The last regular season games on the minor league calendar were played on September 3rd and now the playoff phase of the schedule is wrapping up. As a result, Standout Sprouts will be slipping into a nice deep slumber until next spring when the 2013 MiLB season gets underway. But before we close the books completely, I thought it would be appropriate to hand out some final accolades and highlight the best hitting and pitching days for June, July and August/September respectively.
Best Hitting Performance of the Month:
STL - Tyler Rahmatulla, Quad Cities (A): 6-6, 2 2B, 2 HR, 7 HR, 3 R [6/10]
The Cardinals, 34th round pick in the 2011 draft, Rahmatulla turned in a fine debut season hitting 0.314/.390/.545 with 27 2B, 6 HR, 26 BB and 38 SO in 58 games with Johnson City. Despite the fantastic showing in 2011 he was probably still best remembered for being the player that broke his wrist in a dogpile celebration as the UCLA Bruins were making their way to the College World Series earlier in the year.
Heading into 2012, he didn’t crank Baseball America’s Cardinals Top-30, he wasn’t profiled in John Sickels prospect book and he didn’t earn a mention in the Seedlings to Stars Cardinals prospect list either.
Once the Midwest League season was underway, Rahmatulla’s bat was helping him make a statement. In 49 games with Quad Cities he hit 0.322/.389/.546 while making just 5 errors as the team’s primary 3B. His standout performance on June 10th against the Burlington Bees was book-ended by multi-hit games and he wound up 11-16 in the three games series with seven of those hits going for extra bases (3 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR).
About a week after his 6-6 day, Rahmatulla was promoted to Palm Beach (A+) and he struggled to adapt to FSL pitching. He hit 0.146/.247/.222 in 46 games and closed the year in a 1-25 slump.
Best Pitching Performance of the Month:
SEA – Seon Gi Kim, Everett (A-): 6.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 13 SO [6/23]
Kim, who turned 21 at the start of September, reached the Midwest League last season and made four starts with Clinton. Instead of having him return to the LumberKings to open 2012, the Mariners instead sent him to Everett. He would need just two starts in the Northwest League before being promoted once again to Clinton. The first of those two starts was a solid 6.0 inning, 4 hit, 1 run performance but it was nothing compared to his absurd start on June 23rd when he flat dominated the Spokane Indians lineup (TEX).
Once back with the LumberKings, Kim was far less impressive in 14 starts and finished with a 4.59 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 49-30 SO-to-BB in 68.2 Midwest League innings. He was not highly regarded heading into the season and his stat line with Clinton is fairly similar to what he’s done in his minor league career since signing out of South Korea back in 2009. As a result we can’t really consider him a true prospect, especially in a pitching rich system like Seattle’s, but on a single day he turned in the best pitching performance of the month in the minors.
Honorable Mentions at the Plate:
ARZ – Cole Gillespie, Reno (AAA): 3-3, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 3 R, BB [6/29]
BOS – Andy LaRoche, Pawtucket (AAA): 4-5, 3 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 3 R [6/30]
CLE – Jared Goedert, Columbus (AAA): 4-4, 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 4 R, BB [6/5]
COL – Delta Cleary, Asheville (A): 4-5, 3 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R [6/14]
PIT – Alex Dickerson, Bradenton (A+): 5-6, 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R [6/4]
Honorable Mentions on the Mound:
ATL – Aaron Northcraft, Lynchburg (A+): 7.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO [6/22]
CHC – Frank Del Valle, Daytona (A+): 6.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 SO [6/22]
CIN – Tony Cingrani, Pensacola (AA): 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 15 SO [6/27]
CIN – Daniel Corcino, Pensacola (AA): 8.0 IP, 0 H, 0 H, 3 BB, 9 SO [6/16]
SEA – Anthony Fernandez, Jackson (AA): 9.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO [6/28]