Top Prospect Performers Over The Weekend, Aug. 10-12

• Presented here are the top pitcher game scores from weekend series. Any prospect with a game score of 65 or higher is displayed.

TOP GAME GAME SCORES BY PROSPECTS IN MINORS, AUG. 10-12
PITCHER ORG TEAM LEAGUE LVL IP H R ER SO BB GS
Chris Heston SF Richmond Eastern AA 7.2 1 0 0 11 3 86
Jake deGrom NYM St. Lucie Florida State HiA 7 1 0 0 8 3 80
Kyle Zimmer KC Kane County Midwest LoA 6.2 3 0 0 10 0 79
Erik Johnson CWS Winston-Salem Carolina HiA 7 3 0 0 7 0 78
Adalberto Mejia* SF Augusta South Atlantic LoA 8 5 0 0 6 1 77
Jason Adam KC Wilmington Carolina HiA 7 2 1 0 6 1 76
Garrett Richards LAA Salt Lake Pacific Coast AAA 8.1 5 1 1 7 2 75
Liam Hendriks MIN Rochester International AAA 7 4 0 0 4 1 72
Jon Pettibone PHI Lehigh Valley International AAA 7 2 0 0 2 4 71
Nick Tropeano HOU Lancaster California HiA 7 5 1 1 6 1 68
Parker Markel TB Bowling Green Midwest LoA 7 4 1 1 5 2 68
Austin Brice MIA Greensboro South Atlantic LoA 5 2 0 0 8 3 68
Casey Kelly SD San Antonio Texas AA 5 1 0 0 4 1 68
Neil Ramirez TEX Frisco Texas AA 6 5 0 0 6 0 68
Angel Mata MIN Elizabethton Appalachian R 5 2 0 0 5 1 67
Alex Meyer WAS Potomac Carolina HiA 6 4 1 1 7 0 67
Taylor Jungmann MIL Brevard County Florida State HiA 7.2 6 2 2 8 2 66
B.J. Hermsen MIN New Britain Eastern AA 9 10 1 1 4 1 66
Dylan Axelrod CWS Charlotte International AAA 7 6 1 1 7 2 66
Wily Peralta MIL Nashville Pacific Coast AAA 7 6 1 1 6 1 66
Brandon Dickson STL Memphis Pacific Coast AAA 7 5 3 3 11 0 66
Logan Verrett NYM St. Lucie Florida State HiA 6.1 4 1 1 5 1 66
Gerrit Cole PIT Altoona Eastern AA 5.1 3 0 0 6 3 66
Zack Wheeler NYM Buffalo International AAA 6 2 1 1 4 3 65
*Lefthander

• Giants righty Chris Heston turned in his finest start of the season for Double-A Richmond on Sunday, and that's saying something considering the fact that he's the Eastern League's ERA leader at 2.20. The 24-year-old took a no-hitter through 7 2/3 innings, losing the bid on a single by Bowie third baseman Zelous Wheeler, and tied his season high with 11 strikeouts. Heston missed two starts in late July with a blister on his middle finger, but his August results suggest he's feeling fine.

• The Mets received just six starts out of righty Jake deGrom during his first two pro seasons, but the former two-way standout at Stetson has made up significant ground this season to get back on track. The 2010 ninth-rounder missed all of ’11 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he jumped to high Class A for his start on Saturday after going 6-3, 2.51 in 15 starts for low Class A Savannah. DeGrom allowed only one hit in seven innings while striking out eight in his Florida State League debut.

• The fifth overall pick in June, Royals righty Kyle Zimmer now sports a 23-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in four starts for low Class A Kane County.

Noteworthy Performance In Short-Season League Play

Short-season Brooklyn righty Hansel Robles has been just about untouchable in his past four New York-Penn League starts, allowing three runs in 28 innings while striking out 31, issuing zero walks and allowing 15 hits. He tossed eight shutout, one-hit frames against Vermont on Friday. The Mets signed Robles, who ranks third in the NYP in ERA (1.48) and strikeouts (51), as a 19-year-old out of the Dominican Republic in August 2008.

