Some Encouraging Numbers From Minor Leaguers


This year the Minor Leagues kind of got off to a slow start with a few guys not hitting very well and our pitchers just haven’t pitched very well. But I thought it was time to high light some of the things that have gone well so far this season.

All numbers are taken at the end of the day on Friday…after the jump.

Tacoma Rainiers

Mike Carp, 1B/LF

Year Age Tm Lev PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2011 25 Tacoma AAA 194 28 53 12 0 12 39 5 1 16 38 .310 .373 .591 .964

Carp has altered his swing and looks like he might have a professional bat after all… maybe.

 

Alex Liddi, 3B/1B

Year Age Tm Lev PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2011 22 Tacoma AAA 207 46 46 13 0 9 29 4 1 21 63 .257 .338 .480 .819

Liddi started off slow but is now knocking the crap off the ball and power is improved 2010 ISO: .195, 2011 ISO:  .223

 

Dustin Ackley, 2B

Year Age Tm Lev PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2011 23 Tacoma AAA 236 35 55 12 1 7 24 6 3 35 27 .279 .386 .457 .843

If you needed me to tell you he’s real, you must not follow baseball.

 

Jackson Generals

Carlos Triunfel, SS

Year Age Tm Lev PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2011 21 Jackson AA 172 23 46 13 1 4 17 3 4 7 27 .288 .333 .456 .790

Become interested but don’t get too excited. Oh and he’s playing pretty awesome defense too. Settle down now.

Kyle Seager, 2B/3B

Year Age Tm Lev PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2011 23 Jackson AA 191 20 48 14 0 4 29 3 5 17 26 .286 .361 .440 .802

Just.Continues.To.Hit. Great line drive swing. Good defense between second and third. Very interesting prospect.

 

Erasmo Ramirez, RHSP

Year Age Tm Lev W L ERA IP H ER HR BB SO BF WHIP BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2011 21 Jackson AA 4 2 3.76 55.0 59 23 4 2 39 230 1.109 0.3 6.4 19.50

Unquestioned best pitching prospect above High Desert right now. Not missing a ton of bats but not having too.

 

High Desert Mavericks

Daniel Carroll, LF

Year Age Tm Lev PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2011 22 High Desert A+ 213 41 51 9 1 8 21 25 4 30 58 .293 .410 .494 .904

Love the walks, solid stolen bases, reinvented himself. Nate Tenbrink 2.0?

 

Mario Martinez, 3B

Year Age Tm Lev PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2011 21 High Desert A+ 139 26 38 6 3 4 20 0 1 11 38 .304 .360 .496 .856

Amazing glove, is this the year we see his bat finally take a step forward too? Hopefully it’s real. Not a lot of walks to go with wiffs.

Vincent Catricala, 3B/LF/1B

Year Age Tm Lev PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2011 22 High Desert A+ 198 29 62 6 1 9 34 4 1 20 29 .363 .431 .567 .999

I called this one earlier in spring training. I knew he was going to destroy this league. I just hope it doesn’t ruin his swing or impact his approach. I really hate the Cal League.

 

James Gillheeney, LHSP

Year Age Tm Lev W L ERA IP H ER HR BB SO BF WHIP BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2011 23 High Desert A+ 2 2 4.31 48.0 45 23 7 12 47 207 1.188 2.2 8.8 3.92

Why is he still in High Desert? I ask myself this every morning before I get up. Why is James Gillheeney still in HD?

 

Clinton Lumberkings

 

Forrest Snow, RHSP

Year Age Tm Lev W L ERA IP H ER HR BB SO BF WHIP BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2011 22 Clinton A 1 7 4.45 56.2 52 28 3 15 57 243 1.182 2.4 9.1 3.80

Forrest Snow, one of the biggest pitching finds for the Mariners out of the draft in the last 5-10 years possibly?

 

Brandon Maurer, RHSP

Year Age Tm Lev W L ERA IP H ER HR BB SO BF WHIP BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2011 20 2 Teams A-A+ 1 4 2.88 50.0 38 16 3 14 57 200 1.040 2.5 10.3 4.07
2011 20 Clinton A 1 3 3.41 37.0 28 14 2 14 44 151 1.135 3.4 10.7 3.14
2011 20 High Desert A+ 0 1 1.38 13.0 10 2 1 0 13 49 0.769 0.0 9.0

Finally healthy, finally doing what we all thought he was capable. (BTW, no walks in 13 innings in HD as a 20 year old!)

 

Taijuan Walker, RHSP

Year Age Tm Lev W L ERA IP H ER HR BB SO BF WHIP BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2011 18 Clinton A 2 2 4.03 22.1 23 10 1 10 30 99 1.478 4.0 12.1 3.00

Hit 99 on the radar gun this week. True story. This kid is sick.

 

James Paxton, LHSP

Year Age Tm Lev W L ERA IP H ER HR BB SO BF WHIP BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2011 22 Clinton A 1 1 2.22 28.1 22 7 1 17 38 118 1.376 5.4 12.1 2.24

95 mph, shaking off rust and dominating his competition.

 

Jabari Blash, RF

Year Age Tm Lev PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2011 21 Clinton A 100 11 14 2 0 2 7 4 1 30 19 .200 .440 .314 .754

Awesome Junior college find from last year. Forget the batting average 30 walks to 19 strike outs?!? MONEYball… I love it.

Tags: Alex Liddi Brandon Maurer Carlos Triunfel Daniel Carroll Dustin Ackley Erasmo Ramirez Forrest Snow Jabari Blash James Gillheeney James Paxton Kyle Seager Mario Martinez Mike Carp Taijuan Walker Vincent Catricala

  • http://Retired maqman

    Unfortunately Gillheeney got pounded bad in his last start. No love for Jake Shaffer? Some of these guys should get a step up in the organization pretty soon, just to see how they fare. I like what Catricala is showing, OPS over 1.000. Most of our farm teams are not up to last years team standards but there is some nice talent down there. Carp is looking like anything but a dyslexic rearrangement of his surname.

  • Harrison Crow

    My only problem with Shaffer is he has a high BABIP, high ground rates and low walk rates. He is already having a much better season than last year. But, I’m content to see him continue to do it over another month before I really get excited.

    But in fairness you are right it’s probably more real than what Mario Martinez is doing (.406 BABIP, 16% LD and 7% walks).

  • http://www.marinercentral.com Lonnie

    Mike Carp was really pissed when he got sent down to AAA during ST. I mean REALLY pissed. I think that he is playing with a smidge of controlled anger, which has put some fire in his game. The only question now is does he play outfield defense well enough to make the jump to MLB.

    I love Alex Liddi, everyone should know that by now. I want this kid to succeed in a rather unhealthy way. But I’m not blind. Liddi has struggled mightily against lefties this year, and has taken righties out behind the barn and beaten the crap out of them, especially in the month of May. Unless he can start hitting lefties with a bit more regularity, all he can hope for is a career as a platoon bat. Of course, there are those strikeouts too…

    I find it somewhat hard to believe that Carlos Triunfel is just 21 years old. It seems like he has been in the system for about 10 years now…. I am really encouraged by what he is doing at the plate, but I’m still not sold on him. He will not make the jump to the MLB level unless he does something with his walk rate. In 2011 his rate is just 4.5%, and this is one of his better years! Also, do you realize that Triunfel has committed 15 errors already?

    Here’s something that I picked up recently about Kyle Seager. John Boles (Mariners Special Assistant to the GM – Player Procurement) boldly predicted that Kyle Seager will have a 10 – 15 year MLB career. He didn’t go so far as to say at what position or anything, but he was commenting on Seager’s commitment, talent, and personality.

    While Gillheeney has been getting a lot of pub and love from the greater Seattle Blog-O-Sphere Intelligencia, Chris Sorce has been toiling away at High Desert nearly invisibly. I love what he has been doing there in the desert and I really want to see what he can do away from such an extreme hitters league.

    Lonnie

    • Harrison Crow

      Chris Source has been tearing it up so to speak.

      Once he gets out of HD he’ll be on a few more radars. I think he could be an interesting middle relief arm. He doesn’t miss a lot of bats but he does get good ground balls.

      Another name that I’ve been impressed with but doesn’t have a lot of numbers to back it up is Scott Savastano, Stefen Romero and Carlton Tannabe.

  • Coug1990

    Great article. I am excited about the pitching, especially Ramirez, Paxton and Walker.

    Ramirez has apparently gained 4-6 miles on his fastball. If that is true, he may be better than the fringe back of the rotation starter that it first appeared he was going to be. He still doesn’t strike out anyone and that is troublesome. How much does he need to work on his secondary pitches?

    Paxton and Walker have the same problem. They walk way to many people. They both strike out a lot of batters and miss bats and that is good, but it is no secret that they will need to improve their command. How is Paxton’s secondary pitches? How much longer will he stay in Clinton before he is promoted?

    What Walker is doing with having only one pitch is amazing. Just wait until he picks up a change and breaking ball.

    This is all getting exciting.

    • Harrison Crow

      This is something that I mentioned on one of our first podcasts and I also tweeted but never got around to actually writing it out. Ramirez was sitting 90-92 pretty much the whole night in Montgomery with good sink.

      His change-up got about 3 or 4 swings and misses too. In my mind if he continues to get ground balls and uses the movement on his pitches to bring inconsistent contact he could be a #3 guy.

      His slider wasn’t very good in my eyes and did get much tilt. If he can get that pitch to be average we have a really good little pitcher on our hands.

      Paxton’s secondary stuff (a curve) from what I’ve heard is plus but the problem is all the rust. It’s just about building consistency and about repeating his mechanics. He has a change-up but it’s average … underneath all the rust.

      If he sharpens things up he’s a candidate to finish this year in Jackson.

      Walker doesn’t just have the one amazing pitch his spike curve ball is already pretty good and could profile to be a plus pitch if and when he learns to hit his release point.

      His change-up already has good depth it’s just about the lack of consistency with both pitches. He had a change-up coming out of high school which is impressive but it’s still raw and at this time just profiles as average.

  • http://www.marinercentral.com Lonnie

    I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a few minutes and talk to James Paxton back in March. I asked him what his out pitch was and he said it was his curve or his slider. Once he gets that thing working again he could be REALLY nasty to deal with.

    • Harrison Crow

      Baseball America had a piece on him back in 2009. They said he had a sluve back in high school but he really took off when it evolved into a real curve ball.

      I haven’t read or seen too much on the slider. Thanks for the heads up Lonnie.

  • Coug1990

    Thanks for the response. All three are exciting prospects. Grifol said to Larry Stone of the Times that Ramirez even reached 95mph. Don’t know if it was the fast gun he was citing. Either way, 92 or 95 is impressive for him.

    I would think that Paxton will be moved sooner than later. His stuff seems too good for the Midwest league. I am curious to see what he can do when he is able to shake off the rust. He still will need to work on his command, as he had trouble in college as well. With better training with the Mariners; hopefully, that will be a thing of the past.

    It was nice to hear that Walker already has a secondary pitch. It almost seems that he is already ahead of where we thought he would be at this point.

    • Harrison Crow

      Walker is definitely blooming fast that’s for sure.

      Paxton really has had some problems with his command and I’d rather they keep him too long in Clinton that promote too soon to HD. That place is a pitchers nightmare. Ask poor Yoevis Medina.

      Ramirez may have reached 95. I just saw him sitting in early April at above average velocity than previously reported.If he is doing that then I really think he’s our best pitching prospect behind Pineda.

  • http://Retired maqman

    Some insightful comments guys, thanks.