Minor League Roundup: Fill My Eyes With Those Doubleheaders

All the rainouts on Monday meant a slate full of doubleheaders on Tuesday, especially in the South Atlantic League. As a result, today’s roundup is jam-packed with prospect performances, one of the best of which is represented below in …

JJ’s GIF Of The Day

Joc Pederson home run

Joc Pederson’s long home run (Source: Milb.tv)

In part because he was an 11th-round pick, Dodgers outfielder  Joc Pederson came into 2013 as a solid but unspectacular prospect. He ranked fourth on the Dodgers’ 2013 Top 30 Prospects list, but there was some wait-and-see involved for many scouts after a very solid season at high Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Last year, Pederson answered many of those doubts with an outstanding season at Double-A Chattanooga. He hit .278/.381/.479 with 22 home runs and 31 steals. He further solidified his status as one of the best outfield prospects in the minors by putting on a show of his power at the Futures’ Game batting practice, frequently reaching the upper deck at Citi Field.

If you want further proof of Pederson’s power, check out the GIF of the day, a home run that was part of a 2-for-3 day that included a double and a walk. If you look closely, you can see the ball clearing the batter’s eye just to the right of the yellow building beyond the batter’s eye. It’s a massive blast.

Pederson has picked up right where he left off with Triple-A Albuquerque. He has three home runs in his first five games for an astronomical .471/.571/1.059 line. He can play center field adequately at the big league level and he is above-average defensively in the corners. None of this guarantees him a spot in the Dodgers’ outfield anytime soon, since the club already has four outfielders (Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford) trying to get at-bats. But long-term, Pederson is going to end up either in Los Angeles’ or someone else’s everyday lineup.

REHAB REHASH

Gavin Floyd, LHP — Triple-A Gwinett: Floyd started for the G-Braves and allowed one run on three hits and no walks over four innings. He struck out two and threw 37 of his 60 pitches for strikes.

Mike Minor, LHP — Triple-A Gwinett: Minor relieved Floyd and allowed two runs (one earned) on a hit and three walks in 2 1/3 innings. He struck out four and threw 37 of his 65 pitches for strikes.

TRIPLE-A

Allen Webster (Photo by Ken Babbitt).

Allen Webster (Photo by Ken Babbitt).

Boston RHP Allen Webster (No. 4) bounced back from a subpar opening outing with six innings of three-hit shutout ball. … Indians 1B prospect Jesus Aguilar (No. 15), who scorched his way through winter ball, clubbed two home runs and drove in five runs against Louisville. … Rays RHP Nathan Karns (No. 9 in Washington’s system pre-trade) scuffled again, allowing six runs on eight hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. He did strike out nine. … In the same game, White Sox 3B Matt Davidson (No. 4 in Arizona’s system pre-trade) collected three hits, including a double. … Braves 1B Ernesto Mejia clubbed another homer last night, giving him five in as many games. That total gives him more than 10 International League teams, and equals the total of two others. … Mejia’s teammate Joey Terdoslavich (No. 15) collected three hits, including a double. Third baseman Edward Salcedo (No. 12) also doubled. … Twins RHP Trevor May (No. 8) struck out eight in five innings against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. … Mets RHP Rafael Montero allowed three runs and fanned nine for Las Vegas in a win over Sacramento. … Angels 1B C.J. Cron (No. 2) doubled, homered and came a triple shy of the cycle for Salt Lake. … Astros OF George Springer (No. 2) went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs and an RBI. Teammate Max Stassi (No. 12) clubbed his first homer of the season and drove in three runs in the same game. … Cardinals OF Randal Grichuk (No. 10) went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. He’s hitting .308 on the young season.

DOUBLE-A

Gary Sanchez (Photo by David Schofield).

Gary Sanchez (Photo by David Schofield).

