Minor League Level Review (Low-A): Buxton, Starling, Toles, Allie, De Paula and More

Bob Levey

Jason Hunt takes a look at the action from the two Low-A leagues in the past two weeks, including Byron Buxton, , 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 Baseball Reference.com, and are through the games of Monday, 5/6/13.

Player

AB

R

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

CS

AVG

OBP

SLG

Adam Walker (OF-MIN)

109

21

7

32

8

28

2

0

0.303

0.361

0.596

Andrew Toles (OF-TAM)

119

15

1

23

5

20

13

1

0.328

0.365

0.538

Barrett Barnes (OF-PIT)

41

8

0

3

4

9

3

2

0.220

0.289

0.244

Brandon Nimmo (OF-NYM)

90

22

1

11

12

24

2

1

0.322

0.421

0.433

Bubba Starling (OF-KCR)

112

17

4

15

9

37

4

0

0.205

0.276

0.357

Byron Buxton (OF-MIN)

102

31

5

24

24

21

13

4

0.373

0.488

0.647

Carlos Correa (SS-HOU)

68

15

3

14

15

23

1

1

0.221

0.384

0.397

Carlos Tocci (OF-PHI)

102

8

0

7

4

15

2

1

0.216

0.252

0.245

Clint Coulter (C-MIL)

69

9

2

7

7

19

1

0

0.174

0.272

0.319

Corey Seager (SS-LAD)

101

15

3

15

10

26

5

2

0.267

0.336

0.416

Dan Vogelbach (1B-CHC)

107

14

5

20

14

16

3

0

0.299

0.371

0.467

David Dahl (OF-COL)

38

8

0

4

2

8

2

0

0.237

0.275

0.368

Dilson Herrera (2B-PIT)

101

17

1

14

11

25

4

2

0.267

0.342

0.386

Dorssys Paulino (SS-CLE)

94

11

0

6

9

19

1

3

0.213

0.282

0.223

Jesse Winker (OF-CIN)

95

15

3

15

16

19

0

0

0.284

0.393

0.474

Josh Bell (OF-PIT)

113

21

4

30

10

30

1

0

0.274

0.328

0.487

Kevin Plawecki (C-NYM)

107

17

5

27

8

14

0

0

0.402

0.459

0.701

Lewis Brinson (OF-TEX)

121

16

6

12

9

50

4

1

0.240

0.303

0.430

Nick Williams (OF-TEX)

76

15

7

17

3

23

2

1

0.303

0.333

0.618

Renato Nunez (3B-OAK)

93

15

6

18

7

28

0

0

0.290

0.353

0.548

Rock Shoulders (OF-CHC)

104

22

6

20

15

26

0

0

0.346

0.429

0.606

Roman Quinn (SS-PHI)

112

11

2

7

7

34

14

2

0.196

0.262

0.277

Stetson Allie (1B-PIT)

110

18

8

26

14

36

4

1

0.355

0.425

0.645

  • As a part of the weekly minor league review over at Athletics Nation, Athletics Farm spoke with A's director of player personnel Billy Owens about a number of the top prospects in the A's system, including low-A players Renato Nunez, Bruce Maxwell and Daniel Robertson.
  • Carlos Correa was placed on the 7-day DL with a hand injury on the 3rd, which I will be interested to see how he performs when he returns to the lineup.
  • Rangers' OF Nick Williams was placed on the 7-day DL as well on April 26th, and Craig Goldstein profiled Williams last week.
  • I took a look at Pirates' IF prospect Stetson Allie two weeks ago, and whether the production is real or not.
  • Lewis Brinson continues to strikeout at a poor rate (nearly half of his at bats in the past two weeks), and I wonder at what point it starts to improve. I would have to imagine that the book starts getting out on Brinson, and it gets worse before it gets better.
  • Leading candidate for minor league name of the year so far: Rock Shoulders of the Cubs. He's not just a name at this point though, as he's crushing the Midwest League to the tune of a .346 batting average with 6 home runs so far.
  • After spending a few weeks back at extended spring training, David Dahl has returned to full season ball, although he pulled his hamstring in Tuesday night's game, according to David Lee of the Augusta Chronicle

Player

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

K

ERA

WHIP

C.J. Edwards (TEX)

28.2

19

10

8

0

9

31

2.51

0.98

Chris Stratton (SF)

28.2

18

9

9

1

11

36

2.83

1.01

Eddie Butler (COL)

35

17

14

8

2

17

33

2.06

0.97

Ismael Guillon (CIN)

19.2

19

25

22

4

30

30

10.07

2.49

Joan Gregorio (SF)

19

15

4

3

0

1

25

1.42

0.84

Joe Ross (SD)

25.1

18

6

5

0

9

23

1.78

1.07

Jose Berrios (MIN)

17.2

17

5

5

0

2

21

2.55

1.08

Lance McCullers (HOU)

26.2

24

12

5

0

9

29

1.69

1.24

Max Fried (SD)

19

17

8

8

0

10

22

3.79

1.42

Miguel Almonte (KCR)

24

24

16

11

2

8

22

4.12

1.33

Rafael De Paula (NYY)

27.1

18

9

9

1

15

46

2.96

1.21

Robert Stephenson (CIN)

28

33

20

18

2

12

35

5.79

1.61

Roberto Osuna (TOR)

22.1

15

10

9

4

4

31

3.63

0.85

Taylor Guerrieri (TAM)

22

20

7

6

2

4

15

2.45

1.09

Tyrell Jenkins (STL)

25.1

25

14

14

1

11

16

4.97

1.42

Victor Sanchez (SEA)

16.1

17

8

5

0

2

9

2.76

1.16

Walker Weickel (SD)

22.1

27

13

10

0

9

12

4.03

1.61

  • Lance McCullers had his best outing of the season on Sunday, pitching five shutout and striking out 9 while walking just 1 and allowing 2 hits. He did well, throwing just 68 pitches over the span of the game as well.
  • De Paula is leading the level in strikeouts with 46, and I'm kind of wondering at this point if he is moved to High-A before the end of the month.
  • Roberto Osuna has posted an excellent 31:5 K/BB ratio this year, but was placed on the disabled list on 5/1/13.
  • Joan Gregorio threw just 2 innings in his last start before being removed due to a strained oblique muscle, and has since been placed on the disabled list.
  • Jose Berrios has had back-to-back starts with 8 strikeouts, 6+ innings pitched, and less than 2 earned runs. Definitely a name worth watching, and one that I was surprised at how good he has been so far.
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