Tillman against Toronto in August, 2011 (Photo Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE)

The Prospect Pulse: May 31st, 2012

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The Prospect Pulse is a recap of some of the top prospect performances from the day before. Prospects are sorted by the league in which they play with their parent club is listed in parentheses. I will typically select 5-6 performances for each league but will vary that based on the number of games played. In addition, a hitter and pitcher of the day will be selected at the end of each article.

International League

LHP – T.J. McFarland, Columbus (Cleveland): 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO

A strong start in his Triple-A debut.

1B – John Suomi, Lehigh Valley (Philadelphia): 2-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, R

Too long in the tooth to be a “prospect” but he’s 8-14 with 4 2B, 2 HR and 7 RBI in his last three games.

RHP – Chris Tillman, Norfolk (Baltimore): 8.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO

RHP – Matt Zaleski, Charlotte (Chicago White Sox): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO

RHP – Rick VandenHurk, Indianapolis (Pittsburgh): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO

Pacific Coast League

LHP – Mike Montgomery, Omaha (Kansas City): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO

Monty bounced back from the worst start of his season by turning in his best. Anyone who gives up on this kid is foolish.

DH – Wil Myers, Omaha (Kansas City): 3-4, HR, 4 RBI, R

1B – Efren Navarro, Salt Lake (LA Angels): 3-4, HR, RBI, R

CF – Adam Eaton, Reno (Arizona): 2-4, 2 2B, R, BB, SB

2B – Matt Kata, Round Rock (Texas): 3-6, HR, 5 RBI, R

Eastern League

DH – Bryce Brentz, Portland (Boston): 5-5, 3 2B, RBI, 4 R

1B – Chris Colabello, New Britain (Minnesota): 2-5, 2B, HR, 6 RBI, R

C – Tommy Joseph, Richmond (San Francisco): 4-5, 2 2B, R

RHP – Zack Wheeler, Binghamton (NY Mets): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO

LHP – Zach Britton, Bowie (Baltimore): 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO

Southern League

RHP – Kyle Heckathorn, Huntsville (Milwaukee): 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO

LHP – Graham Taylor, Jacksonville (Miami): 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO

LHP – Pedro Hernandez, Birmingham (Chicago White Sox): 7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

Has allowed only 13 hits and 1 earned run in his last 20.2 innings pitched.

LHP – Sean Gilmartin, Mississippi (Atlanta): 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO

Texas League

LHP – Chad Bell, Frisco (Texas): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO

In 31.0 Texas League innings he’s allowed just 12 hits and 3 earned runs.

RF – Jared Prince, Frisco (Texas): 2-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

3B – Edinson Rincon, San Antonio (San Diego): 3-4, HR, RBI, 2 R

RHP – A.J. Schugel, Arkansas (LA Angels): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO

RHP – Jose Cisneros, Corpus Christi (Houston): 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO

California League

RHP – Daniel Renken, Bakersfield (Cincinnati): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

1B – Mickey Wiswall, High Desert (Seattle): 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R

2B – Cory Spangenberg, Lake Elsinore (San Diego): 3-4, 3B, R

3B – Miles Head, Stockton (Oakland): 2-3, 3B, 2 RBI, R

3B – Eric Groff, Visalia (Arizona): 2-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R (through 12 innings)

Carolina League

CF – Jackie Bradley, Salem (Boston): 4-5, 2 2B, RBI, R, SB

Boston has a knack for landing talented guys that fall in the draft. Bradley is the latest and is now hitting 0.371/.491/.557 on the season.

RHP – Brandon Workman, Salem (Boston): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO

1B – Aaron Baker, Frederick (Baltimore): 3-5, HR, 2 R, RBI

1B – Justin Bloxom, Potomac (Washington): 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

LHP – Mike Rayl, Carolina (Cleveland): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO

Florida State League

C – Taylor Krick, Jupiter (Miami): 3-3, 2B, 3 RBI, R

SS – Kevin Nolan, Dunedin (Toronto): 4-5, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R

LF – Mike O’Neill, Palm Beach (St. Louis): 5-5, 3 2B, RBI, R, 2 SB

DH – Cody Hawn, Brevard County (Milwaukee): 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, R, BB

2B – Kelvin Castro, Tampa (NY Yankees): 3-5, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R

Midwest League

C – Curt Casali, West Michigan (Detroit): 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB

CF – Kurtis Muller, Dayton (Cincinnati): 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, SB

RHP – Drew Granier, Burlington (Oakland): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO

LHP – Eswarlin Jimenez, Cedar Rapids (LA Angels): 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

LHP – Steven Gruver, Beloit (Minnesota): 8.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO

South Atlantic League

C – William Swanner, Asheville (Colorado): 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, R

C – Gary Sanchez, Charleston (NY Yankees): 3-5, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R

3 2B, 4 HR and 15 RBI in his last 4 games!

1B/RF – Justin Miller, Hagerstown (Washington): 3-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB

RHP – Jose Fernandez, Greensboro (Miami): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO

DH – Cyle Hankerd, Kannapolis (Chicago White Sox): 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, BB

RF – Will Skinner, Rome (Atlanta): 4-6, 2B, RBI, 3 R, BB, SB

Pitcher and Hitter of the Day

Norfolk’s Chris Tillman and – for the second day in a row – Charleston’s Gary Sanchez

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Tags: Baltimore Orioles Charleston Riverdogs Chris Tillman Gary Sanchez New York Yankees Norfolk Tides

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