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April 25, 2012 posted by Paul Greco

Minor League Notes 4/24/2012

Minor League Notes 4/24/2012
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Dylan Bundy, SP, Delmarva Shorebirds

Pacific Coast League

Shelby Miller (SP, STL) has bounced back after two sloppy starts to level his record at 2-2.  He tossed 5 scoreless innings against Iowa but ran his pitch count to 91 in the process.  Aside from Adam Wainwright, the St. Louis Cardinals rotation has been exceptional to start the year.  Wainwright will be given a lot of rope to work though his struggles, though, leaving Miller to develop in Memphis barring an injury to the Major League rotation.

Mike Trout (OF, LAA) is hitting .400 through 70 at bats with the Salt Lake Bees.  He’s also swiped 6 bases in 7 tries and has 8 extra base hits including 1 home run.  Trout’s scorching start will certainly spice things up in Los Angeles as the entire Angels outfield has struggled this year.  It’s difficult to imagine Trout in the Minors once June comes around.  With or without a developed power stroke, any GM would take a hitter with his plate approach right now.

Alex Castellanos (2B, LAD) had four multi-hit games last week for Albuquerque as he transitions back to second base.  The Cardinals had moved the natural infielder to the outfield during his time with Palm Beach (A+ – FLOR).  Castellanos was acquired by the Dodgers before the 2011 trade deadline in a deal sending Rafael Furcal to St. Louis.  He’s worth following considering his power/speed upside.  He hit 23 HR between the two organizations in 2011 and swiped 14 bases.  His walk and strikeout rates have improved in his first 88 PA this year but he must prove that he can sustain these ratios (13.6% and 19.3%, respectively) over the course of a full season to garner serious consideration for the Majors.

International League

Bryce Harper (OF, WAS) hit his first home run of the year for the Syracuse Chiefs on 4/22.  He’s been downright disappointing at the plate, hitting a paltry .234 with 24 total bases in 64 at bats.  I will be heading out to the Frontier Field in Rochester, NY for a doubleheader on Thursday (Syracuse @ Rochester) and will provide feedback on Harper next week.   

Starling Marte (CF, PIT) is tied for the IL lead with 8 stolen bases.  Marte has consistently hit over .300 throughout the Minors but lacks the plate discipline and raw power to really make scouts drool.  He’s struck out 16 times this year to only 2 walks, a ratio that must be improved as he ascends to the Major Leagues.  Marte’s 8 steals have been accomplished in 9 tries, an improvement after a disappointing 24/36 last year in Altoona (AA-EL).  Marte isn’t ready but has the potential to be an impact player in the Steel City.

The Bundy-Barnes Face-Off

 Coming into Tuesday night’s game between the Greenville Drive and the Delmarva Shorebirds in the South Atlantic League (A), Dylan Bundy hadn’t given up a hit and Matt Barnes hadn’t allowed a run.  Believe it or not, both stars in the making continued their impressive streaks.  Bundy lasted 4 innings and had a clean line with 0 H, 0 R, and 0 BB while striking out 6.  Barnes went 5 innings and allowed 5 hits, walked 2, struck out 9 and didn’t allow a run.

A no-no in the South Atlantic League (A)

Jose Fernandez, the #3 prospect in the Marlins system combined with relievers Gregory Nappo and Kevin Cravey to pitch a no-hitter for the Greensboro Grasshoppers.   This is the first no-hitter for Greensboro since 2004.

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 FantasyPros.com 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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