Presented here are the top 10 runs created tallies for position-player prospects from weekend series.
|TOP 10 RUNS CREATED BY PROSPECTS IN THE MINORS • JULY 13-15
|Michael Taylor||OAK||Sacramento||Pac Coast||AAA||9||6||1||0||2||3||1||0||6.7|
|Charlie Blackmon*||COL||Colo Springs||Pac Coast||AAA||14||8||4||0||1||1||1||2||6.4|
|Steve Proscia||SEA||High Desert||California||HiA||12||5||0||0||4||2||1||0||6.2|
|Adam Eaton*||ARI||Reno||Pac Coast||AAA||7||5||1||0||1||2||0||4||5.4|
|Gregory Polanco*||PIT||W. Virginia||S Atlantic||LoA||13||7||1||1||0||2||2||5||5.3|
|*Bats lefthanded. #Switch-hitter.|
• The 26th pick in the 2010 draft, Kyle Parker missed most of April after being struck in the hand by an errant pitch. He returned to the field for high Class A Modesto in May, though the right fielder didn't return to form until June. In fact, since June 2 Parker has batted .338/.459/.534 (50-for-138) with seven homers, eight doubles and a walk-to-strikeout ratio of 30-to-35.
• If he sticks around the Arizona League long enough, Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo has a real shot at the league's home run record of 16, which was established by Wladimir Balentien in 2003. Drafted out of high school 39th overall in June, Gallo is batting .349/.528/.952 with 10 homers through his first 20 pro games.
• Speaking of hot starts by teenage infielders, Cubs shortstop Javier Baez has smashed 17 extra-base hits in 40 games for low Class A Peoria while batting .331/.394/.586 in 145 at-bats. Chicago drafted him ninth overall in 2011 from a Jacksonville high school.
Top Performance By A Prospect-Eligible Player Outside His Team's Top 30
Low Class A Bowling Green first baseman Cameron Seitzer, son of big league veteran Kevin, went 10-for-14 (.714) with a pair of doubles and a walk. The 2011 11th-rounder from Oklahoma ranks sixth in the Midwest League with a .306 average, though at age 22 more power would enhance his profile. The lefty-hitting Seitzer is slugging .424 through 271 at-bats.
Noteworthy Performance In Short-Season League Play
Cubs first baseman Dan Vogelbach, a second-round pick last year, continues to rake in the Rookie-level Arizona League, going 5-for-9 with a homer and three doubles over the weekend. His OPS stands at 1.173 through 79 at-bats. In the short-season New York-Penn League, Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo, the 13th pick in last year's draft, boosted his average from .188 to .242 over the course of three games for Brooklyn. He went 7-for-11 with a double, a triple, a walk and two strikeouts. Elsewhere, Brewers center field and second-rounder this year Tyrone Taylor went 8-for-13 with two homers for Rookie-level Helena.
The Bill James-devised runs created metric (Wikipedia entry explains ’02 version) rewards batters for avoiding outs and reaching base safely (on-base percentage) and for accumulating total bases (slugging percentage), two factors that correlate strongly with run scoring, and for obvious reasons.
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