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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…
It’s time to take a look at a few more Player of the Year candidates. Five were listed in yesterday’s post. Here are more for your consideration. Keep in mind, this isn’t only about prospects — it’s about best player in the Minor Leagues. But feel free to send in suggestions for candidates.
Domonic Brown, OF, Phillies: Is he a candidate more because of his prospect status? Perhaps, but the Futures Gamer is having a heckuva year. Between Double- and Triple-A, Brown has hit .325/.388/.586. He’s got 19 homers, 63 RBIs and 14 steals in 86 games. He’s among a small group of players closing in on 20-20 seasons in the Minors.
Jared Goedert, 3B, Indians: Back in his first full season (2007), Goedert began like a house on fire in Class A ball and finished the year with 20 homers and a .317/.431/.590 line. Two years of so-so to below-average production followed, with a shoulder injury playing more than a little part. He’s pain-free now and has split the year between Double- and Triple-A, hitting at both stops. He’s hitting .321/.383/.623 on the year with 23 HR and 65 RBIs in 83 games. He’s tied for fifth in homers and is sixth in SLG.
Kila Ka’aihue, 1B, Royals: What’s this guy got to do to get a
realn shot? Two years ago, he was a Player of the Year candidate when he
hit a combined .314/.456/.628 with 37 homers and 100 RBIs. He’s at it
again in 2010, hitting .307/.460/.588 with 20 homers and 67 RBIs in 81
Triple-A games. He’s fourth in OPS in the Minors and second in OBP.
Jerry Sands, 1B, Dodgers: As a 25th rounder in 2008, he’s had to prove himself every step and it looks like he might be doing it. The 22-year-old started back in the Midwest League this year, but after hitting .333/.432/.646 in 69 games, he got double-jumped to Double-A, where he’s held his own (.293/.406/.610). Combined, his 1.062 OPS is second-best in the Minors, he’s tied for second with 26 homers and he’s fourth with a .637 SLG.
Mike Trout, OF, Angels: Trout has been nothing short of fantastic in his first full season of pro ball (Come on Kevin Orris, you didn’t think I’d forget him, did you?). He won’t turn 19 until early August and he’s already been promoted to the Class A Advanced California League. So far, the jump hasn’t seemed particularly daunting, with a five-game hitting streak and a .320/.433/.600 line over seven games. His .359 combined batting average is second best in the Minors and his .452 OBP is fourth. He’s second overall with 45 steals as well.
Others worthy of consideration: Dan Johnson, Marc Krauss, J.D. Martinez, Paul McAnulty, Matthew Rizzotti