Have to be quick today guys, what with the Draft less than a week from now (Speaking of which, check out the Draft Top 100, which has be shuffled a bit in terms of order). So no time for rank on a team list, but here’s what we’ve got. My thanks for MLB.com colleague Chris Barth for assembling the list.
Zoilo Almonte (NYY): Rejoined Trenton Thunder after missing a month with hamstring spasms and rehabbing in Florida.
Joe Benson (MIN): Underwent surgery on the hamate bone in his left wrist, will miss 6-8 weeks.
Jed Bradley (MIL): Returned to the Manatees after time on the DL with a groin strain.
Zach McAllister (CLE): Returned to the Minors after four starts in the Majors.
Mike Wright (BAL): Called up to the Double-A Bowie Baysox.
Conor Gillaspie (SF): A groin injury landed him on the DL.
Darrell Ceciliani (NYM): Rejoined the St. Lucie Mets after missing over a month with a hamstring injury.
Dan Jennings (MIA): Called up to the Marlins for the second time and picked up his first Major League win.
Chih-Hsien Chiang (SEA): Sent down to Double-A after 40 games in Triple-A.
Tommy Joseph (SF): Returned to the Flying Squirrels after missing almost two weeks with concussion symptoms after being hit by a batter’s backswing while catching.
Marcus Semien (CWS): A right shoulder injury landed him on the DL.
Andrew Romine (LAA): Called up to join the Major League club.
Kevin Mattison (MIA): Called up to the Major League club for the second time this year, after Austin Kearns landed on the DL.
Charlie Culberson (SF): Rejoined the Triple-A Grizzlies after getting his first start in the Majors.
Jace Peterson (SD): Returned to the Fort Wayne TinCaps after missing nearly two weeks due to concussion symptoms after colliding with a teammate.
Avisail Garcia (DET): Landed on the DL.
Kolbrin Vitek (BOS): On the DL with an intercostal strain.
Santo Manzanillo (MIL): Rejoined the Double-A Stars after shoulder tightness.
Pat Corbin (ARI): Returned to Triple-A Reno after stint in the Majors.
Brandon Jacobs (BOS): Hit the DL with a left hand contustion.
Will Smith (KC): Called him up to the Major Leagues.
We’re back with a look at Minor League transactions for the week, focusing on the team Top 20s over on Prospect Watch. This is for May 14-20. Wherever it just says “On the DL” I wasn’t able to get detailed info, but will add as I get it:
- Yordy Cabrera, SS (OAK, No. 8): Recovered from a back issue, Cabrera made his 2012 debut with Stockton in the California League.
- Ryan Adams, 2B (BAL, No. 13): On the DL with a broken right thumb.
- Kyle Russell, OF (LAD, No. 21): Promoted from Double-A to Triple-A (Yes, he’s not in the top 20, but he’s close).
- Kevin Eichorn, RHP (DET, No. 13): On the DL.
- Anthony Ranaudo, RHP (BOS, No. 5): Assigned to Double-A and made his 2012 debut (9 ER over 8 2/3 IP)
- Oliver Drake, LHP (BAL, No. 18): Made his 2012 debut with Double-A Bowie (allowing just one run over 6 IP)
- Adrian Salcedo, RHP (MIN, No. 8): Salcedo was hit in the face by a comebacker on April 30, made 2 more starts, then was put on the DL. He reportedly broke his nose.
- Wil Myers, OF (KC, No. 2): Promoted from Double-A to Triple-A (5-for-15 in his first 5 games).
- Jake Odorizzi, RHP (KC, No. 4): Promoted from Double-A to Triple-A (3 ER in 6 2/3 IP in his debut).
- Jed Bradley, LHP (MIL, No. 2): On the DL wiht a groin strain.
- Brandon Guyer, OF (TB, No. 13): On the MLB DL with a shoulder strain.
- A.J. Jimenez, C (TOR, No. 14): On the DL with a sore elbow, most likely headed for Tommy John surgery.
