Prospect Pulse: August 2nd, 2012 – Michael Kickham and Randal Grichuk


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)

1B – Mark Threlkeld, Burlington (Kansas City): 4-6, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 2 R

DH – Jorge Rivero, Kingsport (NY Mets): 3-5, 2 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R

Pioneer League (Rk)

LHP – Taylor Wall, Helena (Milwaukee): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO

New York-Penn League (A-)

2B – Devon Travis, Connecticut (Detroit): 4-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R

Northwest League (A-)

2B – Cam Schiller, Spokane (Texas): 4-6, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R

LHP – Juan Marcano, Eugene (San Diego): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO

Midwest League (A)

RHP – Jeff Ferrell, West Michigan (Detroit): 7.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO

RF – Chris Ellison, South Bend (Arizona): 4-6, 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

South Atlantic League (A)

LF – Robby Hefflinger, Rome (Atlanta): 2-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R, BB

LHP – Hoby Milner, Lakewood (Philadelphia): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO

California League (A+)

CF – Randal Grichuk, Inland Empire (LA Angels): 4-6, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, SB

RHP – Taylor Stanton, High Desert (Seattle): 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO

Carolina League (A+)

CF – Mycal Jones, Lynchburg (Atlanta): 3-5, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, R

Florida State League (A+)

LF – Marcus Lemon, Lakeland (Detroit): 4-5, 2 3B, 2 R

3B – Christian Villanueva, Daytona (Chicago Cubs): 2-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB

Eastern League (AA)

CF – Zoilo Almonte, Trenton (NY Yankees): 2-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

LHP – Michael Kickham, Richmond (San Francisco): 8.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER , 1 BB, 12 SO

Southern League (AA)

RHP – Wirfin Obispo, Pensacola (Cincinnati): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 SO

LHP – Jose Alvarez, Jacksonville (Miami): 8.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO

Texas League (AA)

LF – Marc Krauss, Corpus Christi (Houston): 3-4, 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, BB

RHP – Richard Castillo, Springfield (St. Louis): 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

International League (AAA)

RHP – Liam Hendriks, Rochester (Minnesota): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO

RHP – Yunesky Maya, Syracuse (Washington): 7.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO

Pacific Coast League (AAA)

C – Wilkin Castillo, Colorado Springs (Colorado): 2-3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB

LHP – Andrew Werner, Tuscon (San Diego): 9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO

Pitcher and Hitter of the Day

Richmond’s Michael Kickham and Inland Empire’s Randal Grichuk

Tags: Inland Empire 66ers Los Angeles Angels Michael Kickham Randal Grichuk Richmond Flying Squirrels San Francisco Giants