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Minor League Daily Update: Tuesday 6/1/2010

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Here is Tuesday’s group of minor league players.  Their statistics shown are for May 25 through May 31.  Before we get to a the list of players and how they performed in the past week, we should mention that there have been some significant call-ups and demotions that happened over the holiday weekend.

  1. Stephen Strasburg will make his debut June 8th.  I heard a saying on a golf telecast years ago that I think will adequately describe how MLB hitters will feel after facing him.  "It looks like he ate poorly for lunch and has no plans for dinner".  Welcome Mr. Strasburg, I think you will make many fantasy players happy (especially those in keeper leagues).
  2. Andrew Cashner was called up to join the Cubs bullpen.  He performed very well in a starters roll at AA and AAA and that is probably where he will have the most impact as early as next year.
  3. Chris Tillman was called up and pitched on Saturday.  He threw a no-hitter earlier this year at AAA and should be solid for the O’s (as good as Matusz anyway).  His line for his first start:  5.2 IP / 6 hits / 2ER (2 solo HR) / 3K / 2BB with a No-Decision.
  4. Dexter Fowler was sent down to AAA (replaced by Johnathan Herrera).  He has really struggled with the big club this year – 139AB / 1HR / 4RBI / 18R / 6 of 10SB.  His first game at AAA he was 4-4 with 4 Runs scored, 2 doubles, 3 RBI, and 2 BB.  He will be back up with Colorado soon.

Click below for Tuesday’s players and some additional notes.

 

H/AB

R

HR

RBI

SB

OBP

SLG

OPS

 

Michael Taylor

3/14

2

0

0

0

0.267

0.214

0.481

 

Domonic Brown

6/25

5

1

2

1

0.345

0.520

0.865

(2) Triple

Brett Wallace

8/30

2

0

0

0

0.267

0.333

0.600

 

Logan Morrison

8/28

4

1

3

1

0.375

0.500

0.875

 

Jose Tabata

5/24

0

0

1

1

0.208

0.250

0.458

 

Lonnie Chisenhall

6/15

6

1

3

0

0.500

0.600

1.100

 

Eric Hosmer

2/20

1

0

0

0

0.100

0.100

0.200

 

Tyler Flowers

1/16

0

0

0

0

0.167

0.063

0.229

 

Dee Gordon

7/25

4

1

2

3

0.280

0.440

0.720

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IP

H

R

ER

K

BB

 

 

 

Martin Perez

4

8

5

4

2

2

 

 

Loss

Casey Kelly

9

17

8

8

5

3

 

 

ND / ND

Christian Friedrich

7.1

16

11

10

7

5

 

 

Loss / Loss

Jake Arrieta

15

12

2

2

13

4

 

 

Win / Win

Nick Hagadone

5

1

0

0

6

3

 

 

Win

Tim Alderson

6

4

1

1

5

3

 

 

Win

Jacob Turner

5.1

7

2

2

5

2

 

 

Win

Shelby Miller

2.2

3

2

1

2

0

 

 

ND

  • Domonic Brown continues to be solid this year and is contributing in pretty much all categories.  For the season he now sits at a .310 average, 8 HR, 8 SB, and 28 RBI.
  • Brett Wallace probably would be up in Toronto if they needed a power boost but they are leading all major leagues in HR so he will bide his time at AAA which is probably best.  Although he has a .288 Average and 11 HR on the year, he has also struck out 27% of the time.  This number would only go up in the majors so he needs to command the strike zone better before we can expect production at the next level (ala Travis Snider’s struggles at the MLB level).
  • Logan Morrison is back from a shoulder injury.  As a result of the injury he has only played 25 games.  As he gets back into action, expect him to pick it up and shown why he was challenging (at least partly) Gaby Sanchez during spring training.
  • Jose Tabata had a down week but has really played well all year.  He is 20 for 25 in stolen bases and is hitting .313 thus far.  He has struck out 29 times in 198 AB (15% k-rate) – he should get some time soon with the Pirates.  It wasn’t too long ago that he was a top 50 prospect by almost all lists (2007).  He is only 21 still as he started his pro career at 17.
  • Eric Hosmer has come back to earth a bit – he led the majors with a .400+ batting average most of April and beginning of May.  He is down to .349 average but is really commanding the plate very well with 18K vs. 22BB in 189 AB.  He isn’t hitting homers yet but with body type and projection there with the good fluid swing that he has, it will show up.
  • Tyler Flowers’ struggles continue – now is posting a 38% strike out rate through 149 at-bats.
  • Dee Gordon is 20 for 27 in stolen base attempts on the year and only has 25K’s in 197 AB.  I like his speed and discipline at the plate more than Starlin Castro – if you are in a keeper league and he is available for minor league roster, pick him up – he might be a year a two away but it will be worth the wait if you can stash him on a minor league list/roster.
  • Martin Perez hasn’t pitched up to what many expected at AA.  He has a 5.62 ERA for the year and is 2-3.  He is only 19 so he will get a chance to stay at AA all year and get his command and stuff to work together.  Plenty of time for him to turn his season around but thus far I think we all expected more.
  • Casey Kelly is also very young at AA (20 years old) but also isn’t doing what many thought he would(0-3 with a 5.00+ ERA).  He had a very good spring training and the Red Sox aggressively put him at AA for his first full year as a starting pitcher.  Granted, they have kept his pitch counts very managed so he may have that messing with his game a bit.  I wouldn’t worry much though – I like him better than Perez (above) and with a full year of starting, baring injury, he could be a mid-season call up for Boston in 2011 (think Andrew Cashner road this year).
  • Jake Arrieta is having a very nice 2010.  In May he threw 40 innings, allowed 10 ER to post a 2.25 ERA for the month.  He finished May 3-1 and is 6-2 overall.  He still walks too many batters for his 1.72 ERA to hold up.
  • Jacob Turner is back from a sore elbow in April to have a full May of starts.  It seems he isn’t as dominant as he was to start the year.  (I am wondering if he is still having some discomfort in his forarm/elbow).  In May, Turner posted a 1-2 record with a 5.30 ERA.  His 25K to 6BB ratio is nice for the month so I think he still has that special something – I just fear is isn’t quite 100%.

Comments and Questions are welcome.