- Jedd Gyorko, 3B (SD, No. 4): Promoted from Double-A to Triple-A (6-for-20 in first five games)
- Christian Bethancourt, C (ATL, No. 4): Returned from DL to Double-A (4-for-11 since return)
- Mark Canha, 1B (MIA, No. 17): Returned from DL to Class A Adv Jupiter (3-for-15 since return)
- Trevor Bauer, RHP (ARI, No. 1): Promoted from Double-A to Triple-A (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K in debut)
- Robbie Erlin, LHP (SD, No. 6): On the DL with tendinitis.
- Juan Oramas, LHP (SD, No. 14): On the DL with forearm tightness.
- Alexi Amarista, INF (SD, No. 20): Called up to the big leagues.
- Jeff Locke, LHP (PIT, No.9): Called up to the big leagues.
- Matt Adams, 1B (STL, No. 8): Called up to the big leagues.
- Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (BOS, No. 15): Returned from DL (blister) to Double-A (6 shutout innings)
- Jordany Valdespin, SS/2B (NYM, No. 9): Optioned to Triple-A.
- Johnny Barbato, RHP (SD, No. 16): Returned from DL to Class A Fort Wayne with two scoreless relief outings.
- Carlos Martinez, RHP (STL, No. 2): On the DL with mild shoulder tendinitis.
- Guillermo Pimentel,OF (SEA, No. 18): On the DL
- John Gast, LHP (STL, No. 9): Promoted from Double-A to Triple-A (3 ER in 6 IAP in debut)
- Phillippe Aumont, RHP (PHI, No. 5): On the DL with a right rhomboid strain (back).
- Brian Goodwin, OF (WAS, No. 8): Returned from DL to Class A Hagerstown (2-for-11 in return)
- Oscar Tejeda, 2B (BOS, No. 14): On the DL with a strained left hamstring.
- Jarek Cunningham, 2B (PIT, No. 20): Returned from DL to Double-A Altoona (2-for-10 in return)
- A.J. Pollock, OF (ARI, No. 6): Optioned to Triple-A.
- Danny Muno, SS (NYM, No. 17): Restricted list — 50-game suspension for PED
- Wilking Rodriguez, RHP (TB, No. 20): On the DL with right shoulder soreness.
- James Darnell, 3B/OF (SD, No. 18): On the MLB DL with left shoulder injury.
- Matt Hoffman, LHP (DET, No. 14): Returned from the DL (again) to Triple-A Toledo.
- Andrew Susac, C (SF, No. 15): Received four-game suspension for participation in a fight.
- Manny Banuelos, LHP (NYY, No. 1): Returned to the DL, this time for a sore left elbow.
I’m wondering how many of you got the reference to the slightly obscure Matthew Broderick film, circa 1983. But I digress.
As I mentioned yesterday, Max Fried was heading back to the mound in a playoff game for Harvard-Westlake out in Southern California. The high school lefty, the highest rated prep arm on our Draft Top 100, had been shaky his previous two outings. Most concerning was that after a good start in the first inning or so, he was losing velocity and command, leading to poor results. A seemingly sure-fire Top 10 pick, there was talk of him sliding as teams tried to figure out what was wrong with Fried. Could it be just chalked up to fatigue — Fried has been a two-way player all year and has been the team’s ace since Lucas Giolito went down with his elbow issue — or was there something physically wrong?
If Thursday’s start was any indication, reports of Fried’s demise were greatly exaggerated. With a ton of scouts in attendance — every team picking in the first half of the first round was there in some fashion — Fried was back to his old self. He threw a complete-game shutout, striking out 10 and walking just one.
More importantly was the bounce back of his stuff. His fastball was 90-95 mph throughout the outing. His 12-to-6 curve (72-78 mph) was sharp and he commanded it extremely well. He mixed in an effective changeup (82-84 mph). In other words, lights out.
There may have been a time when teams in the middle of the first, or maybe even the second half of the first round, thought they had a shot of Fried getting to them, it’s hard to imagine that happening now. My first projection had him going No. 10 to the Rockies, though as someone pointed out to me recently, Colorado might be a little gun shy about taking a SoCal high school lefty this high (see Matzek, Tyler). That point may now be moot as Fried could be gone by the time the Rockies make that selection.
As I make calls for various stories regarding the Draft, I invariably pick up some good info/rumors along the way. It isn’t always the kind of stuff that goes into a story, so I’ll try to hop on here from time to time and pass along what I know to you as the Draft gets closer.
