Good morning prospect watchers.
***Items in my current work queue: Prospects of the Day features on Drake Britton and Michael Choice, unless something more timely is necessary, plus Prospect Retrospectives on Chris Davis, Marco Scutaro, and Jeff Kent. I will continue to bang away at the Pre-Season Top 20 prospect list reviews, concentrating on teams that are likely to be active at the deadline and teams about which there are specific rumors afloat, while keeping a balance between geographical regions and leagues so I can finish the whole project in a timely manner by early August. When time crunches, this will have a higher priority over Retros and any other features except an actual trade.
***Yesterday's Minor League Ball Gameday thread.
***Los Angeles Angels outfield prospect Kole Calhoun hit three homers for Triple-A Salt Lake last night, pushing his season line to .349/.417/.604 with 12 homers and 10 steals. Yeah, it's the PCL. Yeah, he's old for a prospect at age 25. And yeah, he doesn't have great tools and is small for an outfielder (5-11, 190, but looks smaller). He's also hit everywhere he's played dating back to his days at Arizona State, and I wouldn't underestimate his ability to surprise us at some point.
***Tyler Glasnow continues to roll along, the Pirates prospect throwing six strong innings for Low-A West Virginia last night, allowing one hit, two walks, no runs, fanning six.
***Miguel Sano is heating up for Double-A New Britain. He homered again last night and has added 40 points to his batting average in the last week, now up to .231/.333/.562 overall in 37 games since being promoted.
***Another ultra-hot player is Yankees outfielder Mason Williams, 4-for-6 with three runs scored last night, adding 40 points to his batting average in the last three weeks, now up to .282/.350/.390 for High-A Tampa.
***Marlins pitching prospect Brian Flynn threw 7.2 shutout innings for Triple-A New Orleans yesterday, fanning nine. Acquired in the Anibal Sanchez trade last summer, he's quietly had a very good season with a 3.36 ERA with a 98/32 K/BB in 99 innings. He has a 3-10 record due to poor run support, but he's pitching very credibly for the PCL, is a big lefty (6-8, 240) who works in the low-90s, and has a good changeup and breaking ball. He seems like a good candidate to sneak up on us. The 23 year old was drafted by the Tigers out of Wichita State in the seventh round in 2011.
More from Minor League Ball:
- Top Dominican Summer League pitchers making their stateside debuts in 2013
- Brewers trade Francisco Rodriguez to Orioles for prospect Nick Delmonico
- Minor League Ball Gameday, July 23
- New York Yankees Top 20 2013 PRE-SEASON Prospects in Review
- Prospect of the Day: Jonathan Villar, SS, Houston Astros
- Prospect Retrospective: Brooks Kieschnick
- Cubs trade Matt Garza to Rangers for Grimm, prospects Olt, C.J. Edwards