Minor League Level Review (Low-A): Nimmo on Fire, De Paula and Winker's Stock Rising

Patrick McDermott

Jason Hunt takes a look at the action from the two Low-A leagues in the past two weeks, including Dan Vogelbach, Brandon Nimmo, Stetson Allie, Rafael De Paula, and others in this week's Minor League Level Review.

Every other Wednedsay, I will be taking a quick look at some of the top prospects at the Low-A level, including their stats for for the season, and if anything stands out about the performance. The season stats may not always tell us the whole story, 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, 4/22/13.

Player

AB

R

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

CS

AVG

OBP

SLG

Byron Buxton (OF-MIN)

57

13

2

10

12

12

7

4

0.404

0.514

0.614

Andrew Toles (OF-TAM)

74

11

1

19

3

10

9

1

0.378

0.410

0.662

Renato Nunez (3B-OAK)

47

7

3

11

4

11

0

0

0.319

0.373

0.596

Dan Vogelbach (1B-CHC)

65

9

2

9

6

11

1

0

0.323

0.365

0.431

Carlos Correa (SS-HOU)

52

10

3

13

11

17

1

0

0.231

0.365

0.462

Clint Coulter (C-MIL)

46

6

2

5

4

13

0

0

0.174

0.245

0.348

Patrick Wisdom (3B-STL)

59

12

4

12

9

17

0

0

0.220

0.324

0.492

Corey Seager (SS-LAD)

55

8

1

4

7

16

2

2

0.236

0.323

0.364

Dorssys Paulino (SS-CLE)

46

3

0

1

5

12

1

2

0.217

0.294

0.217

Jesse Winker (OF-CIN)

58

6

1

7

10

12

0

0

0.276

0.382

0.431

Brandon Nimmo (OF-NYM)

66

18

1

11

10

14

2

1

0.424

0.513

0.576

Kevin Plawecki (C-NYM)

63

11

3

16

5

8

0

0

0.381

0.444

0.667

Stetson Allie (1B-PIT)

71

14

6

20

10

23

2

0

0.380

0.446

0.704

Nick Williams (OF-TEX)

68

14

7

16

3

20

2

1

0.324

0.356

0.676

Josh Bell (OF-PIT)

73

16

2

21

4

19

1

0

0.288

0.325

0.493

Lewis Brinson (OF-TEX)

73

9

2

8

5

27

4

0

0.247

0.313

0.370

Roman Quinn (SS-PHI)

69

8

2

6

4

22

9

1

0.246

0.297

0.377

Bubba Starling (OF-KCR)

64

9

2

4

4

26

1

0

0.156

0.217

0.297

Carlos Tocci (OF-PHI)

61

5

0

4

3

7

0

1

0.197

0.246

0.230

Dilson Herrera (2B-PIT)

57

12

1

9

11

14

2

1

0.263

0.386

0.368

  • Brandon Nimmo is starting to put it together, showing the tools that made him the 13th overall pick back in 2011. Mike Newman of Fangraphs and Rotoscouting wrote up a profile on Nimmo last week after seeing him in person against Rome, and he could vault into top 100 lists if he can keep this up.
  • There were two players requested to be profiled when I asked for names last week, and so this week I will take an in-depth look at Rangers' OF Lewis Brinson. Next week will be the conversion project that has been crushing baseballs in West Virginia, Stetson Allie.
  • Carlos Tocci is one of the youngest players in the South Atlantic League, and it is showing a bit at this point. John Sickels wrote up a brief profile about Tocci on Monday, which is worth checking out.
  • Jesse Winker was a bit of a surprise draft pick at the end of the Fake Teams Dynasty League minor league draft this year, but looks more and more like it could be a great late rounder. The league plays walks in addition to the standard five hitting categories, and it's becoming pretty clear that Winker knows how to take a walk. I'm very interested to see if he can keep this up for the full season.
  • Clint Coulter has the potential to be an interesting prospect for fantasy owners, with the huge caveat about his defense. Nick Faleris of Baseball Prospectus wrote him up as a part of Monday's Ten Pack ($).

Player

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

K

ERA

WHIP

Robert Stephenson (CIN)

17.1

23

14

12

1

6

27

6.23

1.67

Ismael Guillon (CIN)

12.1

10

14

14

1

22

21

10.22

2.59

Max Fried (SD)

13

11

5

5

0

8

18

3.46

1.46

Roberto Osuna (TOR)

13.1

11

5

5

2

2

18

3.38

0.98

Jose Berrios (MIN)

5

7

2

2

0

2

5

3.60

1.80

Lance McCullers (HOU)

13.2

17

9

4

0

6

14

2.63

1.68

Taylor Guerrieri (TAM)

12

7

3

2

0

3

6

1.50

0.83

Tyrell Jenkins (STL)

14

18

9

9

1

5

9

5.79

1.64

Joe Ross (SD)

14.2

5

2

2

0

6

15

1.23

0.75

Tyler Pike (SEA)

14

8

5

3

1

6

16

1.93

1.00

Miguel Almonte (KCR)

13

17

11

7

1

3

9

4.85

1.54

Rafael De Paula (NYY)

17.1

12

7

7

0

9

33

3.63

1.21

Eddie Butler (COL)

21.1

11

9

6

0

12

21

2.53

1.08

Chris Stratton (SF)

16.2

11

2

2

0

5

17

1.08

0.96

Joan Gregorio (SF)

17

12

3

2

0

1

23

1.06

0.77

C.J. Edwards (TEX)

18.1

11

6

5

0

5

22

2.45

0.87

  • Rafael De Paula has been getting a ton of play on Twitter, and why not when he is approaching nearly 18 K/9. I'll be looking for some video of his outings so far, and see if the numbers tell us the true story.
  • Gregorio's numbers jumped off the page, with a 23:1 K/BB ratio and just 12 hits allowed. The 0.32 GO/AO ratio isn't exactly what you'd hope to see, but I'll be interested to see if he can keep up the rest of the numbers, and frankly how he is doing it.
  • I have to imagine that based on the numbers so far, Ismael Guillon could be heading back to extended spring training at some point in the near future. Some of the game lines he has had so far have been unreal: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 4 ER, 9 BB, 5 K against Lake County on the 17th, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 6 ER, 6 BB, 3 K against Lansing on the 22nd. Good grief.
  • Another interesting name to watch this season is C.J. Edwards, who was a 48th round pick in the 2011 draft, and who has a 1.46 GO/AO ratio to go with his 22:5 K/BB rate.
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