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March 20, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of Tuesday, March 19

by Zach Mortimer

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Prospect of the Day: Yasiel Puig, OF, Dodgers (expected to start the year in Double-A Chattanooga): 4-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3B, HR, SB. Puig has turned heads this spring with his football-esque frame and jaw-dropping power. Many in the industry stuck their noses up at the Dodgers for spending $42 million on Puig, at that point an unproven commodity, but all signs now suggest that it will be a worthwhile investment; .500/.489/.804 with three home runs, 13 runs scored, and 10 RBI in 46 at-bats.

Other notable prospect performances from March 19:

  • Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, Marlins (expected to be the starting shortstop): 1-3, R, RBI. A secondary piece in the package that Miami received from Toronto in the Jose Reyes/Josh Johnson/Mark Buehrle blockbuster, Hechavarria gets rave defensive reviews, but has a multitude of offensive question marks; .175/.227/.250 with only two extra base-hits in 40 at-bats.
     
  • Shelby Miller, RHP, Cardinals (competing for the number-five starter job): 4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. Big-framed Texan with big fastball and a big-time shot at winning the last spot in the St. Louis rotation; 11 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings this spring.  
     
  • Trevor Rosenthal, RHP, Cardinals (expected to be the primary setup man): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K. Rosenthal has an electric arm from which he uncorks an 8 fastball and 6 curveball that many scouts believe should lead to a rotation role; 5 1/3 innings, seven hits allowed, no walks, and seven strikeouts since moving back to the bullpen.
     
  • Brock Holt, 2B/SS, Red Sox (expected to start the year in Triple-A Pawtucket): 1-1, R, BB. A throw-in prospect in the Joel Hanrahan trade, Holt has average-at-best tools that play up due to plus-plus makeup; .214/.267/.286 in 42 at-bats.
     
  • Jose Iglesias, SS, Red Sox (expected to start the year in Triple-A Pawtucket, unless Stephen Drew starts on the disabled list): 1-2, K. Iglesias is an elite defender, but his slugging percentage in Grapefruit League play is a small-sample-size mirage.; .233/.267/.442 with six extra-base hits 43 at-bats.
     
  • Kevin Gausman, RHP, Orioles (expected to start the year in Double-A Bowie): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 K. Baltimore’s 2012 first-round pick is rapidly raising his stock with an impressive fastball-slider-changeup repertoire; 14 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings.
     
  • Derrick Robinson, CF, Reds (expected to start the year in Triple-A Louisville): 3-3, 3 R, RBI, 2B. Robinson lacks the bat-to-ball skills necessary to secure a role in the majors, and after six years in the Royals’ farm system, he joined the Reds this offseason; .371/.389/.457 in 35 at-bats.
     
  • Yorman Rodriguez, OF, Reds (expected to start the year in High-A Bakersfield): 1-2, 2B. A 2008 international bonus baby, Rodriguez has always shown raw power, arm strength, and running ability, but his strikeout rate and questions about his #want prevent him from climbing prospect lists; .350/.435/.800 in 20 at-bats.
     
  • Corey Dickerson, OF, Rockies (expected to start the year in Double-A Tulsa): 2-2, 2 2B, 2 RBI. Dickerson has limited projection and a left-field-only defensive profile, but he is scrappy and shows excellent bat-to-ball skills that will enable him to stay on a major-league roster for years; .400/.458/.650 in 20 at-bats.  
     
  • Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies (expected to start the year in Triple-A Colorado Springs): 3-4, 2 R, RBI. Arenado is a polished hitter who is now showing the power scouts have long anticipated would come; .314/.314/.743 and four home runs in 35 at-bats.
     
  • Luis Sardinas, SS, Rangers (expected to start the year in High-A Myrtle Beach): 1-2, R. A prototypical Venezuelan shortstop, Sardinas has a potential 6 hit tool and 7 defensive profile; 3-for-11 with two RBI and one run scored this spring.  
     
  • Nick Franklin, 2B, Mariners (expected to start the year in Triple-A Tacoma): 2-2, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B, BB, SF, SB. As expected, Franklin will need to move to the right side of the infield. Fortunately, his solid contact rates and sneaky power will keep him on the prospect radar; .179/.233/.357 in 28 at-bats. 

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R.A.Wagman

It is pretty clear that Zach Mortimer does not have OCD. I have no idea how he is ordering the chosen prospects.

Mar 20, 2013 04:52 AM
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niffoc4

I guess I don't either, as I didn't notice. This is one of my favorite features on BP though. Keep up the good work.

Mar 20, 2013 06:43 AM
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ttt

I'd prefer alphabetical, if only because it makes it easier to find what was said about a player if you're coming from the player's page.

Mar 20, 2013 08:41 AM
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jcutiger

Does it matter?

Mar 20, 2013 08:42 AM
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BP staff member Zach Mortimer
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Not a problem. I will put tomorrow's in alphabetical order. During the season I may tinker with a few different ways to organize, but will maintain alphabetical order throughout.

Mar 20, 2013 09:07 AM
 
grandslam28

Not for now, but during the season I think the best would be by level then alphabetical within. Also any chance D'arnud could make the team?

