Down on the Farm: Excerpts from Baseball America Hot Sheet Chat

TEMPE, AZ - FEBRUARY 26: Mike Trout #90 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim waits for a pitch while at bat against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Tempe Diablo Stadium on February 26, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

NOTE: The days of little sleep caught up to me last night as I could not keep my eyes open to complete the Roundup. I have a busy day ahead of me today, so I will be back at it later today or tomorrow. I should be able to get to the Roundup for tomorrow morning. Jeremy has some things to take care of, so the Minor League Monitors will be back in a few days.

Matthew Eddy from Baseball America held BA's weekly Hot Sheet chat yesterday and here are some excerpts from the chat:

Greg (New York): How come no love for ackley? Was it because he was lacking HR's? or does the 0-5 hurt him last night? thanks!

Matthew Eddy: Take it as a positive for Ackely's development that he's showing us skills this year in Triple-A that were absent last year. Namely, he's hitting for more power and stabilizing his walk-to-whiff ratio.

Kenny wrote up an excellent article on Ackley last week, and I am curious how he will perform once he does get called up, most likely in June.

Tom (Atlanta): Frank Wren recently was quoted as saying that he didn't care about pitch counts. Since then, Julio Teheran threw more than 120 pitches, and Zeke Spruill threw a 9 inning shutout. How do you think this will affect the development of pitchers in the Braves' system? Thanks for the chat.

Matthew Eddy: Interesting piece of information. I missed that, so I thought I'd pass it along to other chatters. We're seeing the Rangers get generally favorable results from loosening the reins on their young pitchers, but I'm not sure we're far enough out yet to draw conclusions. Given all the arms Atlanta has cultivated recently — Hanson, Teheran, Venters, Jurrjens, Kimbrel, Beachy, Minor, Gearrin — I'd give them the benefit of the doubt when it comes to pitching.

Good point from Eddy. It will be interesting to see how Teheran performs when is gets the call for good. He has not made a splash in his first two big league starts, but that was expected from a 20 year old.

More BA Hot Sheet chat excerpts after the jump:

Larry (DC): Hey Matt, I have the usual Harper question. When do you think he gets moved up to High A Potomac and where does he finish this year? Thanks for chatting.

Matthew Eddy: Look to Mike Trout last year as the blueprint. Harper figures to spend most of the second half in High-A before tackling Double-A at the outset of 2012.

Makes sense. I am of the belief he can make it to AA this year, but we shall see.

Jeff (CA): Why was Zach Lee demoted to Rookie Ball? He seemed to he handling Single A quite well

Matthew Eddy: The Dodgers will shut Lee down for 3 starts or so. He had an MRI on his elbow two weeks ago, and while the test showed no damage the Dodgers are being cautious.

After the 2010 draft, we heard stories that the Dodgers could put Lee on the Clayton Kershaw track, but that plan appears to be put on hold.

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