Thursday, May 16, 2013

NL King - Checking in on Prospects

Back in March I wrote an article profiling on a bunch of prospects who were in position to make the opening day rosters and then prospects to expect a call-up to see at least a good amount of time during the season. To review J.Gyorko, S.Miller, W.Peralta, T.Rosenthal. H.Ryu & J.Teheran all made the opening day roster. A.Eaton was slated to make the opening day roster but a late Spring Training injury shelved him and he is still working his way back.

Nolan Arenado got called up a couple of weeks ago and is off to a solid start and will be Rockies everyday 3B the rest of the way. Didi Gregorius got called up in mid April and has been very impressive not just in the field but with the bat. Gregorius might make GM Kevin Towers look like a genius. Finally Tony Cingrani also got called up in mid April due to an injury to Johnny Cueto and has been impressive but he might be sent down to AAA next week with Cueto coming back and the Reds leaning to staying with status quo in terms of their rotation. I would not be surprised to see Cingrani come back to the Reds in the short term due to another injury or lack of performance by someone. So that leaves the rest of the list and I thought I would do an update to show how their season is going and when & if we can expect them to come up to the show. This list is in alphabetical order.

Gerrit Cole - Pitt - SP - (AAA) 3-1, 2.55 ERA, 1.18 Ratio, 31K in 42 1/3 IP.
One of the top prospects in baseball (Ranked 7th overall in Baseball America Top 100 in Feb) and is off to a very good start in AAA. As long as Cole keeps progressing and given the Pirates rotation I expect Cole to be in the majors no later than the all-star break.

Travis D'Arnaud - NY - C (AAA) 1HR, 8RBI, 12R, 0SB, .250 Avg - only played in 12 games.
D'Arnaud in another freak injury is sidelined with a foot injury. I expect him back in Vegas sometime in July and that could work out well with the Mets trading John Buck late July and have D'Arnaud take over then, provided he does not get injured again.

JR Graham - Atl - SP (AA) 1-3, 4.04 ERA, 1.37 Ratio, 28K in 35 2/3 IP.
Won't be apart of the Braves until summer of 2014.

Billi Hamilton - Cinn - OF (AAA) - 2HR, 12RBI, 21R, 21SB, .284 Avg
He is learning a new position in CF and because of that and given the Reds roster I wouldn't expect Hamilton to be part of the Reds until as a September call-up. Hamilton needs to work on his game playing CF and cutting down the K's (27 in 36 games).

Casey Kelly - SD - SP - Had Tommy John surgery in early April so he is out for this season and most likely won't see him in the majors until July of next year. Good news is Kelly is only 23.

Darin Ruf - Phil - OF - (AAA) 5HR, 22RBI, 21R, 1SB, .290 Avg
Seems to me this guy deserves a chance to play to see what he has with the big club. If Phillies are not part of the wild card contention for the 2nd half he will definitely be given a chance to show if he belongs.

Tyler Skaggs - Arz - SP - (AAA) 2-5, 6.21 ERA, 1.51 Ratio, 39K in 37 2/3 IP
Skaggs is off to a very rough start in AAA and right now with the way Patrick Corbin is producing there isn't an opening to consider. Keep in mind Skaggs is just 21 so he might stay in the minors all year.

Oscar Taveras - Stl - OF (AAA) 4HR, 20RBI, 17R, 5SB, .317 Avg.
Was ranked by Baseball America as the 3rd best prospect in MLB in February on their top 100 list. Cards are hoping he will be a huge part of their future but given Cards roster he will need a injury to happen to see significant time this year in St.Louis.

Zack Wheeler - NY - SP (AAA) 2-1, 3.74 ERA, 1.34 Ratio, 47K in 43 1/3 IP.
Another huge prospect (#11 on BA Top 100) but has just been okay in AAA. Mets envision him and Harvey being future aces so they will not rush him. I would not expect to see Wheeler until he starts dominating in AAA so I am thinking sometime in July.

Kolten Wong - Stl - 2B (AAA) 1HR, 13RBI, 22R, 5SB, .309 Avg
Could be Cards future 2B and projects as a nice player could get an opportunity in the near future given certain circumstances with the big club.

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