Results tagged ‘ Yonder Alonso ’
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!)
There should be new updates to the Top 50 coming soon, with new graduations meaning new players being added. Since last week, Dellin Betances has been added, so be sure to keep checking in on Prospect Watch for updates.
There were some outstanding performances this past week. I guess that’s why they’re considered top prospects… Let’s take a look, starting with hitters.
Hitter of the Week: Yonder Alonso
I do believe it’s officially time to start a Free the Prospect campaign here. Alonso, the Reds’ top pick in 2008 (No. 7 overall) is just going off. Last week, he hit .433 (13-for-30) with a homer and 7 RBIs. In May, Alonso has hit .404 with a .475 OBP and .692 SLG. He’s got a 10-game hitting streak going and you can see his season stats below. Really a first baseman, he’s not going to see any time there in Cincy, so he’s been playing left field. Sure, Jonny Gomes has struggled, but there’s also Chris Heisey up there, so there doesn’t appear to be an opening for Alonso. For now, at least, he’ll have to just keep on raking in Triple-A.
Pitcher of the Week: Matthew Moore
It looks like the Rays’ talented lefty is back on track. For the week, the strikeout artist threw 11 1/3 innings, gave up just five hits and one run while walking five and striking out 15. The Minor League leader in strikeouts the last two years running is now on the leaderboard, with his 56 K’s tying him for fourth (As an aside, Tyler Skaggs, who could have easily been this week’s Pitcher of the Week, is just ahead of Moore in a three-way tie for first with 59 K’s.). For those who might worry about Moore’s command and control, it should be noted that he’s walked just 2.4 per nine innings so far this year, far below his career 4.2 ratio. And at 12.4 K/9 so far in 2011, it has impacted his ability to get swings and misses. Moore, in fact, has lowered his walk rate each season, from 5.1 in 2009 to 3.8 a year ago to his current 2.4. That’s the kind of progress you like to see.
Before I get to the next round of reports, I wanted to clue everyone in on some great video content we have on the site. A couple weeks back, we went to the Rookie Career Development Program, a great program run in concert by Major League Baseball and the Players Association to help players who are close to being big-league ready (some have big league time) prepare for life in the big leagues (mostly off the field). We were there, camera in tow, and interviewed one player from each organization (each sends a few down). The results of our work can be found on this page:
Now on to the next set of scouting reports:
34. Yonder Alonso, 1B, Reds
Seen: October (Hawaii Winter League)
Potentially plus hitting approach with easy hands. Aggressive with bat, can use big part of field. Swing can get loopy at times. Squares up well on strikes. Power will come. Profiles as middle-of-the-order run producer in future. Good glove, moves well around bag. Bat will carry him, won’t take long to be ready.
33. Phillippe Aumont, RHP, Mariners
Seen: April (Midwest League)
Fastball: 90-95 mph
Curve: 77-81 mph
Changeup: 86 mph
Terrific mound presence and size, nasty arm angle. More velocity to come in arm. Fastball bores in, runs hard and down. Breaking ball is hard, but inconsistent. Sometimes a curve, sometimes slider in terms of tilt. When he gets on top, it’s a plus pitch. Plus arm, with some tweaks to delivery, his stuff will be ready for next level.
32. Fernando Martinez, OF, Mets
Sorry, no scouting report on F-Mart as of right now, so we’ll move on…
31. Wade Davis, RHP, Rays
Seen: July (Southern League)
Fastball: 89-93 mph
Curve: 74-80 mph
Changeup: 81-83 mph
Big guy with big arm. Power type pitcher. Delivery a little inconsistent. Some deception with quick arm. Throws strikes and gets ahead with fastball that has sink and tail. Not afraid to pitch inside. Big, hard, downer curve, sometimes has good bite. Keeps it down in zone for most part. Future Major League rotation.
30. Carlos Triunfel, SS, Mariners
Seen: July (California League) and October (Arizona Fall League)
Looks like a player, a young Miguel Tejada type. Can be erratic, but comes to play every day. Agressive at plate, will swing at anything. Slightly soft bat. Still young, power will come off as he matures. Decent runner. Plus arm. Good hands to play all over infield, feet need some work. Thick lower half may mean move to third, should have enough pop eventually to fit there.