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Top Eastern League Pitchers for April

Rk Name , Age , W - L , ERA : SO / BB
1 Stephen Strasburg , 21 , 3 - 0 , 0.52 : 23 / 3
2 Casey Kelly , 20 , 0 - 1 , 3.38 : 10 / 3
3 Tim Collins* , 20 , 1 - 0 , 2.70 : 16 / 7
4 Deolis Guerra , 21 , 1 - 1 , 3.50 : 12 / 0
5 Drew Storen , 22 , 0 - 0 , 0.96 : 11 / 1
6 Phillippe Aumont , 21 , 1 - 1 , 3.32 : 14 / 9
7 Rudy Owens* , 22 , 2 - 0 , 3.57 : 17 / 2
8 David Bromberg , 22 , 1 - 0 , 1.00 : 17 / 4
9 Tim Alderson , 21 , 2 - 0 , 5.49 : 7 / 6
10 Zachary Britton* , 22 , 1 - 2 , 4.32 : 19 / 8
11 Zach Putnam , 22 , 2 - 1 , 6.04 : 16 / 6
12 Felix Doubront* , 22 , 2 - 0 , 3.86 : 16 / 8
13 Tyler Robertson* , 22 , 0 - 1 , 3.18 : 8 / 4
14 Josh Stinson , 22 , 2 - 0 , 2.70 : 10 / 6
15 Kyle Drabek , 22 , 3 - 1 , 3.80 : 20 / 12
16 Andrew Oliver* , 22 , 2 - 1 , 5.03 : 21 / 12
17 Vance Worley , 22 , 1 - 2 , 5.23 : 16 / 10
18 Clayton Tanner* , 22 , 1 - 2 , 2.25 : 11 / 9
19 Steve Johnson , 22 , 0 - 1 , 4.74 : 19 / 9
20 David Phelps , 23 , 2 - 0 , 1.08 : 18 / 3
21 Justin Wilson* , 22 , 1 - 1 , 6.57 : 11 / 10
22 Scott Barnes* , …

Top Southern League Hitters for April

Rk Name Age BA / OBP / SLG
1 Wilmer Flores 18 0.352 / 0.394 / 0.58
2 Domingo Santana 17 0.207 / 0.397 / 0.345
3 Christian Bethancourt 18 0.262 / 0.279 / 0.338
4 Thomas Joseph 18 0.247 / 0.321 / 0.411
5 Leury Garcia# 19 0.264 / 0.309 / 0.356
6 Michael Almanzar 19 0.234 / 0.315 / 0.453
7 Jiovanni Mier 19 0.211 / 0.337 / 0.289
8 Edwin Garcia# 19 0.233 / 0.303 / 0.3
9 Jose Torres 19 0.3 / 0.4 / 0.32
10 Jonathan Meyer# 19 0.35 / 0.398 / 0.45
11 Trayce Thompson 19 0.304 / 0.385 / 0.63
12 Reymond Fuentes* 19 0.241 / 0.318 / 0.379
13 Miguel Gonzalez 19 0.207 / 0.258 / 0.362
14 Cesar Puello 19 0.284 / 0.376 / 0.338
15 Jonathan Villar# 19 0.289 / 0.379 / 0.368
16 Sebastian Valle 19 0.253 / 0.284 / 0.347
17 Jose Altuve 20 0.311 / 0.354 / 0.405
18 Francisco Arcia# 20 0.217 / 0.379 / 0.304
19 Michael Ohlman 19 0.043 / 0.207 / 0.087
20 Jefry Marte 19 0.176 / 0.282 / 0.235
21 Kyle Higashioka 20 0.226 / 0.324 / 0.355
22 Adrian Nieto# 20 0.348 / 0.5 / 0.348
23 Juan Silverio 19 0.154 / 0.2 / 0.262
24 Garabez Rosa 20 0.338 / 0…

Top Midwest League Hitters for April

Rk Name Age BA / OBP / SLG
1 Mike Trout 18 0.378 / 0.435 / 0.476
2 Chris Owings 18 0.304 / 0.337 / 0.481
3 Nick Franklin# 19 0.337 / 0.385 / 0.639
4 Jonathan Galvez 19 0.259 / 0.411 / 0.328
5 Randal Grichuk 18 0.2 / 0.256 / 0.32
6 Rashun Dixon 19 0.279 / 0.383 / 0.426
7 Hak-Ju Lee* 19 0.256 / 0.298 / 0.321
8 Rymer Liriano 19 0.197 / 0.262 / 0.382
9 William Myers 19 0.244 / 0.299 / 0.462
10 Edinson Rincon 19 0.19 / 0.261 / 0.278
11 Matthew Cerda* 20 0.284 / 0.424 / 0.373
12 Cameron Garfield 19 0.227 / 0.282 / 0.318
13 Henry Rodriguez# 20 0.267 / 0.277 / 0.467
14 Frederick Parejo 19 0.242 / 0.309 / 0.29
15 Bobby Borchering# 19 0.227 / 0.294 / 0.373
16 Bo Greenwell* 21 0.405 / 0.488 / 0.662
17 Ender Inciarte* 19 0.14 / 0.213 / 0.186
18 Ryan Gennett* 20 0.339 / 0.45 / 0.452
19 Mariekson Gregorius* 20 0.267 / 0.351 / 0.395
20 Matthew Davidson 19 0.359 / 0.4 / 0.513
21 Aaron Hicks# 20 0.299 / 0.427 / 0.463
22 Max Stassi 19 0.243 / 0.329 / 0.419
23 Steven Baron 19 0.24 / 0.278 / 0.34
24 A.J. Jimenez 20 0.351 / 0.39…

