Prospect Pulse: July 30th, 2012 – Rainy Lara and Yazy Arbelo

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)

3B – Trenton Moses, Danville (Atlanta): 3-4, 2B, HR, RBI, R, BB

CF – Bubba Starling, Burlington (Kansas City): 2-4, 2B, HR, RBI, R

Pioneer League (Rk)

RF – Joel Capote, Orem (LA Angels): 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, 3 BB

New York-Penn League (A-)

RHP – Rainy Lara, Brooklyn (NY Mets): 7.0 IP. 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 SO

Lara has pitched well at each stop of his young professional career. In the Dominican Summer League in 2010 he finished with a 1.97 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 51-13 SO-to BB in 64.0 IP. In 2011 he came stateside and pitched as a reliever/closer in the Gulf Coast League. This year however he’s taking things to a new level showing significant improvement in both his SO and BB rates. In 7 NYPL starts (39.2 IP) he has a 2.72 ERA and 54-5 SO-to-BB. He wasn’t mentioned on most prospect lists this past offseason, but he’s definitely going to be on the map if he keeps this up the rest of the year.

2B – Christopher Bostick, Vermont (Oakland): 3-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, R

Northwest League (A-)

No Games Scheduled

Midwest League (A)

LHP – Ryan Carpenter, Bowling Green (Tampa Bay): 8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO

3B – Gustavo Pierre, Lansing (Toronto): 4-5, HR, 2 RBI, R, SB

South Atlantic League (A)

1B – Harold Riggins, Asheville (Colorado): 2-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB

RHP – Colin Kleven, Lakewood (Philadelphia): 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO

California League (A+)

DH – Yazy Arbelo, Visalia (Arizona): 2-3, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB

Arizona’s 2010 26th round pick struggled at Mobile (AA) hitting 0.213/.299/.360 in 60 games with the BayBears. In 34 games with Visalia however he’s hit 0.295/.387/.721 with 8 2B and 14 HR in 122 AB. 6 of his home runs have come in his last 10 games with 5 of them in his last 4.

Carolina League (A+)

No Games Scheduled

Florida State League (A+)

RHP – Jameson Taillon, Bradenton (Pittsburgh): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO

RHP – P.J. Francescon, Daytona (Chicago Cubs): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO

Eastern League (AA)

No Games Scheduled

Southern League (AA)

2B – Philip Gosselin, Mississippi (Atlanta): 4-5, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

RHP – Brandon Maurer, Jackson (Seattle): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO

Texas League (AA)

RF – Roberto Lopez, Arkansas (LA Angels): 3-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

International League (AAA)

LF – Yamaico Navarro, Indianapolis (Pittsburgh): 2-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, R, BB

RHP – John Maine, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (NY Yankees): 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO

Pacific Coast League (AAA)

CF – Wil Myers, Omaha (Kansas City): 3-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

RF – Adam Eaton, Reno (Arizona): 4-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, R

Pitcher and Hitter of the Day

Brooklyn’s Rainy Lara and Visalia’s Yazy Arbelo

Topics: Brooklyn Cyclones, New York Mets, Rainy Lara, Visalia Rawhide, Yazy Arbelo

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