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We’ve recently devoted a bit of time to the discussion college ballers, so I don’t think it’s unreasonable to lead with this absurdly awesome catch from Derrick Salberg of Lower Columbia College.  The context of the moment makes the grab even more unbelievable:  two outs, bottom of the ninth, one runner on, LCC leading 4-2.  If Salberg is available in your NWAACC (Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges) leagues, I probably wouldn’t grab him (.262 AVG, 4 XBH in 120 PA).  But if you haven’t yet seen the catch, please check out that link — it’s truly one of the more amazing plays you’ll ever see in baseball.  Now, some real prospects:

Anthony Gose | OF, Blue Jays — Colby Rasmus has been pretty much worthless.  Gose hasn’t been overly impressive either (.281/.360/.413), but he leads the Pacific Coast League in stolen bases with 17, and he’s been blazing hot at the plate over the last ten games.  He could offer better production than Rasmus immediately, and I wonder how long the Jays will keep Rasmus in the lineup should he continue at his current pace.

Danny Hultzen | LHP, Mariners — Hultzen has been dominant in Double-A, posting a 1.78 ERA, a .987 WHIP, and a 9.9 K/9 through 50.2 IP.  Many thought Hultzen would be advanced enough to open 2012 with the Mariners, and perhaps they weren’t far off.  It’s only a matter of time until he’s starting games in the spacious Safeco Field.

Shelby Miller | RHP, Cardinals — With a BB rate approaching 10%, Miller has struggled with command at Triple-A.  On the flip side, his K/9 sits at 10.6 and he’s shown instances of brilliance at various times this year.  Coming off his worst outing of the season, Miller needs to string together some good starts if he’s to resurface as a viable 2nd half option for the Cardinals.

Carlos Peguero | OF, Mariners —  Peguero’s played just 18 games this year, all at Triple-A Tacoma.  With 9 homers and an OPS over 1.300, he’s done about as well as anyone could possibly do during an 18 game stretch.  The 25-year-old earned big league time last season, and he’s certainly on pace to get some more this year.

Jonathan Singleton | 1B, Astros — Many figured Singleton’s .917 OPS in High-A last year was a California League anomaly.  Doesn’t seem to be the case, as he’s putting up even better numbers in 2012 at Double-A Corpus Christi in the Texas League.  Through 184 PA, Singleton has hit .321/.424/.564.

Anthony Rizzo | 1B, Cubs — He’s still murdering the ball at Triple-A Iowa.  Jed Hoyer, however, has remained steady on a patient development plan for Rizzo.  Remember, Rizzo was on a similar tear a year ago in the San Diego system when Hoyer promoted him to the bigs, only to see him struggle severely.  I doubt he’s anxious to make the same mistake twice.

Wil Myers | OF, Royals — If it seems like I write about Anthony Rizzo and Wil Myers ever week, it’s because I do.  Get over it.  Myers hasn’t slowed down since his promotion to Omaha, hitting .333/.405/.697 with 3 homers in just 37 PA.  His arrival in KC is imminent.

Dylan Bundy | RHP, Orioles — Bundy was tremendous through his first eight outings at Low-A Delmarva, striking out 40 batters in 30 IP, while allowing only five baserunners and zero runs.  The Orioles promoted him to High-A Frederick this past week, and he made his debut yesterday versus Salem.  Bundy allowed his first runs of the year during the start thanks to a two-run HR in the fourth.  He ended up lasting five innings, striking out six, walking none.  At the time of this writing, he’s in line for the W.

Chuckie Fick | RHP, Cardinals – My old friend was called up by the Cardinals yesterday to help out their struggling ‘pen.  We shared some fun times at Quad Cities in 2008 and I couldn’t be happier that he’s found himself in the big leagues.  One of the friendiest and hardest hardworking guys I’ve ever come across.  Best of luck, Chuckie!

  1. chata says:
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    tell me that you didn’t nickname him chickie .

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @chata, Ha! No, everyone knows him as Chuckie. His father Chuck Fick is a pro scout for the cards. I’m sure the “ie” came about to differentiate the two. It’s also a useful suffix for broadcasters — calling him “Chuck Fick” too often can lead to a dangerous slip of tongue… I’m sure you can figure it out.

