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Transparency isn’t a strong suit of Major League front offices, nor should it be.  Nowhere is this fact more glaring than in the case of the Kansas City Royals and the immediate future of top hitting prospect Wil Myers.  The Royals have insisted that they’ll practice patience with Myers and let him marinate in Omaha for the duration of the season.  Meanwhile, in Jeff Francoeur, KC holds an outstanding trade chip — an experienced bat who’ll undoubtedly be pursued by contenders across the bigs.  The Royals have been pretty wishy-washy regarding Francouer’s availability, but with guys like Kevin Youkilis and Carlos Lee off the market already, one would imagine that buyers will look aggressively toward the veteran outfielder.  Kansas City will be hearing offers for Frenchy, indeed, and I’m thinking there’s a good possibility he’ll be shipped out.  And if this scenario plays out, the path will be cleared for Myers, who continues to post monstrous numbers at Triple-A.  There’s still plenty of uncertainty surrounding this situation — a trade of this sort might not even be necessary for a Myers call-up.  Nonetheless, it’ll be worth keeping an eye on the KC rumor mill during the coming weeks.

Christian Yelich | OF, Marlins – Yelich is among my favorite prospects in baseball.  His hit tool and power potential are tremendous, and he’s been on a tear over the last few weeks in Florida State League play.  Last ten:  .500/.578/.872, 3 HR.

Billy Hamilton | SS, Reds – Hamilton has now stolen 104 bases in 82 games, which is simply ridiculous.  In 82 games of High-A baseball, he’s surpassed his stolen base total from a year ago (103), which was achieved in 135 games.  He’s also batting .323/.413/.439 on the year.  At this point, I’d just like to see what he can do at Double-A.

Delino Deshields Jr. | 2B, Astros – Having just finished talking about a dude with 104 stolen bases, it seems kinda boring to highlight someone with 61 bags, as if it’s something to be excited about.  Deshields is having a bit of a breakout at Low-A (.281/.386/.404) and he’s the only minor leaguer within 65 (!) stolen bases of Hamilton.  Still, I’m unimpressed.  We’ve been thoroughly jaded by this Billy Hamilton character.

Tony Cingrani | LHP, Reds – Cingrani hasn’t allowed a run in over 20 innings now, and during that stretch he’s fanned 27 Double-A batters.  In his first full season as a pro, the 23-year-old has posted 1.28 ERA to go along with a 0.94 WHIP and 11.0 K/9.

Matt Harvey | RHP, Mets – The K’s have been there all year for Harvey, but now he’s starting to hone his command pitch much more efficiently at Triple-A Buffalo.  His ability to draw whiffs will make him an attractive fantasy option once he’s arrived.

Jameson Taillon | RHP, Pirates – Taillon’s name has been popping up in trade rumors recently, as the Pirates look to make a run at a NL Central crown.  I’m not really a believer in Pittsburgh’s chances for this year, and I think it’d be unwise to part with a 2010 first-rounder whose ceiling remains enormous.  

Jake Marisnick | OF, Blue Jays – I mentioned last week that Marisnick had picked up the XBH production significantly, which is generally a reliable indication that a guy is ready for the next level.  Toronto promoted the 21-year-old to Double-A New Hampshire earlier in the week.

Gary Brown | OF, Giants – After a breakout 2011, Brown has been somewhat of a disappointment in 2012, but he’s been picking up the pace recently, batting .364/.404/.659 over his last ten games.

Nick Castellanos | 3B, Tigers – It hasn’t taken long for Castellanos to adjust to Double-A pitching.  The 20-year-old is batting .307 through his first 116 PA at Erie, and he’s already blasted 4 homers — he hit just 3 HR in 237 PA at High-A before the promotion.

Oscar Taveras | OF, Cardinals – MVP of the Texas League All Star Game, Oscar Taveras is a beast.  With 46 XBH (17 HR) in 331 PA, he’s been just about the most impressive hitter in Double-A this year… and he turned 20 just two weeks ago.

Zack Cox | 3B, Cardinals – Cox has long been touted as one of the purest hitting prospects in the game, but an ugly couple months to start his year at Triple-A was cause for concern.  Recent performance, however, is quelling those doubts, as Cox has collected 16 hits in his last 40 PA, raising his season AVG to .261.  That figure should continue to rise.

