Showing posts with label Prospects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Prospects. Show all posts

Monday, June 29, 2009

Manny Banuelos, The Next Big Thing

While it may be a bit of a misnomer to call the 5'10", 155 lbs. lefty "big" in any sense of the word, I cannot help but be genuinely excited by his progress since signing out of Mexico last Spring. As a 17 year-old in the rookie level Gulf Coast League, Banuelos posted the following numbers last summer in twelve games (three starts):

4-1, 42 IP, 32 H, 13 BB, 37 K, .208 BAA, 2.57 ERA, 1.07 WHIP

Impressive doesn't quite cut it, to be perfectly honest. Elisaul Pimentel led the GCL in ERA in 2008, checking in at 2.41 - and he's nearly three years older than Banuelos. The diminutive lefty began 2009 in low Class-A. Check out his numbers thus far, through twelve starts:

5-3, 61 IP, 47 H, 14 BB, 57 K, .207 BAA, 2.51 ERA, 1.00 WHIP

Banuelos is currently sixth in the league in ERA - all five pitchers ahead of him are at least one year older (and two of which are three-plus years older). He is pitching well-ahead of even the most optimistic projections thus far, and I cannot help but think he can be even better with time - after all, he's only 18.

According to the Baseball America Prospect Handbook, Banuelos' fastball sits between 90 and 92 MPH, he changes speeds well, and he should develop a strong breaking ball. Other sources note that he has excellent command and the makings of a fantastic change-up.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Move Alan Horne to the Bullpen

The Yankees pitching staff, thought to be a strength heading into 2009, has been among the worst in Major League Baseball thus far. Both the bullpen and the rotation have experienced significant struggles, and there appears to be a dire lack of "sure things" in either. Rivera has faltered, Sabathia has been up and down, and everyone between the team's two aces has been hurt, inconsistent, or both. 

In my mind, the rotation will sort itself out. The Yankees Major League roster has seven pitchers capable of starting, with Wang, Hughes, and Aceves deserving a look for the fifth and final spot. Personally, I would like to see Hughes there (as I believe he is ready, and needs to take his lumps). Wang's velocity would be up in the bullpen, and he would have more time to work on his mechanics, and Aceves has proven to be very valuable in high-leverage situations. 

The bullpen, then, is my concern. I believe that Melancon and Robertson need to stay on the roster, and Veras needs to go. I do see another pitcher that should get a look, though, that has skirted under the radar - and that is the titular Alan Horne.

Horne has been in the Yankees organization for four seasons now, and has been ineffective for three. He is injury-prone and inconsistent, and his stuff has suffered a bit following his second major arm-surgery last season. At 26, this trend is unlikely to reverse itself, leaving Horne's value as minimal, at best. I believe that, much like Phil Coke, Horne could be a very good reliever.

For those of you that don't know much about Horne, he is a power pitcher, and his mechanics leave him very prone to injury. At the same time, though, this makes him an ideal reliever. His velocity peaks at 95 in the rotation, his power slider and hard curve have been rated between average and plus, and he has a surprisingly effective change-up. He struggles with control at times, and his fastball sits below 90 at times. In the bullpen, Horne's velocity would likely increase, he would be less likely to strain himself with high pitch-counts, and he may be able to help the team fairly soon.

In the end, there's no real reason not to make the move with Horne. I dislike giving up on starting pitchers, but Horne has fallen behind several other prospects, and it seems unlikely that he will be able to right the ship at 26. That being said, he has the stuff to be a light's-out reliever, and it could very well save his career.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Jesus Promoted To Trenton

After two months of .967 OPS ball in hi-A Tampa, Jesus Montero has been promoted to AA Trenton. That makes him a 19 year-old playing in AA, which is almost unheard of. He was one of the younger players in the Florida State League, and now he is in the high minors. The move was made partly due to his hot hitting but also because the Yankees want both Jesus and Austin Romine to catch every day. Romine will stay in Tampa as Jesus works on his defense in Trenton. I would expect him to continue to have success at the plate, but he really needs to concentrate on his defense behind the plate so he can stay at catcher. This move is very exciting for Jesus and for me, becuase now I can go see him play.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Checking in on the Prospects

