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Hello, my name is Brett Jackson. My recent power binge – four home runs in eight games – is confirming I am the Cubs best minor league player. Even when I strikeout nearly once every three at-bats, my prowess in the field and suave good looks will bring me to the top. Did I mention scouts believe I’m a lock for becoming a 20/20 player; at 15/18 across Double-A and Triple-A?  With a little under a month, I may just prove them right.

Here is some other Minor League news:

Randall Delgado | ATL | RHP (SP): Was promoted to Triple-A on 8/3/11 after posting a 3.84 ERA, 110:46 K:BB in 117 1/3 inning at Double-A. With a career high of 161 innings pitched in 2010, I don’t see the Braves limiting his total innings this year. Could receive a September call up, depending on matchup could be a nice flyer/streamer by the end.

Matt Moore | TB | LHP (SP): Another week, another solid Matt Moore start at Triple-A: 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners (1 BB), 9 K.

Tim Wheeler | COL | CF: I lament your existence and lack of pedigree only for you to wipe my face in your stellar stats. I sing your laurels and tattoo your namesake to my arm for you to upper-deck my porcelain god. Take your .171/.227/.171 slash line in 41 at-bats and, and, and … argh, it’s not worth the time. [/rant]

Anthony Rizzo | SD | 1B: Was demoted 7/21/11. Since 7/27/11, he is hitting .313/.366/.844 in 32 at-bats with 9 XBH (4 Hr). The Pacific Coast League definitely isn’t holding him back. His high strikeout rate in the majors and Petco probably had more do with his poor performance.

Julio Teheran | ATL | RHP (SP): What do you get when you’re the top pitching prospect in baseball, you have a string of consecutive starts were you haven’t lost since May, and you give up four runs in your worst start in over two months? Another win. His ERA is low, but is a positive, his strikeouts are down, but that is a negative, albeit, his walks are down, which happens to be a positive. Lows to remain one of the top pitching prospects for 2012, barring the Mayan’s predictions.

Martin Perez | TEX | LHP (SP): Lost in the shuffle of Matt Moore and Brad Peacock is Perez. One of the game’s top young (D.o.B: 4/4/1991) pitching prospects. He was promoted to Triple-A on July 16th, at the tender age of 20. His first start was decent, but starts two, three and four were a disaster. The most recent start (number five), was much better. He went 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 Baserunners (2 BB), and 8 K. Two years younger than my favorite young pitcher (Matt Moore), the Rangers number one prospect has plenty of time, pedigree and talent to reach the majors and become a bonafide number on starter.A

Johnny Giavotella | KC | 2B: The Royals promoted their 18th ranked prospect for Friday’s game. In Triple-A, he was hitting .338/.390/.481 in 453 at-bats with 45 XBH (9 Hr, 34 2B), 9 steals in 14 attempts and a 57:40 K:BB ratio. During his debut on Friday night, he went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and a stolen base. He has gap power with slightly below average speed. Defensively, he’s a tweener. Nothing exciting. Don’t expect more than a few home runs and a couple of steals at most from Giavotella.

Zach Stewart | CHW | RHP (SP): The White Sox recalled Stewart to start Saturday against the Twins. Has control/command problems and good strikeout potential (8 K/9 ceiling) with his 94 to 96 MPH sinking fastball and biting slider.

Henderson Alvarez | TOR | RHP (SP): There were rumors that Alvarez would have received the Jays spot start given to Brad Mills. Alvarez is a ground ball pitcher who throws a 92 to 94 MPH plus-fastball and a plus changeup that has a feigned splitter action. His breaking pitch needs improvement. In 88 Double-A innings, he has 66 strikeouts, 17 walks, a 2.86 ERA (3.55 FIP) and a .286 BABIP. He is still learning how to pitch instead of throw and projects for middle-of-the-rotation.

  1. YourMomsBoyfriend says:
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    ummmmmmmmm….

    Perez isn’t the Rangers’ #1 prospect. That’s Profar. And it’s not nearly as close as people think..

  2. Terrence Mann says:
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    Bubba Starling is enrolled in classes at Nebraska but didn’t start practice with the football team this week. Still looks up in the air, but I imagine he’ll sign with KC.

  3. Mike M says:
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    Any chance Leonys Martin gets called up this season?

  4. Mr2Bits says:
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    Stephen,
    Do you have a top 10 or 20 minor league players that are your favorites? People like Moore are already gone in my minors draft and was wondering if this was something you had.

  5. PepeSilvia says:
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    thoughts on Garrett Richards?

  6. JoeC says:
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    Stephen,

    Grammar police here. You’ve violated statute 703.114, sub-secion A: “Using an apostrophe to indicate possession in a singular manner on a plural word”.

    To wit, your use of the word “Mayan’s”. Unless there was only one Mayan, then the correct way to indicate plural possession would be “Mayans’” with the apostrophe after the “s”.

    Let me give you some examples to clarify:

    “The American’s guns were confiscated before he entered Mexico.”

    versus

    “It was the untapped potential of the Americans’ factories and foundries which was the secret weapon of the Allied powers.”

    This concludes this grammar teaching moment. Please carry on with your excellent work.

  7. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    @YourMomsBoyfriend: Pre-2011 season, Perez was the Rangers number one prospect. MLB’s revised prospected list still has Perez over Profar (Perez is #8, Profar #14).

    @MikeM: I’m not holding my breath.

    @Mr2Bits: I usually have them around the beginning of the season and revise at the end. For example, I’ve liked Jose Altuve and JD Martinez. Other names that are lesser prospects are as follows: there is Nick Franklin in Seattle. Eric Surkamp in San Francisco. Brad Peacock in Washington. Randall Delgado and Arodys Vizcaino in Atlanta. Liam Hendrik and Kyle Gibson in Minnesota. Kirk Nieuwenhuis in New York (Mets). Neil Ramirez in Texas. Robert Erlin in San Diego.

    I don’t actually have a list though. It would probably mirror many top prospects list removing defensive specialist ad high-contact low strikeout pitchers for fantasy purposes.

    @PepeSilva: Not a huge fan. Mid-rotation contact/groundball pitcher.

    @JoeC: Hehe. Thank you for the humbling humor.

  8. Shmorgie S. Board says:
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    I have Izzy and Farnsworth. Is it safe yet to drop Parnell or Peralta? I’m leaning towards dropping Peralta, but I don’t know yet if Farnsy could be a waiver trade.

  9. daniel says:
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    what do you know about this eovaldi kid for the dodgers? pretty good debut. think hes worth a stash now looking toward next season in a deep dynasty?

  10. Daniel says:
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    Guess not

  11. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    @Daniel: I’ve been out of town, I am sorry. Personally I think he’ll end up in the bullpen as a power arm.

  12. Daniel says:
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    Thanks stephen. Sorry about being impatient but you’ve spoiled me with quick responses and solid information every time ive asked a question. I guess I’ve come to expect it lol. Thanks again for the input

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