Friday, August 23, 2013

Minor League Roundup – August 22nd

The Good
Marcus Stroman – New Hampshire (Double A)
5.2 IP – 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR
This is almost exactly Stroman’s typical stat line from his season at AA.  Coming into this start he was averaging 5.2 IP, 6.5 Ks, 1.3 BB, 5 Hits, & .75 HR, he had a couple extra strikeouts, but aside from that, steady as she goes.

Emilio Guerrero – Lansing (High Single A)
3/4 – 1 SB
Guerrero continues to absolutely rake.  The light has gone on for the 20 year old in the month of August hitting .369/.396/.536, and is setting himself up to succeed next year at the next level.

L.B. Dantzler – Vancouver (Short Season Single A)
1/4 – 1 HR, 2 K
Dantzler hit his Northwest League leading 9th home run on Thursday night.  Even though he is 22 years old, and seemingly doesn’t have much upside, having a guy hitting .318/.403/.523 at any level is somewhat pleasing.

Dawel Lugo – Vancouver (Short Season Single A)
2/4 – 2 2B, 1 K
In his first 6 games in Vancouver he had hit .241/.241/.241, which means he hadn’t drawn a walk, nor had he gotten an extra base hit.  He still hasn’t drawn a walk, but he remedied that extra base hit issue ripping two doubles Thursday night.  Still isn’t the start you’d like to see for a player debuting at a new level, but considering he’s just 18 any sign is a positive one.

The Bad
Ricky Romero – Buffalo (Triple A)
5.1 IP – 9 H, 5 R//4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
Romero stinks.  He cant even get AAA batters out on a regular basis, and I hate that by doing this article daily I get a constant reminder of that every 5 days.  Ugh.

Franklin Barreto – Bluefield (High Rookie)
0/4 – 2 K, 1 Error
A poor day at the plate is one thing, but committing your 3rd error at shortstop in just 6 games is the most concerning aspect.  While I have zero doubt that Barreto will need to move off shortstop long term, leaving him there is worthwhile, because he’ll get more reps, and perhaps allow him to stay at 2nd base rather than moving to the outfield.

Richard Urena – GCL (Low Rookie)
0/5 – 2 K, 1 Error
One day after an exciting debut in the GCL, Urena was pretty crappy.  2 strikeouts, and an error for his second consecutive day.  That being said, given that Dunedin was rained out for 3 straight days, I have to assume that the field conditions were relatively poor.  I’m not panicking based on the 2 errors, especially based on the reputation he’s coming to America with.

The Other
A.J. Jimenez - Buffalo (Triple A)
A.J didn't play last night in Buffalo, which is only strange because it was the game after a day off.It might just be some end of the season soreness, but an actual injury is possible. Whatever the case may be, we'll keep an eye on it via twitter. Hopefully it's nothing serious.

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