The Prospect Pulse: Friday May 4th, 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. Happy Star Wars day, May the 4th be with you…

Pacific Coast League

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

Carter is hitting 83 points higher against right handed pitchers than he does against lefties. Peacock has allowed one earned run or fewer in four of his six starts at Sacramento. Van Slyke’s homer was his third in two days. Grandal has drawn a walk in seven of his ten game this season

International League

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

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

Iglesias had his third consecutive two hit game; the latter two coming after his return from a brief promotion to Boston. Cobb had his second consecutive quality start.

Eastern League

Marshall had allowed 12 hits over his previous three starts that spanned 19 1/3 innings. Chen is repeating Double-A again after going .262/.330/.451 in 2011. Hernandez is just 21 years old; in his past 10 games he has hit for a slash line of: .385/.429/.513.

Southern League

  • OF Evan Gattis, Mississippi (Atlanta): 2-4, 2B, HR, 2RBI, 2 R
  • 3B Matt Davidson, Mobile (Arizona): 2-4, 2B, HR, 2RBI, 2 R
  • RHP Simon Castro, Birmingham (Chicago White Sox): 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER (2 R), 1 BB, 5 K
  • RHP Kyle Heckathorn, Huntsville (Milwaukee): 4 1/3 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Gattis continues his hitting rampage of the minor leagues, he has 11 home runs and a .394/.468/.840 slash line between Lynchburg and Mississippi. Davidson has cooled off significantly after his white-hot start, he is hitting at the Mendoza Line over his past ten games. Castro has been a work horse this year putting up 38 innings over his first six starts.

Texas League

  • RHP Trevor Rosenthal, Springfield (St. Louis): 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • OF Jake Shaffer, Springfield (St. Louis): 3-5, 2 HR, 6 RBI
  • RHP Jose Cisnero, Corpus Christi (Houston): 3 2/3 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Sonny Gray, Midland (Oakland): 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Sonny Gray (Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE)

Trevor Rosenthal almost half way to his 2011 walk total in just 25% of the total innings pitched. Cisnero has allowed 7 hitters to reach base in each of his last four starts. Gray has had struggles with his control early in the season. Profar extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Olt’s home run was his seventh of the year and he has a six game hit streak of his own. Loux has been the winning pitcher in all six of his outings.

California League

Brad Miller (Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-US PRESSWIRE)

  • SS Chris Owings, Visalia (Arizona): 1-4, HR, 3 RBI
  • LHP Andrew Chafin, High Desert (Seattle): 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 K
  • SS Joe Panik, San Jose (San Francisco): 3-3, 2 2B, RBI, BB
  • 1B Donald Lutz, Bakersfield (Cincinnati): 1-3, HR, RBI, BB
  • RHP Logan Bawcom, Rancho Cucamonga (Los Angeles Dodgers): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K

Miller had 6 extra base hits in his past four games. Owings home run was his sixth of the year and third in his past 5 games. Chafin showed he was human and tied or exceeded his season highs of hits, runs, home runs, and walks while having his season low totals in innings and strikeouts. Six of Lutz’s eight home runs have come off right handed pitchers. His OPS vs right handed pitchers is 1.230, while against lefties it is just .633. Bawcom has 23 strikeouts in 13 innings of work.

Carolina League


Bradley is hotter than the sun right now, he is hitting .447 over his past 10 games and his season long average sits at .370. Hoying is repeating Myrtle Beach, but early returns are much better than the 2011 season. Rodriguez was mired in a 3-41 with 0 walks slump going into Friday, he was dropped to ninth in the order and responded with 4 hits (more hits than he had from April 21 – May 3).

Florida St. League

  • LHP Jameson Taillon, Bradenton (Pittsburgh): 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • RHP Adam Morgan, Clearwater (Philadelphia): 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
  • RHP Jose Ramirez, Tampa (New York Yankees): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K
  • C Jacob Realmuto, Jupiter (Miami): 2-4, RBI, R, SB

Taillon allowed his first runs to score since April 19th, his ERA rose up to a still superb 1.76. Adam Morgan has 41 strikeouts compared to 10 walks in his 36 innings of work. Ramirez has been hit hard this year (40 hits in 26 innings before Friday), but he showed his potential today in a season high 10 K performance.

South Atlantic League

  • RHP Tyler Pill, Savannah (New York Mets): 6 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K
  • OF Travis Taijeron, Savannah (New York Mets): 3-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 3 R
  • LHP Adam Conley, Greensboro (Miami): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
  • OF Jordan Akins, Hickory (Texas): 2-4, HR, RBI, 2 R

Pill has a 9.00 K/9 ratio and a 4.50 K/BB ratio this year. Taijeron has seven home runs already in the young season, his slash line is .304/.430/.620. Conley has six or more strikeouts in all but one of his starts. Akins hit his second home run in as many games.

Midwest League

  • 3B Miguel Sano, Beloit (Minnesota): 4-8, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2B, 3 R, BB
  • RHP Joseph Ross, Fort Wayne (San Diego): 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
  • SS Francisco Lindor, Lake County (Cleveland): 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB, SB
  • 1B O’Koyea Dickson, Great Lakes (Los Angeles Dodgers): 2-4, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

Sano homered in both games of a double header. Over his past 4 games he 9-16, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 2 2B, and 2 BB. Ross has alternated between good outing and bad outing in 2012, weirdly enough every other start has alternated between home and road game.  Dickson played in his first game of the season, the 22 year old had 13 home runs in 48 games last year. Chad Thompson and Mark Williams combined for a no-hitter for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Milwaukee).

Prospect of the Day: Miguel Sano, 3B, Beloit, Minnesota


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Tags: Andrew Chafin Barret Loux Brad Miller Brad Peacock Chris Carter Chris Owings Evan Gattis Francsico Lindor Honor Roll Jackie Bradley Jameson Taillon Joe Panik Jordan Akins Jose Iglesias Joseph Ross Jurickson Profar Matt Davidson Miguel Sano Mike Olt Ronny Rodriguez Sonny Gray Trevor Rosenthal Yasmani Grandal

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