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 Prospects watch 2011, Update us with your team's top prospects
Barney1975
Posted: Jun 28 2011, 05:31 PM


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If I've missed someone from the old site, my apologies, but It's been a month since the last update so here's how they're getting on:

1. Chris Marrero - 1B Syracuse (AAA)

Hitting .297/365/798, 8HRs, 39RBIs 1/1 SB.

And he turns 23 on Saturday. wink.gif Those numbers deserve an MLB look and maybe he'll get one with the new management installed. Still not enough power though.

2. Tyler Moore - 1B Harrisburg (AA)

Hitting .260/295/799, 14HRs, 44RBIs, 1/1SB.

On one of his cold streaks right now, hitting below .200 over the last fortnight, he remains a favourite amongst many of the movers and shakers in the Nats hierachy. Like Davey Johnson. But that lousy 72/10 K/BB rate needs improving before he moves further up the system.

3. Jeffrey Kobernus - 2B Potomac (A+)

Hitting. 271/309/688, 3HRs, 26RBis, 29/33 SBs

Not hitting leadoff agrees with the 2009 2nd rounder. He's raised his average some 40 points since being moved to the #7 spot and has been flashing a bit of power, hitting more extra base hits in the last month than he's managed in all the games before. He'll be heading for AA before the end of the season, though he's still regarded as a high-floor/lowish ceiling type than a legit MLB player.

4. Brad Peacock - RHSP Harrisburg (AA)

8-2, 2.28ERA, 14G, 12GS, 87IP, 56H, 22ER, 4HRs, 18BBs, 114Ks, .182AVG.

Many pundits are quite disparaging about the 23 year old, feeling he'll be found out sooner rather than later because of a lack of a third pitch to go with the 95 fastball and hammer curveball. The figures would indicate otherwise and besides, that 78-80 changeup seems to have this level of hitter befuddled. When, not if, he heads to Syracuse, or indeed DC depends on when Marquis is dealt and if the team give LHSP Tom Milone his MLB debut.

5. Derek Norris - C Harrisburg (AA)

Hitting 218/383/832, 10HRs, 24RBIs, 7/9SBs

Can you teach a player to be less selective? It's getting to that point with the backstop, he's seeing over 6 pitches per bat but looks at an awful lot of third strikes (K/BB of 51 to 40). The fellas still only 22 so he has quite a bit of time left and he is coveted by other teams, but you'd like to see the average rise to around .250 before the year's out. You wonder if he's playing through injury/ies again? unsure.gif

Eury Perez - OF 281/291/624, 1HR, 29RBIs, 20/28SBs

He has been battling injuries so a recent slump can be explained away but the 21year old could use some of Norris' selectivity, not quite reading pitchers on the basestealing standpoint either, he remains a decent to above average prospect who has improved with his 'D' rather than with the bat in 2011.

Brad Meyers - RHSP Syracuse (AAA)

4-3, 4.42ERA, 9GS, 53IP, 63H, 26ER, 6HRs, 5BBs, 42Ks

Still the control pitcher extraordinere, Meyers will always be prone to giving up the long ball and that's certainly the case in his first stab at AAA. He's generally been resting an injury this time of the year so whether he'll be able to maintain and harness the 94 fastball and 82 slider to the end will be something to watch.
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galraen
Posted: Jun 28 2011, 11:33 PM


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I hope you don't mind if I 'squat' on your premises, but this is a good idea, so I'll add 5 A's prospects:

BA/OBP/SLG/OPS

Adrian Cardenas Acquired in the Blanton trade, currently in AAA .313/.387/.413/ .800, he's mainly been playing DH and LF this season for reasons that mystify A's fans. If he continues at that pace expect to see him in the bigs in September, if not earlier, needs to be playing a position though.

Anthony Recker Catcher, also at AAA .310/.404/.550/.953, he might not have the defensive tools that Suzuki has, but the clock is ticking. If Suzuki doesn't pick it up offensively the A's have a problem, if he does expect to trade him PDQ.

Michael Taylor OF .285/.348/.493/.841. Nothing spectacular here, until you remember how he stank the place out last year ad got off to slow start this year. He's starting to give hope that he may be the player we thought we were acquiring to start with.

Grant Green SS .281/.338/.391/.729. Add 20 (twenty) errors at AA and our 'Short Stop of the future' is looking anything but promising. The lack of an evident replacement in the wings is not good as it means Pennington will continue to keep a lock on the starting role for which he really isn't good enough.

Michael Choice LF .251/.356/.491/.847 Our first round choice last year was impressive as non invite at ST, his 16 home runs so far, give hope, but has a lot to learn.

