Minor League Level Review (High-A): Sano Not (Just) A Player, He Just Crushes A Lot

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Jason Hunt takes a look at some of the top prospects in the three High-A leagues, including Archie Bradley, Tyler Anderson, A.J. Cole, Miguel Sano and many more 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 season so far All statistics are courtesy of Fangraphs.com, and are through the games of Friday, 4/26/13.

Player

AB

R

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

CS

AVG

OBP

SLG

Addison Russell (SS-OAK)

46

5

0

1

10

21

3

0

0.174

0.321

0.239

Trevor Story (SS-COL)

70

8

1

4

8

32

2

0

0.157

0.263

0.271

Miguel Sano (3B-MIN)

81

19

9

23

8

23

1

0

0.370

0.429

0.765

Francisco Lindor (SS-CLE)

77

10

0

5

9

11

7

1

0.299

0.372

0.429

Blake Swihart (C-BOS)

52

6

0

5

6

10

2

0

0.231

0.310

0.346

Gregory Polanco (OF-PIT)

76

10

1

11

8

6

9

4

0.342

0.402

0.461

Alen Hanson (SS-PIT)

79

11

0

8

6

18

5

2

0.266

0.318

0.367

Jorge Soler (OF-CHC)

54

10

2

7

7

10

1

1

0.296

0.377

0.463

Maikel Franco (3B-PHI)

90

15

4

22

7

14

0

0

0.300

0.351

0.544

Courtney Hawkins (OF-CHW)

62

9

6

14

6

41

3

1

0.177

0.243

0.468

Nolan Fontana (SS-HOU)

75

20

2

18

24

16

4

2

0.387

0.535

0.600

Max Muncy (1B-OAK)

81

19

8

16

18

16

0

1

0.296

0.427

0.617

Sean Coyle (2B-BOS)

50

13

5

9

5

13

5

0

0.320

0.382

0.720

Gary Sanchez (C-NYY)

76

16

4

15

8

15

1

0

0.289

0.368

0.513

Javier Baez (SS-CHC)

88

15

4

13

3

28

2

0

0.250

0.274

0.489

Eddie Rosario (2B-MIN)

89

18

2

17

4

16

1

1

0.360

0.385

0.528

Will Swanner (C-COL)

52

4

1

3

5

30

1

1

0.135

0.211

0.231

Deven Marrero (SS-BOS)

51

9

0

2

9

10

5

0

0.294

0.400

0.451

Delino DeShields Jr (2B-HOU)

61

12

0

3

7

17

5

5

0.279

0.353

0.426

  • Sanchez is repeating High-A this year, but as John Sickels noted, he is still young for the level and has shown improved defensive statistics there. I'm inclined to agree with him that Sanchez will be in AA before season's end.
  • Hawkins has gotten off to an amazing three true outcomes start with Winston-Salem, having walked, struck out, or hit a home run in 75% of his plate appearances so far. South Side Sox' Jim Margalus had an interview with him from last week, and sounds like he's got a good head on his shoulders to help with these struggles.
  • Red Sox' prospects Sean Coyle and Deven Marrero are off to fast starts in Salem, while Blake Swihart continues to struggle at the plate. Marc Normandin of Over the Monster (and Fake Teams) gave us a couple of updates last week about Marrero and Swihart.
  • Sano is leading the level in home runs through Friday's games, and Jesse over at Twinkie Town reviewed what happened when he was ejected on the 21st. Gotta say, it's been a long time since I've seen a batter come back from what he believed was a purpose pitch with a home run. The ejection stemmed more from the taunting afterward, as he, another player, and his manager were all ejected as he rounded the bases.

Player

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

K

ERA

WHIP

Noah Syndergaard (NYM)

18

18

10

9

1

9

19

4.50

1.50

Henry Owens (BOS)

21

12

5

4

1

6

22

1.71

0.86

Archie Bradley (ARI)

28.2

22

5

4

1

10

43

1.26

1.12

Matt Wisler (SD)

20

14

3

3

0

4

19

1.35

0.90

Kyle Crick (SF)

9.2

10

6

1

0

9

12

0.93

1.97

Clayton Blackburn (SF)

22

14

4

4

2

2

25

1.64

0.73

Aaron Sanchez (TOR)

25.2

16

10

9

0

8

22

3.16

0.94

Kyle Zimmer (KC)

18.2

13

8

7

2

7

29

3.38

1.07

Drew Granier (OAK)

25

20

10

9

2

16

35

3.24

1.44

Tyler Anderson (COL)

27.2

26

10

9

3

7

24

2.93

1.19

Edwin Escobar (SF)

19

14

4

4

0

5

29

1.89

1.00

Jesse Hahn (TAM)

12

9

1

1

0

2

12

0.75

0.92

Justin Nicolino (MIA)

20

19

7

6

0

5

7

2.70

1.20

Nick Kingham (PIT)

20.2

18

10

9

2

4

20

3.92

1.06

A.J. Cole (WAS)

20

24

13

11

2

4

18

4.95

1.40

D.J. Baxendale (MIN)

23.1

16

5

4

1

5

20

1.54

0.90

John Lamb (KC)

13

13

5

5

0

4

8

3.46

1.31

  • Edwin Escobar is striking out over 13 batters an inning, but has kept his walk rate in line with previous years. If he can keep this up, we could be looking at yet another pitching prospect for the Giants.
  • I wasn't a fan of the A's trading A.J. Cole, and I'm still of the opinion that he can be a very good pitcher in the Majors.The performance so far this year is a bit of a mixed back, but I think he'll be just fine when we look at the whole season.
  • Archie Bradley has been dominant at High-A, leading the level in strikeouts. Another few starts like this, and it seems like it would almost be a waste of time to keep him at High-A.
  • John Lamb is on the path back after missing a full season due to Tommy John surgery, and so far the results look good. It wouldn't surprise me to see him in AA by the All-Star break, as he had been higher than that before
  • Our own Craig Goldstein wrote about Rays' prospect Jesse Hahn earlier this week, and to be honest he was someone who had fallen off my radar as well. Definitely worth watching, and I'll be very interested to see if he can keep this performance up for a major portion of the season.

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