Top International League Hitters for April

Rk Age BA OBP SLG
1 Freddie Freeman* 20 0.25 / 0.3 / 0.464
2 Jesus Montero 20 0.246 / 0.316 / 0.391
3 Ruben Tejada 20 0.233 / 0.277 / 0.333
4 Jose Tabata 21 0.302 / 0.368 / 0.419
5 Fernando Martinez* 21 0.254 / 0.286 / 0.39
6 Dayan Viciedo 21 0.256 / 0.275 / 0.436
7 Ike Davis* 23 0.364 / 0.5 / 0.636
8 Eduardo Nunez 23 0.377 / 0.442 / 0.494
9 Michael Brantley* 23 0.306 / 0.375 / 0.389
10 Desmond Jennings 23 0.235 / 0.409 / 0.294
11 Wilson Ramos 22 0.188 / 0.212 / 0.344
12 Carlos Santana# 24 0.313 / 0.45 / 0.609
14 Jordan Danks* 23 0.27 / 0.36 / 0.459
15 Argenis Diaz 23 0.296 / 0.356 / 0.315
16 Neil Walker# 24 0.329 / 0.407 / 0.544
17 Josh Thole* 23 0.151 / 0.23 / 0.208
18 Trevor Plouffe 24 0.291 / 0.367 / 0.481
19 Pedro Alvarez* 23 0.222 / 0.3 / 0.395
20 Josh Reddick* 23 0.186 / 0.21 / 0.373

The draft...

Bryce Harper is the best candidate to be the #1 overall pick but the depth of the draft this year is well beyond the young catcher who is already up to 21 HR's in 156 AB. He has played C, RF, CF, and 3B and may end up in RF in the end. A lot of people have been talking about his attitude lately, but every athlete has an ego. Even guys who don't blast 500' HR's as a 17 year old in a wood bat league faceing guys 3-4 years older. They true test will happen when he fails for the first time.
Jameson Taillon is a 6'7" RHP who can run it up to 98 and has a nasty curveball. He should be the first high schooler off the board and could be the next in a long line of fireballers from Texas. He comes from the same school as David Aardsma and Kyle Drabek.
On the college side is another 6'7" RHP, Anthony Ranaudo from LSU. He had a sore arm this spring but is rounding back into form and when I saw him face Ole Miss, he looked like a top of the draft arm. I don't s…

Finals, Ackley, Stanton, Strasburg, Howard and Singleton

I have been slow on posts. It's coming up to the end of the semester and I am doing my best to get thru spring semester. Going back to school has been tough on me.

Also, I haven't had much for ideas of what to write about. I could write some blurbs about what some players have been doing, but I don't know, I haven't been inspired by anything yet.

Dustin Ackley is hitting poor, Mike Stanton is hitting a ridiculous amount of home runs and Stephen Strasburg is living up to the hype. One of these days I'll write about something important, but for now, I want to talk about Ryan Howard's contract.

He is 30 years old and is now signed thru 2016, 2017 if you count the option. By the end he will be 37, even more out of shape and poor defensively, I would guess.
I just can't see him being a good first baseman past 2014. He may continue to keep hitting well, but not at an MVP type rate, and living up to that contract. I understand they want to lock up their future but he …

Trade Values...

Lately I have been working on rating MLB players with a similar system to my MiLB system for..... well, just for the hell of it I guess.
One thing I think it could be useful is guessing what a prospects trade value is...let's see.

Fred Lewis was recently traded from San Francisco to Toronto. Lewis is a fair MLB player and could be useful for a team like the Jays. I don't think the Giants are going to get much for him although he has some value.
A fair deal would be for a player like Zech Zinicola, a Triple A relief arm. The second name is Danny Farquhar, the 23 year old AA Pitcher. Trystan Magnuson and Santiago Nessy are also listed next but they are both were big investments. Magnuson was a 1st round pick in 2007 and Nessy was a recently signed out of Venezuela for $750,000. My guess is it will be a guy who isn't even in my top 2000, but we will see.