It's almost June, so I thought we'd see how things are going down on the farm:
Charleston (A-) - Charleston doesn't have much in the way of position player prospects but they have some pitchers to keep an eye on:
  • Andrew Brackman: Most of us have heard of Brackman by now. The 2007 first round pick out of NC State is a TJ survivor, and stands at 6'10" with 100 mph potential. He hasn't gotten back to triple digits yet, but he has been solid in Charleston. 7.8 K/9 is decent, 4.7 BB/9 not so much. He's been a groundball machine though, inducing a grounder 63% of the time. However the important thing is that he's healthy. He put a nice little run together until his last start, in which he walked 10 batters.
  • David Phelps: Phelps was a 14th round pick out of Notre Dame last year, and he has pitched very well in his brief pro career. He's got a 3.44 ERA in 52.1 IP, as well as 7.1 K/p and 1.4 BB/9.
  • Brett Marshall: Marshall was a 6th round selection out of high school last year. This was a highly regarded pick, but he has yet to live up to expectations with a 4.93 ERA, 5.4 K/9, and 4.5 BB/9. However, he is young for the league, most guys his age would be in Extended Spring Training right now.
  • Manuel Banuelos: The fact that Banuelos is pitching in Charleston as an 18-year-old is impressive enough. Even more impressive is that in 37.1 IP this season he has a 3.38 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, 9.2 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9. Look for Banuelos to be climbing the prospect lists next season.
Tampa (A+) - Tampa is probably the most loaded of the Yankee farm teams, with plenty of position and pitching prospects:
  • Jesus Montero: Everyone knows about Jesus. Questions about his future behind the plate, but his bat will play anywhere, and he's just 19. He has a .910 OPS, and is very young for the Sally league. His walks are up this year, while strikeouts remain the same. He hits a line drive 1 out of 5 at bats and has shown improved power this year as well. Oh, and he has a .288 wOBA. Praise Jesus.
  • Austin Romine: Jesus' catching partner has not adjusted as well to the SAL. His power is a little up, but so are his walks and strikeouts. He's ahead of Montero defensively, but his .743 OPS and .318 wOBA don't quite measure up.
  • Jeremy Bleich: The 2008 sandwich pick has been solid this year: 3.83 ERA, 6.1 K/9, 2.6 BB/9, 1.30 WHIP.
  • Dellin Betances: The 6'8" Staten Island product has been inconsistent this year. 8.9 K/9 (good), 5.3 BB/9 (bad). However he hasn't gotten much help from his defense. He has a .353 BABIP, resulting in a big difference between his ERA (4.87) and his FIP (3.73). However, he recently landed on the DL.
Trenton (AA) - Trenton's roster has been kind of inconsistent this year due to promotions and demotions:
  • The 21 year-old sinkerballer has been great so far in Trenton. In 47 IP he has a 1.91 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP to go along with a 52% groundball rate. His 6.1 K/9 doesn't give him the ceiling of Brackman or Betances, but he also has a much higher floor. Z-Mac is one of my favorite prospects and I think he will have a very successful, if unspectacular, big league career.
  • Wilkins De La Rosa: WDLR lit up the minors last year, and pitched very well in Tampa before being promoted to Trenton this year, where he has had a tough time adjusting. He currently has a 4.57 ERA, but he is averaging more than a strikeout per inning. He probably profiles as a reliever, but Wilkins is still new to pitching, so he has plenty of time to improve.
  • Ivan Nova: Nova is a guy with great stuff who had never really harnessed it until this year. The Padres took him in the Rule 5 draft but returned him, and he has posted a 3.26 ERA in 47 IP.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA):
  • Austin Jackson: A-Jax, the Yankees #1 prospect and centerfielder of the future is having a successful season as a 22 year-old in AAA. His .899 OPS and .399 wOBA are very impressive, but he still has plenty of work to do before he's big league ready. He has a sold walk rate (10.6%), but he really needs to cut down and strikeouts (24%). He also has an IsoP of just .097. The explanation the Yankees have for this is that he's working on shortening his swing to cut down on strikeouts, and once he gets the new swing down, the power should come. Given his athleticism I'd say this is a decent explanation, but he has to get that done before he can assume the centerfield role in the Bronx.
  • George Kontos: Kontos has thrown 28 IP to a 2.25 ERA for the Scrankees, and has a 7.7 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9.
  • Mark Melancon: 16.2 IP, 2.16 ERA, 11.3 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, 6.5 H/9, 0.96 WHIP, 62% GB rate. Why is he still in Scranton? He's got nothing left to prove in the minors.
There it is, consider yourself updated on the most important Yankees' prospects.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Minor League News and Notes

