Prospect Pulse: August 19th, 2012 – Edwin Escobar and Tony Plagman


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)

RF – Ariel Soriano, Princeton (Tampa Bay): 2-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 2 SB

Pioneer League (Rk)

3B – Nicholas Cuckovich, Idaho Falls (Kansas City): 4-5, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, R

RHP – Andrew Cisco, Billings (Cincinnati): 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

New York-Penn League (A-)

C – Kevin Plawecki, Brooklyn (NY Mets): 2-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB

RHP – Hansel Robles, Brooklyn (NY Mets): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

Northwest League (A-)

3B – Joey Gallo, Spokane (Texas): 3-5, 2 HR, 7 HR, 2 R

RHP – Victor Sanchez, Everett (Seattle): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

Midwest League (A)

1B – O’Koyea Dickson, Great Lakes (LA Dodgers): 4-6, 2B, HR, RBI, 3 R

RF – Drew Vettleson, Bowling Green (Tampa Bay): 3-5, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

South Atlantic League (A)

RHP – Nicholas Kingham, West Virginia (Pittsburgh): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO

LHP – Edwin Escobar, Augusta (San Francisco): 8.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO

Escobar has been overshadowed by rotation-mates Kyle Crick and Clayton Blackburn but the 20-year old Venezuelan is quietly in the midst of a breakthrough season. His 3.24 ERA is a run and half better than he’s had at any stop in the previous three years and his H/9, BB/9, SO/BB and WHIP are all career bests by a significant margin. Escobar has also turned in a strong 8.4 SO/9 as well.

Entering 2012 he wasn’t even on the prospect radar in the Giants organization, but it’s hard to ignore what he’s done through his first 20 starts this year.

California League (A+)

CF – Keon Broxton, Visalia (Arizona): 3-4, HR, 5 RBI, R, BB

LHP – Blair Walters, Lancaster (Houston): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO

Carolina League (A+)

LF – Adam Milligan, Lynchburg (Atlanta): 2-4, 2B, HR, RBI, R

RHP – Will Roberts, Carolina (Cleveland): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO

Florida State League (A+)

3B – Juan Sanchez, Brevard County (Milwaukee): 3-4, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 2 R

RHP – Albert Suarez, Charlotte (Tampa Bay):  5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO

Eastern League (AA)

DH – Tony Plagman, Erie (Detroit): 4-5, 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R

The Tigers spent their 9th round pick in the 2010 draft on the Georgia Tech senior 1B and dropped him right into the Midwest League after signing. Plagman then spent 2011 at High-A Lakeland and has been with the SeaWolves for the entirety of 2012. All three of his slash stats have decreased at each stop and he’s currently hitting 0.234/.305/.419 in 102 games with Erie.

His primary asset in college was his power bat and he hit 32 2B, 4 3B and 18 HR with Lakeland last season but his SLG was relatively low for a “power bat profile” checking in at 0.436 in 2010 and 0.435 as a professional. He’s played exclusively in the OF corners (aside from time at DH) and it’s hard to see him hitting enough to reach the majors unless he can take a significant step forward.

Southern League (AA)

LHP – Jose Lugo, Mississippi (Atlanta): 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO

Texas League (AA)

3B – Tommy Mendonca, Frisco (Texas): 2-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

RHP – Neil Ramirez, Frisco (Texas): 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

International League (AAA)

CF – Denis Phipps, Louisville (Cincinnati): 3-3, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 R, BB

LHP – Adam Wilk, Toledo (Detroit): 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO

Pacific Coast League (AAA)

3B – Greg Rohan, Iowa (Chicago Cubs): 2-3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, R, BB

RHP – Andrew Kown, Fresno (San Francisco): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

Tags: Augusta Greenjackets Detroit Tigers Edwin Escobar Erie SeaWolves San Francisco Giants Tony Plagman