Standout Sprouts: August 30th, 2012 - Taylor Cole and Zachary Borenstein

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.

Hitter of the Day:

LAA – LF Zachary Borenstein, Cedar Rapids (A): 3-4, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB

The Angels 23rd round pick in the 2011 draft is hitting a relatively pedestrian 0.259/.329/.475 on the season, but he has a knack for turning in big single game performances and is no stranger to making this list. It’s his fourth time on the Standout Sprouts (formerly Prospect Pulse) and it’s the second time he’s brought home Hitter of the Day honors. In 76 games on the year he’s had a multi-hit game in 19 of them.

Pitcher of the Day:

TOP – RHP Taylor Cole, Vancouver (A-): 7.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO

It’s hard to imagine any starter having a better season than Cole’s 2012. In 66.1 innings pitched he’s allowed 36 H, 6 ER and 17 BB while racking up 57 SO. That works out to an incredible 0.81 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 4.9 H/9 so far this season. Even more amazing is that he’s allowed only three hits in his last three starts (19.1 IP). He’s given up more hits than innings in just two of his 11 starts on the year and four of his earned runs came in his “worst” start which was a 6.0 inning outing that included 7 H, 2 BB and 7 SO.

All of this is coming from a 2011 29th round pick out of Brigham Young University. He’s still got a long road ahead of him, but what he’s doing this year is simply amazing.

Standouts at the Plate:

ARZ – 3B Jake Lamb, Missoula (Rk): 3-4, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

CLE – SS Tony Wolters, Carolina (A+): 2-4, 2B, HR, RBI, R

CLE – 3B Jorge Martinez, Mahoning Valley (A-): 3-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

COL – LF Chris Pettit, Tulsa (AA): 3-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB

COL – C Tom Murphy, Tri-City (A-): 4-6, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 4 R

DET – DH Jamie Johnson, Erie (AA): 3-5, 2B, 3B, RBI, 2 R

KC – CF Bubba Starling, Burlington (Rk): 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, R

MIL – 1B Hunter Morris, Hunstville (AA): 2-3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, R, 2 BB

MIL – 3B Mike Walker, Brevard County (A+): 2-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB

NYM – C Mike Nickeas, Buffalo (AAA): 3-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R

OAK – CF Chad Oberacker, Stockton (A+): 4-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, BB

PIT – SS Alen Hanson, West Virginia (A): 2-2, 2B, 3B, RBI, 3 R, 2 BB

STL – DH Adron Chambers, Memphis (AAA): 4-6, 2B, 4 RBI, R

Standouts on the Mound:

BOS – RHP Michael McCarthy, Salem (A+): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO

CIN – RHP Matt Magill, Chattanooga (AA): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO

CIN – RHP Andrew Cisco, Billings (Rk): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO

COL – LHP Josh Outman, Tulsa (AA): 8.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 9 SO

LAA – RHP Dan Reynolds, Inland Empire (A+): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO

NYM – RHP Luis Mateo, Brooklyn (A-): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO

NYM – RHP Jacob deGrom, St. Lucie (A+): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO

PIT – LHP Mike Jefferson, West Virginia (A): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO

SD – RHP Bear Bay, Tuscon (AAA): 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO

STL – RHP Jonathan Cornelius, Quad Cities (A): 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, o BB, 9 SO

TOR – LHP Sean Nolin, New Hampshire (AA): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO

WAS – LHP John Lannan, Syracuse (AAA): 9.0 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 SO


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Tags: Cedar Rapids Kernals Los Angeles Angels Taylor Cole Toronto Blue Jays Vancouver Canadians Zachary Borenstein

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