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