Prospect Pulse: August 15th, 2012 - Ben Alsup and Cord Phelps

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)

CF – Maikis De La Cruz, Kingsport (NY Mets): 4-5, 2 2B, 3B, 4 RBI

LHP – Kevin Brandt, Princeton (Tampa Bay): 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO

Pioneer League (Rk)

1B – Brent Tanner, Great Falls (Chicago White Sox): 4-4, 2 2B, RBI, 3 R, BB

New York-Penn League (A-)

3B – Torsten Boss, Aberdeen (Baltimore): 3-4, 2B, HR, RBI, 3 R

RHP – Joe Cuda, Batavia (St. Louis): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO

RHP – Eduar Quinonez, Hudson Valley (Tampa Bay): 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO

Northwest League (A-)

RF – Andrew Cain, Salem-Keizer (San Francisco): 4-5, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R

Midwest League (A)

LHP – Shawn Morimando, Lake County (Cleveland): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO

C – Austin Hedges, Fort Wayne (San Diego): 4-5, HR, 2 RBI, R

South Atlantic League (A)

RHP – Ben Alsup, Asheville (Colorado): 9.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO

The Rockies 2011 18th round pick, Alsup has quietly put together a solid innings-eater type of season. He’s gone at least 6.0 innings in 18 of his 22 starts with Asheville and has been pitching much better of last with all three of his shutouts coming in the last month. In his last 9 starts he’s pitched 62.0 IP with a 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 38-15 SO-to-BB. Alsup isn’t going to light up a radar gun but he’s someone to keep an eye one given the fact that he’s improved tremendously from where he was early on at Louisiana State University.

1B – Brian Harrison, Savannah (NY Mets): 3-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

California League (A+)

DH – A.J. Kirby-Jones, Stockton (Oakland): 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, BB

1B – Tommy Medica, Lake Elsinore (San Diego): 3-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

Carolina League (A+)

RHP – Jason Adam, Wilmington (Kansas City): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO

LHP – Tim Berry, Frederick (Baltimore): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 SO

Florida State League (A+)

RHP – Drew Gagnon, Brevard County (Milwaukee): 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO

RHP – Erik Goeddel, St. Lucie (NY Mets): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO

Eastern League (AA)

1B – Jordan Lennerton, Erie (Detroit): 3-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, R, BB

RHP – Justin Fitzgerald, Richmond (San Francisco): 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO

Southern League (AA)

1B – J.T. Wise, Chattanooga (LA Dodgers): 2-4, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, R

LHP – Tony Cingrani, Pensacola (Cincinnati): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 SO

Texas League (AA)

CF – Yem Prades, NW Arkansas (Kansas City): 3-5, 2B, 3B, RBI, 2 R

RHP – Wilfredo Boscan, Frisco (Texas): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO

International League (AAA)

2B – Cord Phelps, Columbus (Cleveland): 4-4, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 3 R

Phelps has been overshadowed in the Indians system by Jason Kipnis, who has been a better prospect and has established himself this year as one of the best 2B in the majors. Cleveland gave Phelps a meager 80 PA look last season before moving on and he certainly didn’t perform (0.155/.241/.254), but he remains someone that I believe can hold down an everyday job in the majors. A shrewd organization looking for good value would do well to make a run at working a deal to acquire Phelps this offseason.

RHP – Esmerling Vasquez, Rochester (Minnesota): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO

Pacific Coast League (AAA)

RHP – Elih Villanueva, New Orleans (Miami): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

DH – Brad Nelson, Round Rock (Texas): 2-3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, BB

Tags: Asheville Tourists Ben Alsup Cleveland Indians Colorado Rockies Columbus Clippers Cord Phelps

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