      • chata says:
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        @Scott Evans,

        yep .
        i would have called both of them ‘chickie’ .

  2. TheNewGuy says:
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    With Anthony Rizzo owned, is Will Myers the next best stash to be called up soon and provide best all-around value in a 16 team leaguie? Or Danny Hultzen maybe?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Assuming Bauer is owned too, then yes. Catcher eligibility in Yahoo makes him even more intriguing.

  3. Steve says:
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    Awesome article as usual… quick question though, Who gets kicked off rotation for Bauer? and do you see him coming up in the next few weeks?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Steve, Very hard to say. Kennedy has been the worst in the bunch of recent, but I doubt they’d demote him to the ‘pen. Because there’s no ready opportunity, I’d lean toward no promo for Bauer in the next few weeks. These ETA’s are extremely hard to forecast, though.

  4. Adam says:
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    Thanks for the info! I went to school in Galesburg for a bit, so it’s nice to see articles including So Ill players. Hoping to grab most of the guys in this article in my keeper league.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Adam, Thanks for reading!

  5. ETMcgee says:
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    I could be wrong, but shouldn’t that catch still be considered a homerun? As i recall, you can catch a ball and go into the stands in foul territory and it is an out, but if it is over wall in-play, then it’s a HR.

  6. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    If you were to make an uneducated guess on Myers arrival date than what would it be? Not sure why the Royals are waiting but as usual I am not sure what the Royals are doing with their minor leaguers…..sweet article

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, Can’t stress enough that these ETA’s are extremely hard to predict. They depend on so many variables & in many cases (Matt Adams, for one), it simply comes down to injury. I have a feeling we’ll see Myers in July, however. Omaha is using him in CF mostly, and I think that’s his quickest route to KC.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Scott Evans, Ivs never been a big fan of Cain and I think they moved Melky to free up space for the future is now guys. I have always had the hardest time getting a read on the Royals and the Blue Jays when it comes to their minor leaguers. Now that you said July then I guess that means he will be up next week

        • Brian says:
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          I see him arriving June 22 as a best guess. That would be the day after the Royals finish a series of 9 games in two weeks in National league parks, kicking Butler back to DH and Hosmer back to 1b, opening up an OF slot. Just a guess though.

  7. Brian says:
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    Need to fill the last spot for my starters this week, should i go with Hudson, Beckett, Capuano or Milone? Right now I kinda like Hudson in the giant Petco park, but who knows what happens coming off an injury.

  8. MR304 says:
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    The Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals have some of the best young players in the league. These two teams are gonna be serious contenders for years to come if they can keep doing what they have been. The Roy Oswalt trade helped the Astros out considerably. They got Singleton who in my opinion is gonna be an MVP in the bigs before too long. Why they traded Anthony Gose for Wallace I have no idea considering the upside that Gose has. And they got Happ. When you consider the age of Oswalt and injuries they def. got the better end of the deal. The Royals hace Wil Myers. Bubba Starling Jarrod Dyson Montgomery Moustakas Hosmer Perez Butler Escobar Cain Crow Duffy the list goes on and on and on. The Royals are looking to be a Franchise that is gonna be simply AMAZING in the next couple years.

  9. MR304 says:
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    They did however lose Hunter Pence in the trade as well but they got the better end of the deal still if you consider that Oswalt only pitched 1 year for the phillies and then had injuries and more imjuries before becoming a free agent. They freed up Cap Space and added talent for years

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @MR304, Look for Houston to only improve in the player procurement/development department. Jeff Luhnow is a mastermind & he’ll surely be making a splash next week at the draft, and be dipping into the Latin markets shortly thereafter.

      • MR304 says:
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        @Scott Evans, FOR SURE!!! He does know what he is doing. Look at the Cardinals and where they are right now. I dont think he was a GM in St. Louis but I know he brought them a lot of knowledge on scouting and developing players. Look at the talent they aquired while he was there Freese Descalso Carpenter Rasmus Shelby Miller etc. etc. They wouldnt be where they are now without him. And Houston looks to have the most young talent in the National League, IMO. Houston is without a doubt in a good position to make a World Series run within the next few years. They have prospects to trade or to develop. I cant believe they traded Anthony Gose after they acquired him in one of the Pence Oswalt trades.

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