Mar 20, 2013 10:02 AM
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BP staff member Zach Mortimer
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I have heard really good things about d'Arnaud this spring. I do not believe he will start the year with the big club. The knee injury last year limited his Triple-A at-bats, and I do not think it would be beneficial to start his service time clock before June.

Mar 20, 2013 12:16 PM
 
BP staff member Zach Mortimer
BP staff

I do not, but I am taking all suggestions on order. I know KG used alphabetical, and I like the way that works. I was also contemplating grouping pitchers and position players.

Mar 20, 2013 04:59 AM
 
gweedoh565

Format-wise, I'd also recommend putting team names in bold so that we can more easily do a quick scan for our fav teams' prospects.

Mar 20, 2013 08:56 AM
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SC

Level (once the minor league seasons start) would be optimal. Grouping the day's best (or more noteworthy) performances at each level (or even in each league) makes a ton of sense, and if you include the player's age, we can consider performance vs. age/level with ease.

Mar 20, 2013 14:22 PM
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BP staff member Zach Mortimer
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I think we may have a winner.... Sadly I have no prizes to offer you.

Mar 20, 2013 14:35 PM
 
SC

your validation is the only prize i need.

Mar 20, 2013 15:11 PM
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Jon KK

Alphabetical would be fine. Or alphbetical by league or alphabetical in position and pitcher groups. Thanks for providing the snapshots for as many days as possible.

Mar 20, 2013 05:20 AM
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nschneider

Except you're confusing me as to what day's games these are from. Yesterday was TUESDAY, March 19. (Yesterday's report was mis-dated also.)

Mar 20, 2013 06:37 AM
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BP staff member Ben Lindbergh
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Fixed.

Mar 20, 2013 06:39 AM
 
kddean

There's no way Puig sticks on the ML roster, right? Only if he was ensured regular at bats?

And same thing with Arenado?

Mar 20, 2013 07:06 AM
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BP staff member Zach Mortimer
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I would believe both start in the minors. As you said the most important thing with these guys is to get a consistent amount of at-bats.

Mar 20, 2013 09:12 AM
 
Scott44

Zach - What are the impressions from camp on Leonys Martin so far? Think he will lock down the starting role and run with it?

Mar 20, 2013 07:50 AM
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BP staff member Zach Mortimer
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Scott, I'll let one of the Jason's tackle that question. They are seeing Martin first hand every day. I am seeing action in Florida.

Mar 20, 2013 09:10 AM
 
BP staff member Jason Cole
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Leonys has been very solid in spring training so far. He's been a little on the pull-happy side when I've seen him, but the bat has played very well. He's squaring the ball consistently and hitting line drives. He also looks like he's running just slightly better than he was last season. While he's still not a burner and never will be, that's encouraging to see.

I've still seen Martin make the occasional base running error or mis-step in the outfield. The routes have looked a little better in center though. His arm is easily plus, and it's pretty accurate.

I think Martin has locked down the starting CF job. Perhaps the Rangers will give Craig Gentry some starts against lefties – that's probably going to happen – but Martin should see the majority of the playing time in center.

Martin's got excellent bat speed and he's proven he is ready. I think it takes it over and becomes just a nice solid-average across-the-board regular.

Mar 20, 2013 09:37 AM
 
PeterBNYC

Your comment on Nick Franklin: "Fortunately, his solid contact rates and sneaky power will keep him on the prospect radar; .179/.233/.357 in 28 at-bats." puzzles the hell out of me. I just don't read that triple/slash line as "solid contact rates" and "sneaky power." What am I missing?

Mar 20, 2013 09:50 AM
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BP staff member Ben Lindbergh
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I think Zach was referring to Franklin's skills, not his small-sample spring stats.

Mar 20, 2013 09:56 AM
 
BP staff member Jason Parks
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28 ABs is a tiny sample. The scouting report is a contact oriented bat, but not an empty swing; he can put a charge into the ball, hence the sneaky power comment.

Mar 20, 2013 09:59 AM
 
PeterBNYC

Got it, thanks.

Mar 20, 2013 14:17 PM
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onegameref

What are your thoughts on Khris Davis with Milwaukee? Was in AZ last week and he hit a couple of bombs but can't seem to throw as well as my ex-girlfriend. Any chance he gets shipped to the AL? Doesn't seem to have a good defensive fit anywhere.

Mar 20, 2013 11:10 AM
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BP staff member Zach Mortimer
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Did he have a nice smile? I've never personally seen him, but the reports I've seen don't scream Major League regular. Defensive profile is very limited and bat is not elite.

Mar 20, 2013 12:25 PM
 
onegameref

I won't go near the smile question, but even the Brewers fans behind me didn't know what to do with him. I suspect it was simply a case of a spring training warm breeze gently blowing out to left. One of Davis' two blasts completely left the Brewers park. That was a little more than average I am sure. Did get to see Votto crush a bomb to left center off a lefty that day too. That was worth the price of admission after his two bloopy dinkers for RBIs earlier and a muffed throw at first.

Mar 20, 2013 21:22 PM
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