For the Phillies, Tyler Cloyd (RHP, 2008, 18th round) was named the International League (AAA) Pitcher of the year.
Austin Wright (LHP, 2011, 8th round) was named the Florida State league (A+) pitcher of the year. (surprised he got it over his teammate Jesse Biddle)
On top of that, Darin Ruf (1B/LF, 2009, 20th round) should be a lock for the Eastern League (AA) MVP as he is in the running for the triple crown (leads in HR's and RBI's but a couple points back in ave)
While we're tooting our prospect's horns for winning accolades...Alex Dickerson wins the Florida State League (A+) Player of the Year accolade.
The 2011 3rd rounder hit for a .299/.359/.454 line and finished 2nd in the league in RBIs (88), 6th in home runs (12), 8th in batting average, 2nd in hits (142), and 3rd in doubles (31).
Those batting stats winning accolades isn't surprising considering the FSL is played in the pitcher-friendly Spring Training stadiums. Jameson Taillon also won the Eastern League Player of the Week for his 11 shutout innings right after his promotion.
The other Bradenton team, the GCL Pirates, swept the GCL Red Sox for their first Gulf Coast League (Rookie) championship today.
edit: Gerrit Cole just promoted to AAA.
“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile, but that it is indifferent. If we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death, our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.” - Stanley Kubrick
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Kendrick wasn’t as upbeat when talking about pitching prospect Trevor Bauer, who did not pitch well in his brief time in the majors earlier this season.
“As you guys know, I’m a pretty direct guy, and I will say this,” Kendrick told KTAR. “He is the employee. In an employer/employee situation it’s incumbent on the employee to make adjustments to satisfy the needs of the employer. I hope and trust that that will occur.”
It was unclear what adjustments Kendrick was referring to; he did not respond to a message from azcentral sports seeking clarification.
Kendrick also was noncommittal about Bauer’s place in the organization.
“Well, he has talent,” Kendrick said, when asked if Bauer were a “big part of the future.”
Pressed for an answer, he said Bauer will need to mature and make adjustments in order to be successful in the major leagues. Bauer is known for his heavy throwing schedule, and he has his own philosophies on game plans as far as how to attack opposing hitters.
I was offered both Xander Boegarts and Tyler Skaggs for my Wil Myers in a dynasty league. Leaning toward pulling the trigger. Any insight on Skaggs or Boegarts I might not know?
Agreed with Admirals. The downside to the trade is you lose Myers who should be contributing sooner than Boegarts, but as long as Boegarts stays at SS he'll have tremendous value as a middle of the order bat at a position that normally sucks. Skaggs is a really good pick up for you too, but I just don't see him contributing this year unless Arizona gets decimated by injuries, and pitching prospects are super risky due to injury risks. In my keeper league I try to stockpile the best hitting prospects because of this.
If Jose Iglesias can get his hitting together this season (which he seems to be doing) Bogaerts is guaranteed to be moving to the outfield and in that case I'd rather have Myers. So it's up to Skaggs to bridge the gap between those two and that's a big if.
As a Pirates fan I'm loving it...3 Pirates in the top 22...Cole isn't dominating like I'd like, but Taillon is and Gregory Polanco is shooting up the rankings as yet another 5-tool natural center fielder in the system.
In the fun to keep an eye on sector...remember Stetson Allie? The 52nd overall pick in the 2010 Draft who signed to a $2.25 million bonus who proceeded to compile a 7.76 ERA and 2.175 WHIP in only 26.2 innings as a pitcher before being converted to a first baseman last year.
Well...Allie is looking like he may be a better hitting prospect than he was a pitching prospect...it'll take more than 2 months to climb into anyone's Top 100 lists, but good lord.
Playing for the West Virginia Power of the South Atlantic League, a notoriously pitcher-friendly league...
.342 batting average (2nd in the league)
13 HR (1st in league)
47 RBI (1st in league)
.423 OBP (3rd in league)
.639 SLG (1st in league)
1.045 OPS (2nd in league)
Last year, his first as a full-time batter, he had a .654 OPS in 150 plate appearances in the Gulf Coast League...it'll be interesting to see if he can put up similar numbers the rest of the way and in the higher levels.
The only shot any of them have at falling out is if the Moran to the Astros rumors are true.
I agree, but I wouldn't discount the Rockies doing something crazy. Especially if Gray/Appel is taken 1-2.
With a guy like Kohl Stewart comparing favorably to Archie Bradley by scouts (or what Callis/Law keep telling us), the same Archie Bradley who is ripping AA apart currently, they could overlook Bryant for him.
I still expect Gray-Appel-Bryant to be 1-2-3 in the draft, so for the Twins I'm expecting Kohl Stewart to be our pick.
As long as they don't do the "We'll spend less on the top pick and spend later in the draft" strategy and pick C Reese McGuire, I'll be good with Stewart.
In other Twins news, Byron Buxton is looking really good. Yes he was the #2 and expected to perform, but I expected him to struggle a little due to how raw he apparently was.
Shows how much I know, he's looking really good. He's currently obliterating A ball. Showing significant power, great patience (K/BB numbers are good) and good ability on basepaths.
He's flashing all 5 tools he was scouted with really well. I doubt the Twins rush him to AA, but a promotion to High-A is not out of the question.
Overall I'm much more optimistic with the Twins farm than in recent years. Buxton, Sano and Meyer all have significant potential. Add in good prospects like Rosario (who will stick at 2B and still hit), Arcia, Berrios among others, this farm system has the potential to be quite good.
Ideally we add another high pitching prospect this draft, but adding Bryant(dream I know) would give us some of the most ridiculous power bats in the minors around.