Minor League Roundup: The Stars Are Out

In today’s roundup, the spate of all-star games cropped game action, but not enough to slow Trevor May or Franklin Barreto.

Trevor May
International League (AAA)

Trevor May, rhp, Rochester (Twins). The Twins’ No. 8 prospect entering the season, May is gaining consistency in his first Triple-A foray. He struck out 11 Monday—the second time he’s reached that total in the past two months—and walked only two over eight innings to earn his seventh win and lower his ERA to 2.77. He appears to be harnessing his control, slicing his walks to 3.5 per nine this season, down from 4.5 in his career.

Pacific Coast League (AAA)

Joc Pederson, cf, Albuquerque (Dodgers). Pederson, whose strikeout total has been alarming, is still making hard contact when he does make contact, including a 2-for-4 night Monday. For the season, he’s slashing .327/.442/.598 with 89 strikeouts in 251 at-bats.

Blake Swihart
Eastern League (AA)

Blake Swihart, c, Portland (Red Sox). Swihart has had a very consistent season, posting similar slashes through the first two-plus months. Boston’s No. 5 prospect entering the season already has above-average skills as a batter and receiver and is showing present power in Portland.

Southern League (AA)

The league was dark as it prepared for today’s all-star game in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Texas League (AA)

Lane Adams, cf, NW Arkansas (Royals). After a slow first two months, Adams—the Royals’ 18th-rated prospect entering the season—has begun to heat up in June. That was punctuated Monday with a two-homer night, which doubled his output for the season. The Royals are intrigued by Adams’ tools—double-plus runner and plus raw power—but aside from those instances where it flashes, he profiles as an extra outfielder unless he can harness the talent.

Carolina League (Hi A)

The league was dark as select players traveled to Wilmington, Del., for today's Carolina-California League all-star game.

California League (Hi A)

The league was dark as select players traveled to Wilmington, Del., for today's Carolina-California League all-star game.

Florida State League (Hi A)

Jorge Lopez, rhp, Brevard County (Brewers). Lopez continued his stellar season, scattering five hits and not walking a batter for just the second time in 2014. The Brewers knew Lopez was a project when they drafted him out of Puerto Rico in the second round in 2011, but were piqued by his hard, sinking fastball. He’s still ironing out control issues, but has walked just four in the past 21 innings.

South Atlantic League (Lo A)

Was dark as the league prepares for its all-star game today in Hickory, N.C.

Midwest League (Lo A)

Was dark as the league prepares for its all-star game today at the Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps in Comstock, Mich.

Pioneer League (Rookie level)

Justin Williams, lf, Missoula (Diamondbacks). The 52nd overall pick in 2013, Williams was promoted twice in 2013, but begins 2014 back in Missoula. If he hits as well as Monday night, that won’t last. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder with big raw power launched a two-run homer among his three hits, and stole a base. The ball jumps off his bat; the question will be how he does as he faces more-experienced hurlers.

New York-Penn League (short-season)

Rowan Wick, c, State College (Cardinals). Wick, an intriguing 19th-round pick out of a Vancouver high school in 2010, posted decent numbers in 2013 in the Appalachian League, but has come out in 2014 on fire. The lefty swinger homered twice in a game for the second time in four nights and now has four homers in 17 plate appearances with four walks mixed in. Wick did not make the Cards’ top 30 prospects, but that is a deep system.

Northwest League (short-season)

Franklin Barreto

Franklin Barreto, ss, Vancouver (Blue Jays). Barreto, the Jays’ No. 5 prospect entering the season, played 2013 for Toronto’s GCL team as well as a brief stint in the Rookie-level Appalachian League. He has begun 2014 in short-season ball and is off to a great start with two four-hit games in the first four games of the season. On Monday, he was 4-for-6 and stole two bases. One of the most decorated Venezuelan players and a top international talent in 2012, Barreto has above-average bat speed, natural strength and good leverage in a swing that should allow him to hit for power.