• When Fabio Martinez pitches, there's about a 50/50 chance that any given plate appearance will end without the ball being put in play. Part of the reason for that is because the Angels low Class A righthander has electric stuff. The other part, of course, is that Martinez doesn't have much of an idea where it's going a lot of the time. Martinez, a 20-year-old out of the Dominican Republic, is second in the minors with 76 walks in 103 1/1 innings, but he's also seventh in the minors with 141 strikeouts. That means that, of the 452 batters Martinez has faced, 48 percent of them have either walked or struck out.
• Speaking of strikeouts, one quick-and-dirty measure of an elite hitter is to compare his extra-base hits to his strikeouts. It's rare to find a player with more extra-base hits than strikeouts, a sign that a hitter is squaring up the ball with regularity and driving it for power. Among all players in the minors with at least 40 extra-base hits, there are just six players with more extra-baggers than strikeouts. Three of them—John Lindsey, Russ Mitchell and Jay Gibbons—are Dodgers minor leaguers just taking advantage of the hospitable Triple-A Albuquerque ballpark. Two are Royals farmhands: Mike Moustakas (57 extra-base hits, 56 strikeouts) and Eric Hosmer (55 extra-base hits, 51 strikeouts), while the third is Twins Double-A second baseman Steve Singleton (44 extra-base hits, 41 strikeouts).
• Three of the top four pitchers in the minors in strikeouts are lefthanders: Tampa Bay's Matt Moore (170 strikeouts), Detroit's Charlie Furbush (163 strikeouts) and Atlanta's Mike Minor (146 strikeouts). The other two in the top five are both Phillies righthanders: Austin Hyatt (156 strikeouts) and Trevor May (147 strikeouts). May also leads the minors with 77 walks in 111 innings.
• Indians low Class A center fielder Delvi Cid leads the minor leagues with 56 stolen bases. It's not a surprise that a plus-plus runner like Cid is leading the minors in steals, but it is rather remarkable given how infrequently he gets on base, as the 21-year-old is hitting .248/.301/.294 in 104 games. Other speedy, low-OBP prospects near the top of the minor league stolen base leaderboard: Rangers shortstop Leury Garcia (41-for-47 stealing, .313 OBP) and Astros second baseman Jimmy Paredes (41-for-51 SB, .313 OBP). Among players who have shown a propensity for getting on base at a high clip are Angels center fielder Mike Trout (51-for-62 SB, .433 OBP), Cubs center fielder Tony Campana (38-for-56 SB, .386 OBP), Cesar Puello (45-for-55 SB, .383 OBP) and Darin Mastroianni (38-for-45, .407 OBP).
• Mike Stanton hasn't played in a minor league game in more than two months, yet the Marlins 20-year-old outfielder still leads the minors with 10 intentional walks.
• Reds Triple-A first baseman Yonder Alonso has the speed of a dial-up modem, but he has nearly as many steals (11) as home runs (12). Not only that, but he's been an efficient basestealer, having been caught just twice. Elsewhere in unlikely speed numbers, Blue Jays catcher Carlos Perez runs well for a catcher, but we didn't expect him to rank second in the short-season New York-Penn League with eight triples. And while Perez has been busy erasing opposing basestealers, he's a clean 5-for-5 swiping bags himself.
• One of the numbers that always makes us do a double-take is when a pitcher has more walks than strikeouts. Among the minor league pitchers who hold that notorious mark include Padres lefty Aaron Poreda (58 walks, 44 strikeouts), Mets righthanders Kyle Allen (54 walks, 53 strikeouts) and Eddie Kunz (57 walks, 51 strikeouts), Astros righthander Brad Dydalewicz (56 walks, 49 strikeouts) and Rangers lefthander Kasey Kiker (46 walks, 42 strikeouts). Twins righthander Shooter Hunt, Mets righthander Brad Holt and Marlins lefty Andrew Miller have also flirted with the dreaded 1-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
• Still think Devin Mesoraco's stellar start with high Class A Lynchburg was a fluke? Since the Reds promoted Mesoraco to Carolina on May 29, he has hit .275/.344/.563, giving him the third-highest OPS (.907) among catchers in Double-A during that stretch, trailing only the Cardinals' Steven Hill (.932). Only five other Southern League hitters at any position have a better OPS than Mesoraco since his promotion.
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