With the first month of the season over, I think we're overdue for one of these. I'm just going to list some of the hot/struggling prospects. If they have little to no ML potential then they're probably going to be ignored and Scranton's awesome record doesn't really matter to me. Tampa and Scranton are loaded with prospects while the other levels, not so much.
  • Ian Kennedy is back to dominating AAA. Before suffering a minor injury, he had an ERA of 1.59 with a 25/7 K/BB ratio. Right now he doesn't look to have much future with the Yankees but that's going to boost his trade value. With Aceves' slow start and Hughes in the ML's he's next in line to come in for injury.
  • Kei Igawa can't even get out AAA hitters anymore. Aceves also got off to a slow start but not nearly as bad as Igawa.
  • Austin Jackson is crushing the ball. He has a line of .364/.434/.455. Right now, he's auditioning for a starting outfield job next year. If Melky reverts to last year's form, we might see Jackson before even September.
  • Zach McAllister's aggresive promotion to AA has paid off so far. His ERA is only 2.53 but his K/BB is only 14/9. If he can get those walks down then he may see AAA action by the end of the year. George Kontos is also continuing his dominating ways with an ERA of 2.66.
  • Fransisco Cervelli is off to a slow start which isn't good for him. With a big year he could win the backup catcher job for next year.
  • Jesus Montero has no disapointed at all. He's murdering Florida State League Pitchers right now. Austin Romine isn't doing quite as well but is also of to a solid start.
  • Brandon Laird and Damon Sublett are doing awfully.
  • Knoblog favorite, Jeremy Bleich, is off to a dominating start. The Yankees have typically promoted pitching prospects aggresively so we could see him in AAA by the end of the year. If they're running away with the divison or way out of it, he may even see some ML time in September. Of course, he has to pitch well.
  • Dellin Bettances desperately needs to lower his walk totals. He strikes out enough to get by but if he could get those walks down he'd be a true #1 prospect type.
  • Pat Venditte has been absolutely filthy for Staten Island. Honestly, he needs a promotion right now.
  • Carmen Angelini has been an awful dissapointment and had an embarassingly long error streak going for a while.

And that's it. Its still only May so like the ML Yankees, don't read that much into it but its a good arbitrary time to take their temperatures.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Jeremy Bleich Watch

Yesterday I unveiled my idea for a prospect watch and narrowed it down to one of Dellin Bettances, Jeremy Bleich, and Zack McAllister. Ultiamtely I went with Bleich because he seems to be the one who should move through the minors fastest this year. Bleich was a controversial pick last year. A lot of people thought he was a big reach but the Yankees must have seen something in him to make him their second pick. RAB had a good profile on him back in November which is worth a read. After every Bleich start I'll devote a post to how he did and update his season stats. Hopefully he'll have a good year and be a starter for the Yankees in a couple years.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Knoblog Prospect Watch

One of my favorite blogs is RAB and one of their best features is their annual prospect watch. Every year they've chosen one prospect to follow update his stats after their every game. Its a pretty cool idea so I'm going to steal it for our blog. I know its a little late to start it with the season already underway but I'd like to start it now. I'm not sure who its going to be though.

I know its got to be a pitcher since theirs no way I`m going to have the time to update it every day and I also want to make sure they're far away enough that they're not going to come up mid-season. That rules out Hughes, Melancon, Kennedy, and Aceves, two of whom may be coming up within a couple days. I'm looking for a guy with star potential as well who could be up within a year or two if all goes well. RAB is doing Brackman this year and I don't want to totally steal their idea so that rules him out as well. I was thinking one of Zack McAllister, Dellin Bettances, or Jeremy Bleich. I haven't decided yet though and give me your thoughts on this in the comments if you have any.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Baseball Prospectus' Yankees' Top 11 Prospects

The Yankees system was rate as three stars (out of five) by BP. This seems fair to me. Anyway, here's the list:

