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May 2, 2009
  
Prospect Peek: A Ball
by: cp on May 2, 2009 10:33 PM | Filed under: Journals

April is history, most prospects are approaching 100 ABs and I’m desperately looking for a a distraction from today’s walk-off loss.  What better time to peek at how some prospects are faring.  This journal will focus on A Ball.

It’s not a comprehensive list but a very subjective culling of guys with strong numbers with bonus points for being at or ahead of the age curve for their league.  It’s always fun to see new names so I mention a few.  Are they for real or just in the middle of a career hot streak?  What other A-ballers are you guys following that I don’t list here?

Low A
Jordany Valdespin – Huh?  Not on my radar before the season & not on the club at the moment – he’s suspended for disciplinary reasons.  Hopefully he’ll straighten without sacrificing his gaudy 1.021 ops and 3 HRs in his first 65 ABs while batting .385.  He’s a 21 year old 2Ber from the cradle of SS’s San Pedro de Macaris.

Joshua Satin – A 24 year old college guy in low-A probably isn’t worth following too closely he’s got a .865 ops/.370 ba but 21 ks in 73 abs.

Wilmer Flores .641 ops, 5/14 bb/ks in 75 abs aren’t exactly tearing it up but hitting 280 at such a young age means he deserves plenty of slack.

Jefry Marte .678 ops, 2/22 bb/ks in 90 abs but a .278 ba – similar pattern to Wilmer.  Season is young – no need to panic but cut the k rate if you can Jefry.

Jeurys Familia is a 19 year old Dominican RHer who stands 6’3”/185.  5/2 he allowed 3 unearned runs in an outing that only ran 3 innings but dropped his ERA to 1.19.  He allowed 1 hit but 5 walks . . . sure hope he doesn’t have a Lollie poster hanging in his locker . . .  His 14/15 bb/k rate suggest he could use a strong development program and his 12 hits allowed in 22.ip suggest he’s worthy of one.

Kyle Allen is another 19 year old.  He goes 6’3” and has 17 k’s in 15.2ip but 18 hits allowed, 8 walks + 3 hbp & 2 HR.  But any 19 year old that k’s more than 1 an inning is worth bookmarking.

High A
Our hopes of getting a college bat from last years draft have improved from the end of last season.

Ike Davis – horrid stint w/Brooklyn in ’08 he’s at .295 with an .804 ops.  He finally hit his first pro HR but hasn’t yet gotten his second.  Most troubling is a 9/24 bb/k rate in 88 abs.  The walks are actually a solid rate but the k’s scream “Craig Brazell” except Brazell reached the bleachers regularly.

Reese Havens – Now we’re talkin’!  Rebounding from an injury riddled 2008 with .291/.380/.535/.915 with 4 HRs in 86 ABs!  Look for a promotion if he sustains anything close to this.  The 13/16 bb/k rate in 86 ABs is also encouraging.  The 10 errors on the other hand . . .  Daniel Murphy call your office!

Carlos Guzman – Who is this guy?  And where is Brookdale CC in NJ where he comes from?  He’ll turn 23 in May but he’s ops-ing at .833 in 84 ABs with 3 HRs.  The 5/21 bb/k rate suggest he’s got a long way to go to before he’s picked up on a fully functioning radar.

Jenry Mejia – A nineteen year old 6 foot RHer he just hurled 8 shutout innings to drop his ERA to 2.36.  26.2ip – 23h – 9/25 bb/k – 0 HRs.- 1.20WHIP.

Scott Shaw – The 6’5” 22 year old Illini RHer sports  a .220 BAA, 2.74ERA – 23ip – 18h – 6/23 bb/k – 2 HR.  A bit old for this slotting for my taste.

Brad Holt – 21 year old righty has now logged 18.2ip allowing 19h, 3 HR, 6/20 bb/k to go along with a 5.79 ERA & 1.34 WHIP

Relievers w/+1 k rates two of whom are too old to get excited about:  Nick Carr (22) 17ks/16ip, Brant Rustich (24) 16ks/13ip, Nicholas Waechter (24) 18k’s/13ip.


One Response to “Prospect Peek: A Ball”

  1. Comment posted by lucienlc on May 3, 2009 at 1:49 pm (#970309)

    You left out Jeffrey Kaplan, who has some of the best numbers in low A. Sure, he’s 23, but that’s because he’s a college kid drafted in 2008.

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