So, a day late, here are your fresh and stale prospects for the week, in addition to a (brief) weekend recap. You'll have to forgive us here at Farmers Only headquarters, it was a crazy weekend. Since there are 4 games to cover for each team, I'm going to leave you with mostly links to box scores and a summary of the weekend performance. If you'd like to know specifics, please check out the box scores.
El Nino Destructor still has some serious plate discipline issues, but he's improving, having only struck out once and walked 3 times in the last seven games. Further, when he's making contact, the ball is going a long way. His slash line is up to .258/.293/.505. He's still got a ways to go, but is showing he can handle AAA pitching.
Sappelt is considered one of the best outfield defenders in the organization, so if his bat developed he could be a real prospect. He was recently promoted to AA Carolina and has responded, putting up an .843 OPS through 9 games.
Enerio Del Rosario
EDR doesn't strike out many, but he also doesn't walk any, and his extreme groundball tendencies should play up out of the bullpen. He could very possibly be the next guy called up to the Reds 'pen.
Sorry Justin. He hasn't pitched poorly, but he's had to leave his last 2 starts early because of blister issues. If he doesn't get that sorted out soon it could cost him a callup, and with guys like Travis Wood, Aroldis Chapman, Matt Klinker, and Brad Boxberger breathing down his neck, he can't miss any more opportunities.
Possibly the best defensive SS in the system, his bat is a big question, and right now he's not doing anything to dispel the concerns. Right now he's OPSing a measley .480 for Lynchburg. He needs to at least hit a little bit if he wants to be taken seriously as a prospect.
I still like him as a prospect, and he's been unlucky, but after struggling last season after being drafted out of North Carolina, the catcher needs to start producing. He's OPSing .613 for low-A Dayton as a 22 year old. Unless he improves quickly, his days as a prospect may be over before they began.
Links to the weekend's games after the jump!
- Louisville busted out the Bats in a big way this weekend. On Friday they won 16-3. Sam LeCure got the win, and pretty much everyone got in on the act offensively. Saturday they followed up with another 16-run performance, this time winning 16-5. Travis Wood struggled a bit but still earned the victory (hooray run support!), and again pretty much everyone hit a bunch. Sunday they didn't hit as much, but still won 5-2. Aroldis Chapman got the win, and almost every starter had at least one hit. Last night the Bats kept on rolling, winning 7-6. Chris Valaika had 2 more hits and a walk. His average is up to .358 on the year. Also, looks like the team is starting to play to their true talent level. Up Next: Matt Maloney tries to avoid the blisters against Buffalo at 7:05.
- Carolina played two Friday, losing 6-5, then winning 9-7. Saturday they won 11-6. Lots of guys hit, and Yonder Alonso got his 3rd homer of the year. Sunday they won 7-2 behind a strong start from Travis Webb and a well balanced attack where the entire team reached base safely at least once, and all but two reached safely at least twice. Last night Carolina completed their great "weekend" by winning 8-3 in 10 innings. The Tennessee bullpen imploded in the 10th, allowing 5 runs to score. Lots of hitting in this one, and Matt Klinker gave yet another solid start, going 6 innings, allowing 1 earned run with 7 strikeouts and just 1 walk. Get him to AAA already!! Up Next: Dallas Buck will face Tennessee at 11:30 a.m.
- Lynchburg won 6-5 on Friday night, getting hitting from the whole team, particularly Josh Fellhauer, who had 2 doubles. Saturday the Hillcats lost 8-3, despite a getting plenty of hits. Brad Boxberger had his shortest outing of the year, lasting only 3.2 innings, giving up 7 runs, only 3 of them earned. Sunday the team lost 2-1, wasting a strong start by Mark Serrano, who threw 7 innings of 1 run ball, striking out 9. Last night the team lost 6-5 in 10 innings. A few guys hit well, but Devin Mesoraco was the clear star, going 4-5 with a double and a triple. Up Next: Scott Carroll takes on Wilmington at 6:35.
- Dayton was rained out Friday night, so they double-dipped on Saturday, losing 2-1 and 3-0. In the first game Donnie Joseph blew his second save of the season, despite striking out 3 in 1.2 innings of work. The second game the bats were silent, as the team only managed 4 hits. Sunday the team lost 5-3, as starter Justin Walker got hit around a little bit. Shane Carlson provided most of the offense, going 3-4 with 2 doubles. Last night Dayton won 4-3 behind 5 scoreless innings from the bullpen. 5 different Dragons had 2 hits. Up Next: JC Sulbaran takes on Ft. Wayne at 7:00.