Prospect Pulse: August 22nd, 2012 - Bryce Brentz and C.J. Edwards

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)

C – Luis Alvarez, Greeneville (Houston): 2-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB

RHP – Zachary Petrick, Johnson City (St. Louis): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO

Pioneer League (Rk)

SS – Corey Seager, Ogden (LA Dodgers): 4-5, 2 2B, HR, RBI, 4 R, BB

RHP – Tyler Wagner, Helena (Milwaukee): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO

New York-Penn League (A-)

LHP – Matthew Spann, Hudson Valley (Tampa Bay): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

LHP – Ben O’Shea, Batavia (St. Louis): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO

Northwest League (A-)

RHP – C.J. Edwards, Spokane (Texas): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO

The Rangers 48th round pick in the 2011 draft has kicked off his professional career in style. Edwards started out the season in the AZL with 20.0 shutout innings with a 25-6 SO-to-BB and just 6 hits allowed.

Obviously a performance like that is going to get any player promoted from the complex leagues and C.J. was no exception. He’s since made 9 starts for Spokane and has continued to have success. In 42.0 innings he has a 2.36 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 53-17 SO-to BB and has allowed only 26 hits.

Even more encouraging, his latest start came on the heels of his worst of the season (4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO) showing that when faced with a bit of adversity he’s not subject to collapse. No question Edwards is starting to attract attention and was topic of a recent article in the Star-Telegram.

LF – Izaac Garsez, Boise (Chicago Cubs): 3-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 3 R, SB

Midwest League (A)

SS – Timothy Saunders, Peoria (Chicago Cubs): 4-6, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, SB

LHP – Justin Nicolino, Lansing (Toronto): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

South Atlantic League (A)

3B – Samuel Mende, Asheville (Colorado): 3-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, R

DH – Matt Smith, Greensboro (Miami): 2-3, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

California League (A+)

RHP – Bradin Hagens, Visalia (Arizona): 8.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO

LHP – Tyler Matzek, Modesto (Colorado): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 SO

Carolina League (A+)

RHP – Tyler Wilson, Frederick (Baltimore): 8.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 12 SO

3B – Matthew Skole, Potomac (Washington): 3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB

Florida State League (A+)

C – Cody Stanley, Palm Beach (St. Louis): 2-3, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 2 R

CF – Kenny Wilson, Dunedin (Toronto): 4-6, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 3 R, SB

Eastern League (AA)

DH – Bryce Brentz, Portland (Boston): 4-5, 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R

Brentz is on the opposite end of the spectrum from C.J. Edwards – our pitcher of the day and relative unknown. The Red Sox used a supplemental round selection to take Bryce 36th overall in the 2010 draft and the fact that he fell that far was a bit of a surprise to many, including myself. While he struggled in 69 games with Lowell after signing, he legitimized the use of a high pick and solidly placed himself in the Red Sox top-10 with a strong 2011 campaign (0.306 BA and 0.939 OPS).

This year he’s now hitting 0.290/.352/.480 with 28 2B and 17 HR in 115 games and has been hot of late with a 15-41 stretch in his last 10. If you’re looking for a flaw you can turn your attention to his SO% which was 22.7% in 2011 and is up to 26.1% in 2012. While he’s now struck out 314 times in 299 games he is at least not allergic to the walk and has drawn 100 free passes in his career which is good for a 7.9 BB%.

For Brentz it’s not a question of “if” but rather “when” he makes his major league deubt and “what” his impact will truly be once he gets there.

RHP – Eddie Gamboa, Bowie (Baltimore): 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO

Southern League (AA)

1B – J.T. Wise, Chattanooga (LA Dodgers): 4-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

LF – Brent Clevlen, Mobile (Arizona): 2-2, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, 4 R, 2 BB

RHP – Gary Moran, Mississippi (Atlanta): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO

Texas League (AA)

RF – Jared Hoying, Frisco (Texas): 4-5, 2B, 5 RBI, 2 R

International League (AAA)

LHP – Tom Cochran, Lehigh Valley (Philadelphia): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

SS – Chase d’Arnaud, Indianapolis (Pittsburgh): 4-5, 2B, RBI, 3 R, SB

Pacific Coast League (AAA)

RHP – Trevor Rosenthal, Memphis (St. Louis): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO

LF – Julio Borbon, Round Rock (Texas): 3-6, 2B, HR, RBI, 2 R

Tags: Boston Red Sox Bryce Brentz C.J. Edwards Portland Sea Dogs Spokane Indians Texas Rangers

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