Standout Sprouts is a recap of what I consider to be the top performances in the minors from the previous day. These are broken out into two groups: hitters and pitchers and players are listed within those groups by the organization to which they belong. At least one player will be included from each league in AAA on down through the Pioneer and Appalachian. Where possible I will select both a hitter and pitcher for each league, but at times will only pick one or the other. From the 14-28 players that make this list each day, I will pick an overall hitter and pitcher of the day and (time permitting) will write a few paragraphs on them.
CWS – RF Kyle Robinson, Great Falls (Rk): 3-4, 2B, 2 3B, 5 RBI, 2 R, BB, SB
Robinson’s pro career got off to a bit of a bumpy start. After the White Sox selected him in the 28th round of the 2011 draft, he was assigned to their Appalachian League affiliate and he scuffled his way to a 0.204/.273/.382 line in 51 games with Bristol.
This season has been much smoother sailing for the University of Arkansas product. He’s hit 0.348/.424/.524 with 17 2B in 43 games with the Voyagers and has a respectable 22 BB to go with 38 SO in the Pioneer League. It hasn’t been all roses however as he went 5-35 in his 10-game stint with Kannapolis (A), from July 30th to August 11th. On top of the 0.143/.167/.257 slash line, Robinson struck out 16 times (45.5% of his PA) while drawing a single, solitary walk in the SAL.
He’s obviously proven himself against Pioneer League pitching but at 23-years of age he needs to make up some ground in a hurry. His performance with Bristol last season, Kannapolis (briefly) this season and even against SEC competition in his senior year with the Razorbacks muddy his resume. It’s hard to call him a prospect at this point, but it’s also hard to ignore what he’s done in his time with Great Falls. Is it an aberration or is it the sign of things to come? I lean toward the former but I hope I’m wrong.
STL – RHP Chris Corrigan, Palm Beach (A+): 9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO
It’s rare that we get to witness perfection, but anyone who was in attendance at Charlotte Sports Park as the Cardinals and Stone Crabs faced off got themselves a glimpse. Despite the fact he had never gone deeper than 6.0 innings in a start as a professional, Chris Corrigan pitched the first perfect game in Palm Beach Cardinals history and just the 9th in the storied 93-year history of the Florida State League.
The Cardinals 30th round pick in the 2009 draft, has spent the bulk of the 2012 season making the transition from reliever to starter in Palm Beach. The returns for the 24-year old have been solid and, including last night’s piece of history, he has a 4.02 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 78-35 SO-to-BB in 85.0 FSL innings. Given his peripherals, the ERA looks a little bloated and his 3.13 FIP and 3.82 SIERA back that up. The 9 Ks on Wednesday were also a career high for Corrigan and eclipsed his previous high water mark of 6 which he hit in starts on August 4th and April 27th.
He’s still a long way from finding himself on the prospect map for the Cardinals, but no matter what path his career takes from here, Corrigan will have his August 29th masterpiece in his back pocket.
Standouts at the Plate:
ATL – 2B Tommy La Stella, Lynchburg (A+): 5-6, 2 2B, 3B, RBI, R
BOS – DH Tony Thomas, Pawtucket (AAA): 2-4, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB
COL – 2B Angelys Nina, Tulsa (AA): 4-4, 2 2B, 2 R, BB
COL – SS Trevor Story, Asheville (A): 4-5, 2 2B, R
MIN – RF Adam Walker, Elizabethton (Rk): 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB
PIT – CF Mel Rojas, Bradenton (A+): 4-5, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R
SEA – LF Mickey Wiswall, High Desert (A+): 3-5, 2 3B, HR, 5 RBI, 2 R
SEA – 1B Daniel Paolini, Clinton (A): 3-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R
SEA – 3B Patrick Kivlehan, Everett (A-): 3-4, 2B, 3B, RBI, R
TEX – SS Alberto Gonzalez, Round Rock (AAA): 3-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
TOR – 2B John Tolisano, New Hampshire (AA): 4-4, 2B, R
WAS – SS Mike McQuillan, Auburn (A-): 3-4, 2B, 2 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB
Standouts on the Mound:
BAL – RHP Jake Arrieta, Norfolk (AAA): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO
BOS – LHP Francisco Taveras, Lowell (A-): 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO
COL – LHP Jayson Aquino, Grand Junction (Rk): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO
HOU – RHP Edgar Gonzalez, Oklahoma City (AAA): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO
MIN – RHP Jose Berrios, Elizabethton (Rk): 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO
NYY – RHP Bryan Mitchell, Charleston (A): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
OAK – RHP Sonny Gray, Midland (AA): 8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO
SD – RHP James Needy, Fort Wayne (A): 9.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO
SEA – RHP Taylor Stanton, High Desert (A+): 8.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO
TOR – RHP Yohan Pino, New Hampshire (AA): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO
*There were no scheduled games on the 29th in the Southern League