Thanks to a couple of 'Stros minor leaguers, Junction Jack was hopping happy on Sunday (Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE)

Prospect Pulse: July 22nd, 2012 - Jose Cisnero and Mike Kvasnicka


The Prospect Pulse is a recap of some of the top performances in the minors from the previous day. Prospects are sorted by the league in which they play with their parent club listed in parentheses. In each of the 14 leagues this series follows I will select what I feel is the single best performance and may mix in a few “honorable” mentions as well. Then at the end of each days’ recap I will pick a hitter and pitcher of the day from among the 14+ players covered.

Appalachian League (Rk)

LHP – Todd Kibby, Bristol (Chicago White Sox): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO

CF – Andrew Toles, Princeton (Tampa Bay): 3-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, SB

The Rays 3rd round pick in the 2012 draft, Toles is hitting 0.379/.414/.561 in 66 at bats.

Pioneer League (Rk)

3B – Seth Mejias-Brean, Billings (Cincinnati): 5-5, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB, SB

Cincinnati nabbed the University of Arizona product in the 8th round of this June’s draft. He’s rewarded them with a 0.420/.492/.680 (1.172 OPS) slash line in his first 14 games.

New York-Penn League (A-)

RHP – Hansel Robles, Brooklyn (NY Mets): 8.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO

Robles has given up more than 1 ER in a start just once in six outings this season. His 2.08 ERA and 29-6 SO-to-BB in 34.2 IP is very encouraging.

Northwest League (A-)

RHP – Carl Edwards, Spokane (Texas): 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO

34.0 IP, 14, H, 1 ER, 11 BB and 41 SO is a nice start for the Rangers 2011 48th round pick.

Midwest League (A)

RHP – Marcelo Carreno, West Michigan (Detroit): 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO

RF – Jorge Bonifacio, Kane County (Kansas City): 3-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

19-year old outfielder was mired in a 3-31 slump before breaking out yesterday. He’s now hitting 0.299/.358/.466 on the year and could be a key piece of a trade package if the Royals make a deal for a front-line starter prior to next season.

South Atlantic League (A)

RHP – Domingo Tapia, Savannah (NY Mets): 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO

RF – Mike Kvasnicka, Lexington (Houston): 3-4, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 R, BB

Minnesota native is hitting 0.226 with 14 HR in 78 games this season but has upped his production of late by hitting 0.326/.333/.652 in his last 46 at bats.

California League (A+)

LHP – Nick Maronde, Inland Empire (LA Angels): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO

After being selected in the 3rd round of the 2011 draft, Maronde impressed in 11 starts with Orem last season. This year, since returning from injury, and a 3 start rehab tuneup in the AZL, he’s thrown 19 scoreless innings with a 19-5 SO-to-BB and has allowed just 6 hits. Overall he has a 1.87 ERA in 9 starts with Inland Empire on the season.

Carolina League (A+)

3B – Jason Martinson, Potomac (Washington): 3-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R

Martinson is hitting 0.259/.314/.537 in 29 games since being promoted from Hagerstown.

Florida State League (A+)

LHP – Ryan Sherriff, Palm Beach (St. Louis): 7.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO

2011 28th round selection has a 3.23, ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 33-12 SO-to-BB in 64.0 IP this season.

Eastern League (AA)

LF – Jose Pirela, Trenton (NY Yankees): 3-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB

LHP – T.J. House, Akron (Cleveland): 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO

CF – Robbie Grossman, Altoona (Pittsburgh): 4-5, 3B, 5 RBI, R

In his last 36 at bats Grossman has 14 hits (0.389) but his 3B yesterday was his first XBH out of those 14.

Southern League (AA)

RHP – Wirfin Obispo, Pensacola (Cincinnati): 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO

Obispo, who turns 28 in September, has a 2.48 and 31-9 SO-to-BB in 32.2 IP with the Blue Wahoos. Of course his presence in Double-A is a result of the 6.05 ERA, 19 H, 14 BB and 15 SO he racked up in Louisville before getting bumped down.

Texas League (AA)

2B – Greg Garcia, Springfield (St. Louis): 3-4, 2 HR, 4 HR, 2 R

Garcia has been on a tear recently and is hitting 0.400/.571/.633 with 12 BB and 11 SO in his last 10 games.

RHP – Jose Cisnero, Corpus Christi (Houston): 9.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO

Houston’s #26 prospect heading into the season has recovered nicely from his Cal League experience in 2011 – which included a 6.06 ERA, 75 BB and 152 SO in 123.0 innings pitched. This season he’s sporting a 3.40 ERA with 46 BB and 116 SO in 108.2 IP, and he’s thrown two 9-inning complete games in his last 7 starts.

International League (AAA)

RHP – Adam Warren, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (NY Yankees): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO

On most days Warren’s start would not result in him representing the International League on this list, but yesterday there simply wasn’t a lot of competition. This season Warren now has a 3.65 ERA and 72-36 SO-to-BB in 111.0 IP but he’s given up 124 hits which is certainly a cause for concern.

Pacific Coast League (AAA)

RHP – Stephen Fife, Albuquerque (LA Dodgers): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 12 SO

2B – Pete Kozma, Memphis (St Louis): 4-6, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 3 R

Kozma was one of the ringleaders of the offensive beat-down Memphis put on Oklahoma City. The Redbirds collectively scored 24 runs on 24 hits and 8 walks. Riding his most recent performance Kozma is 12-36 with 4 extra-base hits but is hitting just 0.244/.303/.378 in 98 games this season.

Pitcher and Hitter of the Day

Sunday was an Astros double feature as Corpus Christi’s Jose Cisnero and Lexington’s Mike Kvasnicka paced their pitching and hitting brethren.

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