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I don’t think I saw an organizational ranking all off-season that didn’t have the White Sox dead last.  Not that they deserve to be ranked higher – the Sox simply refuse to spend big money in the draft, and their presence in the Latin markets has been lacking of recent.  The first month of the 2012 baseball season, however, has brought a bit of good news to the Southsiders, as former top prospect Jared Mitchell has reemerged as an elite outfielder in Double-A.  Mitchell, who had a rough go at High-A in 2011 after missing all of 2010 with an ankle injury, has posted a .962 OPS through 28 games with Birmingham.  He’s gathered 13 XBH and 6 SB within 120 PA.  Mitchell’s hot start is greatly encouraging for a system in need of a boost.

Travis D’Arnaud | C, Blue Jays – The Blue Jays’ top prospect has effectively turned things around after an extremely slow start.  He’s riding a 13-game hitting streak at Triple-A, which has brought his AVG up to .279.  A late season arrival still seems in order for D’Arnaud.

Oscar Taveras| OF, Cardinals – I covered Taveras a couple weeks ago in my first Scouting the Unknown of the season.  The 19-year-old has done nothing but mash since then, and he’s now hitting .324/.365/.648 with 7 HR through his first 27 games at Double-A Springfield.

Nick Castellanos| 3B, Tigers – Castellanos leads the minors in AVG at .423 through his first 116 PA.  The future Detroit 3B is having no trouble with High-A pitching and it’ll be interesting to see if the Tigers choose to promote the teenager to Double-A if his impressive start continues.

Alex Castellanos | OF, Dodgers – It’s important to note that a dude by the name Castellanos currently leads every major hitting ratio category in MiLB.  While Nick has AVG covered, Alex leads in OBP and SLG, with a Triple-A line that looks like .366/.477/.746.  LA acquired Castellanos from St. Louis as a PTBNL in the Rafael Furcal swap and they must be pleased so far.

Miguel Sano | 3B, Twins – The Twins top prospect is adjusting nicely to full-season baseball.  Through his first 28 games with Low-A Beloit, Sano has hit .310/.439/.660 along with 8 homers.

Andrew Chafin | LHP, D’Backs – While Trevor Bauer and Tyler Skaggs capture most of the D’Backs prospect chatter, both have been outperformed by Chafin.  He’s perhaps a bit behind developmentally, but Chafin has looked sharp at High-A, posting a 3.03 ERA while whiffing 46 through 32.2 IP.

Dellin Betances | RHP, Yankees – You’ll remember that the Yankees used Betances late last season and had many wondering in the off-season if they’d pitch him at the major league level again in 2012.  Well, they haven’t yet, and barring a major turnaround, it doesn’t look as if they will.  Betances has posted a 6.35 ERA along with a 1.94 WHIP and an ugly .78 K/BB through his first six starts at Triple-A.

Tim Beckham | SS, Rays - The former No. 1 overall pick put up his best numbers as a pro in 2011, and had many wondering if he’d finally tapped into his vast potential.  Seems like a futile pondering now, as Beckham has been suspended by Minor League Baseball for 50 games – the result of a second violation of the MiLB drug policy.  Details of the violation aren’t exactly clear, but it looks as if the drugs in Beckham’s case are of the recreational variety.

  1. Peking Duck says:
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    What are your thoughts on Brian Dozier and Taylor Green who both got called up? Do you think they will stick and start for respective teams? Dozier presumably has gotten the full time starting gig but can he hold it?.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Peking Duck, Dozier’s certainly a more attractive fantasy option than Carroll. He’ll steal some bags & hit 7-10 homers. For now, looks like he’ll be everyday guy at short and I think he can stick. Taylor will bring value in AVG, a little bit of pop too. He seems like a good bet to win the everyday job at first, provided he can prove himself defensively.

  2. chunk says:
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    Any thoughts on Andy Dirks? I’d never heard of him until recently. can he nail down a spot to play everyday? HR batting second today, could become interesting if he starts batting there regularly…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @chunk, I like Dirks. He could provide decent power numbers if he gets AB’s. Maybe 13 HR in 400 PA.

  3. Ryan says:
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    Need to pick 2 pitchers for this weeks starts
    Choices are smyly,detweiller,volquez,bedard,hammel,McDonald,Edwin Jackson…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Ryan, Jackson & Bedard.

  4. John says:
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    PUJOLS! HE’S ALIVE!

  5. Brian says:
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    I just made this trade, his Texeira, Ellsbury and Hellickson for my Halladay, Beltre and Jones(Baltimore)

    This is a keeper league with 7 years left to go, my pitchers are Sabathia, Beckett, Hanson, Hudson, Fister, Bard, Doubrant, Worely, Capuano, Holland and Saunders. My hitters are Molina, A-Gon, Aviles/Phillips, Wright, Andrus, Hamilton, Jennings, Melky Cespedes, Trout, Middlebrooks and Crawford.

    I know I will miss Halladay but what do you think of this moving forward?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Brian, Sounds like you’re betting heavy on Ellsbury being way better than Adam Jones, long term. I dunno if that’s such a sure thing. Don’t think I like the deal from your end.

  6. jwalkerus says:
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    20 team keeper league.

    would you do this deal?

    offered mccann, cespedeas, belt and grienkee

    for my

    aj ellis, stanton, middlebrooks and motte

    im so high on stanton but deal might be too good to pass up

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @jwalkerus, I’d take the offer. No doubt.

  7. TheNewGuy says:
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    What is wrong with Monty (Mike Montgomery)? After looking like he might be starting to finally figure it out, he gets rocked in his last start (4BBs and 3HRs). Is the PCL part of the problem or are his bad numbers all his own doing?

    When I drafted him on my keeper farm team last year I sure expected him to have made it to the show by now. Is it time to finally give up on him and take this Alex Castellanos guy you mention? If he’s got good upside and it’s not just a hot start, then I think i’ll take a shot.

    • Scott Evans

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      @TheNewGuy, I wouldn’t make that move just yet. A. Castellanos is already 25 & he’s never really been touted all that highly as a prospect. He’s one of those guys who keeps surprising folks by putting up quality #s at every stop, though. If he can hang on to 2B eligibility he might be a quality option, but as an OF… meh.

      Re: Monty, command is the issue. Ceiling still very high & too soon to cut him loose. Let’s hope he puts a few nice starts up here soon, though…

  8. Rags says:
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    Adrian Cardenas worth a pick-up in an NL-only keeper if he gets called up today?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Rags, He’s probably a long shot for consistent playing time, so I’d lean towards no. Of course, the Cubs are kinda shitty & in need of new energy, so maybe they give him a chance at regular play if he starts off hot.

  9. MIke says:
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    Parra ,Duda, or Redick ROS?
    I have Parra but redick and Duda r on Waivers
    standard league
    Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @MIke, I like Duda best of those three. Then Reddick, then Parra.

  10. bean says:
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    @Scott – Any concern with Chafin that he has had some shaky outings or is this just a product of him trying to raise his Ks to get out of High A? Just gave up 4ER in 5 innings on Friday along with 6Hs and 4 BBs.

    Get to see him in SJ this weekend so it will be cool to see for myself.

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