It seems like Major League teams were being ultra exclusive this spring. So many worthy prospects were left off of big league rosters it makes you wonder whether teams are thinking with their mind or their pocketbook. Either way this leaves a ton of great players in the minor leagues and that suits us just fine. Every week we’ll take a look down on the farm and let you know who is raking and who is struggling. We’ll also analyze which players are in line for a call up whether it’s because of injuries or performance. So, let’s take a look at how some of those snubbed prospects are faring down on the farm.
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I absolutely love Dylan Bundy. For those who have no idea who Dylan Bundy is trust me that you will soon. He was the Orioles first round pick in last June’s amateur draft (4th overall). Bundy has yet to allot a hit in 9 innings for single A Delmarva while striking out 15. Now I am definitely not one to get hung up on anybody’s performance at single A ball but Bundy is the real deal. His repertoire is well advanced for his age. He throws three variations of his fastball including a high 90’s rising four seamer and a heavy sink two seamer. His cut fastball is also proving to be quite effective making hitters look down right silly when sitting on one of the other offerings. Bundy also has a masterful curve that will buckle the knees while also working in a slightly above average straight change.
Despite the great arsenal of pitches, Bundy is a real good kid with an outstanding work ethic. His Southern boy manners make him a guy you want to root for. Scouts love his mechanics and believe he will rise quickly through the Orioles system. I expect him to reach AA Bowie this year. Bundy is only 19 years old now and won’t be 20 until the middle of November.
He will be almost definitely sent to the Arizona Fall League this year and will get a real opportunity to make the Orioles next Spring. While he may not be fantasy worthy just yet, he is a guy you ought to familiarize yourself with this year. Those of you who play in keeper and dynasty leagues may want to make Bundy a part of your late season additions in order to preempt him from being available in your draft next season.
Trout Vs. Harper
Yeah I know all of you prospect hipsters want to know how the two biggest prospects in all of baseball are doing. I must say though that for as talented as both of these guys are, I see some glaring deficiencies in their game that needs more time to straighten out. The worst thing that can happen to either of these two is to be called upon too quickly and thrown into a pressure filled situation in the big leagues. Anyways, here are the latest numbers for the two minor league phenoms:
Mike Trout – OF – Salt Lake City -- .383/.426/.550, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 13 runs, 4 steals
Bryce Harper – OF – Syracuse -- .232/.295/.339, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 4 runs, 1 steal
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Travis Snider – OF – Las Vegas -- .431/.508/.745, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 12 runs, 1 steal
Snider is a far superior player than Eric Thames or Rajai Davis. He has vastly more power, plate discipline and is a better defensive player as well. If he continues this pace he could be back with the Blue Jays by the beginning of May.
Matt LaPorta – 1B – Columbus -- .300/.357/.600, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 7 runs
The Indians had no business signing Johnny Damon. At this stage of his career Damon is a liability in the outfield and has very limited power or speed left in his tank. Shelly Duncan has been the Indians most dangerous hitter so far this season and both he and Michael Brantley will see less time as a result of Damon’s signing. Then there is LaPorta who needs to be in a major league lineup everyday. He has nothing left to prove in the minors and if Cleveland doesn’t want him they should trade him away and let him develop with another organization.
Anthony Rizzo – 1B – Iowa -- .393/.43/.786, 7 HR, 16 RBI, 13 runs, 1 steal
The Cubs are letting Bryan LaHair build himself some value in order to trade him away at this years trade deadline. Meanwhile Rizzo is wasting every powerful swing of his out in Iowa instead of in the windy city. Rizzo will be an All-Star in the big leagues one day soon.
Aaron Cook – RHP – Pawtucket – 2-0, 1.35 ERA, 20 IP, 7 K’s, 1.00 WHIP
The Red Sox have an awful back end of the rotation. Cook is a veteran who could help stabilize the Red Sox staff. Bringing Cook up and moving Daniel Bard to the bullpen would be a perfect move for the spiraling Red Sox. Cook’s power sinker is a perfect fit for Fenway Park.
Jarrod Parker – RHP – Sacramento – 1-0, 2.50 ERA, 18 IP, 17 K’s, 1.39 WHIP
The A’s have both Jarrod Parker and Brad Peacock wasting away in Sacramento when they should be up getting some quality big league experience. We’ll see Parker in Oakland before too long and he will be quality guy to stream in the proper matchups.
Domonic Brown – OF – Lehigh Valley -- .240/.283/.340, 0 HR, 8 RBI, 6 runs, 2 steals
I will go to my grave saying that Domonic Brown will be a dynamic major league player one day. The Phillies are making a big mistake with the Juan Pierre and John Mayberry platoon. But to this point Brown hasn’t given the big league coaches much to regret as he is off to a slow start for AAA Lehigh Valley.
Grant Green – OF – Sacramento -- .254/.286/.407, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 7 runs, 1 steal
Green is learning the nuances of playing outfield and it is showing up at the plate as well. A converted shortstop, the hope is for Green to make it to the big leagues as the heir to Coco Crisp in CF. He has a ways to go if he wants to see time in Oakland this year.
Mike Montgomery – LHP – Omaha – 1-0, 4.91 ERA, 14.2 IP, 12 K’s, 1.92 WHIP
I believe so much in Mike Montgomery that I drafted him in two of my leagues. He has been awful so far for Omaha and as a result I have dropped him in both leagues. Still, I’ll be watching closely on his progress as he is not one to falter for very long. The Royals will need pitching help for sure this season and Montgomery is expected to be the first starter called up when needed.
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