March 2, 2012; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (15) poses for a portrait during photo day at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
The AAA levels have been busy in the past two weeks, as we saw a number of prospects move from AA up to their AAA affiliates. Some of the bigger names included Royals' OF Wil Myers and P Jake Odorizzi, and on Thursday we found out that the Diamondbacks' Trevor Bauer would be moving up to AAA Reno as well. Given that Bauer struck out 11, allowed just a solo home run and four other baserunners over 8 innings, I think he will be just fine with the new level. All stats are for all AAA levels, and are through Friday night's games.
Pacific Coast League
Anthony Rizzo (CHC) - .353/.416/.707, 27 R, 9 2B, 1 3B, 14 HR, 39 RBI, 2 for 3 SB, 14 BB, 31 K
I saw Rizzo twice last week when Iowa was here in Sacramento, and I'm of the opinion that the Cubs need to figure out how to teach him or LaHair to play a corner outfield spot, because the bat is more than ready. I wrote about Rizzo after having seen him on Saturday night, and on Monday he proceeded to hit an absolute bomb here in Sacramento and had a couple more well-hit balls. Now would be the time to start thinking about stashing him in 10 and 12 team leagues if you still can.
Josh Bell (ARI) - ..323/.393/.548, 20 R, 11 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 33 RBI, 1 for 4 SB, 16 BB, 25 K
Claimed by the Diamondbacks from the Orioles, Bell has been crushing it so far for Reno. It's hard to remember sometimes that Bell is still just 25 years old, and if the combination of Ryan Roberts and Cody Ransom continues to struggle, we could see Bell up in Phoenix before too long.
Matt Adams (STL) - .338/.373/.597, 19 R, 9 2B, 9 HR, 27 RBI, 1 for 1 SB, 9 BB, 27 K
The heir apparent for 1B for the Cardinals, Adams just keeps hitting and hitting well. I think Adams spends the majority of the season in AAA, as the Cardinals seem to have a wealth of options at the moment to play 1B. Adams homered twice in the game on Friday night against Las Vegas, and just continues to look more like a 25+ homer bat once he's in the Majors.
Travis d'Arnaud (TOR) - .293/.359/.453, 18 R, 10 2B, 6 HR, 17 RBI, 1 for 2 SB, 13 BB, 25 K
d'Arnaud is coming off of a two home run game on Friday night, but with J.P. Arencibia on pace for some ridiculous numbers from a catcher, d'Arnaud could be in Las Vegas for a while.
Shelby Miller (STL) - 4 W, 3.79 ERA, 40 1/3 IP, 46 H, 5 HR, 18 BB, 48 K
Martin Perez (TEX) - 3 W, 5.27 ERA, 42 2/3 IP, 38 H, 2 HR, 18 BB, 27 K
Ryan Lavarnway (BOS) - .269/.369/.361, 18 R, 5 2B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 17 BB, 23 K
It's a bit concerning to see his slugging percentage below his on base percentage, so hopefully he will be able to get back into a groove soon.
Andy Oliver (DET) - 3 W, 3.25 ERA, 44 1/3 IP, 27 H, 1 HR, 36 BB, 50 K
Yes, you read that right. 36 walks in 44 1/3 innings pitched. He's third in the league in strikeouts, but that walk rate will absolutely keep him from being a contributor to the Tigers any time soon.
Matt Harvey (NYM) - 4 W, 4.31 ERA, 48 IP, 47 H, 4 HR, 21 BB, 49 K
Harvey had a career high 11 strikeouts in his start on Friday night, but he does come with some risk of walks. Of his 9 starts, 5 of them he has walked 3 or more batters.
Julio Teheran (ATL) - 3 W, 3.31 ERA, 35 1/3 IP, 34 H, 5 HR, 17 BB, 29 K