- Teams will have private workouts as things get a little closer, so they can get a longer look at a player. Case in point: Carlos Correa, currently ranked No. 5 on our Draft Top 100, worked out for the Minnesota Twins. The Twins pick at No. 2 overall. Keep in mind that doesn’t mean he’s suddenly a front-runner there, but they are taking a longer look at the talented shortstop from Puerto Rico.
- The Braves are bringing in SoCal shortstop Tanner Rahier for a workout soon.
- There will be a lot of eyes on the Southern Section Div. II baseball playoffs in SoCal today. Lefty Max Fried (No. 7 on top 100) hasn’t pitched as well his last two starts and scouts will undoubtedly be watching closely to see if he can rebound. A strong outing could help solidify a place in the Top 10 picks for Fried.
- Potential first-rounder Lucas Sims (No. 20) threw well in his playoff game in the Georgia Class AAAAA high school playoffs. He pitched a complete game, allowing two runs on four hits and struck out eight. He was 91-92 mph. When he was on his breaking ball, it was good and he threw a pretty good changeup. He’s been pretty consistent all year.
- The bieggest matchup of the day (Thursday) is in Oklahoma State. Expect a lot of action as scouting directors and GMs can see two first-round arms go against each other: Oklahoma State’s Andrew Heaney vs. Texas A&M’s Michael Wacha.
(Editor’s Note: My apologies, thought I published this on Tuesday, but forgot)
Once again, I’m hoping to make this a weekly feature, a look at roster moves/transactions involving the top prospects in the game, focusing on the players on our Team Top 20s over on Prospect Watch. Here’s the week that was on the transaction wire:
- Kylin Turnbull, RHP (WAS, No. 17): Returned to Hagerstown from extended, first start since April 27. Went three innings on May 8 and struggled.
- Last week, I wrote that Jake Petricka and Nestor Molina were promoted in the White Sox system. Turns out it was a one-shot deal. Both are back down in Winston-Salem and Birmingham, respectively.
- Carlos Perez, LHP (ATL, No. 13): The lefty was sent down from Rome after struggling mightily in seven outings and a 12.79 ERA.
- Johermyn Chavez, OF (SEA, No. 17): On the DL with a broken hamate in his left hand.
- Yorman Rodriguez, OF (CIN, No. 12): After hitting .156 in 23 games, with 39 K’s in that span, Rodriguez was sent to extended to work things out.
- Alfredo Silverio, OF (LAD, No. 15): Silverio had been out initially because of a concussion, but that had cleared up. Then he hurt his elbow and needed Tommy John surgery, ending his season.
- Ben Wells, RHP (CHC, No. 13): Wells came off the DL on May 10 (blister) to pitch four innings in relief for Peoria.
- Zack Wheeler, RHP (NYM, No. 1): Wheeler came back from his fingernail problem to pitch 5 innings for Double-A Binghamton on May 10.
- Mycal Jones, OF (ATL, No. 16): Jones was sent down a level, from AA to Class A Advanced Lynchburg after hitting .141 with Mississippi.
- Shawn Tolleson, RHP (LAD, No. 9): The reliever got bumped up to Triple-A after posting a 1.38 ERA with 5 saves in Double-A.
- Matt Hoffman, LHP (DET, No. 14): The lefty came off the DL and pitched an inning in relief on May 9. Then he promptly returned to the DL (left shoulder strain).
- Jack Marder, C (SEA, No. 16): Marder came off the DL and picked up where he left off with the bat, going 5-for-15 in his first three games back for High Desert.
- A.J. Griffin, RHP (OAK, No. 13): Griffin continued his quiet ascent through the A’s system, getting bumped up to Triple-A after a 2.49 ERA in seven Double-A starts.
- Joe Ross, RHP (SD, No. 10): Ross was scratched from his last start and placed on the DL with shoulder soreness on Friday.
- Jace Peterson, SS (SD, No. 19): Placed on the DL with concussion symptoms after an on-field collision with a teammate.
- Danry Vazquez, OF (DET, No. 11): The teenager was sent to extended after hitting just .162 in 29 games for West Michigan.
