Friday, May 29, 2009

The Farm Report: May 29

It's been an eventful couple of weeks, Tony Gwynn Jr. was traded to the Padres, Jeremy Jeffress and Mike Jones switched spots and we've gotten an extended look at top hitting prospect Matt Gamel.

No call-ups and no major moves to report so we'll jump right into it.

Nashville Sounds (AAA)

Alcides Escobar (SS)
: He's been awesome at the dish, hitting .372 in his last ten to bump his average to .291. Escobar also has 21 stolen bases. His defense has suffered at second base though, he now has nine errors on the season including a
two error game earlier this week.

Joe Koshansky (1B)(Right): Koshansky leads Nashville in homers(9) and strikeouts. He's big (6'4") and left-handed. If you remember he was a waiver wire claim at the beginning of the season, with no more Tony Gwynn Jr. we'll keep on eye him here.

Angel Salome (C): He's got 10 hits in his last 22 at-bats, which is good, but his season average still sits at just .245. For the month of May Salome is hitting .291.

Cole Gillespie (OF)(Left): He's hitting just .212 in Triple-A, but that can't last too long. Especially when you consider his .342 OBP.

Tim Dillard (SP)
: The good? A 3.48 ERA and 6-2 record. The bad? As many strikeouts as walks (20).

Best of the Rest
: Utility players Hernan Iribarren and Adam Heether are both hitting higher than .330. Chris Smith(RP) has a .94 WHIP in the closers role.

Huntsville Stars (AA)

Taylor Green (3B)
: Green is hitting .258 for Huntsville with three doubles and six driven in through his first ten games at the Double-A level. More walks(5) than strikouts(3) puts his OBP at an impressive .368.

Jonathon Lucroy (C)
: He's 4-for-35 in his last ten games. The OBP sits at .340 but May has been a rough month for Lucroy, he's hit just .174.

Mike Jones (SP)
(Left): He's pitched twice for Huntsville and very well both times. He's line since the call-up... 13 IP, 6 K's, 2 BB and just two earned runs. Could he put himself back on the map?

Chris Cody (SP): Traded for Jose Capellan in 2007, Cody has been one of the best starters in the system this year. He has 42 K's against just nine walks this season. He's made nine starts and sports a 4-1 record.

Best of the Rest: Donovan Hand(P) has a 1.87 ERA through 33.2 innings. Casey Barron(P) has a 1.21 ERA average in relief. Omar Aguilar(RP) is starting to pitch well after coming back from a spring injury, if it continues we'll have more on him next time.

Brevard County Manatees (High-A)

Eric Farris(2B)(Right): If Brett Lawrie wasn't playing second base, Farris might be the top prospect there. Farris is hitting .341 in May and jacked his third home run of the season last night. He's got 22 stolen bases in 23 tries and is third on the team in runs scored with 22.

Logan Schafer(OF)
: Schafer had a 5-hit game last week and leads the team in runs scored (23) and total bases (66). He's batting .308 on the year and has a .340 OBP.

Caleb Gindl(OF)
: It's been a quiet couple of weeks for Gindl, he's hit just .188 with no extra-base hits. Really a forgettable month all together, Caleb is hitting just .203 in May.

Evan Anundsen (SP): Anundsen's ERA sits at 2.15 and he has 43 strikeouts in 46 innings. He's also got a 5-3 record through the first two months of the season. Anundesn hasn't gone more than five innings in a game since his no-hitter on April 28 but it's the minors so don't read too much into that.

Jeremy Jeffress(SP): I have to wonder how long Jeffress will be a starter, a 100 MPH arm is suited well for the closers role. He's walked nine in his eight innings for Brevard County.

Joshua Butler (SP)
(Left): This is the guy the Brewers got for Gabe Gross last season. He's been sharp this year, with a 6-0 record and a 2.47 ERA in 51 Innings. His May ERA is 1.52.

Best of the Rest
: The bullpen has been very good, here are just a couple. Zach Braddock(P) has struckout 22 in 12 innings while walking only two. Robert Wooten(RP) has 16 saves, a team record, and an ERA of just .45.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Low-A)

Brock Kjeldgaard(1B)
: This might sound familiar, he leads the team in homers(9), walks(23) and strikeouts(54) but the average sits at just .233. His average was .18 points higher in May than in April.

Brett Lawrie(2B)
(Right): He's slumping, sort of. Law's average in his last 10 is just .207, but he still managed two home-runs and 10 RBI's. Lawrie is hitting .376 at Fox Cities Stadium(or whatever it's called now).

Wily Peralta(P): Peralta struck out 10 in his last outing, giving him 40 K's on the season. With a 1.08 WHIP, he's having a nice season.

Daniel Meadows(P)
: He's stretched his record to 7-0, what you really like is the fact that he hasn't given up a home run yet this season. The lefty Meadows is holding right-handed hitters to a .141 average.

Cody Scarpetta(P)
(Left): Scarpetta has been roughed up in his last couple outings, giving up eight runs in 5.1 innings. He likes pitching at home as much as Lawrie likes hitting there. Scarpetta's home ERA is 1.46 and he has 32 strikeouts in 24.2 innings.

Best of the Rest
: Brandon Ritchie(P) has a 1.33 ERA in 16 appearances, Michael Bowman(SP) has an ERA of 2.63 in seven starts.

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