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2004 Supplemental Round Update

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Toronto Blue Jays prospect Zach Jackson

2004 Supplemental Round Update

31---Kansas City Royals: J.P. Howell, LHP, University of Texas
A fast start in the minors led to a rapid rise to the Majors, joining Longhorn teammate Huston Street in the American League. Howell pitched brilliantly in his first start and not so hot in his second, but his progress has been excellent even considering his advanced college background. Certainly the Royals have to be happy with this pick.

32---Toronto Blue Jays: Zach Jackson, LHP, Texas A&M
8-1, 2.88 in 10 starts for Class A Dunedin earned him a promotion to Double-A, where he is 2-1, 2.45 in 4 starts. Combined K/BB ratio of 68/8 in 85 innings is sound. On the fast track, and another pick that looks very successful so far.

33---Los Angeles Dodgers: Justin Orenduff, RHP, Virginia Commonwealth University
5-3, 2.24 in 12 starts for Class A Vero Beach in the Florida State League, with 81/26 K/BB in 60 innings. Has allowed only 35 hits. Extremely good K/IP and H/IP ratios reflect his excellent stuff. His walk rate is higher than ideal and command remains an issue, but his power arm is very intriguing.

34---Chicago White Sox: Tyler Lumsden, LHP, Clemson
Elbow surgery. Was expected to miss the season, but rehab is going well according to reader report and he may be back sooner.

35---Minnesota Twins: Matt Fox, RHP, University of Central Florida
Extended spring training, hasn't pitched this year due to shoulder problems and loss of velocity.

36---Oakland Athletics: Danny Putnam, OF, Stanford
Hitting .302/.376/.473 in 67 games for Stockton in the California League, 31 walks, 48 strikeouts in 258 at-bats. Doing exactly as expected, decent power with good on-base skills.

37---New York Yankees: Jon Poterson, C, Chandler AZ HS
Slow start, hit .173/.215/.268 in 36 games for Charleston in the Sally League, then was sent to extended spring training in late May. Poor plate discipline was the main culprit, but he is too young to give up on at this point.

38---Chicago White Sox: Gio Gonzalez, LHP, Monsignor Pace HS, Miami
5-3, 1.87 in 10 starts for Kannapolis in the Sally League, earning a promotion to Winston-Salem in the Carolina League, where he fanned 4 but allowed 5 hits and 2 runs in a 3.2 inning start. Rapid progress here, he is quickly emerging as one of the best LHP prospects in the game.

39---Minnesota Twins: Jay Rainville, RHP, Bishop Hendricksen HS, Pawtucket, RI
5-2, 3.80 in 12 starts for Class A Beloit in the Midwest League, with 58/21 K/BB in 66 innings. Has excellent stuff, but his command remains an issue, possibly one that the Midwest League will not fully expose. I like his long-term potential certainly, but he should not be rushed.

40---Oakland Athletics: Huston Street, RHP, University of Texas
1.59 ERA in 29 games for the Athletics, with 6 saves so far. 36/16 K/BB in 34 innings, 21 hits allowed, 0 homers. He's pitching extremely well in general, although I'd like to see his walk rate come down a bit. Still, K/IP and H/IP are very strong. Everything advertised, basically.

41---New York Yankees: Jeff Marquez, RHP, Sacramento CC
4-6, 3.51 in 12 starts for Charleston, with a 54/35 K/BB in 67 innings. Like Rainville, Marquez has good stuff and is holding his own against low-A competition on that basis alone. But his walk rate is too high, and unless his command improves he will have problems further up the ladder.