Minor League Level Review (High-A): Archie Bradley Dominates, Addison Russell Hurt

Sara D. Davis

Jason Hunt takes a look at some of the top prospects in the three High-A leagues, including Archie Bradley, Addison Russell, Francisco Lindor, and Noah Syndergaard in this week's installment of Minor League Level Review.

Every other Sunday, I will be taking a quick look at some of the top prospects at the High-A level, including their stats for the previous two weeks, and if anything stands out about the performance. Obviously two weeks isn't a particularly large sample size, but there are usually also some updates on how they are doing these things as opposed to just the numbers themselves. All statistics are courtesy of MILB.com, and are through the games of Friday, 4/12/13.

Player

AB

R

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

CS

AVG

OBP

SLG

Addison Russell (SS-OAK)

8

0

0

0

2

4

0

0

0.250

0.400

0.250

Trevor Story (SS-COL)

30

2

1

2

4

15

1

0

0.133

0.278

0.267

Miguel Sano (3B-MIN)

33

6

2

4

3

9

0

0

0.364

0.417

0.636

Francisco Lindor (SS-CLE)

28

6

0

3

3

1

5

0

0.429

0.484

0.607

Blake Swihart (C-BOS)

18

1

0

2

1

3

0

0

0.111

0.158

0.222

Gregory Polanco (OF-PIT)

32

5

1

4

2

4

5

0

0.281

0.333

0.438

Alen Hanson (SS-PIT)

39

5

0

2

1

9

3

0

0.205

0.225

0.282

Jorge Soler (OF-CHC)

23

6

2

4

4

4

0

1

0.435

0.519

0.739

Maikel Franco (3B-PHI)

35

6

2

10

3

7

0

0

0.286

0.342

0.629

Courtney Hawkins (OF-CHW)

23

3

3

6

0

15

1

1

0.174

0.174

0.539


  • Russell has only played in two games so far, as he tweaked his ankle running out a base hit and is also dealing with a back strain. The team put him on the disabled list as a result of this, and it's not clear when he could return to the lineup.
  • Hawkins is leading the Carolina League in home runs, but is also striking out at a 65% clip, and neither of those are sustainable. It's early still, but it's a bit concerning that he doesn't even have one walk yet.
  • Given that Polanco is leading the Florida State League in stolen bases, I would think it a fair assumption that he has recovered completely from his ankle injury at the end of last season.
  • Sano and teammate Eddie Rosario have lead Fort Myers to start off the season with 8 straight wins, and it seems like a possibility that one or both of them could be promoted before the end of the minor league season.

Player

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

K

ERA

WHIP

Noah Syndergaard (NYM)

4

3

0

0

0

1

5

0.00

1.00

Henry Owens (BOS)

10

6

2

2

1

3

9

1.80

0.90

Archie Bradley (ARI)

11.2

7

0

0

0

3

19

0.00

0.63

Matt Wisler (SD)

10

6

0

0

0

2

11

0.00

0.80

Kyle Crick (SF)

7.2

9

6

1

0

7

9

1.17

2.09

Clayton Blackburn (SF)

11

5

1

1

1

1

12

0.82

0.55

Aaron Sanchez (TOR)

10

3

3

3

0

3

7

2.70

0.60

Kyle Zimmer (KC)

11

4

3

2

2

2

16

1.64

0.55


  • Bradley was dominant in his second start of the season, striking out 10 and walking none over 6 innings pitched. I'll be very interested to see if he can keep this type of performance up in the California League, but it wouldn't surprise me if he did.
  • Zimmer seems like a candidate for a midseason promotion given his college pedigree and his performance out of the gate so far. He is expected to move quickly by many in the industry, and it seems that it is a very real possibility.
  • Lost a bit in amongst the other numerous pitching prospects in the Padres' system is Matt Wisler, who has been lights out so far this year. He seems primed to make a jump onto top 100 lists and toward the top of the Padres' system if he can continue the performance from last year and so far this year.
  • Henry Owens is a pitcher I am watching very intently this year, as he posted video game strike out totals (130 in 100 innings) last year. The main knock on Owens' has been his ability to repeat his delivery and release point consistently, and I'm hoping to catch him on MILB.tv in one of his upcoming starts.
For more coverage of the draft and the minor leagues, be sure to check out SBNation's Minor League Ball with John Sickels. You can follow me on Twitter @jasonsbaseball.

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