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Minor League Update: Monday

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Jordan Zimmermann is getting closer to a return the the majors with each start.  Although pitch-count / innings limited, he has shown excellent command and appears to be ready to make a good comeback from Tommy John surgery in 2011.  While we don't know how many innings he will be able to pitch next year, we do know that returning from such a procedure and producing at a high level is very doable.  Josh Johnson is probably at the top of the list of recent successes after having TJ surgery.  Expect late August or early September to get a glimpse of Mr. Zimmermann.  If he can come back to be in the 8-9 K/9 range, he will team up quite nicely with Stephen Strasburg to head up Washington's rotation of the future.

Derek Holland will get another stab at the majors after rehabbing for a bit - he had some sore shoulder troubles before the all-star break and needed some rest and rehab.  He will start on Wednesday for Texas.  He owns a sub-2.00 ERA on the year in the minors so he has the goods - as with any player, health is paramount to capitalizing on the big league opportunities.

We will see tonight if Bryce Harper, James Taillion, and Manny Machado sign with Washington, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore respectively.  With so many millions of dollars on the table, I don't see any of them walking away unless there is a severe aversion to playing with one of those teams.  I think Harper can get moved through the system quickly next year while Taillion and Machado take a more traditional ride through the minors starting in A-ball next season.  Harper could start at A+ ball or even AA - although its really tough to believe since he is only 17.  One thing going for Harper is that he has shown he already can hit with a wood bat - and by hit, I mean mash the heck out of the ball.  Kid has skills - if he had the attitude of Mike Stanton or Jason Heyward, I would be touting him as the next great thing - until he gets his attitude in check I think he won't quite maximize his potential.  Time will tell.

Statistics after the jump: 

Thanks to minorleaguesplits.com for the daily statistics from Sunday.

MiLB Top Pitching Prospects  Prospects: Pitch Bat | Performers: Pitch Bat | Pro Debuts | Org Recaps

Pitcher Team IP H R ER W K HR ERA Dec Notes
Chapman, Aroldis Louisville (CIN - AAA) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3.74
James, Chad Greensboro (FLO - A) 6.0 13 7 7 1 3 0 5.32 (L, 3-9) Game Score: 20
Knapp, Jason AZL Indians (CLE - RK) 4.0 1 1 0 1 4 0 1.46 (L, 0-2) Game Score: 61
Melville, Timothy Wilmington (KAN - A+) 3.0 5 3 3 1 1 0 5.65 Game Score: 37
Tillman, Christopher Norfolk (BAL - AAA) 6.0 8 3 3 1 3 0 3.51 (W, 10-7) Game Score: 46
Withrow, Christopher Chattanooga (LAD - AA) 4.7 7 6 6 3 5 0 6.08 Game Score: 28

MiLB Top Batting Prospects  Prospects: Pitch Bat | Performers: Pitch Bat | Pro Debuts | Org Recaps


Batter Team Pos AB R H RBI W K E AVG Notes
Ackley, Dustin Tacoma (SEA - AAA) 2B 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .283
Allen, Brandon Reno (ARI - AAA) LF-1B 5 1 2 1 0 1 0 .270 2B, HR
Alonso, Yonder Louisville (CIN - AAA) 1B 5 0 1 0 0 2 0 .295
Anderson, Lars Pawtucket (BOS - AAA) 1B 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .247
Beckham, Timothy Charlotte (TAM - A+) SS 5 1 2 0 0 3 0 .251 2B
Burgess, Michael Potomac (WAS - A+) RF 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 .262
Cardenas, Adrian Sacramento (OAK - AAA) 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .241
Chisenhall, Lonnie Akron (CLE - AA) 3B 3 0 2 2 2 0 0 .273 2B
Danks, Jordan Charlotte (CHW - AAA) CF 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 .249
Decker, Jaff Lake Elsinore (SDP - A+) LF 5 2 3 6 0 1 0 .258 2 HR
Batter Team Pos AB R H RBI W K E AVG Notes
Dominguez, Matt Jacksonville (FLO - AA) 3B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .251
Flores, Wilmer St. Lucie (NYM - A+) SS 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 .296 2B, GDP
Forsythe, Logan San Antonio (SDP - AA) 2B 3 1 1 1 2 0 0 .264 2B, SB
Frazier, Todd Louisville (CIN - AAA) DH 3 1 0 0 2 1 0 .252
Freeman, Frederick Gwinnett (ATL - AAA) 1B 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 .311
Fuentes, Reymond Greenville (BOS - A) CF 4 1 2 1 1 0 0 .281 2B, SB
Strange-Gordon, Devaris Chattanooga (LAD - AA) SS 3 2 0 0 2 1 0 .285 4 SB
Green, Grant Stockton (OAK - A+) SS 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 .313 2B
Grichuk, Randal Cedar Rapids (LAA - A) RF 5 1 2 2 0 1 0 .238 3B, SB
Hosmer, Eric NW Arkansas (KAN - AA) 1B 5 0 3 0 0 1 0 .300 2B
Batter Team Pos AB R H RBI W K E AVG Notes
Jackson, Brett Tennessee (CHC - AA) CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 .291
Jennings, Desmond Durham (TAM - AAA) CF 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .290
Jones, Daryl Springfield (ST. - AA) LF-CF 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 .240
Lambo, Andrew Altoona (PIT - AA) LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .346
Lawrie, Brett Huntsville (MIL - AA) 2B 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 .291 2 2B
Lawrie, Brett Huntsville (MIL - AA) 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .291 2B
Montero, Jesus Scranton/WB (NYY - AAA) C 5 0 1 1 0 1 0 .285
Moustakas, Mike Omaha (KAN - AAA) 3B 5 0 4 1 0 0 1 .265 2B
Norris, Derek Potomac (WAS - A+) PH-DH 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .221
Reddick, Josh Pawtucket (BOS - AAA) CF 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .249
Batter Team Pos AB R H RBI W K E AVG Notes
Salome, Angel Brevard County (MIL - A+) DH 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 .264
Salome, Angel Brevard County (MIL - A+) DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .266 GDP
Smoak, Justin Tacoma (SEA - AAA) 1B 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 .243
Snyder, Brandon Norfolk (BAL - AAA) 1B 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 .264 2B
Taylor, Michael Sacramento (OAK - AAA) RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .264 CS
Triunfel, Carlos West Tenn (SEA - AA) 2B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .263
Triunfel, Carlos West Tenn (SEA - AA) SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .261
Trout, Mike Rancho Cucamonga (LAA - A+) CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .297 2B
Weeks, Jemile Midland (OAK - AA) 2B 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .280