By Corey R. Cunningham
Week 1 of AAA Baseball
Pawtucket 1B Lars Anderson is batting .375 through 3 games. He has 8 AB, 3 BB, 3 H, 1 R, and an extra base hit. Anderson hit decent during another long spring training for a guy who knows he is subject to AAA. Keep Lars on your watch list, for a trade.
Charlotte Knights 3B Dallas McPherson is batting .364 thorough 3 games. He has 11 AB, 0 BB, 4 K, 4 H, 2 R and 2 doubles. McPherson is most likely a permanent AAA player, but pending injuries, he could see some time.
Columbus Clippers 1B Matt LaPorta is batting .375 through 4 games. Matt has 16 AB, 6 H, 3 R, 2 doubles, 4 RBI and 5 K. LaPorta was demoted to AAA during spring training and hopes to get his job back sometime soon.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs SP Tyler Cloyd as a 0.00 ERA, and has pitched 6 innings of solid baseball. He has let up no R or ER, and has 8 K with a GO/AO of 2.33.
Durham Bulls SP Chris Archer has a 1.50 ERA through 6 IP of work and has 8 K, allowing 3 BB, 1 HR, and 2 H. Archer was involved in the Matt Garza deal that sent him to the Cubs. Archer is in a deep system of Rays pitchers; however, one trade can bring him up to the big club in a heartbeat.
Tacoma Rainers LF Carlos Peguero has found his swing early on in the young season. He is batting .700 with a 1.600 SLG, 2.350 OPS, and .750 OPB. Carlos has hit 2 HR, one double, and one triple. He has 4 RBI, 5 R scored with only 1 K.
Salt Lake Bees CF Mike Trout has played in 4 games thus far and has a .500 BA. Trout has 8 H and 6 R in 16 AB. He has 5 K, and 3 BB, with a .579 OBP, .563 SLG, 1.141 OPS, along with 2 SB.
Sacramento River Cats OF Michael Taylor has played in 4 games, and has a .444 BA. Taylor has a .476 OBP, .667 SLG, and 1.143 OPS. He has 8 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 1 SB and 1 extra base hit through 18 AB.
Oklahoma City RedHawks RF Fernando Martinez was picked up on waivers by the Astros organization after being released by the New York Mets. Martinez who is starting the season in AAA has a .375 BA, .444 OPB, .688 SLG, and 1.132 OPS. He has 6 H, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 K through 16 AB.
Iowa Cubs CF Brett Jackson is one step closer to the Majors. Jackson is batting .438 with a .526 OBP, .688 SLG, and 1.214 OPS through the first 4 games of the season. He has 7 H, 4 R, 4 RBI, 2 doubles and a triple through 16 AB.
Iowa Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo is awaiting a starting gig himself in the big leagues behind 1B Bryan LaHair. Rizzo who was traded from San Diego to the Cubs in the offseason is batting .375 with a .375 OBP, .563 SLG, and .938 OPS. He has 1 HR, with 6 RBI and a SB.
Oklahoma City RedHawks SP Jordan Lyles has pitched 1 game thus far, with a 1.50 ERA. Lyles has a 2.00 GO/AO, allowing 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB while striking out 5, and giving up 7 H in 6 IP.
Week 1 of AA Baseball
Reading Phillies C Sebastian Valle has played in 3 games thus far, while batting .500. Valle I believe is the future for the Phillies, as it has been a while since they have had a productive catcher. Valle has 10 AB, 5 H, 3 R, 1 HR, and 1 RBI. He has a .583 OBP, .800 SLG, and 1.383 OPS.
Richmond Flying Squirrels CF Gary Brown has played in 4 games and has a .462 BA. Brown has 6 H, 2 R, 1 RBI with 2 K. Brown has a .467 OBP, .462 SLG, and a .928 OPS. Brown should split time this year between AA and AAA, and perhaps make a run for the MLB 25 man roster in 2013.
Altoona Curve 1B Matt Curry had earned his promotion from Low A to AA. During the first 3 games of the season, he has a .455 BA, 5 H, 1 R, 1 RBI and 1 K. He has a .500 OBP, .455 SLG, and .955 OPS.
Bowie Baysox SS Manny Machado who split time in Low A Delmarva and High A Frederick last year is now at AA Bowie. Machado has a .333 BA through the first 4 games of the season with 5 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB, and 4 K. Machado who could be the future SS for the O’s needs to be dealt with slowly, although the O’s are famous for bringing their top prospects up before they are ready. Manny is only 20 years of age, and in AA already.
New Britain Rock Cats SP Luke French has his first game under his belt and it good fashion. French has a 0.00 ERA to start off the 2012 season with a GO/AO of 1.25. He has pitched 5 innings of work, allowing 2 H, 2BB, while striking out 4.
Reading Phillies SP Jonathan Pettibone has a 1.50 ERA through his first game, allowing 1 R, and 1 ER. He has allowed 10 H, and 0 BB through 6 IP in his first game for the Reading Phillies.
