Nick Castellanos (Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE)

The Prospect Pulse: Wednesday May 2nd, 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

Johnny Giavotella (Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE)

  • RHP Tyler Chatwood, Colorado Springs (Colorado): 2 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 K
  • LHP Martin Perez, Round Rock (Texas): 5 1/3 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
  • OF Anthony Gose, Las Vegas (Toronto): 1-2, 3 RBI, R, 3 BB

Giavotella has been returning to his 2010-2011 form hitting .356/.375/.556 over his past 10 games. Chatwood hasn’t going any longer than 4 innings in his three starts since being returned to the minor leagues by the Rockies in mid-April. Perez continues to frustrate even the most patient of prospect loving baseball fans or scouts. The raw ability is present, but the consistency is no where to be found. Gose has drawn five walks in the past two games.

International League

  • LHP Manny Banuelos, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (New York Yankees): 3 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Manny Banuelos (85) throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves (Image: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

  • RHP Matt Harvey, Buffalo (New York Mets): 4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Julio Teheran, Gwinnett (Atlanta): 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Zach McAllister, Columbus (Cleveland): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

The International League has been pillaged by call-ups recently, and today lost their hottest hitting prospect. Will Middlebrooks got the call to Boston when Kevin Youkilis went on the DL. Middlebrooks wasted no time getting a pair of hits and a walk in his major league debut last night. Banuelos returned from the DL and looked much better compared to his two earlier outings this season. Harvey couldn’t continue the success he had in his last outing. Teheran’s outing was cut short due to a rain delay. McAllister’s only problem this season has been his tendency to give up home runs.

Eastern League

Grossman continues to look for the moment that will help break him from his now season-long slump. His 3-5 day raised his average back up above the Mendoza Line, if only temporarily. Soto has a 10.0 K/9 ratio and a K/BB ratio of 6.00, both excellent numbers and career highs. Rodriguez  has registered 7 strikeouts in back to back starts. Brantly continues to hit and is showing refined power already in 2012.

Southern League

  • RHP Tyler Thornburg, Huntsville (Milwaukee): 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
  • RHP Nestor Molina, Birmingham (Chicago White Sox): 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Nathan Eovaldi, Chattanooga (Los Angeles Dodgers): 4 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Thornburg has a 10.29 K/9 ratio, a 5.71 K/BB ratio, and a 0.829 WHIP. All those numbers suggest that Thornburg could be a promotion candidate come the half way point, or a trade candidate if the Brewers can fight their way back up in the standings. Molina has done a good job limiting walks, but his batting average against is high at .302. Eovaldi had his worst start of the year in his first appearance since his demotion from the major leagues.

Texas League

  • RHP Justin Grimm, Frisco (Texas): 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
  • 1B/3B Mike Olt, Frisco (Texas): 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI
  • RHP A.J. Griffin, Midland (Oakland): 7 IP,  3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
  • RHP Jarred Cosart, Corpus Christi (Houston): 5 2/3 IP, 7 H, 3 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 5 K

Griffin leads the Texas League in both innings pitched and strikeouts. Grimm is in second place in innings and third place in strikeouts. Olt has at least one RBI in four consecutive games. Cosart hasn’t made it out of the sixth inning yet this season.

California League

  • 1B Miles Head, Stockton (Oakland): 1-3, HR, RBI, BB
  • RHP A.J. Cole, Stockton (Oakland): 4 2/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 4 K
  • LHP Tony Cingrani, Bakersfield (Cincinnati): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K
  • 1B C.J. Cron, Inland Empire (Los Angeles Angels): 3-4, HR, RBI, 3 R, BB
  • RHP Zach Lee, Rancho Cucamonga (Los Angeles Dodgers): 4 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
  • 2B Cory Spangenberg, Lake Elsinore (San Diego): 2-5, 2 RBI
  • SS Brad Miller, High Desert (Seattle): 2-5, 2 2B, RBI, R, Error

Head’s homer was his seventh on the young campaign, his teammate Cole continues to struggle and be the victim of bad defense. Cron will need to raise his currently sub-.300 OBP before his power is anything to get excited about. Lee still averages more than a strikeout per inning. Spangenberg is heating up after his .175 start through 15 games, since then he has raised his average up to .248 thanks to 15 hits in the past 10 games. Miller continues to hit (.300/.412/.580) and also continues to make errors (12). Cingrani has ridiculous numbers (11.89 K/9, 6.17 K/BB, and 0.643 WHIP) and promotions can’t be far behind.

Carolina League

The Pulse from the Carolina League has a heavy international flavor today. Aguilar needs to show serious power and increase his walk totals to be considered a legitimate prospect. Bogaerts has eight RBI in his past eight games. Wilmer Font has electric stuff, and yesterday showed how deadly he can be if he has control and command.

Florida St. League

Castellanos has one glaring hole in his game, his lack of serious power. His home run yesterday was his second of the season and he is on pace for just 12 home runs on the year. Of course when you are hitting above .400 you could hit 0 home runs and no one would really care. The general thinking is the power will come naturally, eventually. Nelson has been lights out for the most part this season, however this is his fourth start of the season where he has walked three hitters.

South Atlantic League

Barnes has had a phenomenal start to his first full year of professional ball hitting .333/.443/.460. Barnes has good plate discipline, but his small frame is a bit of a concern if he wants to stick behind the plate. Panteliodis is more than just a cool name, he also has a WHIP below 1.000 through 26 innings and his first five professional starts. Foltynewicz has issued two or more walks and three or more hits in 5 consecutive starts.

Midwest League

  • RHP J.R. Bradley, South Bend (Arizona): 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  • 1B/OF Joseph Winker, Great Lakes (Los Angeles Dodgers): 3-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R
  • 3B Miguel Sano, Beloit (Minnesota): 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 Errors
  • RHP Austin Wood, Cedar Rapids (Los Angeles Angels): 4 2/3 IP, 5 H, 5 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 6 K

Bradley has yet to show much of an ability to miss bats this spring, but has three outings of allowing one run or less. Winker is heating up with a 1.038 OPS over the past week and a half. Sano had a microcosm of his career in one game, great at the plate, and inversely awful in the field. Wood hasn’t made it through five innings of work since April 11th.


Prospect of the Day: Nick Castellanos, 3B, Lakeland, Detroit


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Tags: A.J. Griffin Austin Barned Austin Wood Brad Miller C.J. Cron Cory Spangenberg Honor Roll Johnny Giavotella Julio Teheran Justin Grimm Manny Banuelos Michael Foltynewicz Miguel Sano Mike Olt Miles Head Nick Castellanos Rob Brantly Robbie Grossman Tony Cingrani Xander Bogaerts Zach Lee

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