Minor League Roundup: Tie In The Sky

Today’s Roundup features a tie atop the minor league home run leaderboard, a Cubs second baseman going crazy, Hunter Renfroe staying white hot, a sneaky Marlins arm showing off and the Padres’ other Peterson having a nice day.

Mookie Meter

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Mookie Betts went a pedestrian 1-for-4 with a walk for Double-A Portland. Thus, the Meter is set at two.

International League (AAA)

Ramon Flores, lf, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees): It’s the same old song for Flores, who continues to impress with the bat, but not necessarily enough to project as someone who could play every day in a corner in the big leagues. He went 3-for-6 yesterday with two homers, two RBIs, four runs and a walk. If he could play center field, he’d be one of the best prospects in the Yankees system. Instead, he’s viewed a tweener, and probably will be for the foreseeable future.

Pacific Coast League (AAA)

Arismendy Alcantara

Arismendy Alcantara, 2b, Iowa (Cubs): A very nice day for one of Iowa’s infielders? Color me stunned. With prospects Christian Villanueva and Javier Baez to his left, Alcantara took the lead on Monday. The switch-hitting second baseman went a perfect 4-for-4 with a double, a triple, two RBIs, a walk and a stolen base. He’s got a short, compact swing with power potential, and he has been known to work a count. This season, he’s slashing .281/.321/.520 but could stand to improve upon his 4.0 SO/BB ratio.

Eastern League (AA)

Peter O’Brien, c, Trenton (Yankees): Even when he doesn’t start, O’Brien takes advantage of his opportunities. The slugging backstop was called upon to pinch hit late in Trenton’s getaway game with Richmond on Monday, and he delivered. He socked his 18th home run of the season (eight with Trenton, 10 with high Class A Tampa) and moved into a tie with Rangers slugger Joey Gallo for the minor league lead. The next walk he takes in Double-A will be his first, however. Since the subject is ties, and Star Wars came out this week in 1977, here is a picture of a TIE Fighter. Enjoy.

TIE Fighter

 

Southern League (AA)

J.T. Realmuto, c, Jacksonville (Marlins): With pitching coming out of their gills (because they’re Marlins, get it?), it sure would be nice to have someone who could be seen as a long-term option to handle all those precious arms. Enter Realmuto. He went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and RBIs on Monday, and also swiped his seventh bag of the season. He projects as a line-drive hitter with power potential as well as catch-and-throw skills. He’s slashing .316/.382/.533 in his repeat of Double-A.

Texas League (AA)

Lane Adams, cf, Northwest Arkansas (Royals): It hasn’t been a great year for Adams, but it was a great day on Monday. He was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI in his team’s win against Corpus Christi. Still, he’s slashing just .233/.350/.322 this year in his first full turn at Double-A, and he turned in a putrid .146 average with 20 punchouts in 46 at-bats in the Arizona Fall League. He has the ceiling of a fourth outfielder but is going to have to work hard to achieve even that much.

Florida State League (Hi A)

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Carolina League (Hi A)

Adrian Marin, ss, Frederick (Orioles): It hasn’t been the best start at high Class A for the talented 20-year-old, but on Monday he showed off the offensive potential the Orioles hope to see lots more in the future. Against Wilmington and 2013 supplemental first-rounder Sean Manaea, Marin went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a walk and three RBIs. He’s an above-average runner and has a shot to stick at shortstop, but will go as far as his bat takes him.

California League (Hi A)

Hunter Renfroe (Photo by Larry Goren)

Hunter Renfroe, rf, Lake Elsinore (Padres): Can you say en fuego, boys and girls? Renfroe is 15-for-his-last-33, riding an eight-game hitting streak and on Monday went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs. During his streak, he’s swatted six homers, including three in the past three games. He’s slashing .286/.357/.547 this season with 12 homers and 40 RBIs. A very fine first two months, indeed.

South Atlantic League (Lo A)

Domingo German, rhp, Greensboro (Marlins): Forty-nine strikeouts against just six walks is good, right? That’s what German is sporting after his gem on Monday against Lakewood. The righthander sat 90-93 mph with his fastball all night, and touched 94 several times, including in his final frame. He also brought a mid-80s changeup and a low-80s curveball in his effort, which lasted 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball. He struck out four and walked nobody, and this month has fanned 19 against just one walk.

Midwest League (Lo A)

Dustin Peterson, 3b, Fort Wayne (Padres): With Jace Peterson at Triple-A, Dustin might have to work pretty hard to be even the best Peterson in the Padres’ chain. If he continues to have nights like he did on Monday, however, he’ll be well on his way. San Diego’s second-rounder from last year who signed for $1.4 million, he went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and four RBIs against Dayton, and he has heated up a bit this month after a slow start to the year. This month, he’s at .287/.346/.489 with three homers and 25 RBIs, but he has work to do to avoid a move to first base or the outfield.