Standout Sprouts: The Best of the Best of 2012


Over the last couple of days I have picked the best single day performances that took place during the 2012 MiLB season. Of course to easily review the day to day, I was only able to use the Standout Sprouts pieces (formerly Prospect Pulse) from June, July and August plus the first few days of September. So honestly the best of the best of 2012 should really be titled “The Best of the Best from June Through the End of the Year,” but that title isn’t nearly as functional.

We have, of course, done a daily Prospect Pulse/Standout Sprouts feature since the start of the season, but Scott’s methods and scope were different than mine and there was a week or so lull in May after Scott left the site and before I decided to keep the series going. Naturally I didn’t figure out that Scott’s methodology would not mesh with mine when I started out to wrap up the best single game performances by month. That was “mistake” number one on my part. The other thing I overlooked when I was putting together the pieces for June, July and August/September was that by profiling each month’s best pitcher and best hitter that I would have very little to add when I named the overall best performance from those choices.

Admittedly that was a pretty major whoops on my part and a result of poor planning. Instead of restating or quoting my thoughts in the below I’m going to just link to my best of pieces for each month. I recognize it’s not an ideal way to tackle things but I do want to crown the best single day performances from the months I covered and I promise that the recaps at the end of the 2013 season will go far more smoothly.

First let’s recap the honorees from the last three months:

The Best Days of June 2012:

STL – 3B Tyler Rahmatulla, Quad Cities (A): 6-6, 2 2B, 2 HR, 7 HR, 3 R [6/10]

SEA –RHP Seon Gi Kim, Everett (A-): 6.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 13 SO [6/23]

The Best Days of July 2012:

COL – RF Jared Simon, Asheville (A): 5-5, 2 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R [7/24]

ATL – RHP Cody Martin, Lynchburg (A+): 9.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 14 SO [7/13]

The Best Days of August (and September) 2012:

TOR – LF Ricardo Nanita, Las Vegas (Toronto): 4-5, 2B, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R [8/18]

HOU – RHP Chris Devenski, Lexington (A): 9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 16 SO [9/1]

Now, with far less fanfare, suspense and excitement than I had originally envisioned … my choices for the best single-day performances of the 2012 season are Chris Devenski and Tyler Rahmatulla.

That was terribly anti-climatic wasn’t it?

With that “thud” Standout Sprouts officially goes into hibernation until next April and I get to chew on this underwhelming finish to the series for an entire year.

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