Five-Star Prospects
1. Jesus Montero, C
2. Austin Jackson, CF
Three-Star Prospects
3. Dellin Betances, RHP
4. Austin Romine, C
5. Arodys Vizcaino, RHP
6. Andrew Brackman, RHP
7. Jeremy Bleich, LHP
8. Alfredo Aceves, RHP
9. Zach McAllister, RHP
10. Phil Coke, LHP
11. Mark Melancon, RHP

Just Missed: Brad Suttle, 3B; Kelvin De Leon, RF; Wilkins De La Rosa, LHP

Overall I would say this is a solid list. A few surprises: Arodys Vizcaino is one. He is an 18 (I think, possibly 17) year old pitcher who the Yankees signed for $800,000 in 2007. This is the highest I have ever seen him ranked. BP also likes Jeremy Bleich a lot more than most other scouting services. Also, I was surprised to see Aceves and Coke ranked ahead of Melancon, but I guess that's just because they are starters for now.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Baseball America's Yankees Top 10 Prospects

This comes out online in two days, but River Ave. Blues has it early:
  1. Austin Jackson,OF
  2. Jesus Montero, C
  3. Andrew Brackman, RHP
  4. Austin Romine, C
  5. Dellin Betances, RHP
  6. Zach McAllister, RHP
  7. Al Aceves, RHP
  8. Phil Coke, LHP
  9. Mark Melancon, RHP
  10. Brad Suttle, 3B
I'm pretty much in agreement here, except for Aceves and Coke. They're both solid players, but have low ceilings. While he hasn't done much lately, Humberto Sanchez has a much higher ceiling than either of them, and you could also make a case for recent draft picks like Jeremy Bleich. Even if they do belong on the list, Melancon should definitely be higher than them. Now, on to the rest of the list. Aside from the two I just mentioned, Austin Jackson is the only player to see time above Hi-A ball. The Yankees have a talented farm system, but most of that talent is located in the low minors. When these players mature and reach the higher levels, this could be one of the best systems in baseball.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Yankees to Send 36 Players to Instructional League

Here's the list, courtesy of Pete Abe:

Pitchers: Manuel Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Jeremy Bleich, Noel Castillo, Wilkins de la Rosa, Christian Garcia, Brett Marshall, D.J. Mitchell, Jhonny Nunez, Mike O’Brien, Dave Phelps, Matt Richardson, Amauri Sanit, Nik Turley, Arodys Vizcaino.

Catchers: Franciso Cervelli, Kyle Higashioka, Jesus Montero, Austin Romine, Chase Weems.

Infielders: Dave Adams, Carmen Angelini, Mitchell Delaney, Corban Joseph, Brandon Laird, Garrison Lassiter, Eduardo Nunez, Jimmy Parades, Damon Sublett, Brad Suttle.

Outfielders: Abraham Almonte, Kelvin DeLeon, Eduardo Sosa, Taylor Grote, Francisco Santana, Chris Smith.

The team will play a six game schedule beginning on September 22.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Minor League Notes

So there were a bunch of promotions/demotions yesterday:
  • Mark Melancon and Chase Wright were promoted to Scranton
  • To make room for them, Wilkins Arias and Steven White were sent down to Trenton
  • Eric Wordekemper was sent down to Tampa. This season has been a major disappointment for him
  • Zach McAllister won pitcher of the week in the Florida State League
  • Brandon Braboy won pitcher of the week in the NY-Penn League
  • Brian Baisley won hitter of the week in the NY-Penn League

Friday, July 25, 2008

Trade Analysis

So you all know the trade right now: Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte for Jose Tabata, Ross Ohlendorf, Phil Coke and George Kontos. While it's hard to say for sure until a few years from now, I would say the Yankees won this trade. Nady is a good righty bat who will step in and help immediatley. The same goes for Marte, as he gives us the good lefty we have wanted all year, and gives us an excuse to DFA LaTroy Hawkins. Also, these are not rentals. Marte has a $6 million option for next year, and will probably be a type A free agent if the Yankees let him walk. Nady still has two arbitration years left, and could step in as the everyday right fielder next year if Bobby Abreu walks. He also gives us some versatility because he can play first base. Now to the guys we sent away. Tabata is the centerpiece of this deal. He could be great, but he could just as easily be bad. He is nineteen years old, and has some nice tools, but he's almost all projection at this point, and probably wouldn't have helped the big club very soon anyway. Some people are very high on Ross Ohlendorf, but I am not. I think he could be a solid number three starter one day, but I believe that is his ceiling. That's valuable, but the Yankees have a crowded future rotation, which may become more crowded if the Yankees sign CC Sabathia. I see Coke and Kontos as spare parts who may be number five starters or decent middle relievers one day, but could very easily flame out in the minors.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Gardner Called Up

