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In an alternate universe, one in which the Cuban Missile Crisis was more than a crisis, the local family big-box appliance store would be Montgomery Castro. Launching the next holiday sale, Montgomery Castro introduces the exceeding expectations oven, the humidor microwave and the “Honey, I can’t find my [ground] balls,” fake grass-carpeting for the “dry” seasons down south. Mike Montgomery (KC) and Simon Castro (SD) should reinvest in their store. They have both struggled with control and Castro with the long balls. Seems about right, their missiles were always oh!-so close. These two pitchers have combined for a 29:22 K:BB ratio in 36 innings and 21 Earned runs on 35 hits. Equally as upsetting is our neighborhood family law firm Parker and Archer who have represented Montgomery Castro, but have lost several early suits this year. Everything from no command on the stand, to serving up easily dismissed arguments and even rolling over after finishing their points early. Jarrod Parker (ARI) and Chris Archer (TB) have struggles much like the local Montgomery Castro. Parker and Archer have combined for a 22:16 K:BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings (six starts) and 24 earned runs on 37 hits. I would submit to you that Archer feels cheated by Parker and the firm may be splitting-up leaving their fancy Madison Avenue office for a cheap hotel.

Charlie Furbush | DET | LHP (SP): Charlie’s 89 to 91 mph fastball is striking people out again in the early 2011 season after fading hard in 2010. He has a 21:4 K:BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings. Maybe, in spirit of the holiday season, he ran up the mountain, saw the commandments and spoke to [His] flaming bushes along the way giving him a greater understanding. Or maybe he’s not at the end of a season in which he had reached his career high in innings. I’d like to believe the former. He’s a marginal play when, or if, called upon.

Rudy Owens | PIT | RHP (SP): He’s been a solid performing prospect on a terrible team, as opposed to a terrible performing prospect on a high profile team – cough, Fernando Martinez, cough. His 87 to 93 mph fastball and average off-speed pitches are controlled with pinpoint command. In the early going, he has had three solid outings to start the season, a 15:4 K:BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings. He’s not a dominate arm, but solid middle-rotation pitcher. A mini-Lily, definitely Owen-able when called upon in deeper leagues.

Anthony Rizzo | SD | 1B: Currently has 11 XBH (5 Hr) a 9:5 K:BB ratio in 59 at-bats at Triple-A. Rizzo is living up to the hype so far. With the Padres first base shituation, it’s only until June that everyone see him in the majors. Even with an unsustainable slash line of .458/.500/.814, he still has moderate power and good contact skills but more in the range of a .275/.350/.475 hitter. The leader of hits at Triple-A as of 4/22/11 will have large shoes to fill when the time comes.

Eric Thames | TOR | LF: This is exciting. I wrote about him in this off-season’s Blue Jays Minor League Review found here, and he continues to impress. He has 13 XBH (2 Hr) with a 13:10 K:BB ratio in 60 Triple-A at-bats. Too bad he doesn’t strikeout more, he’d might get a chance for the Blue Kays.

Brett Lawrie | TOR | 2B/3B: Mentioned last week too, Lawrie has three home runs in the last two days (as of 4/22/11). Continues to hit and strikeout (15 strikeouts in 61 at-bats). Still a favorite of mine.

Alex Torres | TB | LHP (SP): Hard to ignore a 27:6 K:BB in 15 1/3 innings. Although a small sample size, he hasn’t last more than 5 1/3 innings, he stills provide two minutes of heaven. See 1/8 inch below to see why he’d get looked over, most likely to save arbitration.

Alex Cobb | TB | RHP (SP): Success with a low 90s fastball that has good sinking action and average breaking pitches. They have helped him to a tune of 25:5 K:BB ratio in three early season starts (16 IP). He’s a back end rotation pitcher or a solid bullpen arm. Definitely has more value as a number three, four or five starter. With Niemann struggling in the early going, I believe Cobb would get a chance over Torres in the early going.

Jaff Decker | SD | LF: After upper-decking last year’s early season, this year he’s hot with 13 XBH (4 Hr, 2 3B and 7 2B), with a 12:11 K:BB ratio and slashing .408/.532/.878 at Double-A. Have to like offensive potential in a farm system that sees their majors as a second Triple-A squad, even if they play at Petco.

