Minor League Roundup: Come At The King, You’d Best Not Miss

In today’s Roundup, a pair of Triple-A catchers go off, Joey Gallo questions those who would throw rocks at the throne, a trio of JetHawks make history, a 50th-rounder keeps impressing, and Des Moines Area CC represents in the Southern League.

Mookie Meter

Betts reached base three more times for Double-A Portland on Tuesday, by way of a single, a double and a walk. He also stole two bases, pushing his Eastern League-leading total to 17. He’s now reached base in 68 straight games, dating back to last season.

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International League (AAA)

James McCann, c, Toledo (Tigers): Admit it. You thought we were going to go with Gregory Polanco here, didn’t you? Well, we’re not. Instead, we’ll go with McCann, who had himself quite an afternoon feasting on Syracuse pitchers. He came into the season with a rep as a defense-first catcher who was slowly growing into his offensive potential. On Thursday, he showed a little more, going 4-for-4 with three doubles, two runs and an RBI. He’s up to .308/.364/.430 for the season.

Andrew SusacPacific Coast League (AAA)

Andrew Susac, c, Fresno (Giants): On the other side of the spectrum, there’s Susac, a bat-first catcher who just keeps on hitting. He pummeled two home runs on Tuesday as part of a 2-for-3 night with two runs, three RBIs and a walk. He entered the season with plenty of work to do as a receiver, but he also opened some eyes with a .507 on-base percentage in the Arizona Fall League. So far, he’s hitting .329/.417/.644 with six homers and 17 RBIs.

Eastern League (AA)

Tim Berry, rhp, Bowie (Orioles): The rare 50th-round selection in a team’s Top 10 Prospects, Berry has slowly but surely worked his way into prospect-hood. He made a one-start cameo at Double-A last season and got bombed. Back there this year, he’s faring much better. On Tuesday he worked over Richmond for one run on five hits and a walk over seven innings with five strikeouts mixed in. He’s worked to a 1.17 WHIP this season over his first eight starts and could wind up as a mid-rotation starter if he reaches his potential.

Southern League (AA)

Scott Schebler, lf, Chattanooga (Dodgers): Des Moines Area CC, stand up! Schebler, an alumnus of the Bears program, showed off his power on Tuesday with two home runs that helped drive home three of his team’s five runs in a win against Huntsville. Schebler’s got plenty of power to all fields, but also has plenty of swing-and-miss to his game, hence 72 strikeouts in 189 at-bats last season (and 41 in 129 this season). His subpar arm limits him to left field, but if he makes the majors at any position, he’ll join an exclusive list of DMACC big leaguers that includes only Corey Koskie and Paul Wilmet.

As if Schebler’s shenanigans weren’t enough Bears baseball for you, feast your eyes on Dalton Leusche’s handiwork in the 2012 NJCAA Division II World Series.

 

Texas League (AA)

Cam Bedrosian, rhp, Arkansas (Angels): On a light day for prospect performances in the TL, we’ll give Bedrosian some love. The Travelers closer and 2010 first-rounder has thrived out of the pen. He fanned the side on Tuesday and has racked up 22 strikeouts in 12 innings this season. He makes his bread with a mid-90s heater and a power slider, and has allowed just one run over his last nine innings.

Albert AlmoraFlorida State League (Hi A)

Albert Almora, cf, Daytona (Cubs): One of the most polished, mentally mature hitters in the system, Almora has scuffled thus far in high Class A. Cubs fans hope Tuesday’s effort is a sign he’s emerging from his early funk. Against Charlotte, the 20-year-old swatted three doubles, drove in four runs and scored once. He has an OPS of .635 so far this season, but he has plenty of time and all the tools to turn it around.

Carolina League (Hi A)

Joey Gallo, 3b, Myrtle Beach: It appears that ties and Gallo don’t mix. With Yankees prospect Peter O’Brien reaching 13 longballs, Gallo decided on Tuesday to fix that situation in a hurry and remind us who’s the king. The homer was Gallo’s 14th and came as a part of a 1-for-2 effort with a walk and, even more impressively, no strikeouts. As we profiled in the latest Scout’s Video View, Gallo appears to be a changed man this season, both in swing and approach, and he and Rangers fans are reaping the dividends.

California League (Hi A)Lancaster no-hitter

Josh Hader, lhp; J.D. Osborne, lhp; Daniel Minor, rhp; Lancaster (Astros): As if the Jethawks weren’t stacked enough, right? Hader, whom the Astros plucked from the Orioles as part of the return for Bud Norris last season, tossed the first six innings of the team’s combined no-hitter against Bakersfield on Tuesday. He walked four, though, so any fleeting thoughts of the uber-rare complete-game no-no in the minors were dashed early. Osborne, a 23-year-old lefty from Wofford with a 9.22 ERA went the next two, surrendering only a walk and striking out one. Minor, another 23-year-old, finished the job with two punchouts in the ninth.

South Atlantic League (Lo A)

Luis Severino, rhp, Charleston (Yankees): Severino just keeps on dealing. He twirled six innings of three-hit, shutout ball against Savannah on Tuesday, striking out five and walking just one. In May, the righthander has pitched 18 innings, allowed four runs on 18 hits and two walks and whiffed 16. As if that weren’t enough, he hit 99 mph with his fastball during Tuesday’s outing and is already drawing a crowd of thirsty Yankees fans asking for him to get the cue to advance to high Class A.

Midwest League (Lo A)

Alex Reyes, rhp, Peoria (Cardinals): The archetypal start, if there ever were such a thing. Reyes, who has some of the best stuff in the Cardinals system but some of the worst control, was at his erratic best on Tuesday, when he lasted six innings, allowed three runs (two earned) on just two hits but four walks. He fanned seven, upping his total this season to 39 in just more than 29 frames. If he ever irons out his control, he has the potential to be an absolute monster.