According to a local paper in South Carolina, Brett Gardner has been called up to the Bronx. The corresponding demotion/DFA/DL stint has not been released yet, but I'll post it later. Gardner was playing very well in AAA this season, .287/.412/.429 with three homers and 34 steals. It is unclear whether or not he'll be able to hit in the majors, but he can't be much worse than Melky, and we know he can run.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Some Minor News

In case you were wondering who that man starting in left field tonight, it is Justin Christian, a 28 year old outfielder who was called up today (Billy Traber was demoted). Christian has been hitting well in AAA, and also provides speed on the basepaths. Also, Humberto Sanchez finally made his debut in the Yankee system tonight. The righty came over in the Gary Sheffield deal, and though he was previously a starter, will pitch out of the bullpen this year, and maybe forever. He went two thirds of an inning, allowing a run on a hit. The line really isn't important tonight, its more important that he actually pitched.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Aceves Promoted

Minor league pitcher Alfredo Aceves was promoted to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tonight, making that two levels in about half a season. Don't think this guy is some kind of prodigy, he is 25 years old, and pitched in the Mexican League last year, which is about equal to AAA in America. Aceves is having a great season but he is by no means a prospect, and may never help the Yankees at the big league level.

Prospect Update: Pitchers

The Yankees have a day off today before heading out to Pittsburgh, so today seems like a good day to check out what the prospects are up to:
AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre:
Starters:
Daniel McCutchen: Struck out 52 in 53 IP in AA, with a 2.55 ERA, but has struggled so far since his promotion to AAA with 26 K's in 37.1 IP with a 4.34 ERA
Alan Horne: He spent a lot of time on the DL this year, but in the 24.1 innings he has pitched, he has pitched pretty well, with 22 strikeouts and a 3.70 ERA
Relievers:
Scott Paterson: The big righty has thrown 30 innings out of the bullpen this year, with 32 strikeouts and a 3.00 ERA
David Robertson: The little righty has thrown 29.2 innings in AAA this year, with 43 K's and a 1.82 ERA after throwing 18.2 innings in AA with 26 strikeouts and a 0.96 ERA
JB Cox: About to come off the DL, he has 12.1 IP in Scranton with a 0.73 ERA. In 6.2 IP in Trenton, he had a 1.35 ERA and in 6 IP in Tampa, he had a 3.00 ERA after rehabbing from Tommy John surgery last season
AA Trenton:
Starters:
Alfredo Aceves: In 97 IP between Tampa and Trenton, he has 72 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.95
Eric Hacker: Like Aceves, he started the year in Tampa, and between Tampa and Trenton he has thrown 78.1 innings with 59 strikeouts and a combined 2.07 ERA
Jason Jones: A 2.49 ERA in 86.2 IP
Chase Wright: Remember him? In 64.1 IP this year, he has a 2.56 ERA
Relievers:
Anthony Claggett: He came over in the Gary Sheffield trade, and has 25 strikeouts in 27.1 ERA, along with a 1.32 ERA
Mark Melancon: Another guy coming off TJ surgery, has struck out 43 batters in 51 IP between Tampa and Trenton, with a 2.29 ERA
High A Tampa:
Starters:
Ryan Pope: Currently on the DL, but has a 2.81 ERA in 51.1 IP
Christian Garcia: Formerly a top prospect, but can't stay healthy, though the potential is still there. He threw 24.1 innings before going back on the DL with a 4.38 ERA and 31 strikeouts
Zach McAllister: In 85.1 IP between Charleston and Tampa, he has a 2.64 ERA and 70 K's
Relievers:
Jonathon Hovis: In just 14.1 IP, he has 14 strikeouts and a 1.88 ERA
Low A Charleston:
Starters:
Jairo Heredia: 40 K's and a 2.98 ERA in 42.1 IP
Dellin Betances: 64 strikeouts, but 40 walks, in 55 IP, with a 4.09 ERA
Relievers:
Jonathan Ortiz: The closer, he has 39 K's and a 1.85 ERA in 34 IP

Sunday, June 15, 2008

What To Do About Wang?

