PSP, Part II
PSP, if you missed yesterday’s post, stands for Post-Strasburg Pitching in the Minors. Yesterday, I ran through the pitching prospects who were in the 1-25 range of MLB.com’s preseason Top 50 prospects list. Today, let’s take a gander at those in the 26-50 range and how they’ve fared to date:
28. Casey Kelly, RHP, Red Sox: He’s 20, focusing on pitching full-time for the first time and in Double-A. He’s got a 4.28 ERA and .292 BAA for the year, but if his first two June starts are any indication, he’s getting locked in. He’s given up one run over 11 innings in those outings, yielding just nine hits and two walks while striking out nine.
34. Julio Teheran, RHP, Braves: The Colombian is just 19 and already earned a promotion from Class A Rome to Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach. And he’s performed well there, as well. Combined, Teheran has a 1.39 ERA, a .201 BAA, 82 K’s and just 15 BB in 71 1/3 IP. He’s fourth in the Minors in ERA and 13th in strikeouts.
39. Tanner Scheppers, RHP, Rangers: After 14 dominant relief appearances across two levels, Scheppers made his first start on June 13. Overally, he’s got a 1.32 ERA and .153 BAA, striking out 48 and walking 10 over 34 combined innings.
41. Aaron Crow, RHP, Royals: The idea was that Crow would be a quick to the big leagues type and the 2009 first-rounder was sent straight to Double-A to make his official pro debut. He’s scuffled a bit, with a 5.66 ERA over 13 starts, as Texas League hitters have hit .294 against him. He’s walked 33 and struck out 44 over 70 innings of work. His best stat is his GO/AO, which is a robust 3.85 and leads all Minor League pitchers.
42. Jacob Turner, RHP, Tigers: Detroit’s first-rounder in 2009, Turner missed some time early with a forearm issue, but seems just fine now, with a 3.18 ERA over three June outings. Overall, the big-armed high school product has a 3.72 ERA in the Class A Midwest League, with 49 strikeouts and just eight walks in 48 1/3 IP. The league is hitting .238 against the right-hander.
43. Mike Montgomery, LHP, Royals: Only an elbow issue, from which he recently returned, has slowed the lefty. Still, Montgomery is already in Double-A at age 20 and has a combined 2.01 ERA over 53 2/3 IP. In that time, he’s struck out 58 and walked only 14 while holding all hitters to a .200 batting average against.
47. Phillippe Aumont, RHP, Phillies: Part of the haul the Phils got from the Mariners when they sent Cliff Lee there, Aumont seems to be going backwards. The 21-year-old Canadian began the year in Double-A, but after 11 starts of a 7.49 ERA, .284 BAA and 38 walks/38 K’s over 49 2/3 IP, he got sent down to Class A Adv Clearwater.In his first outing there, in relief, he gave up five earned runs on three hits and four walks in two-thirds of an inning.
49. Ethan Martin, RHP, Dodgers: The 21-year-old is showing the ability to make hitters in the California League swing and miss — he’s got 60 K’s in 57 IP. But he’s also walked 34. The league, typically a hitting-friendly one, is hitting .252 against him, yet he’s allowed just one home run. The command clearly has impacted him as he’s carrying a 5.68 ERA with him to date.