April 23, 2012 posted by Paul Greco

Minor League Call-Ups 4/23/2012

Minor League Call-Ups 4/23/2012
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Drew Hutchison, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

Drew Hutchison (SP, TOR) was called up as the organization was in need of a fifth starter.  He dominated the Minor Leagues in 2011, registering a 2.53 ERA, 171 SO, and 35 BB in 149.1 IP.  Hutchison possesses stellar control.   He also does a great job of mixing his pitches and getting ahead in counts.  He threw 5.1 innings in his Major League debut on April 21st, striking out 4 and walking 3 in a winning effort against the Kansas City Royals. 

The greatest cause for concern with Hutchison is his lack of experience.  He only made 6 starts at AA before the promotion, making this seem a bit premature.  Keeping that in mind, it’s to be expected that GM Alex Anthopoulos plans to keep Hutchison in the Majors for the foreseeable future barring an implosion.  Jerking a young prospect around isn’t good for his psyche or development. 

Outlook: Hutchison should be added in AL-only leagues and given consideration in deep mixed leagues.  His control offers the potential for a respectable ERA and WHIP but it’s hard to be too confident in a kid being tossed into the AL East without much seasoning.

Tony Campana (OF, CHC) was promoted from the Iowa Cubs (AAA-PCL) after Ryan Dempster was placed on the 15-day disabled list.  Marlon Byrd’s trade to the Boston Red Sox also opened up a spot for a fourth outfielder on the North Side of Chicago. 

Campana’s greatest asset is his speed.  He’s swiped 152 of a possible 197 bases since becoming a professional in 2008, which includes 8 for 11 this season.  His walk rate with the Chicago Cubs in 2011 was 5.2% and left a lot to be desired considering the figures that he’s posted at various levels in the Minor Leagues (8.6% in A, 7.2% in A+, and 8.0% in AA).  Campana strikes out at a league-average rate and boasts an above-average BABIP thanks to his natural speed.

Outlook:  Entertain the thought of adding him in NL-only leagues.  With an outfield consisting of Alfonso Soriano (struggling), Reed Johnson (struggling), and David DeJesus, Campana will get chances with the Cubs while he’s in the Windy City.  The length of his stay remains to be seen, though.  Jeff Baker is capable of playing almost anywhere and Bryan LaHair has experience in the outfield.  His value is limited unless we are given a clear indication that he will stick.  If he does, Campana represents cheap speed.  

Jarrod Parker (SP, OAK) is rumored to be getting the call for a start on Wednesday with the Athletics.  This would represent our first major promotion of the season for a player talented enough to contribute in all formats. 

Parker is capable of throwing five pitches.  His four-seam fastball can touch the upper-90s and he’s also begun to mix in a two-seamer in an effort to induce more ground balls.  Parker’s changeup is inconsistent but plus when he’s really dealing.  He also throws a slider that possesses hard lateral break.  His curveball doesn’t seem to garner much attention but it’s allegedly still in his repertoire.

Throughout 26 starts in the Southern League (AA) last year, Parker posted a 3.79 ERA, 122 SO, and 55 BB in 130.2 IP.  After undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2010, it appears that his control took some time to come back.  He’s struck out 21 and walked 6 to begin the 2012 season in Sacramento (AAA) but the sample size is too small to draw firm conclusions.

Outlook: Add him in all formats.  Parker is capable of carrying a 9.0 K/9 ratio in the Major Leagues.  He will pitch in a pitchers ballpark and in front of a good defensive team.  His stuff tells us that he’s a sneaky choice for the AL Rookie of the Year but his command will be the biggest roadblock to early success in the Majors.  Expecting a WHIP under 1.25 or an ERA under 3.80 is wishful thinking at this point but 7 to 9 wins are well within reason. Keep in mind that the organization may cap him at around 140 IP since he’s already thrown 20.2 in the Minors.     

Paul finished the 2011-2012 Fantasy Football season as the #1 Weekly Rankings & Projections winner of the 411Fantasy Expert Challenge. He also finished 2nd in the Expert Draft Accuracy Challenge in 2011. Top 10 Finisher in the FSWA Fantasy Football Draft Projections. Paul is also apart of baseballs elite as a member of Tout Wars. You can follow me on Twitter @PaulGreco

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