Jackson Generals SS Nick Franklin has a .500 BA through the first 4 games and 14 AB of the season. He has a .533 OBP, .786 SLG, and 1.319 OPS. He has 7 H, 2 R, 1 HR, and 4 RBI thus far. Look for Franklin to join Dustin Ackley sometime in 2013.
Mobile BayBears SP Trevor Bauer has made his minor league debut in a good way. He allowed just 2 H and 3 BB in 5 IP. He did get the W in his debut, while allowing 1.00 GO/AO. Arizona is hoping to have Bauer in the starting rotation sometime soon. Make sure you have Bauer on your radar, if you have not chosen him in the Minor league draft do so NOW!
Tennessee Smokies SP Trey McNutt did not earn a win in his minor league debut for the smokies. Trey was rumored around in the compensation for the Theo Epstein move, however, he was not. McNutt pitched 3.2 innings of work, allowing just 2 H, 3BB, while striking out 3.
Jackson Generals SP James Paxton received the win in his minor league debut for the Generals, pitching 5.2 innings. He allowed just 2 H, while striking out 10. He has a .105 AVG against and a .75 GO/AO.
Tulsa Drillers 3B Nolen Arenado has played 4 games with 15 AB. He has 8 H, with 4 RBI, 4 R, and 2 BB. Nolen does have 3 doubles on the young season with a .611 OBP, .733 SLB, and 1.344 OPS.
Northwest Arkansas Naturals OF Wil Myers has played in 4 games, with a .313 BA. He has 2 HR, 2 RBI, and 4 R with 1 SB. In 16 AB Myers does have 6 K. Myers holds a .353 OBP, .688 SLG, and 1.040 OPS.
Week 1 of A Baseball
Lancaster JetHawks CF and 1st round selection George Springer has a .412 BA through the first 4 game of the season. Springer has 7 H, 3 R, 1 HR, and 6 RBI through his first 17 AB of the minors. Springer did not get assigned to Low-A Lexington, which means I will not be making a visit to see him play at Hagerstown Suns Municipal Stadium.
High Desert Mavericks SS Brad Miller is off to a hot start with a .500 BA. He has a .571 OBP, 1.500 SLG, and 2.071 OPS. Miller has 4 HR, with 11 RBI, 9 H, and 9 R. Miller who came out of Clemson University might be a surprise young talented player for Seattle.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes SP Zach Lee received a no decision in his first start for the Quakes. Lee allowed just 1 H and 1 BB through 5 IP for the Quakes. Lee should be in the starting 5 for the Dodgers sometime in 2013. Lee is one of the higher prospects in the Los Angeles Dodgers system.
Modesto Nuts SP Tyler Matzek received his first loss of the season, however, on the good end he still has an ERA of 0.00. Tyler has struggled over the past couple of seasons; he has gone from being a top prospect in the Rockies system, to barley scratching the surface. He pitched 4.2 innings, allowing 3 H, 2 R and 3 BB while striking out 7 batters. Not sure what happened to Matzek, but I would stay away for the time being.
Carolina Mudcats OF Tyler Holt has played in 3 games thus far, and is knocking the ball around. He has a .615 BA, 8 H, 4 R, 4 RBI, one double, and one triple. Holt carries a .667 OBP, .846 SLG, and 1.513 OPS.
Lynchburg Hillcats SS Matt Lipka has had 13 AB, while starting 3 games for the Hillcats. Lipka has a .385 BA, with 5 H, and one triple.
Charlotte Stone Crabs OF Mikie Mahtook has played in 3 games batting 11 times. He carries a .455 BA, with 5 H, 1 R, and 3 RBI. Mikie looks like a strong prospect in the Rays system, which is known for pitching. Mikie has a .500 OBP, .545 SLG, and 1.045 OPS.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 3B Nick Castellanos has a .417 BA going into game 4 with the Flying Tigers. Nick has a .500 OBP, .583 SLG, and 1.083 OPS. Nick has 5 H, 3 R, 2 RBI, and 4 K through his 12 first AB with the Flying Tigers.
Brevard County Manatees SP Jed Bradley won his first decision of his career. Bradley pitched 6.1 IP, allowing just 3 H, and 1 BB. Bradley did have 7 K, allowing a AVG of .143.
Brevard Count Manatees SP Taylor Jungmann another top prospect in the Brewers organization also won his first minor league debut. Taylor now has a 1.80 ERA, with a 1.20 GO/AO. He pitched 5 IP, allowing 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB and striking out 3 batters.
Cedar Rapids Kernels 2B Kaleb Cowart has played in 3 games thus far, with a .462 BA. He has 13 AB, 6 H, 3 R, 2 doubles, 1 triple and 3 RBI, along with 2 SB. Cowart has a .500 OBP, .769 SLG, and 1.269 OPS.
Charleston RiverDogs 3B Dante Bichette Jr has a .417 BA going into game 4 of his minor league debut. Bichette has 12 AB, which include 5 H, and 4 K. He has a .417 OBP, .417 SLG, and .833 OPS.