Top Prospect Performers Over The Weekend, Aug. 3-5

• 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
PITCHER ORG TEAM LEAGUE LVL IP H R ER SO BB GS
Jeff Locke* PIT Indianapolis International AAA 7.1 3 0 0 10 2 81
T.J. McFarland* CLE Columbus International AAA 8 3 0 0 5 1 80
Tyler Skaggs* ARI Reno Pacific Coast AAA 7 2 0 0 9 3 79
Jose Fernandez MIA Jupiter Florida State HiA 5 1 0 0 5 1 69
Shelby Miller STL Memphis Pacific Coast AAA 7 4 2 2 8 0 69
Nick Kingham PIT West Virginia South Atlantic LoA 6 4 0 0 5 0 69
Alex Colome TB Durham International AAA 6 2 0 0 4 4 68
Domingo Tapia NYM Savannah South Atlantic LoA 7.1 3 3 2 5 0 68
Jameson Taillon PIT Bradenton Florida State HiA 5 2 0 0 4 0 67
Perci Garner PHI Clearwater Florida State HiA 5 2 0 0 3 0 66
Brad Peacock OAK Sacramento Pacific Coast AAA 4 2 0 0 9 1 66
Justin Grimm TEX Round Rock Pacific Coast AAA 7 4 2 2 7 2 66
Ethan Martin PHI Reading Eastern AA 6 4 1 1 6 1 65
Austin Wood LAA Cedar Rapids Midwest LoA 7 6 1 1 6 2 65
*Lefthander

• A number of top pitching prospects experienced a weekend of personal bests. Diamondbacks lefty Tyler Skaggs shut out Omaha for seven innings on Friday, striking out nine in a road start, to establish his top game score (79) at the Triple-A level. He shut out Salt Lake for seven innings at home in Reno on July 13, a performance that certainly scores higher on the degree-of-difficulty scale.

• Marlins righty Jose Fernandez has logged exactly five innings in each of his seven starts for high Class A Jupiter, but his effort on Sunday registered the best game score (69).

• Cardinals righty Shelby Miller matched his season-best game score (69) for Triple-A Memphis on Sunday, striking out eight Fresno batters, walking none and allowing two runs in seven innings of the road start. Miller has gone 3-1, 2.79 with a 25-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his last five starts, good for an average game score of 59. He had averaged 44 in the 17 starts leading up to that point.

• Acquired from the Dodgers for Shane Victorino, Double-A righty Ethan Martin made a strong debut in the Phillies system, striking out six in six innings and allowing one run on five baserunners for Reading.  

Noteworthy Performance In Short-Season League Play

Top Padres pitching prospect Casey Kelly made his third start in the Rookie-level Arizona League (four innings, two hits, two whiffs) as he rehabs from the elbow injury that has kept him out of action since April 11. A couple of short-season New York-Penn League righties turned in nice starts. The Mets' Hansel Robles allowed one unearned run in seven innings, striking out eight and allowing three hits for Brooklyn. The Indians' Luis DeJesus tossed seven shutout innings while striking out six and allowing three hits for Mahoning Valley

Worst Game Score By A Prospect

A pair of premium 2011 draft picks got lit up. Brewers lefty Jed Bradley's struggles continued (4 IP, 6 R, 2 HR, 0 SO, 2 BB) with high Class A Brevard County. The first-rounder carries a 5.53 ERA through 20 starts while leading the Florida State League with 10 losses . . . Blue Jays lefty Daniel Norris' ERA jumped from 4.97 to 6.59 after he allowed seven runs in 3 1/3 innings for Rookie-level Bluefield. The second-rounder struck out two, walked one and allowed nine hits.

• Presented here are the top runs created tallies from weekend series. Any prospect with more than 4 RC is displayed.

