StrategySeptember 8, 2009

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Future Rookies: Thanks for the Fish

By R.J. White

With minor leagues coming to a close this week, this will be our last Future Rookies of the year. I hope you’ve found the column more or less enjoyable and useful, and I would love if you’d leave me some feedback via the new commenting system at the end of the article. You’ve probably already seen this, but future rookie Desmond Jennings tied an International League record when he went 7-for-7 on Thursday. He threw in a stolen base and now has 52 on the season.

Justin Smoak, Kyle Drabek and Pedro Alvarez are off to play for the USA in the Baseball World Cup. Welcome to the PCL, Chris Carter — the A’s future 1B/DH went off in an August 31 game, clubbing three HRs and scoring seven RBIs. He was ice cold until yesterday’s 2-for-3, one-HR game. Maybe he just likes Mondays. Jason Heyward surprisingly received a promotion to Triple-A, surprising not because of his talent but rather his very young age. He’s played three games at this new level — and has two multi-hit games already.

Aaron Poreda had an interesting line in his most recent start: 5.1 innings, 1 hit, 8 walks, 8 strikeouts. Hector Rondon bounced back from an awful start to throw 7.2 innings in his most recent start. He still wasn’t able to pick up the win, which has been a problem since going 3-0 in his first three Triple-A starts. Jeremy Hellickson continues to look like the best pitcher in the minors.

Featured Add – Hitter

Mike Stanton, OF, Fla, Age 19, Double-A

2009 A+18027122922845.294.390.578.968
2009 AA29949165313199.231.311.455.766
Last 10354280411.200   

I’ve wanted to talk about Stanton for a while, as I think he’s one of the best power prospects in the minors, but he just hasn’t been able to get on a hot streak and justify a space in this column. He hit two homers yesterday, driving in six runs in the process, so I’ll take that as justification to write about him. He clubbed 39 homers in the South Atlantic League in 2008, and he’s still a teenager. This year, the numbers have been down across the board, and he hasn’t made any progress at limiting the strikeouts. Still young, we should give this highly-touted prospect the benefit of the doubt. See if your leaguemate has soured on Stanton this year — you may be able to get him at a discount.

Hitter Performance Review (as of 9/07/09)

Jason HeywardAA1623273052819.352.446.6111.057
Last 3AAA11302122.364   
Justin SmoakAAA1972542303545.244.363.360.723
Last 10AAA34512079.265   
Brett WallaceAAA40454154712982.297.355.460.815
Last 10AAA44727018.386   
Buster PoseyAAA1312152201723.321.391.511.902
Last 10AAA40317046.350   
Desmond JenningsAAA11423317151915.325.419.491.910
Last 10AAA371117774.378   
Michael TaylorAAA1101551931319.282.359.491.850
Last 10AAA40528123.350   
Kila Ka’aihueAAA441831757010285.252.392.433.825
Last 10AAA36503093.167   
Chris CarterAAA5474140314.259.293.519.812
Last 10AAA4074100310.275   
Todd FrazierAAA639292612.302.362.476.839
Last 10AAA41403127.341   
Mat GamelAAA27342114813889.278.367.473.839
Last 10AAA416130317.244   
Gaby SanchezAAA31855165654144.289.374.475.849
Last 9AAA31528063.226   

Pedro AlvarezAA22242134013459.333.419.5901.009
Last 10AA369380108.333   
Carlos SantanaAA42891239729083.290.413.530.943
Last 10AA371029165.324   
Dominic BrownAA1472032081437.279.346.456.801
Last 10AA387051513.263   
Chris MarreroAA7591110818.267.345.387.732
Last 10AA32314027.219   

Former features Matt LaPorta, Alcides Escobar, Brandon Allen, Nolan Reimold, Andrew McCutchen, Mike Carp, and Kyle Blanks have moved on to the majors.

Featured Add – Pitcher

Mike Montgomery, SP, KC, Age 20, Class-A Advanced

2009 A58.02.171.1412452
2009 A+
Sep 66.01.500.83016

Let’s close off our pitchers with a look at someone that’s been consistently great all year in the low minors. Montgomery has proven largely unhittable this year, allowing just 80 hits in 110 combined innings between Single-A and Class-A Advanced. This was never more true than on August 31, when Montgomery allowed one hit and no walks while striking out 12 batters in 6.2 innings pitched. He’s done a great job at keeping it in the park, allowing just one homer all year. Once he gets the walks in check, he could be something special.

Pitcher Performance Review (as of 9/07/09)

Jeremy HellicksonAAA57.12.510.8041570
Sep 4AAA7.00.000.43009
Jake ArrietaAAA91.23.931.4293378
Sep 4AAA4.12.082.31062
Hector RondonAAA74.14.001.2981364
Sep 7AAA7.23.521.04005
Jhoulys ChacinAAA14.13.771.6721311
Sep 3AAA4.00.001.75025
Aaron PoredaAAA42.26.331.7834039
Sep 4AAA5.15.061.69088

Madison BumgarnerAA107.01.931.0363069
Sep 6AA1.00.000.00000
Kyle DrabekAA96.13.641.2893176
Aug 25AA6.07.502.00127
Tim AldersonAA111.13.881.2892764
Sep 4AA5.012.602.80130
Jeanmar GomezAA123.13.431.271140109
Sep 5AA6.04.501.83244
Alexander TorresAA34.22.861.5012232
Sep 6AA4.20.001.29024
Martin PerezAA21.05.571.622514
Sep 7AA6.04.500.83002

Former features Mat Latos, Junichi Tazawa, Carlos Carrasco, Brian Matusz, Kris Medlen, Derek Holland, Chris Tillman, Wade Davis, Scott Elbert, Michael Bowden, and Tommy Hanson have moved on to the majors.

That’ll do it for this season. Please leave us some comments below, and continue mining some minor-league talent for your dynasty teams!

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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