No Pitchers? Well apart from one or two at A ball they are all here or on the MLB DL already. So of the five prospect listed, three are outfielders, given Beane's penchant for trading away outfield propects (Andre Ethier, Nelson Cruz and Carlos Gonzalez spring to mind) all three may end up elsewhere. When you add the performance of Jai Miller CF .286/.400/.630/1.030 with 15 Homers at AAA, no longer strictly a prospect at 26, but is raising some eyebrows, the possibility of trading one or more of them becomes a probability. DeJesus+Suzuki+one of the above outfielders for even more prospects?
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Barney1975
Posted: Jun 30 2011, 02:34 PM


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Three questions regarding the A's prospects:

1: Wasn't Cardenas meant to be a 3B at some point? Also what's happened to that very good 3B prospect you guys had out of BYU who seems to have disappeared? Is he on his mission year?

2: Recker's new to me, and I'm guessing Landon Powell's not going to make it in the bigs. With this in mind, do you think Recker will get MLB games this year, or will Suzuki's familiarity with the A's staff and better defense keep him firmly in the starting role for 2012?

3. Did you see this, from John Sickel's minorleagueball.com site , 24/6/11:

Prospect of the Day: Chris Carter, OF-1B, Oakland Athletics

With Josh Willingham heading to the disabled list, the Oakland Athletics have promoted slugging prospect Chris Carter from Triple-A Sacramento. Let's take a look at this intriguing power bat.

Carter was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 15th round in 2005 from high school in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was traded to the Diamondbacks in the December '07 Carlos Quentin trade, then promptly shipped to Oakland as part of the Dan Haren deal a few days later. He hit 39 homers with 104 RBI and a .259/.361/.569 slash line in '08, then had an outstanding year in the Double-A Texas League in '09 with a .337/.435/.576 line and 24 homers.

He hit .258/.365/.529 with 31 homers in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League last year, but his major league career last summer got off to dismal 0-for-33 start. He persevered and followed that with a 13-for-37 (.351) mark to hit .186/.256/.329 overall for Oakland. He returned to Triple-A this spring and got off to a slow start in April (.173/.323/.346) before going on the DL with a thumb injury. Since returning to action for Sacramento on June 13th, he's hit .345/.442/.743, so apparently the time off to heal his thumb has made a difference.

Carter is a big guy at 6-5, 230, and has enormous power. His bat speed is excellent and he kills fastballs, but struggles with breaking balls and changeups. He does have a good batting eye, and while he'll always strike out a lot, he also draws his share of walks. Although his batting averages have been erratic, he has some hitting skills and isn't just a one-dimensional masher, at least not always. His willingness to take walks keeps his OBP at solid levels even when the batting average is low. Carter can be streaky, but he kept his head about him despite the horrible start to his major league career last year.

Carter is a mediocre defensive player at both first base and the outfield. He has a decent arm and isn't completely helpless as a defender, but he lacks range and will never be more than adequate. In the long run he fits best as a DH.

A feast-or-famine type, Carter could easily turn into a 30+ homer slugger, though his batting average could be a drag on a fantasy team, at least in the short run. In the long run, given sufficient adjustment time, I still think he is capable of more broad-based success and could have some surprisingly good years where he hits for some average with the power. That's a minority opinion.


Lots of power, streaky, can take a walk, lack of defensive range and prone to niggling injuries - is he the new Josh Willingham? unsure.gif

Oh and if you want to change the title of this blog to something like 'Your team's 5 best prospects' by all means do so, the MiLB doesn't get enough of a look in on this site and I'm always up for trying to improve this state of affairs. smile.gif
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galraen
Posted: Jun 30 2011, 06:23 PM


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No I hadn't seen that,thanks.

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Carter is a mediocre defensive player at both first base and the outfield.


Sadly that flatters Chris enormously, he has to be a DH, his fielding is more of a liability than a young Adam Dunn.

He does have a hole in his swing, but not as big as it was in '09, so he ha adjusted,. We desperately need him to succeed, but it's far from a sure thing; if he does, then our DH position should be filled for the next five years. His injury record isn't that bad actually, mostly impact injuries rather than internal stress related ones.

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Also what's happened to that very good 3B prospect you guys had out of BYU


I take it you mean Stephen Parker he's hit a wall at AA as his .265/.340/.404/.744 line added to 16 errors attest. As to why Cardenas is primarilly DHing, that's a question that is puzzling most A's fans, one can only assume that his arm is not considered good enough for short ot third, and we all know by now who the A's primary 2nd baseman is.

I expect Recker will spend the rest of the year at Sacramento, unless Suzuki continues to suck as badly as he is; desperation might force the team's hand, because Powell is definitely a bench player at best, his defensive abilities are good enough, when he's healthy, but despite having some pop, his bat isn't.
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Barney1975
Posted: Jul 5 2011, 05:07 PM


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Well, Bryce Harper's finally got the promotion and it's not entirely surprising the Nats have decreed he'll miss out on Potomac, going straight over to AA Harrisburg.