Yankees prospects Mason Williams (No. 3) and Gary Sanchez (No. 1) were a combined 5-for-9 with three doubles, three runs and three RBIs in Trenton’s thrashing of Portland. … Powerful Pirates 1B Stetson Allie (No. 23) and OF Willy Garcia (No. 14) each got on the board with their first longballs of the year. … Phillies LHP Jesse Biddle (No. 2) rebounded with seven frames of four-run ball with six strikeouts against one walk. His teammate, C Tommy Joseph (No. 23), who spent last year recovering from concussions, hit his first homer of the year. … Opposing Biddle yesterday was Toronto RHP Aaron Sanchez (No. 1). He spun five innings of two-run ball with three strikeouts and two walks. … Oakland speedster Billy Burns (No. 12 in Washington’s system pre-trade) was 2-for-5 with two runs, an RBI and his fifth stolen base of the season. He’s got five more stolen bases this year than Billy Hamilton, which wouldn’t have seemed possible entering the year. … Oakland 1B Max Muncy (No. 7), collected his first home run of the season in a stellar 2-for-5 effort with six RBIs and a walk. He’s got a tidy .929 OPS to open the year. … Rockies C Tom Murphy (No. 7) socked his third homer of the year. With Wilin Rosario firmly entrenched in Denver, Murphy could be developing into a solid trade chip. … Padres 2B Cory Spangenberg (No. 11) collected three more hits on Tuesday, bumping his early average to .318. … Padres RHP Matt Wisler (No. 2) whiffed seven in five innings in his second start of the year. … Opposing Wisler was Rockies RHP Eddie Butler (No. 2), who equaled Wisler with seven punchouts over seven two-run frames. … Cardinals IF Aledyms Diaz was 4-for-5 with a double, a triple and three RBIs in Springfield’s loss to Corpus Christi.

HIGH CLASS A

Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson

Yankees 3B Eric Jagielo (No. 5) has just three hits this year, but two are home runs, including the one he hit last night as part of a 2-for-5 night with two runs and three RBIs. … Jagielo’s teammate, C Peter O’Brien, whose calling card is light-tower power, collected three hits with his second bomb of the year. … LHP Manny Banuelos (No. 11), who is staying in Tampa to avoid the cold weather of Scranton, spun three innings, allowed four hits and struck out two. … Pirates OF Josh Bell (No. 7) doubled and tripled in Bradenton’s win over Palm Beach. … Milwaukee OF Victor Roache (No. 5) socked his first homer of the year, a three-run blast in Brevard County’s blanking of Lakeland. … White Sox shorstop Tim Anderson (No. 3) went 2-for-5 with his second triple of the year, but made two more errors (both throwing). … Teammate Courtney Hawkins (No. 6), whose changes were documented here earlier this week, continued his hot start with a 3-for-5 with his third double and third home run of the year. He also threw out a runner at second base. … Rangers OF Nick Williams (No. 3) collected two hits, including a double, and stole a base. … Royals OF Bubba Starling (No. 8), who has started with a .143 average, hit a three-run homer. … Braves IF Jose Peraza (No. 6) hit three singles, scored three runs and stole a bag. … Teammate Josh Elander (No. 13) went a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, three RBIs, a run and a walk. … Orioles RHP Branden Kline (No. 20) fanned eight over six innings of two-run ball. … Dodgers RHP Chris Anderson (No. 5) struck out six in 4 2/3 innings while allowing one unearned run. … A trio of Oakland prospects—SS Daniel Robertson (No. 10), OF Billy McKinney (No. 2) and 1B Matt Olson (No. 12)—each homered against Bakersfield. McKinney’s was his third of the year. … In the same game, Reds OF Jesse Winker (No. 4) doubled twice, drove in a run and scored. … Padres OF Hunter Renfroe (No. 4) collected three hits—all singles—and stole a base for Lake Elsinore. … In the same game, RHP Joe Ross (No. 1o) spun six innings of three-hit shutout ball with four strikeouts.

LOW CLASS A

Lansing OF D.J. Davis (No. 3) hit his first home run of the year for Lansing. … Mariners OF Austin Wilson (No. 6) was 2-for-4 with a double, a run and two RBIs. … Cubs OF Jacob Hannemann (No. 17) notched two hits, a run and and an RBI and stole his fourth base of the year. … Pirates OF JaCoby Jones (No. 19) was a perfect 3-for-3 with a home run, three runs and three RBIs. … Rockies C Jose Briceno (No. 29) was 2-for-4 with a double, a run and two RBIs. … Braves C Victor Caratini (No. 8) collected a two-run double. … Nationals RHP Jake Johansen (No. 8) struck out seven over four innings of two-run ball. … Rockies 3B Ryan McMahon (N0. 8) blasted his first home run of the year and scored three times. Righthanded teammate Johendi Jiminian (No. 27) allowed two unearned runs over five innings. He fanned six.