TOP RUNS CREATED TALLIES BY PROSPECTS IN MINORS
BATTER ORG TEAM LEAGUE LVL AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO SB RC
Xander Bogaerts BOS Salem Carolina HiA 12 9 4 0 0 3 0 0 7.1
Corey Seager* LAD Ogden Pioneer R 13 7 0 0 3 2 3 1 6.7
Jake Lemmerman LAD Chattanooga Southern AA 11 7 5 0 1 2 0 0 6.5
Chris Parmelee* MIN Rochester I'national AAA 13 7 2 0 2 3 2 0 6.4
Manny Machado BAL Bowie Eastern AA 13 7 2 1 1 0 1 0 5.3
Bryce Brentz BOS Portland Eastern AA 12 6 2 0 2 1 1 0 5.3
Nolan Arenado COL Tulsa Texas AA 14 7 3 0 1 1 0 0 5.2
David Dahl* COL G Junction Pioneer R 16 8 2 2 0 0 4 0 5.0
Aaron Hicks# MIN New Britain Eastern AA 14 6 1 0 1 2 3 4 4.7
Stefen Romero SEA Jackson Southern AA 11 5 0 1 2 1 3 0 4.6
Bobby Borchering# HOU C Christi Texas AA 13 6 2 0 2 1 2 0 4.6
Phillip Evans NYM Brooklyn NY-Penn SS 10 5 1 0 1 3 1 0 4.5
Adam Duvall SF San Jose California HiA 15 5 0 0 4 0 1 0 4.5
Jermaine Mitchell* OAK Sacramento Pac Coast AAA 14 8 2 1 0 0 3 0 4.4
Jean Segura MIL Huntsville Southern AA 12 6 1 0 0 2 3 3 4.3
O'Koyea Dickson LAD Great Lakes Midwest LoA 15 6 0 0 2 0 1 1 4.2
Justin O'Conner TB H Valley NY-Penn SS 5 4 0 0 2 0 1 0 4.1
Sean Coyle BOS Salem Carolina HiA 10 4 2 0 1 3 2 0 4.1
*Bats lefthanded. #Switch-hitter.

• Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts ranks seventh in the Carolina League batting race at .303 and third with 44 extra-base hits, trailing only Winston-Salem's Trayce Thompson and former Salem teammate Travis Shaw in the latter department. Bogaerts has gone 13-for-21 (.619) through five August games, and has put up a .941 OPS in 37 second-half games. This performance paves the way for him to begin next season in Double-A at age 20—if he doesn't reach Portland by the end of this season.

• The 18th pick in this year's draft, Dodgers third baseman Corey Seager connected for his first three pro home runs this weekend while going 7-for-13 (.538) for Rookie-level Ogden.

• Rockies center fielder David Dahl, the 10th pick in June, continues to state his case for top prospect honors in the Rookie-level Pioneer League. After going 8-for-16 with four extra-base hits for Grand Junction over the weekend he leads the league in hits (65) and ranks second with 23 extra-base hits. Dahl is batting .382/.425/.612 through 170 at-bats in the hitter-friendliest of leagues.

• Faces in new places: Left fielder Bobby Borchering (part of the Chris Johnson trade with the D-backs) has gone 8-for-24 (.333) with three homers in seven games since joining the Astros' Double-A Corpus Christi club. The key piece acquired by the Brewers for Zack Greinke, shortstop Jean Segura has hit the ground running with Double-A Huntsville, batting 13-for-30 (.433) with three doubles and four steals.

Noteworthy Performance In Short-Season League Play

Royals center fielder Bubba Starling went 3-for-6, smacked a double and a homer and drew two walks in two games for Rookie-level Burlington. His season in the Appalachian League has built to a crescendo. In the 20-year-old's last 28 games he's batted .309/.402/.591 (34-for-110) with seven homers, six doubles, six steals and 15-to-34 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

Rough Stretch

Status as one of the top catching prospects in the minors hasn't insulated Tommy Joseph (the lynchpin of the Hunter Pence deal with the Giants) from a slump since joining the Phillies' Double-A Reading affiliate. Over the weekend he went 1-for-13 with six whiffs. In all, Joseph is 5-for-20 (.250) with a double in six games as a Phillies farmhand.

 


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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