- Kyle Parker, OF (COL, No. 11): Parker returned from a wrist injury that forced him out for the start of the season and he hit his first homer of the year for Modesto on May 12.
- Tommy Joseph, C (SF, NO. 5): Joseph was put on the DL due to a concussion.
- James Baldwin, OF (LAD, No. 10): Returned from a DL stint due to a strained oblique.
- David Adams, 2B (NYY, No. 19): The injury-prone infielder returned to Trenton following a stiff neck.
We get a regular report emailed to us when something happens with one of the 600 players on Prospect Watch in pro ball — Top 100 or team Top 20. It helps us know when we need to update the information on there.
Obviously, we can’t update a player’s blurb with every DL move, saving it for the more serious injuries, big promotions, etc. We’ve been having a discussion about what to do with the information otherwise. There’s no clear place to put it, but it’s also good information we’d like to share with everyone. So, for the time being, I’m going to try and post it here whenever possible. Maybe it’ll be a weekly item (Transaction Tuesday — I always do like alliteration). Here’s some of the most recent goings on with the top prospects in the game. I’m focusing on the Minor League ones, figuring most see when guys get called up to the big leagues.
Jake Petricka, RHP, White Sox — Promoted from Winston-Salem (Class A Adv) to Birmingham (AA). No. 5 on White Sox’s Top 20
Nestor Molina, RHP, White Sox — Promoted from Birmingham (AA) to Charlotte (AAA). No. 2 on White Sox’s Top 20.
Stephen Pryor, RHP, Mariners — Promoted from Jackson (AA) to Tacoma (AAA). No. 9 on Mariners’ Top 20.
Joe Benson, OF, Twins — Demoted from Rochester (AAA) to New Britain (AA). No. 5 on Twins’ Top 20.
That’s just a smattering… Over the course of the week, there’s much more and I’ll start compiling them and providing more info… If people have ideas or suggestions for this, please fire away.
No, it’s not a re-ranking. Don’t get too excited. Besides, it’s too early for that. Not enough has happened to draw enough conclusions to move guys up and down based on performance just yet.
But what we have had are some graduations. The way we do things over at Prospect Watch, when a player on the list gets past rookie status — 130 at-bats for hitters, 50 innings pitched for pitchers or more than 45 days on the active roster for either — he has to come off.
So we had a little graduation ceremony today. Four players from the Top 100 came off:
Mike Trout, Angels
Jesus Montero, Mariners
Yonder Alonso, Padres
Randall Delgado, Braves
The first three surpassed the 130 AB mark between last year and this. Delgado did the sam with his innings threshold.
So, it’s time to welcome a new quartet to the back end of the top 100 (check them out on PW).
97. Eddie Rosario, 2B, Twins
98. Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Brewers
99. Robbie Erlin, LHP, Padres
100. Kolten Wong, 2B, Cardinals
That’s right, two second baseman added. I’m crazy like that. Also be sure to check out the team lists because we replaced the graduates on their respective Top 20s as well (not to mention the positional Top 10s… big shout out to colleague Jason Ratliff for getting it done once again!)
As I’m hoping you already know, Draft season officially started on MLB.com yesterday. Yes, I know, Draft season started long before that in terms of scouting, etc., but I meant in terms of our coverage.
In case you missed it, 2012 Draft Central is up and running (and sponsored by CenturyLink). It’s going to be the place to go for Draft news and features leading up to the June 4-6 event.
So far, there are two newer stories up there, written by yours truly, to get the ball rolling. One is a general preview on how the new rules could change things, especially for teams with multiple early picks. The other is a look at what the new Top 100 looks like.
Oh, and yes, that means the Top 100 list is alive and well. Keep in mind, this is a list based on talent, not a projection. So while Byron Buxton is No. 1 on this list, that doesn’t mean that he’s necessarily going to be taken by the Houston Astros. More on this to come in a story on Friday about who the candidates to go No. 1 are (along with a story from the Astros by our intrepid beat writer Brian McTaggart), but most seem to think the Astros won’t take the high school outfielder from Georgia.
We will have much, much more — mock drafts, chats, you name it — in this month run-up to June 4. So check back early and often.