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

The Prospect Pulse: May 5th-6th, 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

  • (5/5) 1B Matt Adams, Memphis (St. Louis): 3-5, RBI; (5/6) 1-3, HR, RBI, BB

Matt Adams during a spring training game (Image:Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE)

  • (5/5) RHP Shelby Miller, Memphis (St. Louis): 5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
  • (5/5) 2B Johnny Giavotella, Omaha (Kansas City): 2-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB
  • (5/5) LHP Mike Montgomery, Omaha (Kansas City): 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
  • (5/5) OF Grant Green, Sacramento (Oakland): 3-3, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB
  • (5/6) OF Brett Jackson, Iowa (Chicago Cubs): 2-3, HR, RBI, 2 R, BB
  • (5/6) RHP Wily Peralta, Nashville (Milwaukee): 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 K

Matt Adams has a .389 average a week into May. Shelby Miller leads the PCL in strikeouts with 37. Giavotella is hitting .432 over his past ten games which includes a present six game hitting streak. Montgomery lost his momentum from his previous three starts. Green is struggling to hit right handed pitching. Jackson continues to struggle with making consistent contact, he has the second most strikeouts in the PCL (37). Peralta has a very impressive 2.42 ground-out to air-out ratio.

International League

  • (5/5) LHP Alexander Torres, Durham (Tampa Bay): 3 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 2 K
  • (5/6) SS Jose Iglesias, Pawtucket (Boston): 2-3, RBI, R, BB
  • (5/6) RHP Tyler Cloyd, Lehigh Valley (Philadelphia): 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Torres’ career has taken a quick downward spiral and he is now pitching out of the bullpen. On the season Torres 28 walks in 21 1/3 IP. His control has always been a background issue and in 2012 it has taken over. The Pulse is sad to see such a talent end up in the pen for the foreseeable future. Iglesias is 10-18 over his past five games. Cloyd issued as many walks Sunday as he had in his previous 31 innings in 2012.

Eastern League

  • (5/5) RHP Deck McGuire, New Hampshire (Toronto):6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
  • (5/5) OF Robbie Grossman, Altoona (Pittsburgh): 1-3, HR, RBI
  • (5/5) RHP Trevor May, Reading (Philadelphia): 5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 7 K
  • (5/5) LHP Daniel Rosenbaum, Harrisburg (Washington): 9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
  • (5/6) SS Ryan Goins, New Hampshire (Toronto): 3-3, 2B, 3 BB, SB, CS

McGuire has allowed 7 or more base runners in 5 of his 6 starts this year. Grossman has his average up to .225 after 9 hits over the past 5 games. May has 7 strikeouts in each of his last 4 starts. Rosenbaum’s complete game was his second of the year. Goins isn’t much of a prospect, but The Pulse gives a shout out to anyone who reaches base in all six of their plate appearances.

Southern League

  • (5/5) LHP Danny Hultzen, Jackson (Seattle): 4 1/3 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 7 BB, 4 K
  • (5/5) C/OF Evan Gattis, Mississippi (Atlanta): 1-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
  • (5/6) SS Junior Lake, Tennessee (Chicago Cubs): 2-4, 2B, 3B
  • (5/6) 3B Matt Davidson, Mobile (Arizona): 2-3, 2B, 3 R, RBI, 2 BB
  • (5/6) RHP Trevor Bauer, Mobile (Arizona): 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 5 K

Trevor Bauer (Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE)

Hulten allowed his first home run of the season on Saturday. Gattis hit his third Double-A home run (his 12th overall). Lake made his 2012 season debut on Sunday. Davidson has his OBP well above .400. Bauer leads the Southern League in wins (6), innings pitched (41 1/3), strikeouts (51), and walks (25). Needless to say Bauer is an efficiency nightmare.

Texas League

  • (5/5) OF Wil Myers, Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City): 1-4, HR, RBI; (5/6) 2-4, HR, RBI, 2 R
  • (5/5) RHP Jake Odorizzi, Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City): 7 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K

Jake Odorizzi (Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE)

  • (5/5) 2B Jedd Gyorko, San Antonio (San Diego): 1-4, HR, RBI; (5/6) 3-5, HR, RBI, 2 R
  • (5/6) LHP Robbie Erlin, San Antonio (San Diego): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K
  • (5/6) OF Oscar Taveras, Springfield (St. Louis): 1-2, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB

Gyorko has three home runs in the past four games. Odorizzi had his second 11+ strikeout performance of the 2012 season. Myers exceeded his home run total of 2011 (8 HR in 99 games) in just 27 contests this year. Erlin has had back to back excellent starts. Taveras is crushing Double-A pitching at age 19.

