run on the season. Freitas has been quietly good this year, hitting .333/.431/.533 and drawing more walks than strikeouts. Freitas averages one extra base hit in every 2 games he plays in 2012.

Florida St. League

  • RHP Brody Colvin, Clearwater (Philadelphia): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 K
  • RHP Carlos Martinez, Palm Beach (St. Louis): 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
  • OF Alex Dickerson, Bradenton (Pittsburgh): 3-5, 2B, 4 RBI, R
  • SS Drew Maggi, Bradenton (Pittsburgh): 3-3, BB, HBP, 5 R, 2 SB
  • RHP Gerrit Cole, Bradenton (Pittsburgh): 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
  • LHP Chase Huchingson, St. Lucie (New York Mets): 5 1/3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K

Gerrit Cole had his first outing of his professional career where he gave up no runs. Cole’s WHIP is 1.04 through 23 professional innings. Martinez had hid roughest outing of the season, but he has found a way to limit damage allowing just 6 runs over his 22 innings. Huchingson was an undrafted free agent signing two year ago, and in his professional career has a 1.079 WHIP and a 9.2 K/9 ratio. Maggi’s OBP over the past 10 games is a ridiculous .512.

South Atlantic League

  • OF Travis Taijeron, Savannah (New York Mets): 3-5, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R, BB
  • SS Hanser Alberto, Hickory (Texas): 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell, Charleston (New York Yankees): 5 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
  • 1B/3B Nick Delmonico, Delmarva (Baltimore): 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI, BB
  • RHP Dylan Bundy, Delmarva (Baltimore): 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Paul Davis, Greensboro (San Francisco): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K

Taijeron’s two home run performance comes off a nine game stretch in which he hit just .103. Alberto has 12 hits over the course of a 6 game hitting streak he has going. Mitchell had allowed just 4 earned runs coming into Monday’s outing. Delmonico has raised his average from .143 to .247 over the past 10 games. Delta Cleary of Asheville got the first professional hit off of Dylan Bundy, and drew just the second walk he has issued this season. Bundy got two double plays to still face the minimum 12 hitters in his outing. Davis made his first start of the season after making 6 outings out of the bullpen.

Midwest League

Hedges continues to show off his improved hitting abilities hitting .319/.396/.553 and recording a hit in each game he has played in since being reinstated from the disabled list. Concepcion didn’t look like a player who had recently signed a $6 million dollar contract over the winter. Sano has just three extra base hits, and no home runs, in his past 10 games. Wheeler’s outing was his best in 2010.  Garcia’s home run was the first of 2012, but he has more pop than the initial numbers show.

 

Prospect of the Day: Gerrit Cole, RHP, Bradenton, Pittsburgh

Honorable Mention Prospect of the Day: Delta Cleary, OF, Asheville, Colorado

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Tags: Anthony Rizzo Austin Hedges Carlos Martinez Drew Maggi Dylan Bundy Gerardo Concepcion Gerrit Cole Hanser Alberto Honor Roll Jose Iglesias Miguel Sano Mike Montgomery Nick Delmonico Oscar Taveras Shelby Miller Trevor May Xander Bogaerts

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