StrategySeptember 1, 2009


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Future Rookies: Hellickson Hot

By R.J. White

Welcome to the penultimate Future Rookies of the season. Jeremy Hellickson pitched another huge game, this time against Triple-A Gwinnett. He has 32 strikeouts over his last three starts and has a 10.35 K/9 rate this season. Desmond Jennings now has 49 SBs in 472 at-bats at two levels in 2009. Wade Davis was cruising through three innings in his most recent start, but a delay left him out of the game in the fourth. Kila Ka’aihue went hitless in 14 at-bats this week, but he was par for the course in picking up five walks in his last four games. Top prospect Jason Heyward is out with a heel injury, but look for him in the Arizona Fall League soon. Carlos Carrasco will be making his Indians debut today. Pedro Alvarez is up to 27 HRs on the season, splitting time between two levels. I was hoping to see Chris Carter in San Antonio on Thursday, but he was called up to Triple-A before I had the chance. Kyle Drabek is done for the season, as the Phillies worry about overworking his arm.

 
Featured Add – Hitter

 
Chris Marrero, 1B, Was, Age 21, Double-A

 ABRHRRBISBBBKAVGOBPSLGOPS
2009 A+41458166524297.287.360.464.824
2009 AA436070611.302.402.395.795

After hitting .250 with 11 HRs in 256 at-bats at Class-A Advanced in 2008, Marrero was started at the same level in 2009. He took a big step forward, as his average and OPS rose about 35 points each. The Nationals sent Marrero to Double-A, where he hasn’t shown any power yet, but has done well at the plate in his first 43 at-bats. He’s had to deal with injury in the past, but he looks over that at this point and should be playing in Washington by Opening Day 2011. With Adam Dunn’s versatility, it’s possible he shifts back to the outfield if Marrero’s production warrants it.

 
Hitter Performance Review (as of 8/30/09)

 

  ABRHRRBISBBBKAVGOBPSLGOPS
Justin SmoakAAA1972542303545.244.363.360.723
Last 10AAA34512079.265   
Brett WallaceAAA37048134212875.292.350.443.793
Last 10AAA404040510.250   
Buster PoseyAAA1262052001723.310.384.508.891
Last 10AAA38315057.342   
Desmond JenningsAAA8915211121413.292.385.438.823
Last 10AAA33515664.333   
Michael TaylorAAA1101551931319.282.359.491.850
Last 10AAA40528123.350   
Kila Ka’aihueAAA41179175409582.255.395.450.845
Last 10AAA29615083.207   
Chris CarterAA490108241011382119.337.435.5761.011
Last 5AAA23005005.261   
Todd FrazierAA45159146874267.290.350.481.831
Last 8AAA31626145.323   
Mat GamelAAA24137104513577.278.370.481.851
Last 10AAA365121412.222   
Mike CarpAAA40966156405797.274.374.450.824
Last 10AAA4541120214.311   

  ABRHRRBISBBBKAVGOBPSLGOPS
Jason HeywardAA1523072742617.336.434.6051.039
Last 10AA34313283.147   
Pedro AlvarezAA21842134013458.330.417.5921.009
Last 10AA3510380117.314   
Dominic BrownAA109133157924.284.339.486.825
Last 10AA431062210.256   
Carlos SantanaAA40385219018579.285.409.521.930
Last 10AA31714095.226   

Former features Matt LaPorta, Alcides Escobar, Brandon Allen, Nolan Reimold, Andrew McCutchen, Gaby Sanchez, and Kyle Blanks have moved on to the majors. Jesus Montero is out for the year.

 
Featured Add – Pitcher

 
Alexander Torres, SP, TB, Age 21, Double-A

 IPERAWHIPHRBBK
2009 A+121.12.741.29463124
2009 AA26.02.771.5401725
Aug 256.00.000.83038

With Davis looking ready and Hellickson looking absolutely dominant, I figured we could talk about one more Rays pitching prospect, although this one hasn’t been with the organization for more than a few days. The key component in the Scott Kazmir deal, Torres is like his new organizational brethren in that he strikes out guys in bunches; in fact, he had eight Ks in his last start with Double-A Arkansas, going six innings without allowing a run. It’s taken a while for things to click with Torres, but if he can get the walk rate in check, he’s looking like he’ll be yet another great young pitcher for Tampa Bay.

 
Pitcher Performance Review (as of 8/30/09)

 

  IPERAWHIPHRBBK
Jeremy HellicksonAAA50.12.860.8541561
Aug 30AAA8.00.000.380212
Michael BowdenAAA121.13.191.21114784
Aug 26AAA6.03.001.67042
Jake ArrietaAAA87.14.021.3792776
Aug 29AAA4.25.792.14122
Wade DavisAAA154.23.201.251359135
Aug 28AAA3.00.000.00003
Hector RondonAAA59.23.471.3461154
Aug 28AAA6.010.502.17314
Jhoulys ChacinAAA10.15.231.652116
Aug 29AAA3.03.002.00132
Carlos CarrascoAAA157.04.641.241745148
Aug 27AAA7.01.290.71013
Scott ElbertAAA33.23.741.4321438
Aug 28AAA5.00.001.00028
Aaron PoredaAAA37.16.511.7933231
Aug 30AAA4.04.501.75063

  IPERAWHIPHRBBK
Madison BumgarnerAA99.01.911.0652968
Aug 26AA7.00.000.71012
Kyle DrabekAA96.13.641.2893176
Aug 25AA6.07.502.00127
Tim AldersonAA106.13.481.2082464
Aug 30AA6.04.501.00233
Jeanmar GomezAA113.23.091.20835101
Aug 26AA5.03.602.00014
Martin PerezAA11.26.941.802310
Aug 25AA5.00.000.80003

 
Former features Mat Latos, Junichi Tazawa, Brian Matusz, Kris Medlen, Derek Holland, Chris Tillman, and Tommy Hanson have moved on to the majors. Jarrod Parker is on the DL, and I don’t expect him back this year.

 
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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