The reason for this is Pfitzner Stadium's having some nightmares regarding the state of the pitch. They installed a new drainage system and had to reseed the pitch after all the pipework was fitted.

The seed never really took and the drainage system has not been the panacea for the flooding which saw many games cancelled in 2010, causing the ground to resemble a ploughed field during the final game of a three-match series.

Other news, Lombardozzi continues hitting at AAA to the tune of 424/433/948 in his first 14 games at Syracuse, having gained a step up after hitting over .300 in 1 1/2 Harrisburg seasons. It should be noted that the 2B isn't in the same league as either Desmond or Espinosa in terms of and or range but Joey Cora's place on the Nats bench is under threat, especially as Davey Johnson has repeatedly stress the need for an 'offense-heavy' bench, which is also encouraging news for Chris Marrero.

EDIT. The Nats have just announced Sammy Solis is getting on the elevator to Potomac, see the team does still have love for Potomac!
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Barney1975
Posted: Jul 21 2011, 05:47 PM


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Just why is this fella not in DC?

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/st..._pbp&pid=543459

His range and arm are league average, but he's the reason why Desmond is suddenly being touted.
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Barney1975
Posted: Jul 21 2011, 07:11 PM


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Here's the reason why Bryce Harper skipped high A Potomac:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/j...three-way-spat/

Would seem DC are in the market for a new MiLB affiliate.
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Barney1975
Posted: Sep 12 2011, 05:06 PM


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Wow, didn't realise it's been around 3 months since the last update so here goes:

1. Chris Marrero - AAA Syracuse, September callup to MLB.

AAA - 127 games, hit 300/375/449, 14HRs, 69RBIs, 3/5 SB
MLB 14 games 306/352/367. 0HRs, 6RBIs

Initial thoughts on Marrero's MLB appearances are that he's doing what he always has at AAA, which is covering all the plate and all the field with singles and doubles with occasional clutch hitting along the way. And that's going to be the problem because being a Casey Kotchman without his stellar glove makes for a AAAA player.

He's still only 23 so the power may come through after a full offseason with the MLB coaching staff (And his workrate has never been in doubt, losing 25lbs and working on his D in 2011's time off) but he's got very little left to prove in the minors and the thought remains his callup is for trade window reasons rather than to challenge LaRoche for the starting 1B role in 2012.

2. Tyler Moore - AA Harrisburg, hit 270/314/532, 31HR, 90RBIs, 2/2SB.

Last year in high A, Tyler Moore hit .271 with 31HRs. This year the 24 year old has repeated the season in higher company whilst adding consistancy to his resume. Moore is good with the glove too and has above average range and arm for a 1B (played RF in high school and early college years) and is regarded by some in the higher echelons of the Nats to be a better prospect than Marrero.

3. Jeffrey Kobernus - high A Potomac and an AFL selection.
hit 282/313/387, 7HRs, 42RBIs 53/61SB.

The 2009 2nd round pick has shaken off the injury bug, playing in almost all of Potomac's schedule and having a fine second half of the season. He is a terrific basestealer for his size (6ft 3ins, 210lbs) but that OBP tells the story of a complete lack of offspeed pitch recognition, something that must be addressed before he moves up the ladder. Having said all that, there's talk he'll be very aggressively advanced to AA, then AAA in 2012 so you could say he's another prospect on the make or break list.

4. Brad Peacock RHSP AA Harrisburg, AAA Syracuse, MLB Callup.

AA - 10-2, 2.01 ERA, 98.2IP, 129Ks, 23BBs, 0.86 WHIP.
AAA - 5-1, 3.19ERA, 48IP, 48Ks, 24BBs, 1.25 WHIP.
MLB - 0-0, 6.75 ERA, 1.1IP, 0Ks, 1BB, 3.75 WHIP

Too good for most MiLB bats, the hard-throwing Peacock got cooked by Davey Johnson's indecision regarding Strasberg's will-he-won't-he 2011 debut and was thrust into the game in the 6th inning after being told to warm down as the Phenom would be starting after all. And you can see the results. He'll be getting the starts that Livan would've got, due to the front office wanting to see how that slider and fourseamer work in the MLB. He could well be another Jordan Zimmermann if finds a reliable offspeed pitch.

5. Derek Norris - C - AA Harrisburg and an AFL selection.

Hit 210/367/446, 20HRs, 46RBIs 13/17SBs.

Like quite a few of the Nats prospects, Norris has improved with the D (8 errors, throwing out 42% of baserunners) whilst cratering with the bat. Maybe the hamate bone break which thwarted his initial AFL tourney has made those flyball singles into infield bloops but it sure didn't affect those power numbers.

