StrategyJuly 21, 2009

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Future Rookies: Triple-A Promotions

By R.J. White

It’s time for some more Future Rookies. Whilst in the middle of a stretch where most of my pitcher suggestions were being called up to the majors, I had a little fun and found a little-known pitcher by the name of J.D. Martin. After a week passed and he remained in the minors, the streak was broken and I went about my normal business. Well, Martin was called up to start last night against the Mets, and he was able to provide New York with the spark their offense needed. Michael Taylor was just promoted a level and today, we’ll check out a few other guys that were recently promoted to Triple-A, putting them one final step away from realizing their dream.

Featured Add – Hitter

Buster Posey, C, SF, Age 22, Triple-A

2009 A+29163135864545.326.428.540.967
2009 AAA13103000.

With Matt Wieters in the majors now, Posey is the best young hitting catcher in the minors. While Wieters is a power hitter more in the Mike Piazza mold, Posey has the chance to become Joe Mauer-like, hitting for high average while contributing decent power numbers. He had no trouble with the low minors and will face his first big test now that he’s been promoted to Triple-A. His defense is great, so there’s no question of having to move him from behind the plate. With Bengie Molina’s contract set to expire after this year, the Giants must see whether Posey is ready to face the big boys. We’ll track Posey’s progress for the rest of the season and see if he’s up to the challenge.

Hitter Performance Review (as of 7/20/09)


Matt LaPortaAAA25150114602743.315.392.538.929
Last 10AAA36816047.361   
Justin SmoakAAA526150713.
Last 10AAA39415048.154   
Brett WallaceAAA2122261901441.302.353.439.792
Last 10AAA39615036.308   
Michael TaylorAA318591565183551.333.408.569.977
Last 5AAA17212135.176   
Alcides EscobarAAA36164329332658.296.349.413.762
Last 10AAA37601556.243   
Gaby SanchezAAA2323793952337.284.351.440.791
Last 10AAA38418013.211   
Kila Ka’aihueAAA30557134006968.259.393.469.862
Last 10AAA36615067.250   
Mike CarpAAA26148103504459.276.389.471.860
Last 10AAA35403037.200   
Jason HeywardAA458110072.378.463.6671.130
Last 10AA37718052.378   
Desmond JenningsAA35168844364847.328.412.510.922
Last 10AA3314267124.485   
Carlos SantanaAA28059156206353.264.397.496.893
Last 10AA365170513.194   
Jesus MonteroAA1231472201415.293.365.504.869
Last 10AA38327046.211   
Josh VittersA+61508125.246.270.344.614
Last 10A+38305114.263   

Former features Nolan Reimold, Mat Gamel, Andrew McCutchen, Josh Whitesell and Kyle Blanks have moved on to the majors.

Featured Add – Pitcher

Hector Rondon, SP, Cle, Age 21, Triple-A

2009 AA72.02.751.0631673
2009 AAA12.00.750.750213
July 96.01.501.17005

The Indians are a team in need of pitching, and help is on the way. After completely dominating Double-A, striking out 73 batters in 72 innings while allowing 16 walks, Rondon earned a promotion to the International League. Triple-A hitters haven’t done any better so far, with the Cleveland prospect striking out 13 in his first 12 innings, walking just two batters in the process. This excellent performance was an extension of his 2008 numbers in High-A, where he struck out a batter per inning over the course of the season and posted better than a 3/1 K/BB ratio. Rondon possesses good movement on his fastball, which can often be more important than speed. He should get a chance to compete for a rotation spot next season.

Pitcher Performance Review (as of 7/20/09)


Chris TillmanAAA93.02.421.0942295
July 17AAA6.21.351.05007
Michael BowdenAAA86.13.131.2193559
July 19AAA5.00.000.80045
Jake ArrietaAAA41.24.101.3051438
July 18AAA5.01.801.80035
Carlos CarrascoAAA108.24.971.361334107
July 18AAA6.04.501.00208
Madison BumgarnerAA62.11.591.0422048
July 16AA5.10.000.94043
Brian MatuszAA31.12.010.891635
July 16AA5.010.802.20103
Jeremy HellicksonAA56.22.380.9741462
July 18AA6.01.500.67016
Jarrod ParkerAA68.13.421.4903262
July 18AA5.09.002.00031
Jhoulys ChacinAA102.13.171.19103586
July 17AA8.00.000.75036
Jeanmar GomezAA81.23.201.1942266
July 18AA6.03.001.17004
Junichi TazawaAA92.02.741.1182583
July 17AA5.01.801.00004

Former features Mat Latos, Scott Elbert, Kris Medlen, Derek Holland, and Tommy Hanson have moved on to the majors.

That’s all for this week. Remember to send your queries to

R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
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