Daily Dish is a little different today thanks to the Prospect Hot Sheet and the afternoon chat. Here’s a look at the stat leaders around the minors for April, with notes on some notable players.
|* Dunigan, Joseph||HD||CAL||9|
|* Hughes, Rhyne||MTG||SOU||9|
|* Johnson, Cody||MB||CAR||8|
|* DeLome, Collin||CC||TEX||7|
|* Gamel, Mat||NAS||PCL||7|
|* Spencer, Matthew||STK||CAL||7|
What stands out: Jake Fox has more home runs himself than most Midwest League teams have. He’s shown improved selectivity at the plate and a better approach than the "see it, swing hard" approach he used to use. There still is some skepticism among big league clubs that this is anything more than a great hot streak, but Fox is doing everything he can to earn another big league shot. Rhyne Hughes is another name worth noticing. He had an impressive breakout season in Vero Beach in 2007, but regressed in Montgomery last year. In his second try at Double-A, he’s having much more success, as he’s already only five home runs off his 2008 total.
|* Dunigan, Joseph||HD||CAL||.867|
|* Gamel, Mat||NAS||PCL||.784|
|Van Ostrand, James||CC||TEX||.745|
What stands out: High Desert is a great place to hit, but it’s fair to ask where Dunigan’s power has come from. The 2007 fifth-rounder out of Oklahoma came into the season with a career slugging percentage of .387.
|* Watts, Kris||LYN||CAR||.565|
|Van Ostrand, James||CC||TEX||.508|
|* Carrera, Ezequiel||WTN||SOU||.489|
What stands out: Darnell and Reimold are both on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. Watts is a 24-year-old catcher who started to discover plate discipline last year. After hitting .261/.326/.433 in his first full year in 2007, Watts upped his on-base percentage to .378 in Lynchburg last year. He walked 30 times compared to only 25 Ks. This year he already has 12 walks in only 17 games.
|* Friedrich, Christian||ASH||SAL||35|
|* Rzepczynski, Marc||NH||EAS||35|
|* Bastardo, Alberto||IE||CAL||33|
|* Robles, Mauricio||WM||MID||31|
What stands out: A lot of familiar names to prospect watchers here. It’s worth noting that Hernandez, who leads minor league starters with 14.29 K per nine innings, is once again among the strikeout leaders. His stuff is only solid, not spectacular, but he has always had a knack for striking hitters out, and it doesn’t seem to be going away as he faces more advanced hitters.
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