California League

  • (5/5) RHP Anthony Meo, Visalia (Arizona): 5 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
  • (5/5) OF Corey Dickerson, Modesto (Colorado): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB
  • (5/6) 1B Chris Jacobs, Rancho Cucamonga (Los Angeles Dodgers): 4-4, HR, 3 RBI

Meo has struggled with command all season and now has 21 walks on the season. Dickerson doubled his home run total in one game Saturday; he still has quite a ways to go to match his total from last year (32). Jacobs not really a prospect, but gets respect for a good game on a slow weekend in the Cali League. The Pulse passes along it’s condolences to Billy Hamilton who is on the bereavement list because he is attending a funeral.

Carolina League

  • (5/5) OF Brett Eibner, Wilmington (Kansas City): 2-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
  • (5/5) RHP Matt Barnes, Salem (Boston): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 K
  • (5/6) 3B Cheslor Cuthbert, Wilmington (Kansas City): 2-4, HR, RBI
  • (5/6) RHP Yordano Ventura, Wilmington (Kansas City): 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Barnes had one of his best starts of the season after his promotion to Salem. Between his two stops he has 54 strikeouts to create K/9 and K/BB ratios of : 14.88 and 10.80. Cuthbert’s homer was his first of the year. Ventura has 20 strikeouts to just 3 walks over his past three outings. Over half of Eibner’s hits on the season have gone for extra bases, unfortunately he is only hitting .218.

Florida St. League

  • (5/5) RHP Asher Wojciechowski, Dunedin (Toronto): 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
  • (5/6) C Jacob Realmuto, Jupiter (Miami): 2-4, HR, RBI
  • (5/6) RHP Taylor Jungmann, Brevard County (Milwaukee): 6 2/3 IP, 3 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 5 K
  • (5/6) SS Daniel Santana, Ft. Myers (Minnesota): 5-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB
  • (5/6) RHP Gerrit Cole, Bradenton (Pittsburgh):  5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

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

  • (5/6) LHP Jesse Biddle, Clearwater (Philadelphia): 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Wojciechowski hasn’t issued a walk in his past two starts. Realmuto has a six game hitting streak. Jungmann is second in the Florida State League in innings pitched. Santana is hitting .305 after his seven hits this weekend. Cole walked a career high number of batters, his K/BB ratio sits at 3.40 though. Biddle has shown command issues vs right handed batters.

South Atlantic League

  • (5/5) RHP Nicholas Tropeano, Lexington (Houston): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K
  • (5/5) RHP Jose Fernandez, Greensboro (Miami): 7 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
  • (5/5) RHP Alex Meyer, Hagerstown (Washington): 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
  • (5/5) RHP Jerad Eickhoff, Hickory (Texas): 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K
  • (5/5) OF Travis Taijeron, Savannah (New York Mets): 3-4, 2 RBI
  • (5/6) RHP Kyle Crick, Augusta (San Francisco): 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K
  • (5/6) OF Mason Williams, Charleston (New York Yankees): 3-4, HR, 3 RBI, SB

Tropeano and Fernande have struck out 8 or more hitters in four of their six starts apiece. Meyer’s outing was his longest of the season by over an inning. Taijeron was 13-21, 3 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 9 R over the past five games before Sunday. Crick has struggled with his command on the season. Williams has a stolen base in three consecutive games.

Midwest League

  • (5/5) OF Jabari Blash, Clinton (Seattle): 4-4, HR, 2 RBI
  • (5/5) LHP Jordan Shipers, Clinton (Seattle): 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K
  • (5/5) RHP Aaron Sanchez, Lansing (Toronto): 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
  • (5/5) LHP Justin Nicolino, Lansing (Toronto): 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
  • (5/5) LHP Gerardo Concepcion, Peoria (Chicago Cubs): 1 IP, 6 H, 7 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K
  • (5/6) RHP Cody Hebner, Fort Wayne (San Diego): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K

Despite the 4-4 day Blash’s average was below the Mendoza Line after Sunday’s games. Shipers threw the first complete game shutout of the year in the Midwest League. Sanchez and Nicolino both pitched into the fourth inning for the first time this season. Concepcion has been legitimately awful through 3 starts: 6 2/3 IP, 19 H, 19 R (14 ER), 3 BB, 4 K. Hebner has struck out 7 or more in half of his starts this season.

Prospect of the Weekend: Matt Barnes, RHP, Salem, Boston

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