Minor League Ball Gameday, August 13

Leonardo Heras - Brandon Wade/FTWorth Star Telegram via Getty Images

Good afternoon prospect watchers. I'm sorry for the reduction in posting the last couple of days, as I've been dealing with a personal issue. I should be back to normal tomorrow. Here is a list of things I am working on.

***Prospect of the Day list: Drake Britton, Leury Garcia, Michael Choice, Victor Black, and Chad Bettis have all been promised recently and will get done shortly.

***Prospect Retrospectives: Chris Davis, Jeff Kent, LaTroy Hawkins, and C.J. Wilson have all been promised and I'm pulling together the old materials I have for them, in the case of Kent and Hawkins reports going back 20 years.

***In the All Questions Answered, it was suggested that I write up some sleeper picks for 2014 and I'll start working on that too.

***Yesterday's Minor League Ball Gameday thread.

***So much for yesterday's idea of leaving Kris Bryant at Boise to finish out their current homestand: he was promoted to High-A Daytona about an hour after I posted yesterday's suggestion. The Cubs also moved first baseman Dan Vogelbach up to Daytona to accompany Bryant for the stretch run as the team is in first place. Vogelbach was hitting .284/.364/.450 with 17 homers for Kane County.

***The Houston Astros added another prospect to their farm system, signing outfielder Leonardo Heras out of the Mexican League. Heras is a left-handed hitting outfielder, age 23, playing for the Mexico City Red Devils. currently hitting .310/.398/.519 with 11 homers, 14 steals, 48 walks, 73 strikeouts in 335 at-bats. The Mexican League is known for hitting and Heras' .917 OPS currently ranks 26th in the league, behind former major league luminaries such as Wes Bankston, Ruben Rivera, and Ruben Mateo.

That may not sound too hot, but Heras has been reportedly bothered by a bad shoulder this year, probably hampering his production, and he hit better in previous campaigns showing both power and speed. He was excellent early in 2013, hitting .351/.428/.576 in his first 38 games this season before pitching into a slump. He is smaller than the typical outfielder at 5-9, 190, but seems like an interesting prospect with contact hitting skills and a potentially broad range of abilities.




***Craig Goldstein takes a look at Cincinnati Reds pitching prospect Robert Stephenson.

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