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!