Such a tough player to ascertain, maybe his increased defensive effort has took away from his batting, but his best hitting month was his worst for OBP, so perhaps he needs to actually take the bat off the shoulder a bit more often? Lots of maybes but I can't really offer too many definate reasons why his season went south apace.

Eury Perez, OF - High A Potomac

Hit 283/319/321, 1HR, 41RBIs, 45/63SB.

Hmmm. Another guy who's come on strong with the glove and arm in 2011 whilst tanking with the bat, Perez needs a bit of Kobernus' guile on the basepaths and Norris' strikezone eye before he can really cash in on that ridiculous speed. Wonder if Potomac GM Josh Olerud could get Uncle John over to give some lessons on patience at the plate? dry.gif

Brad Meyers, RHSP AA Harrisburg, AAA Syracuse.

AA - 3-2, 2.48ERA, 36.1IP, 38Ks, 0BBs, 0.96WHIP.
AAA - 6-5, 3.48ERA, 95.2IP, 74Ks, 15BBs, 1.31 WHIP.

Preserving his injury-prone tag, Meyers battled deadarm throughout the second half of the year, necessitating a couple of missed starts and 2 NR games down in Short-season Auburn. You wonder if they'll repeat the prescription doled out to Jeff Mendel, who's now an effective reliever after experiencing similar soreness to Meyers when starting. Meyers has far better basic stuff than Mendel and a good ST permitting there's probably a middle to late-relief spot open in the 2012 majors (Adam Carr and Cole Kimball being felled by elbow surgeries in July), maybe more.

Given this year's focus on players under the radar, it seems right that later editions will see Destin Hood, Kevin Keyes, Zach Walters and Jimmy Barthmeier getting mentions on here.

I won't be mentioning Bryce Harper much on here, you'll be able to get his progress by reading the tabloids... rolleyes.gif
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galraen
Posted: Sep 13 2011, 12:12 AM


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Isn't it a bit early to be giving up on Marrero's power potential? He's only just turned 23, plenty of time for him to develop power. He may never be a 30-35HR type, but should be capable or 20-30 with gap power in a year or two.
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Barney1975
Posted: Dec 19 2011, 07:56 PM


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QUOTE (galraen @ Sep 13 2011, 12:12 AM)
Isn't it a bit early to be giving up on Marrero's power potential? He's only just turned 23, plenty of time for him to develop power. He may never be a 30-35HR type, but should be capable or 20-30 with gap power in a year or two.

I'm afraid any chance of seeing Marrero in a Nats uniform in 2012 has gone south with the news he's torn the hamstring off the bone in winter-ball. sad.gif

Out until August and who knows what the 1B situation will be then. If Tyler Moore wasn't ahead of Marrero in the depth chart before, he certainly is now and a good ST could see Moore heading to the big leagues as the MLB team are very happy with his glove and range, the same points with which Marrero struggled to convince the people who matter in the bigs.
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Posted: Dec 29 2011, 08:05 AM


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The Reds have spent heavily(in manpower terms) this winter but they currently have, amongst others the following left;

Devin Mesoraco, c

Billy Hamilton, ss

Daniel Corcino, rhp

Robert Stephenson, rhp

Didi Gregorius, ss

Todd Frazier, 3b/1b/of

Mesoraco seems to be well thought of. Has been up briefly but I don't remember seeing him in a game I watched.

Hamilton is fast but needs to show more with the bat.

Cocino is with Dayton at the moment but people are saying good things about him.

Stephenson has a great curveball I have read. He sounds like a genuine prospect.

There's a guy called Zac Cozart who came up last year and was hitting .324 before an injury. Could be the real deal or a good for a deal! He's fully fit again now. He's a rookie really but may not be on your radar due to the injury.


Wonder if we'll have any of these by the end of ST huh.gif
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Posted: Jan 6 2012, 05:07 PM


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Red Sox

1. Will Middlebrooks, 3b
2. Xander Bogaerts, ss
3. Blake Swihart, c
4. Anthony Ranaudo, rhp
5. Bryce Brentz, of
6. Brandon Jacobs, of
7. Garin Cecchini, 3b
8. Matt Barnes, rhp
9. Ryan Lavarnway, c
10. Jackie Bradley, of

Will Middlebrooks will start in triple A this year I think. Gets a good report by all accounts.

Xander Bogaerts is in single A, but 'improving' - seems a bit early to put him at number 2

Anthony Ranaudo is a potential 2/3 Starting pitcher- seems well thought of.

Two i've seen Jose Iglesias and Ryan Lavarnway look set for full ML status. Lavarnway hit a home run when I saw him in Pawtucket. He only looks set for a part time role in the ML according to reports -time will tell - especially with Salty as the potential main competition. Iglesias is well liked for his defensive abilities and I think expected to improve his hitting over time whilst in the ML
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