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Minor League Level Review (AAA): Anthony Rizzo and Alex Castellanos Slugging, Casey Crosby Struggling


Every Sunday I will be taking a look at some of the top prospects and top performers at the AAA level. Right now it's becoming extremely clear that there are a lot more "top prospects" in the PCL to take a look at, and even a few of them could be headed up to the Big Leagues shortly.

Pacific Coast League

Alex Castellanos (LAD) - .366/.477/.746, 18 R, 7 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 7 for 9 SB, 12 BB, 17 K

The Dodgers have moved Castellanos to 2B, and Kevin Goldstein is encouraged by his performance thus far at the position. Take the numbers with a grain of salt as usual, but it's encouraging that there may be someone to take over at 2B long-term for the Dodgers.

Yasmani Grandal (SD) - .361/.500/.583, 9 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 10 BB, 7 K

Grandal missed time early in the season with an injury, but he has been crushing the ball (including a 3 hit game on Friday night).

Anthony Rizzo (CHC) - ..373/.418/.627, 18 R, 5 2B, 7 HR, 24 RBi, 1 for 2 SB, 7 BB, 21 K

Rizzo continues to hit (.378 in his last 10 games), but so does Bryan LaHair for the big club.

Leonys Martin (TEX) - .347/.423/.520, 13 R, 8 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 7 for 13 SB, 12 BB, 16 K

Shelby Miller (STL) - 3 W, 5.09 ERA, 23 IP, 30 H, 5 HR, 12 BB, 29 K

Miller is leading all starting pitchers in the PCL with an 11.3 K/9, but the home run totals are a bit concerning this early in the year. But it is the PCL still.

Brad Peacock (OAK) - 3 W, 3.24 ERA, 33 1/3 IP, 31 H, 2 HR, 13 BB, 32 K

If Tyson Ross continues to struggle in his starts, I could see Peacock being the next pitcher called up from Sacramento.

Mike Montgomery (KC) - 2 W, 4.55 ERA, 27 2/3 IP, 32 H, 2 HR, 11 BB, 21 K

International League

Starling Marte (PIT) - .262/.325/.439, 18 R, 7 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 9 for 11 SB, 7 BB, 25 K

Marte is currently 3rd in the IL in stolen bases, but has stolen just 1 in his last 10 games, and is hitting .250 in that span.

Tyler Moore (WAS) - .286/.364/.597, 10 R, 3 2B, 7 HR, 20 RBI, 10 BB, 20 K

Moore was called up earlier this week when the Nationals placed Mark DeRosa on the disabled list, but he has been used primarily off the bench in Washington this far.

Jordan Danks (CHW) - .292/.404/.472, 12 R, 5 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 3 for 4 SB, 18 BB, 26 K

Surprisingly, there is a player in the White Sox system that might actually turn into a usable piece for them at some point. I don't see him necessarily doing a ton for fantasy owners, but he could be up at some point during the season.

Casey Crosby (DET) - 3 W, 4.56 ERA, 23 2/3 IP, 24 H, 2 HR, 17 BB, 25 K

Alex Cobb (TAM) - 1 W, 3.38 ERA, 34 2/3 IP, 36 H, 1 HR, 12 BB, 32 K

Cobb could be the most likely call if the Rays need a starter or a long reliever for some reason, but I think they are pretty well set at this point in the season.