Gary Sanchez | C, Yankees – After sending him back to repeat Low-A, Sanchez responded positively:  .297/.353/.517.  The Yankees bumped him up to High-A this past week.

Jedd Gyorko | 3B, Padres – Gyorko has been impressive since he arrived at Triple-A, batting .343/.386/.605 in 49 games.  He’s certainly a candidate for a 2nd-half call-up, though he’ll have to deal with the Petco factor, so don’t expect too much.

18 Responses

  1. Boomer19 says:
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    When is the earliest Billy Hamilton makes an impact in the majors? Guesses?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Boomer19, 2014… and maybe not ’til the second half. I’d like to see Reds push him along a bit more aggressively going forward, though.

  2. John Butte says:
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    Why is DeShields still at low A? Why is Springer still at high A? Why do I pay attention to Astros minor leaguers?

    Actually, I have the answer to the last one, because they are better and more interesting than the big league club.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @John Butte, When it comes to player development & building a productive farm system, there’s no one better than Jeff Luhnow. Rebuilding is frustrating from a big league perspective, but it’s fascinating from a MiLB vantage. We’re I an Astros fan, I’d be with you, tracking the farm… and I guess I kind of am with you, cuz I’m a huge Luhnow fan & I’m really rooting for him.

      I think I’ll be covering Springer in a post for later this week, btw. That should run Wednesday, so keep an eye out.

  3. Benny says:
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    What ETA are you anticipating for Yelich?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Benny, Late 2013 or early 2014.

  4. Bob says:
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    Thanks for the info. It would help in the future if the players name were linked to his stats. Thanks again for your hard work.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Bob, Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll start linking to respective baseball-reference.com profiles.

  5. BJV says:
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    Any chance Cingrani makes an apperance for the Reds in 2012? Is he worth stashing in a keeper league (no Minor league roster).

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @BJV, I don’t see that happening unless the Reds’ pen falls apart due to injury. I suppose if they’re contending & in need of emergency relief help, they could use him down the stretch in that capacity. But I really doubt he’ll arrive this year & I don’t think he’s worth a stash.

  6. Chris says:
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    my lynn and peavy for his dickey?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Chris, I say yes. Really depends on your faith in Peavy’s health as the season moves forward, though…

  7. TheNewGuy says:
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    Hi Scott good to see you’re around. Am thinking of offloading Jay Bruce as im pretty frustrated in his streakiness, plus he only really hits at home. My idea is to get a decent bat and top prospect in return, and if I need a boost could then shop the prospect to sellers for an impact bat come the deadline.

    Heres the possible trade, let me know what you think of it:
    J Bruce (final year of keeper contract) and a low-end prospect (N Franklin, B Peacock, J Segura) FOR L Morrison (keepbable at $11) and G Cole (prospect).

    I am in 1st though so if it’s risky or overthinking let me know. Im just kinda thinking there may not be a massive difference between Bruce and LoMo 2nd half now LoMo’s heating up, plus I really like Cole.

    Good to see Nick Castellanos coming on, sounded like he hit a bomb in the futures! Wish I coulda seen it.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Hey man… I’m sorry if I missed one or two of your comments recently. Been a whirlwind couple weeks w/ travel & work & whatnot. Anyway. Streakiness doesn’t really bother me in a roto format. I’ll avoid streaky guys in h2h leagues, but I don’t mind a guy like Bruce in roto cuz you know that sooner or later he’ll get his. I don’t mind the deal because of the keeper contract situation, but clearly your immediate OF production is going to dwindle w/ LoMo.

  8. TheNewGuy says:
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    No worries man, I live across the pond in England so any advice on particularly prospects is very welcome…gotta have some advantage over my US leaguemates!

    Yeah it is a roto keeper, and I know all keeper formats are different so kinda hard to evaluate at times. I like our system, it’s one where you can keep up to 8, and players prices go up depending on no of years you give them (1yr +$3) (2yrs + $6) (3yrs +$8). And prospects start at $0 when called up by us.

    Think i might hold off on this deal then, it’s the safer move after all being in 1st, especially as there’s no guarantee I could find a buyer for Cole come the deadline – closer ETA guys were more in demand last year. Im guessing ETA on Cole is around 2014?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @TheNewGuy, 2014 seems about right… could arrive as soon as 2nd half of 2013, though.

  9. Mennonite Sports guy says:
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    I take you think that Taillon has taillont!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Mennonite Sports guy, Oh, Indeed!

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