This brings me to the big names. Adrian Gonzalez probably won't be in San Diego come August. My guess is they will be look…

My first Mock Draft

I'm not going to go into a lot of depth about why I think each person is going where, because I don't have the knowledge of how scouting directors and GM's have operated in the past like Jim Callis or Andy Seiler do. This is just an idea of how I think it's going to go. A few surprises, a few guys higher, a few lower than what talent shows. Lets hope I get a couple right :)

1. Washington Nationals : Bryce Harper , C , Southern Nevada CC
2. Pittsburgh Pirates : Jameson Tallion , RHP , The Woodlands (Texas) HS
3. Baltimore Orioles : Anthony Ranaudo , RHP , LSU
4. Kansas City Royals : Drew Pomeranz , LHP , Mississippi
5. Cleveland Indians : Deck McGuire , RHP , Georgia Tech
6. Arizona Diamondbacks : Karsten Whitson , RHP , Chipley HS, Bartow, Fla.
7. New York Mets : Manny Machado , SS , Brito Prep, Miami
8. Houston Astros : Zack Cox , 3B , Arkansas
9. San Diego Padres : Chris Sale , LHP , Florida Gulf Coast
10. Oakland Athletics : Matt Harvey , P , North Carolina
11. Toronto Blue Ja…

4-10 prospect report

Name Level IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
Ethan Martin HiA 5.0 3 0 0 0 9 0 0.00
Zach Stewart AA 5.0 4 1 1 1 3 1 1.80
Jacob Turner A 5.0 2 0 0 0 7 0 0.00
Alex White HiA 5.0 2 0 0 4 7 0 0.00
Pat Venditte HiA 3.0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0.00 Recording a SV
Matt Magill A 4.0 2 0 0 1 5 0 0.00 Along with a SV, sleeper
Wilmer Font A 5.0 5 1 1 1 8 0 1.80

Name Level AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB SB CS
Dustin Ackley AA 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Ezequiel Carrera AAA 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Starlin Castro AA 4 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0
Lonnie Chisenhall AA 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Hank Conger AAA 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Matt Dominguez AA 3 1 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
Jonathan Galvez A 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
Grant Green HiA 5 1 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0
Eric Hosmer A+ 4 2 2 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0
Jose Iglesias AA 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brett Lawrie AA 4 3 3 0 1 1 3 0 2 0 0
Justin Smoak AAA 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Max S…

Some opening day lines

Ike Davis had 3 hits and 2 doubles in AAA, making it look like he should have broke camp with the Mets.

Carlos Santana broke loose with 2 Home Runs and 4 RBI in 5 AB.

Buster Posey and Mike Stanton each had 3 hits, with Stanton going deep for the first of many this season.

Kentrail Davis had 2 hits and an RBI in his professional debut.

Starlin Castro, Adam Milligan, Jose Iglesias, Cedric Hunter, and Todd Frazier had a couple hits each. Tyler Flowers and Dennis Raben did also, with a HR each.

Justin Smoak and Pedro Alvarez both went deep.

Ben Revere didn't continue his hot spring with 3 K's.

Kyle Gibson had an unusual day. He pitched 3.2 IP, gave up 6 hits, including 2 HR's and K'd 7. One of the HR's was by Robbie Grossman, a 2008 over slot signing by the Pirates. He could have a very good season in the FSL this year.

Kyle Drabek struck out 8 and walked 2 in 5 IP.

Jeremy Hellickson and Jhoulys Chacin both K'd 6 and BB'd 1 in 5 IP.

Aaron Crow struggled walking 3 and st…

Updated Jason Heyward Projection

Since J Hey is gonna be a RF for the Braves instead of in 3A, here is my projected line for him. I project he will have at least one stint on the DL with a lower body injury.


AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
436 62 129 27 2 9 58 8 2 38 53 0.2960 0.3680 0.4280

Who is the Next Hanley or Tulo?

This is a post with a comment I made on Minor League Ball. I thought it was worth posting here.
Alcides Escobar has a very good bat and if he develops more patience, it could give him more power.
I've heard people compare Jio Mier to Nomar.
Dee Gordon is very raw for his age and could develop more power, but I don't see it.
Hak Ju Lee doesn't have the power but sure can hit, but may end up in CF due to Starlin Castro. I'd prefer Lee at SS and Castro at 2B but the Cubs have Logan Watkins and DJ Lemahieu there.
Grant Green is a safe bet to be a JJ Hardy kind of guy and could move up to be better than that.
Ian Desmond could be good also but not a HanRam kind of guy. More of a .280-15 kind of guy.
After that you have to gamble on projection with Jurickson Profar, Jonathan Galvez, Manny Machado, Yordy Cabrera, Jason Esposito, Kenny Diekroger and Steven Perez to name a few.
Or you can hope someone can stick at short and improve their defense to acceptable, like Tim Beckham, Migu…