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It’s been 29 years since we’ve had simultaneous 100-steal season in Minor League Baseball, but the wait is over, people.  Billy Hamilton swiped his 100th bag, like, back in May or something, and he finished up with 155 on the year.  He was joined in triple-digit land earlier this week by Delino DeShields, who ended 2012 with 101 stolen bases.  It was an outstanding year for the Astros’ 2010 first-rounder, one that would’ve drawn far more praise had it not been overshadowed by Hamilton’s record-breaking season.  The kicker here, though, was Delino’s pop — the 20-year-old hit 12 homers between Low-A and High-A, becoming the first MiLB player in history to collect 10+ homers while stealing 100+ bases.  The future is bright for this one.

Javier Baez | SS, Cubs – After hitting .333/.383/.596 at Low-A Peoria, Baez regressed considerably in High-A, hitting an ugly .188/.244/.400 during his stint there.  The 19-year-old finished strong, though, cracking two homers in the season’s final game.

Roger Clemens | RHP, Skeeters – The Rocket pitched again for the Skeeters on Friday, lasting 4.2 scoreless frames this time.  Roger said a return to the majors was unlikely this season, but he’s not ruling out a 2013 comeback.  I have more thoughts on this nonsense here.

Kevin Gausman | RHP, Orioles – The 4th overall selection in June, Gausman was promoted to Double-A Bowie in order to help the Bay Sox in the Easter League playoffs.  He tossed three scoreless frames in his high-minors debut, whiffing five in the outing.

Steven Rodriguez | LHP, Dodgers – Surprise! A left-handed reliever was the first 2012 draftee to reach the bigs.  LA called-up Rodriguez after tossing just 20 frames in the minors.

Michael Wacha | RHP, Cardinals – You could say that Wacha’s first pro season was a success.  The Cardinals’ first-rounder posted a 0.86 ERA and a 0.57 WHIP in 21 IP between rookie ball, High-A, and Double-A, striking out 40 (!) batters along the way.

Darin Ruf | 1B, Phillies – Ruf had an insanely awesome August, blasting 20 homers in the month to give him 38 on the year.  That’d be good enough for the MiLB HR crown, edging Wil Myers who finished with 37.

Danny Hultzen | LHP, Mariners – Hultzen’s woes at Triple-A continued through his final start of the season.  The command issues register as more than a blip after finishing with a 1.89 WHIP in 48.2 IP with Tacoma.

Oscar Taveras | OF, Cardinals – Taveras claimed the Texas League batting title, hitting .321 over a full season at Double-A Springfield.  An impressive feat for the 20-year-old.  He could play a big role for St. Louis next year if Carlos Beltran’s knees don’t heal up.

Gerrit Cole | RHP, Pirates – Cole was humbled on Thursday in the International League playoffs:  2 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 0 BB, 1 K.

Courtney Hawkins | OF, White Sox – The White Sox 18-year-old first-rounder keeps impressing — 2 homers in his first two postseason games at High-A.  MLB.com recently released their top 100 prospects, and the White Sox were the only organization absent from the list.  But Hawkins can hit, yo, and a spot in the top 100 would’ve been ok with me.

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  1. TheNewGuy says:
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    Like the sound of DeShields with Hamilton taken in my keeper league.

    Take him over any of these guys?: Castellanos, Olt, Segura, Franklin, Choice, Straily, Bonifacio, G Sanchez.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @TheNewGuy, I like DeShields over Straily. I’d activate Straily & add Delino, if possible.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans, Can’t activate Straily yet, well I can but there’s no point as I don’t need him right now. And I can have him for $0 next year if I keep him down for now.

        Anyone else you would cut for Deshields? Don’t have a need to activate any of these guys. Or would you drop Straily if his upside isnt that great.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          @TheNewGuy, Delino’s long term upside is better than Straily’s, but he obviously requires quite a bit more patience. Really depends on how well you’re set w/ pitching next year.

          • TheNewGuy says:
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            @Scott Evans, Decided to finally cut Nick Franklin for him. Been wanting to do it for a while.

            Might come back to haunt me but I really don’t see his upside, he’s hitting .240 with ok power but no real speed. And Safeco will do it’s best to sap his power too, might have some value at Short but I think its worth the gamble on DeShields upside. Plus I wanted a true speedster in my system. Only time will tell.

  2. Brian says:
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    Straily or Saunders for the rest of the year?

    Straily has more upside but BAL has the much better schedule. OAK’s schedule the rest of the way is brutal.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Brian, It’s close, but I’m siding with the more talented player — I like Straily’s upside a little more.

  3. ferris says:
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    think dropping wade miley in a 12 team mixed would be a mistake?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @ferris, No, not necessarily. Gotta do what you gotta do at this point in the year. It’s crunch time, baby — feel free to cut just about anyone if it’s gonna help you win.

  4. matt says:
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    Should i pick up dallas kuechel vs cubs or chirs volstad vs astros?

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