As you all already know, Chien-Ming Wang injured his foot today while running the bases today. While it is unlikely that it is a lisfranc injury (a la Brian Bruney) he probably will not be able to avoid a DL stint, which means the Yankees will need to use a replacement pitcher at least three times. Who should that replacement be?
  • Dan Giese is a possibility. He had some success as a starter in AAA and has been pretty good as Joba's shadow. Joba likely doesn't need him anymore, as he is now fully integrated into the rotation.
  • Dan McCutchen. The Yanks might want to give the 26 year old more time at AAA, but he currently has a 3.62 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. He pitched a shutout last night.
  • Jeff Marquez. He struggled early but has since turned it around, and is coming off a very nice start.
  • Alan Horne. If he hadn't been injured, he would have been called up when Hughes got hurt, instead of Darell Rasner. However, the Yankees may want to give him more time to recover, as he has only made three starts in AAA since returning. He does have a 3.44 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 18.1 innings.
  • Kei Igawa (shudder). 3.73 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP, but please, no. Just no.
My choice would be McCutchen, because I think Horne needs more time, but I would be happier with anyone other than Igawa.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

News and Notes:

Some news to hold you over until the late start:
  • The Yankees are one of fourteen times looking at signing recent Cuban defector Dayan Viciedo. Viciedo plays mostly third base, but can also play short and the outfield. He is eighteen years old and began playing pro ball in Cuba at age fifteen
  • Pending Pinstripes has the roster for the 2008 Staten Island Yankees. Look out for guys like Chase Weems, Zoilo Almonte and Pat Venditte
  • According to Chad Jennings via River Ave. Blues, JB Cox has hit the DL. He was a candidate for a promotion to the major league bullpen. Chad is unsure of what the injury is, hopefully nothing serious

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

News and Notes: Prospect Edition

Some info on Yankee prospects/draftees:
  • 17 year old Kevin DeLeon, the head of last year's international free agent class, made his debut last night for the DSL Yankees2. (That stands for Dominican Summer League, in which the Yankees have two teams). He went 1-3 with a walk and two steals, while batting cleanup.
  • 7th round pick, high school catcher Kyle Higashioka, says it will take $500,000 to sign. He is a good defensive catcher with some power projection, and most likely will be signed.
  • 2B David Adams, a 3rd rounder out of UVA, and SS Addison Maruszack, have both signed. They will probably go to Staten Island, and Maruszack may be converted to catcher.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Prospect Update: Hitters

So the minor league season has been going on for a little over two months, and its time to check in on the prospects who are having success.
AAA Scranton Wilkes/Barre:
Matt Carson- I don't know much about him, and he's almost 27, but he has an .825 OPS after OPSing .875 in Trenton
Brett Gardner- He's getting on base a ton and has stepped up the slugging percentage to the tune of an .862 OPS. He also has great speed, with 25 SB's on the year. If Melky continues to struggle, expect a callup.
Juan Miranda- The Cuban defector has been hampered by injuries and lefty pitchers, but he is still OPSing .825 in 107 ABs
Eric Duncan- I'm still not very high on him, but the former first rounder has seen his OPS climb to .776
AA Trenton:
Edwar Gonzalez- All he does is hit doubles. The OF has an .824 OPS
Austin Jackson- A-Jax got off to a slow start, but he's getting on base and has a .776 OPS
A+ Tampa:
Not much hitting on this team, but one of my personal favorite prospects, 2B Damon Sublett has a .739 OPS
A- Charleston:
This is the fun part
OF Wady Rufino has an .854 OPS but has spent some time on the DL
IF Justin Snyder walks a lot and mashes too- .809 OPS
3B Brad Suttle- .778 OPS
C Jesus Montero- .777 OPS. He's really cooled down after a torrid start. These things happen in your first full season of pro ball
CF Abe Almonte- .749 OPS with 15 SB and 5 HR- Power and Speed

That's all for now. I'll do an update for the pitchers sometime in the near future.