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A day late with a Top 50 update… I apologize for the tardiness. I’ve kind of shifted focus to the Draft and that will take up most of my time over the next few weeks. Be sure to c heck out our 2011 Draft section early and often. As always, we’ll have everything you’ll need to know about this year’s Draft class. We’ve also been busy updating Prospect Watch. By now, I hope all of you have perused the new section. We’ve been updating all the lists as guys have “graduated.” When a player loses rookie status via at-bats and service time, we’re going to be as vigilant as possible to find replacements. If you check it out now, you’ll see some new names at the end of the list. Three arms — Jarred Cosart, Tyler Skaggs and Dellin Betances — are now No.s 48-50 on the Top 50, replacing Jeremy Hellickson, Kyle Drabek and J.P. Arencibia. The team and position Top 10s have also been updated accordingly. You’ll see Cosart and Skaggs in this week’s update (stats as of Monday). Hopefully, this will make the prospects list much more dynamic all season. Several other Top 50 guys have made their big-league debuts. Congrats to Eric Hosmer, Julio Teheran and Julio Iglesias for getting “the call.” Now, on to this week’s update, hitters first: Hitter of the Week: Domonic Brown, Phillies Looks like he’s coming off the injury just fine, isn’t he? After five games of rehab with Class A Advanced Clearwater, Brown moved up to Triple-A and looks to be just about big-league ready. He hit .409 with a pair of homers over his first 22 at-bats with Lehigh Valley. Including yesterday, he’s played seven games at this level and has hit in all of them.
And now, the pitchers… Pitcher of the Week: Casey Kelly, Padres I thought about going with Jameson Taillon getting his first professional win, but something tells me there’s time yet to sing his praises. Kelly is in his first season with the Padres, one of prospects they got for Adrian Gonzalez (another, Anthony Rizzo, is flat-our raking). Last year was Kelly’s first full season as a pitcher-only — he split time between the mound and shortstop in his first full season (2009). The reports were always that the stuff was just fine, but the results were not. Well, the results might be catching up a bit now. In his one start last week, he went seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out four. Including his win yesterday, he’s thrown 18 innings over his last three starts, yielding just four runs (2.00 ERA) on 19 hits and four walks while striking out 11. For the year, his ERA is down to 3.43 and don’t be too alarmed about the hit rate (40 in 39 1/3 IP). He’s showing a very good GO/AO ratio of 2.18. Things do look like they’re headed in the right direction. And here’s all the pitchers…
The Winter Meetings here in beautiful Lake Buena Vista (that’s Orlando for most of you) are just getting going, but things are already rolling on the prospect front. It’s not often that two Top 50 type prospects get dealt in the span of an entire Winter Meetings, but we’ve got two — one confirmed, one likely soon to be — already changing hands.
The first, of course, was Casey Kelly, going from the Red Sox to the Padres in the Adrian Gonzalez deal. He was No. 28 on MLB.com’s Top 50 prospects list before the 2010 season and while his performance didn’t measure up, scouts still love his stuff. Take a look at the run-down on him and the two other good prospects (Anthony Rizzo and Reymond Fuentes) the Padres got for Gonzalez.
And while it’s not official — yet — it certainly appears likely the Brewers will send Brett Lawrie (No. 26 on that Top 50 list) to Toronto for Shuan Marcum at some point in time. His bat remains his best tool. Stay tuned for a run-down on him if/when that thing becomes official.
Much, much more to come from me as the week wears on. Whenever there’s a prospect involved in a trade, I’ll be there to provide analysis. And don’t forget the all-too exciting Rule 5 Draft preview — complete with potential picks — coming on Wednesday.
Today, I’ll get the chance to talk to Royals Mike Moustakas, who’s here to accept the Joe Bauman Award for topping the Minors in home runs in 2010. So stay tuned for that story later on.
Time to hit the ol’ lobby to see what the latest is…
That’s pretty much how I feel as I type this. I’m sitting at City of Palms Park. The main game is long over. Most of the people have gone home. But in many ways, for me, the fun was just beginning.
That’s because the Red Sox scheduled a second game, this one of the intrasquad variety. It was a necessity to get pitchers the work they needed, thanks to rain-related time lost. And while big-league fans probably are happy to hear that Hideki Okajima and Daniel Bard each tossed scoreless innings, I’m more fired up by the prospects involved in this game.
The big one, of course, is Casey Kelly, who’s gotten to pitch in big-league camp. This is the first time I’ve seen him pitch where I could pay close attention. He threw in last year’s Futures Game, but I must admit to not having been able to focus like I can now. Aside from a pitch he left up to Luis Exposito (which Expo tattooed over the LF fence), Kelly looked extremely sharp. I wasn’t sitting near a gun, so I don’t know how hard he was throwing. What I do know is that he works fast, throws strikes and keeps the ball down. He went three innings and I can’t imagine anyone having anything negative about that outing.
What made it even more fun were some of the hitters participating in the game. At one point, Kelly was pitching to Will Middlebrooks (he got him to ground into a double play). Oscar Tejeda is in the game. I see Derrik Gibson in one dugout and assume he’ll see some time later. Tim Federowicz doubled off of Kelly. Former first-rounder Jason Place, the list goes on and on. Not just big prospects, but interesting minor league guys like Jeff Natale, who’s drawn over 100 walks more than times he’s struck out in his professional career.
I know, I know, the fact that seeing Bubba Bell hit makes me this giddy shows just how prospect geeky I am. But that’s why you come to read B3, isn’t it?
Oh, and I owe a Prospect O’ the Day, don’t I? There wasn’t one from yesterday with everything being washed out. On Thursday, I was at the Orioles-Twins game. I was hoping Josh Bell would do something worthy of me writing about it, but he had a non-descript game.
No, the guy I want to talk about wouldn’t even be termed a true prospect by most. I mentioned Juan Portes a few days ago following his two-homer game. He’s in big-league camp mostly as a reward because he’s a very hard working organizational type. He was a draft pick way back in 2004 and had a decent, though not extraordinary year in Double-A in 2009. He’ll play all season at age 24. You probably won’t find him on any prospect list for the Twins organization.
And all he’s done is rake. Portes doubled and homered on Thursday in two at-bats. He now gone 7-for-10 this spring with three homers, a double and eight RBIs. His slugging percentage is 1.700. I know, meaningless, but the dude deserves some credit for having a great camp.