Springfield wins in extra innings, while the rest of the farm lose 1-run games. I said last time that I would make up for no scouting reports on opposing players, so click on to read further about some interesting players competing against our guys tonight.
- Andrew Brown hit a solo HR and finished the night 2-4
- Bryan Anderson was 2-3 with a double. Anderson is trying to fight off the slow start in his 4th season at Memphis
- Matt Carpenter was 1-4 with 1 RBI
- Pete Kozma went 0-2 with a walk. He has a .474 OPS in 110 at bats and 25 K‘s compared to 8 walks. It’s sad to see a guy who was rushed and is clearly overmatched in the PCL blocked by another SS prospect a league below him. Ryan Jackson may be called up to Memphis in a couple months, which would allow Kozma to be sent back down should the Cardinals choose that route. It’s hard to gauge what they plan to do with him at this point.
- Adam Ottavino had an odd line. He pitched 6.2 innings, gave up 13 hits, 4 runs, and struck out 6. He didn’t walk anybody, but he hit 2 guys. 4 of the 13 hits he gave up went for extra bases. His 2.25 ERA on the year has been skewed by his .222 BABIP and 88.4 LOB% (prior to today’s game). However, he is pitching fairly well coming off of a labrum tear last season.
Baseball America Top 15 – Los Angeles Dodgers
1. Dee Gordon (SS, 4/22/1988) went 2-4 on the night. Son of Flash Gordon, Dee didn’t start getting serious about baseball until his senior year in high school. He has the potential for 4 plus tools, but his best assets are his speed and range. Over the past 2 seasons between low-A and AA, he’s stolen 126 bases. He’s been aggressively promoted based on how well he’s responded to each level that he’s competed. He has very little power, but he has the potential to be a .300 hitter at the ML level with average patience, which would give the Dodgers a flashy leadoff hitter. He was ranked 26th by BA on their Top 100 list for 2011.
7. Scott Elbert (LHP, 8/13/1985) got the save with a line of 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, and 2 K. Elbert had a few stints with the Dodgers in 2009 and ended up making their postseason roster, but fell off in 2010 with awful control. He has a 93-94 mph fastball, a slider that sits in the high-80’s as his out pitch, and a decent changeup that he rarely uses. If he improves his command, he could have a future in the bigs that goes beyond a LOOGY.
10. Trayvon Robinson (OF, 9/1/1987) was 2-4 and hit a solo HR and double. Robinson has significantly improved his patience at the plate over his minor-league career to the point where he walked 73 times last year in 434 at bats. Outside of his improved patience, he has plus speed and the ability to be a .300 hitter in the majors with above average power at CF. He’s blocked by Kemp, but he could be ready to make the jump by the end of the year as he has a very impressive slash line of .336/.397/.609 early this season.
- Tommy Pham led off and hit 2-4 with a double, walk, and stolen base
- Matt Adams continues to show impressive power with a HR that puts his total on the year in double digits
- Alan Ahmady was 2-4 with a walk
- Ryan Jackson went hitless in 5 at bats and has cooled off a bit after a hot start, but still has shown very good patience at the plate.
- In his 2nd appearance at the plate, Jermaine Curtis got the winning RBI in the 11th on a line drive to RF
- Deryk Hooker gave up 3 runs and 7 hits in 5 IP. He struck out 4 and gave up 1 walk
- Richard Castillo got the win by pitching a perfect inning in the 11th
Baseball America Top 15 – Los Angeles Angels
1. Mike Trout (OF, 8/7/1991) was 2-4 with a solo HR and walk. You either know Trout or you should learn about him ASAP. Some see him as the top prospect in baseball, but Bryce Harper and Trout are joined at the hip as the top 2 prospects in baseball. Trout is a five-tool talent who shows incredible speed (ranked 80 on the scale by BA), plus defense with a good arm, average power, and the ability to hit for a high average. He could be starting for the Angels in 2012 but will spend the first half of 2011 in AA honing his skills. His weakest tool is his power, but his speed alone will add more doubles and triples to stack his stat line.
7. Garrett Richards (RHP, 5/27/1988) started and pitched 6.2 innings giving up 4’s across the board and 2 HR’s. He has a sinking fastball that sits 92-93 and touches 96 mph. His secondary pitch is a mid-80’s slider that he compliments with a 12-to-6 curveball and an average changeup. He throws across his body with a three-quarters arm slot that adds deception, but it also puts strain on his shoulder and may impact his ability to go late into games. That fact alone may make his future in the bullpen.
- Rainel Rosario was 2-4 with a walk
- Xavier Scruggs and Domnit Bolivar were both 1-4 with a double. Scruggs added a walk and RBI
- Shelby Miller was once again Shelby Miller, as he struck out 7 in 7 innings, gave up 5 hits, 2 runs, and only 1 walk. He leads the Florida State League by 10 strikeouts
Baseball America Top 15 – New York Mets
2. Wilmer Flores (SS, 8/6/1991) was 1-4 with a double. He has quick wrists, which has led to his low K totals at a young age, but he’s yet to develop the patience that the Mets hope to see in the future. He’s shown the ability to hit for power, as he had 50 extra-base hits last year. However, his defense is a huge concern with his below-average speed and lack of a quick first step. Personally, I don’t see why they ranked him as their 2nd best prospect, based upon the fact that he has no clear position and is so raw in his patience at the plate.
3. Cesar Puello (OF, 4/1/1991) led off and went 1-5 with 2 RBI’s. Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2007, Puello shows the potential to have 5 tools. He has yet to display the raw power that he possesses, but he’s already shown his speed with 45 stolen bases last season. He projects as a corner outfielder with a plus arm and above average range, 20 HR power, and good patience.
- Oscar Taveras was 2-4 with a walk
- Greg Garcia led off and hit 2-4 with a walk
- Patrick Elkins had a double and 2 walks
- Chris Edmondson added a solo HR
- Nick Longmire was 0-5 and continues to struggle early this season
- Trevor Rosenthal proved he was human, giving up 4 runs, 5 hits, and 2 walks in 3 IP. He struck out 4
- Boone Whiting continues to impress in the bullpen, as he struck out 5 in 3 IP and gave up 1 run
Baseball America Top 15 Prospects – Milwaukee Brewers
13. Matt Miller (RHP, 1/30/1989) was very wild today, walking 7 batters in 4 innings. That wildness was effective, as he only gave up 1 hit and 1 run. Miller has a relatively straight fastball that sits in the low-to-mid 90’s and can touch 97. His slider has the potential to be an above average pitch in the majors, and he mixes in an average changeup, as well. The writer for BA states that he has the ceiling as a middle-of-the-rotation starter, but I think he looks more destined for the bullpen.