Grant (NYC): Four multi-hit games over the past week doesn't give Mike Trout a spot this week?
Trout got a look, but he wasn't Penske
material this week. He did have four multi-hit games as you mention, but
he also had three 0-for's and struck out nine times, leaving his line
at .290/.371/.548 (9-for-31).
Ben (TX): Surprised at all Harper is beginning the second half with Hagerstown?
No, not really. But I would be surprised if he's there beyond the next couple weeks.
T Ham (Napa, CA): Can you give us an update on
Michael Choice? Is he living up to his billing when the A's made him
their first round pick last year?
Thank you and have a great weekend!!!
Choice's swing had a lot of moving parts
when he came out of college, so that needed some work. He's bee hitting
for power with high Class A Stockton (17 homers), but the strikeouts are
high (84 in 66 games) and the average is low (.248 in 266 ABs), so he's
still got more to go.
Rich (New Jersey): Paul Goldschmidt is mashing
the ball in AA while having more walks than hits. Is this for real and
do you see him as a major league 1B?
It was much easier to be skeptical of
Goldschmidt's power in the California League last year. Doing it in the
Southern League, and at an even more prolific rate, is pretty legit.
Sam (Texas): Robbie Erlin has been knocked
around pretty good his first few starts in AA(5.28 ERA and 6HR in 29IP).
Is this just a bump in the road or is his lack of plus stuff catching
up to him?
Granted, Erlin's not the prospect Martin
Perez is, but we did see Perez struggle when he got to Double-A as well.
Erlin was alright his first couple of Double-A starts. He has been hit
around in his last three outings, but encountering some adversity
doesn't have to be a bad thing. Let's see how he responds.
Enny Romero (Bowling Green, KY): Did I get any consideration this week?
Romero probably would've been in the 21-25
range. His line for the week: 0-1, 1.50, 1 GS, 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1
HR, 1 BB, 10 SO. Not having many innings hurt him, so did allowing four
runs, even if only one was earned.
Rory (Brooklyn): thanks for the chat.
Which Royals pitching prospect has a better shot to make it in the bigs: Jason Adam or Yordano Ventura? as a starter?
Tough call. Two power-armed righthanders
born two months apart in '91, ranked Nos. 11 (Adam) and 12 (Ventura) in
our Royals top 30. Tough to give an edge to either, but I'll go with
Ventura. Slightly better chance of having three pitches.
Rory (Brooklyn): thanks for the chat, Jim.
what do you think Stetson Allie's future role is? Does he excel either way, or will control problems be his undoing?
That'll depend on how his secondary stuff
comes along. I'd let him stay a starter as long as I could, but if you
made make a prediction, I would say he does end up in the bullpen
Dayton Moore (Kansas City): This offseason
after Chipper retires and the Braves need a third baseman, what would
Frank Wren say if I were to offer Moustakas and another 2nd-tier
prospect for Teheran?
Don't know what Wren would say, but I
wouldn't do it. As good as Moustakas can be, I wouldn't trade an arm
like Teheran, especially when he'll still be cheap for the next few
years, unless there was something comparable coming in return.
Petar (Split, Croatia - Toronto, Canada): What are the odds that Trevor Bauer is this years Chris Sale?
Sale had already signed a contract by now.
Jim Callis is the expert on these things, but I'd assume Bauer won't
sign until August. Not to mention that the Diamondbacks might shut him
down after all the innings he threw for UCLA.
kyle (Philadelphia): I cant see the Phillies
promoting Singleton this year, but do you see him back in Clearwater
next season or starting in Reading? With the amount of left handed
position players on the big club, it doesnt seem like they should rush
If he has a strong second half, it'd be
very surprising if he was sent back to Clearwater next year. You're
right about not rushing him though. The outfield experiment didn't take
on the first try, but they've hinted they could try it again.
Joseph (Bozeman, MT): What is the report on Edwar Cabrera? How is he striking so many people out?
He's got an outstanding changeup, that's
the main answer. His velocity is solid (low 90s), and he knows how to
pitch. And, hey, low A hitters strike out a lot.
Paul (Fall River, MA): Who has the highest ceiling at SS, Franklin or Profar?
Profar. Better chance to sticking at SS.
Jordan (Milwaukee, WI): Between Odorizzi, Skaggs, Wheeler and May, who has the best stuff and does one stand out from the others?
I'm going back and forth between Odorizzi
and Skaggs. Odorizzi throws harder, but Skaggs has a better breaking
pitch right now and has the advantage of being lefthanded. I think I
lean towards Skaggs, but ask me again in 10 minutes and I might have
changed my mind.
Bret (Seattle): What is Taijuan Walker's ultimate upside? Could we see him in Safeco by 2014?
He's shown the stuff to be a No. 2
potentially. That will depend on well his command develops. 2014? That's
not an unrealistic timetable.
Rob (Richmond): Jim,
What's the ceiling for Henderson Alvarez? Two plus pitches, great
velocity, but not striking out that many - sounds like the good version
of Rick Porcello.
His low strikeout rates have always been
perplexing, given his stuff. That was a case of just being around the
strike zone a little too much, especially when he'd get ahead in the
count. Adding some velocity definitely helps his prospect status, but he
needs his breaking stuff to come along also.
Chris (Boston): Jerry Sands or Trayvon Robinson as the future LF in LA? Is there room for both? Sands at 1B maybe?
Robinson could play center with Sands in
left if Matt Kemp were to leave at some point. But Sands at first base
is probably the better arrangement.
Bran (San Diego): Can James Darnell be a middle of the order type on a good team or more like a solid role player?
Probably in between those two. Putting up
the numbers he is (.340/.431/.622) in a pitchers' park in San Antonio is
impressive and he'll be a good hitter, but expecting him to be a
cornerstone on a contender is probably too much.
Shurley (Fort Wayne, IN): Drew Pomeranz. #1 on the very first Hot Sheet, April 15.
Since then, he's held an ERA of 1.93. A K:BB ratio of 77:23 in 60 IP.
Even made the Futures roster.
And yet no other mention the rest of the first half?
Is he not an actual prospect (after being drafted #5 overall)?
Looking at his whole body of work, that is
surprising. But he's had a lot of five inning (or less) starts, which
makes it hard to get on unless you get two starts in a week. And while
he's maintained a consistently good strikeout rate, he hasn't posted any
gaudy numbers in any individual start. He usually gets his 6-8 Ks and
that's it, which is fine. But I'd say those factors have conspired to
keep him off.
Trayvon Robinson (LA): I know one player from each team must be in the Futures Game but why can't patrol Centerfield in the star-studded USA outfield?
You answered your own question. Tons of
talent in the American outfield while the Dodgers will be represented on
the World team, where we sometimes have to dig a bit to find players.
Sorry I've got to run. Got a few more
things to get done before the weekend. Thanks for stopping by and we'll
see you back here next Friday.