Minor League Level Review (AA): More Puig and Rendon, Goodwin and Matzek Start Slow

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Jason Hunt takes a look at some of the top prospects in the three AA leagues, including Anthony Rendon, Yasiel Puig, Brian Goodwin, Tyler Matzek, and more in this week's installment of Minor League Level Review.

Every other Wednesday, I will be taking a quick look at some of the top prospects at the AA 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 Monday, 4/15/13.

Player

AB

R

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

CS

AVG

OBP

SLG

Tyler Austin (OF-NYY)

47

8

1

10

4

14

1

0

0.255

0.314

0.404

Brian Goodwin (OF-WAS)

51

8

0

1

5

15

1

1

0.255

0.333

0.392

Anthony Rendon (3B-WAS)

42

8

2

7

11

7

0

0

0.333

0.473

0.571

Danny Santana (SS-MIN)

44

3

0

5

2

7

1

1

0.273

0.304

0.318

Xander Bogaerts (SS-BOS)

41

4

0

2

3

14

0

0

0.171

0.171

0.398

Brad Miller (SS-SEA)

39

9

2

4

6

8

2

1

0.359

0.444

0.615

Yasiel Puig (OF-LAD)

36

5

2

7

4

8

2

0

0.389

0.450

0.667

Joc Pederson (OF-LAD)

44

13

3

8

2

5

3

0

0.273

0.298

0.591

George Springer (OF-HOU)

41

7

2

10

7

17

2

1

0.268

0.388

0.512

Miles Head (3B-OAK)

50

6

2

3

1

11

0

1

0.220

0.250

0.380

Kaleb Cowart (3B-LAA)

39

5

0

0

6

12

2

1

0.128

0.261

0.128

C.J. Cron (1B-LAA)

42

2

0

8

2

9

3

0

0.262

0.326

0.381

Domingo Santana (OF-HOU)

39

4

2

5

7

16

3

0

0.231

0.348

0.487

  • Well, at some point Puig has to stop hitting like this, right? Is it going to be in AAA, or even in the Majors later this year? The Dodgers can wait on him with what they have already in the Majors, but at some point it seems like he will replace Andre Ethier in their outfield.
  • I'm still not sure where the Nationals find a spot for Anthony Rendon in the near future, but it seems that he's likely to force the issue sooner rather than later.
  • George Springer continues to do about what he's expected to: provide some power, steal some bases, and strike out a bunch. He may be ready for the Majors by season's end, but with the Astros unlikely to be competitive there isn't really any rush to move him up past AAA.
  • I find Danny Santana to be an interesting prospect in so much as his path to the Majors isn't blocked by anyone of consequence as he moves up the system. Whether or not he can be of a ton of use to fantasy owners remains to be seen, but there is almost nothing between him and the starting shortstop job in Minnesota other than time.
  • Three players we haven't seen yet at the AA level are Jake Marisnick, Christian Yelich, and Marcell Ozuna of the Marlins. All three are on the disabled list to start the season, and hopefully will be returning soon.

Player

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

K

ERA

WHIP

Jameson Taillon (PIT)

11

9

2

2

1

4

14

1.64

1.18

Rafael Montero (NYM)

16.2

11

4

4

1

1

21

2.16

0.72

Alex Meyer (MIN)

10

12

3

3

0

3

14

2.70

1.50

Kevin Gausman (BAL)

10

10

7

5

1

0

13

4.50

1.00

Zach Lee (LAD)

17

14

4

2

1

4

15

1.06

1.06

Jimmy Nelson (MIL)

16

11

7

3

0

3

20

1.69

0.88

Taijuan Walker (SEA)

16

12

7

4

2

10

19

2.25

1.38

Brian Flynn (MIA)

17

11

2

2

2

3

19

1.06

0.82

Nick Tropeano (HOU)

14

13

4

4

2

2

15

2.57

1.07

Yordano Ventura (KC)

10

8

2

2

0

2

12

1.80

1.00

Tyler Matzek (COL)

8.2

5

2

2

0

9

11

2.08

1.61

  • Kevin wrote about Montero a few weeks ago, and he is sure looking like a top prospect. I'll be looking to check out some of his starts as they become available on MILB.tv, as he could end up with AAA Las Vegas (and potentially visiting Sacramento) before the end of the season.
  • The Rockies have pushed Tyler Matzek to AA this year after he led the California League in both strikeouts AND walks. He's shown high-ceiling potential, but his lack of control is going to keep him from reaching that potential at this point. Easily one of the more frustrating prospects to follow at this point.
  • I included Marlins' prospect Brian Flynn as a potential extremely deep-sleeper at this point. It's extremely early, and the performance so far this year is out of his norm, but I'm always interested when a pitcher is striking out a batter per inning and getting groundballs at a good rate (1.07 GO/AO so far). Is he likely to be much of anything? Probably not. But I want to see if this performance sticks or goes away soon.
  • Nelson is an interesting prospect in a system that is in need of a pitching prospect that can come in and really establish themselves. Whether Nelson can be that is still a work in progress, as he needed to work on his control coming into the season. So far so good, and I wonder if at some point this year he moves up to AAA as well.

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