Minor League Level Review (High-A): Story Continues to Struggle, Baxendale Promoted

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Jason Hunt takes a look at some of the top prospects in the three High-A leagues, including Trevor Story, D.J. Baxendale, Nolan Fontana 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, 5/24/13.

Player

AB

R

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

CS

AVG

OBP

SLG

Aaron Altherr (OF-PHI)

159

26

4

30

14

50

10

1

0.327

0.376

0.535

Addison Russell (SS-OAK)

148

22

6

20

23

50

4

1

0.203

0.308

0.412

Alen Hanson (SS-PIT)

179

24

1

20

16

27

11

7

0.285

0.342

0.402

Austin Hedges (C-SD)

70

13

1

8

11

11

1

3

0.229

0.324

0.357

Blake Swihart (C-BOS)

117

11

0

15

13

19

3

0

0.256

0.328

0.376

Cameron Perkins (OF-PHI)

175

28

3

29

12

23

3

3

0.354

0.397

0.537

Cheslor Cuthbert (3B-KC)

158

20

2

21

14

28

1

0

0.259

0.318

0.380

Cory Spangenberg (2B-SD)

167

26

4

23

17

39

14

1

0.299

0.368

0.485

Courtney Hawkins (OF-CHW)

79

10

7

17

7

45

3

1

0.177

0.247

0.456

Delino DeShields Jr (2B-HOU)

115

19

1

12

16

31

9

7

0.243

0.351

0.383

Deven Marrero (SS-BOS)

86

12

0

3

10

15

5

0

0.244

0.323

0.372

Eddie Rosario (2B-MIN)

158

29

3

24

10

26

3

2

0.310

0.351

0.475

Francisco Lindor (SS-CLE)

170

26

1

17

19

18

11

3

0.324

0.393

0.453

Garin Cecchini (3B-BOS)

141

29

5

27

26

21

11

4

0.376

0.485

0.638

Gary Sanchez (C-NYY)

168

24

8

37

17

33

1

0

0.274

0.347

0.482

Gregory Polanco (OF-PIT)

163

25

6

27

16

26

19

5

0.319

0.386

0.515

Jace Peterson (SS-SD)

162

22

1

21

17

21

13

4

0.259

0.328

0.370

Javier Baez (SS-CHC)

177

31

6

25

8

48

4

1

0.271

0.307

0.486

Jorge Bonifacio (OF-KC)

126

19

1

20

16

22

0

1

0.325

0.404

0.452

Jorge Soler (OF-CHC)

143

27

6

23

18

24

4

1

0.301

0.378

0.510

Luis Sardinas (SS-TEX)

170

27

0

15

13

33

14

3

0.300

0.356

0.371

Maikel Franco (3B-PHI)

191

27

9

35

13

29

0

0

0.293

0.338

0.539

Mason Williams (OF-NYY)

169

25

2

13

22

31

6

3

0.243

0.335

0.337

Max Muncy (1B-OAK)

178

35

9

28

37

32

0

1

0.287

0.414

0.478

Miguel Sano (3B-MIN)

165

40

13

38

24

47

7

2

0.352

0.446

0.691

Nick Delmonico (1B-BAL)

69

13

5

17

16

17

0

0

0.333

0.459

0.652

Nolan Fontana (SS-HOU)

139

35

3

23

34

32

7

3

0.317

0.452

0.475

Rougned Odor (IF-TEX)

158

30

4

26

9

35

12

1

0.291

0.358

0.468

Sean Coyle (2B-BOS)

129

31

10

20

13

39

11

0

0.264

0.324

0.566

Stephen Piscotty (OF-STL)

148

19

7

20

14

15

1

1

0.297

0.366

0.507

Trevor Story (SS-COL)

156

13

1

14

14

57

6

0

0.186

0.262

0.269

Will Swanner (C-COL)

104

10

1

5

14

50

1

1

0.163

0.269

0.250

  • Nolan Fontana has been hitting very well at High-A Lancaster, but the Crawfish Boxes makes the case to keep him there for the full season.
  • Courtney Hawkins and Austin Hedges remain on the disabled list after two weeks, while Nick Delmonico and Delino Deshields were both activated this week.
  • There have been rumors that the Twins plan to promote Miguel Sano to AA following the High-A All-Star game, although it's always hard to tell whether the Twins will move a prospect quickly, even when it is one as dominant on one side of the game as Sano.
  • I'm really curious at this point what is going on with Trevor Story, and am wondering if there may be an injury of some sort that we're not aware of.

Player

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

K

ERA

WHIP

A.J. Cole (WAS)

47

52

28

26

5

14

49

4.98

1.40

Aaron Sanchez (TOR)

42.2

25

17

15

1

16

37

3.16

0.96

Andrew Heaney (MIA)

4.1

4

1

0

0

2

9

0.00

1.38

Clayton Blackburn (SF)

41

35

23

20

4

12

48

4.39

1.15

D.J. Baxendale (MIN)

57.1

33

9

6

2

11

48

0.94

0.77

Domingo Tapia (NYM)

38.2

28

20

16

2

17

28

3.72

1.16

Drew Granier (OAK)

58.1

46

18

16

3

29

68

2.47

1.29

Eduardo Rodriguez (BAL)

50

45

23

20

2

14

42

3.60

1.18

Edwin Escobar (SF)

41.2

36

19

16

1

12

51

3.46

1.15

Henry Owens (BOS)

40.1

30

18

15

5

13

49

3.35

1.07

Jesse Hahn (TAM)

28

19

5

3

0

5

29

0.96

0.86

John Lamb (KC)

41

41

25

24

5

10

35

5.27

1.24

Justin Nicolino (MIA)

51.2

52

18

16

1

8

31

2.79

1.16

Kyle Zimmer (KC)

43

39

26

24

6

19

55

5.02

1.35

Nick Kingham (PIT)

53.1

44

20

19

4

13

61

3.21

1.07

Noah Syndergaard (NYM)

50.1

49

19

16

1

15

52

2.86

1.27

Robbie Ray (WAS)

48.1

28

14

13

2

23

64

2.42

1.06

Tyler Anderson (COL)

42.2

37

20

18

6

13

39

3.80

1.17

Victor Payano (TEX)

47.1

33

21

20

2

21

55

3.80

1.41

  • Aaron Sanchez was placed on the disabled list, but it's not clear yet exactly what the injury is.
  • Craig Goldstein wrote earlier this week about Nationals' pitching prospect Robbie Ray, who is second in the High-A level with 64 strikeouts.
  • The Twins promoted pitcher D.J. Baxendale to AA on Saturday
  • Rainy Lara of the Mets and Eddie Butler of the Rockies were both promoted into High-A this week. I posted a profile of Butler as well.
  • Pirates' pitching prospect Nick Kingham keeps plugging along in Bradenton, sporting an excellent 61:13 K/BB ratio, and I'm curious if he could be in line for a promotion as well.

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