Eric Hosmer | KC | 1B: Hosmer is trouncing Triple-A right now with 5 XBH (1 Hr) .373/.464/.492 and a 9:10 K:BB ratio. Dayton Moore will still probably not call him up until September as he promised in the offseason. Too bad, his teammate Moustakas is struggling mightily (.241/.313/.362 in 58 AB) and need to bust out of his slump. He has improved slightly in the last week (.257/.350/.371 in 35 AB) but still isn’t exciting anyone. Maybe he’ll pull a Jesus and rise again in the second half. That’s Montero you fools. I wouldn’t desecrate a deity on His special day.

Julio Teheran | ATL | RHP (SP): Not blazing past hitters this year at Triple-A. He has a 11:6 K:BB in 16 innings (3 starts). I wouldn’t expect him in the majors until mid-summer at the earliest. No reason to rush this young pup with Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy.

Jacob Turner | DET | RHP (SP): Looks like a mini-Vernlander. Seriously. Same height, stellar strikeouts and control and only 3-to-4 mph less on his fastball. Might explain the 20:3 K:BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings at Double-A this year. While Andy Oliver will get the attention in the early going, if Turner continues to pitch this well, he’ll be in the majors in no time.

  1. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    hosmer might be needed if K.C keeps playing well and Kila keeps k,ing

  2. genghis chone says:
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    I realize it’s tough to compare but would a swap of Parker for Chisenhall be fairly even, value-wise? I am slightly better set up for the future at SP than 3B, and I’m going for it this year–seems like Chisenhall is probably a better bet for major league success in 2011.

  3. Marqo says:
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    What are your thoughts about Wilin Rosario and Devin Mesoraco?
    I guess Rosario won’t end up in the Majors this year but what about Mesoraco? As long as the CINs Cs are producin’ there’s no room for him…

  4. LOL says:
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    The Absence of Clint Robinson is pretty laughable if you ask me

  5. jj says:
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    Will the ppads call up blanks before rizzo?

  6. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    whats your latest thoughts on the early struggles from sands in L.A?i know he gets a long leash but he hasnt impressed much yet

  7. Eddy says:
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    I asked this question a couple of days ago, but I guess it got buried in the comments:

    In the off season, I’ve seen owners conduct minor-league snake drafts after a real draft. How do you guys do this? More importantly, where?

  8. Paul says:
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    Where’s the Shelby Miller post??? 28 k’s over 17 innings. 1.08 ERA. Nothing??

  9. Tom Emanski says:
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    Well I hope Hosmer stays down until September now that some idiot picked him up today in my league. He also scooped Lonnie Chinsenhall.

  10. Stephen says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: re: Hosmer: it’s possible, but I doubt that it ould occur. they can always move Billy Butler and DH someone else. re:Sand: Small sample size and I haven’t seen any at-bats yet to really judge fairly.

    @genghis chone: Chisenhall at his point has more value. Parker is coming off of significant surgery and hasn’t returned back to his prior baseine.

    @marcq: I wrote about Mesoraco last week. I like Wilin Rosario just not for this year.

    @LOL: re: Clint Robinson: pretty sure I addressed him in the comments last week, but I’ll keep him on the radar for week 5. Thanks for letting me know you want to read more about him.

    @jj:Blanks if before June , but Rizzo should get a chance this year too.

    @eddy: I’ve never done a draft like tha. sorry.

    @Paul: in the early season, I’m looking at the high minors. Miller did receive a Scouting the Unknow article last year.

    @Tom Emanski: ha.

  11. Tom Emanski says:
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    Blanks has been moved to 1B in the minors, FYI.

  12. Wake Up says:
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    Furbush? Seriously? Furbush you gotta be effin’ kiddin’ me. His name is really Furbush?

  13. Nick says:
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    Contreras to the DL, Madson the new temporary closer in Philly.

  14. Tony says:
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    What do you think of Goldschmidt? He’s flat out hit at every level. His K’s were high last year, but he’s cut them quite a bit so far this year (in an admittedly small sample size). Houw about James Darnell?

  15. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    albert pulled up hurt on a groundout,removed from game

  16. chata says:
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    in my keeper league ….
    drop trout or jennings ?

    thanking you , in advance .

  17. Outlaw says:
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    So, everybody’s high on Harang, and tonight he goes negative points on me. Has he reverted to the bad old Aaron?

  18. Stephen says:
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    @chata: neither?

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