Worst Game Score By A Prospect

In three starts since jumping to Double-A Reading, Phillies righty Brody Colvin has more walks (11) than strikeouts (eight), a ratio that resulted from a poor start on Saturday. Colvin walked seven, struck out two and allowed eight runs on four hits in 2 2/3 innings (game score: 13) . . . The nightmare season continued for Yankees righty Dellin Betances, who logged a game score of 10 with Double-A Trenton by allowing eight runs on 10 hits over four innings.

• Presented here are the top runs created tallies from weekend series. All prospects with four or more runs created are displayed.

TOP RUNS CREATED TALLIES BY PROSPECTS IN MINORS, AUG. 10-12
BATTER ORG TEAM LEAGUE LVL AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO SB RC
Robbie Grossman# HOU C Christi Texas AA 12 8 2 1 1 3 2 1 7.8
Leon Landry* SEA H Desert California HiA 12 8 4 2 0 2 0 1 7.5
Mike Zunino SEA Everett Northwest SS 12 7 2 0 2 5 3 0 7.3
Chris Parmelee* MIN Rochester Int'l AAA 10 6 2 0 3 3 2 0 7.1
Jonathan Singleton* HOU C Christi Texas AA 15 6 1 0 3 1 3 0 5.2
Christian Colon KC Omaha Pac Coast AAA 11 6 1 0 1 2 0 0 4.9
Luis Jimenez LAA Salt Lake Pac Coast AAA 11 7 3 0 0 1 2 2 4.9
Oswaldo Arcia* MIN New Britain Eastern AA 10 5 2 0 1 4 2 0 4.9
Scott Van Slyke LAD Albuquerque Pac Coast AAA 13 6 1 0 1 2 1 1 4.6
Oscar Tejeda PIT Altoona Eastern AA 12 6 4 0 1 0 2 0 4.3
David Lough* KC Omaha Pac Coast AAA 12 6 1 0 1 1 1 0 4.3
Wil Myers KC Omaha Pac Coast AAA 15 7 1 0 1 1 4 0 4.2
C.J. Cron LAA I Empire California HiA 13 6 1 0 2 0 1 0 4.1
Joey Terdoslavich# ATL Mississippi Southern AA 10 4 1 1 0 4 0 1 4.1
Leonys Martin* TEX Round Rock Pac Coast AAA 13 5 2 0 2 1 3 0 4.1
Christian Yelich* MIA Jupiter Fla State HiA 12 6 2 0 0 2 1 1 4.1
Kes Carter* TB B  Green Midwest LoA 12 6 1 0 0 2 1 2 4.1
Jarek Cunningham PIT Altoona Eastern AA 12 6 0 1 1 0 3 0 4.0
*Bats lefthanded. #Switch-hitter.

• Apparently reinvigorated by trades, a pair of center fielders have thrived with new organizations. Robbie Grossman has batted .358/.482/.537 in 67 at-bats with Double-A Corpus Christi since joining the Astros in the Wandy Rodriguez deal with the Pirates. Leon Landry has enjoyed recent homestand with high Class A High Desert to push his Mariners system batting line to .490/.519/.878 through 49 at-bats. Seattle acquired Landry in the deal that sent Brandon League to the Dodgers.

• Mariners catcher Mike Zunino, the No. 3 pick in the draft and the BA College Player of the Year, belted his 10th home run of the season to take the lead in the short-season Northwest League. He's batting .373/.474/.736 through 110 at-bats for Everett.

Noteworthy Performance In Short-Season League Play

Astros seventh-round right fielder/first baseman Preston Tucker went 8-for-14 (.571) with three homers and a double for short-season Tri-City over the weekend, pushing the Florida product's pro batting line to .354/.422/.570 through 79 at-bats.

Rough Stretch

Red Sox left fielder Brandon Jacobs has only infrequently shown the promise this season that made him such an interesting prospect a year ago. This is especially true after taking an 0-for-12 with five whiffs over the weekend with high Class A Salem. Jacobs has batted .255/.317/.404 with 11 homers in 96 games this year.

 


Bill James' game score calculation (Wikipedia entry) rewards pitchers who work deep into games without allowing many runs or hits while providing extra credit for dominance (strikeouts) and control (few walks).

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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