Jonathan Singleton - Phillies LF/1B DOB: 09/18/91
Just as Singleton's bat started to get rolling he hit the skids. Before going 2-4 with a home run tonight he was hitting .206/.257/.273 in his previous 9 games. The FSL is more of a pitcher's league but Singleton is produci ng with the bat anyway. He is hitting .279 on the year, although it would be nice to see more than 12 doubles and 6 home runs.
Tyler Thornburg – Brewers SP DOB: 09/29/88
Thornburg's numbers this season have been unreal but they should be taken with a grain of salt considering he is approaching his 23rd birthday and has yet to reach AA. It's not like he's way too old but his numbers would cause more of a fuss if he were 20 or 21. In 15 games between Low and High-A he has a 1.81 ERA with opposing hitters batting .198 against. He has struck out 96 in 84.2 innings but has allowed 32 walks, which works out to 3.4 BB/9. The Brewers might be looking to get Thornburg to AA this season. Considering he allowed 6.2 H/9 in his pro career you have to believe he will succeed at AA even if he were to give up an extra hit or two per 9.
The Rays ensured their pipeline of young talent wouldn't run dry by dealing Matt Garza and a couple of minor leaguers for Hak-Ju Lee, Chris Archer, Brandon Guyer and Robinson Chirinos. Archer and Guyer have played very well this season but it is Lee who has been the best. Through 69 games he is hitting .330 with 10 2B, 9 3B, 3 HR and 20 SB. Lee has the contact and speed to be a top 12 fantasy SS one day and he could emerge as a star if hitting at the top of the Rays order.
You have to feel bad for James and his 0-13 record when you see he has an ERA of 3.81. His control has improved a lot this year as he is walking just 2.7 batters per 9 after walking 5.1 last year. Opposing batters are hitting .310 against the young lefty. James was one of the Marlins top prospects coming into this season but will drop on many lists due to his being hit a lot. He has the arsenal to pitch near the top of a rotation but has yet to figure out how to pitch with his stuff.
McGuire's numbers may not be off the charts good but he has done a nice job of turning in a solid performance every time on the mound. Through 17 appearances he has a 2.72 ERA and 88 Ks in 92.2 innings. McGuire is on course to becoming one of the better innings eaters in the game. He has the frame that in his prime he could be capable of pitching 220+ innings a year.
Matthew Swagerty - Cardinals SP DOB: 07/14/89
A second round pick out of Arizona state, Swagerty is having a heck of a pro debut. He lasted only 5 starts in Low-A before being promoted to High-A. In 7 starts and 5 relief appearances in the FSL he has a 1.91 ERA. Between both levels he has a 1.74 ERA in 72.1 innings. He has walked 15 and struck out 66. His 5 most recent appearances have been in relief. I don't know if the Cardinals see him as a future reliever but I think it's just an attempt to limit his workload. With the amount of success he has had in the rotation you would think he will be tested there until he proves he can't cut it in the rotation.
Kyle Jensen - Marlins LF DOB: 05/20/88
Jensen's .955 OPS ranks second in the FSL and he hit a home run tonight to tie for the league lead in that department. His .319 AVG ranks 5th. Jensen could be given a crack at AA in the second half. If he can hit there he will make a case for himself as the Marlin's top prospect.