August 29, 2017
Minor League Update
Games of August 28
Hitter of the Day:
Kyle Tucker, OF, Houston Astros (Double-A, Corpus Christi): 3-7, R, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB (DH)
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Pitcher of the Day:
Freddy Peralta, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers (Double-A, Biloxi): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 12 K
Acquired from the Mariners in the Adam Lind deal, Peralta might be small, but has some legitimate stuff. His arsenal can be a monster, his fastball might only be above-average, but he can make it move a bunch of ways. His slider is his go to secondary pitch, flashing plus with late life. For more info, check out this Ten Pack from Scott Delp.
Other Notable Performances:
Ryan Castellani, RHP, Colorado Rockies (Double-A, Hartford): 8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K
Jeffrey Paternostro has admitted to seeing Castellani way too often this season. Luckily for you though, he likes him, and has a Ten Pack on him.
Josh Staumont, RHP, Kansas City Royals (Double-A, NW Arkansas): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 8 K
In Craij’s last few days of honeymoon, I’m sure he saw this boxscore, approved, and then drank another beer.
Jackson Tetreault, RHP, Washington Nationals (Short-Season, Auburn): 5 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 6 K
Taken in the 7th round from SCF-Manatee, Tetreault has a big fastball, but not a lot of secondaries. I talked about him in my pre-draft notes here.
Tanner Scott, LHP, Baltimore Orioles (Double-A, Bowie): 3 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
Oddly for Scott, he has made 22 starts this minor-league season, but has only worked 64 innings. I’m not sure of the specifics behind this, maybe it’s to help get him in a better rhythm and to not walk as many guys?
Kyle Muller, LHP, Atlanta Braves (Rookie, Danville): 5 IP, 4 H, R, ER, BB, 4 K
While he hasn’t moved as quick as some of his fellow draft mates, this big Texan has been taking the slow and steady route thus far. The sky is still the limit for Muller, with his big fastball, big curveball, and big inconsistencies.
Fernando Tatis, Jr., SS, San Diego Padres (Double-A, San Antonio): 2-8, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K (DH)
While Wilson Karaman has to be upset that Tatis skipped High-A, I’m sure he is still smiling ear to ear when seeing him hit a home run in Double-A.
Alex Jackson, C, Atlanta Braves (Double-A, Mississippi): 2-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, K
The reviews on Jackson’s defense have come back…mixed, with most of them poor. Some believe he can do it enough on a semi-regular basis, while others see a man trying to catch who should be in the outfield.
Francisco Mejia, C, Cleveland Indians (Double-A, Akron): 2-5, R, HR, RBI, K
Depending on promotions and service time by the end of the season, a case could be made for Mejia to be our no. 1 prospect next year.
Kevin Newman, SS, Pittsburgh Pirates (Triple-A, Indianapolis): 2-5, R, 2 2B, RBI, K
I don’t know about Newman, the lack of power is becoming more and more concerning, as well as his subpar defense.
Andrew Knizner, C, St. Louis Cardinals (Double-A, Springfield): 2-4, R, 2 2B, RBI
A 7th rounder out of North Carolina State in 2016, Knizner performed well in Low-A, then did the Tatis jump straight to Double-A. More so a solid all-around player then one loaded with tools, there are still doubts regarding his catching ability.
Dom Nunez, C, Colorado Rockies (Double-A, Hartford): 2-3, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, 2 SB
It has not been a good season for Nunez, as he has struggled at the plate all season. While there aren’t many doubts about his defensive skills, he needs to show more with the bat.
Miguel Andujar, 3B, New York Yankees (Triple-A, Scranton Wilkes-Barre): 2-4, SB
Just wait Yankees fans, Andujar will soon bring his talent and his tool-chest to the Bronx soon.
Donnie Dewees, OF, Kansas City Royals (Double-A, NW Arkansas): 2-4, SB
Acquired this past offseason from Chicago for Alec Mills, Dewees has done what he has always done. Hit, hit, steal some bases, and hit some more. The lack of a standout defensive tool means that if he were to stop hitting, then he might not bring any value to a big league club.
J.B. Woodman, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (Single-A, Lansing): 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, K
A 2nd rounder in 2016 out of Ole Miss, Woodman has a lot of tools, but a lot of swing and miss. His long lefty swing and overall tool set reminds me of Michael Saunders, which would be a pretty good outcome.
Fight Another Day:
Seth Elledge, RHP, Seattle Mariners (Low-A, Clinton): 1 2/3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 2 K
The Mariners 4th rounder out of Dallas Baptist, like other pitchers from there, he is big, and has a big fastball to go with it. He has been pitching well so far, showing off more than what you would think from a former college closer. He has the big fastball, as well as a potentially average changeup and slider.
Garrett Whitley, OF, Tampa Bay Rays (Low-A, Bowling Green): 0-4, 4 K
While the swing and miss is still a big concern, and could hamper him going forward, this has still been a positive season for Whitley. He is showing off more power, some capable outfield defense, and some on-base skills.
Steve Givarz is an author of Baseball Prospectus.
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