Minor League Roundup: Catching On Quick

Today’s roundup includes a quick callup for Cubs first-rounder Kyle Schwarber and another former college catcher slugging it out.

International League (AAA)

Mikie Mahtook (Photo by Cliff Welch)

Mikie Mahtook, cf, Durham (Rays): Mahtook has had quite the past few days, with five RBIs on Saturday, two more on Sunday, then three hits and a homer on Tuesday. The former Louisiana State star is a hard-nosed player who has seen his stock in the system fall in the past two years, but so far this year he’s slashing .325/.399/.517, has good instincts and plays all the outfield positions with aplomb.

Pacific Coast League (AAA)

Matt Wisler, rhp, El Paso (Padres): Wisler has struggled since his promotion from Double-A, but something seems to have clicked in the past two starts. On Tuesday, he held Iowa to three hits and two runs over seven innings, striking out five and walking two. Wisler’s numbers at El Paso overall are ugly (6.04 ERA, 51 hits in 44 innings), but at 21 he is one of the youngest players in the PCL.

Eastern League (AA)

Adrian Sampson, rhp, Altoona (Pirates). Overshadowed in a system that includes high-powered arms such as Jameson Taillon, Tyler Glasnow and Nick Kingham, Sampson—who twice committed to Oregon but never made it to Eugene—is quietly having a superb season. The changeup/curveball righty spun seven solid innings Tuesday (five hits, one run, one walk, six strikeouts) in a no-decision. He’s given up just two homers in 70 innings and has walked 17 while striking out 55.

Southern League (AA)

The league held its all-star game, which is covered right here.

Texas League (AA)

Lane Adams, cf, NW Arkansas (Royals). Adams was at it again Tuesday, slugging his third homer in two games and stealing his 24th base. As we wrote Tuesday, the Royals are intrigued by Adams' tools—double-plus runner and plus raw power—but he needs to be more consistent than he has been this season.

Carolina League (Hi A)

The league held its all-star game, which was covered by BA’s Josh Norris.

California League (Hi A)

The league held its all-star game, which was covered by BA’s Josh Norris.

Florida State League (Hi A)

Jose Berrios, rhp, Fort Myers (Twins). Berrios just keeps impressing. The 20-year-old righthander allowed only one hit and struck out nine in seven scoreless innings Tuesday night and retired the final 12 batters to improve to 7-2, 2.09. He has struck out no fewer than seven batters in nine of his past 10 starts and has 90 whiffs in 77 innings this year, against 21 walks


Tyrell Jenkins, rhp, Palm Beach (Cardinals). The 2010 supplemental first-rounder, who passed up a Baylor scholarship to take the Cardinals’ dough, made his first appearance since surgery to repair the latissimus muscle in his right shoulder last August, and neither he nor the Cards could have expected more. Jenkins twirled six no-hit innings, walking just two while striking out three in a 9-0 win against Jupiter. He sat 89-94 mph, but his command was especially encouraging given his history of control issues (76 walks in 201 innings). Sam Tuivailala relieved him, using his high-90s fastball to throw two more hitless innings.

The Hammerheads avoided being no-hit when Colin Moran hit a bloop single in the ninth.

South Atlantic League (Lo A)

The league held its all-star game, which BA’s J.J. Cooper attended. He has all the details.

Midwest League (Lo A)

The league held its all-star game, which was covered adroitly by freelancer Brian Lester.

Pioneer League (Rookie level)

Ryan Seiz, 1b, Orem (Angels). Drafted in the 17th round out of Liberty, Seiz smacked two homers Tuesday night, continuing a theme of recently-drafted players showing their might. The Big South Conference player of the year, Seiz has a swing that can get long but has a chance to show at least average power. He did Tuesday night.

New York-Penn League (short-season)

Taylor Gushue, c, Jamestown (Pirates). Another college catcher tearing up short-season ball is Gushue, the former Gators backstop drafted in the fourth round by the Buccos. He has homered four times in five games, including two Tuesday night, and has nine RBIs. The skinny on Gushue is he lacks elite bat speed but has average raw power. He’s also struck out seven times already.

Kyle Schwarber (Courtesy Boise Hawks).Northwest League (short-season)

Kyle Schwarber, lf, Boise (Cubs). Well, that was quick. Schwarber, the No. 4 overall pick less than two weeks ago, has already been promoted. The lefthanded swinger belted four homers in five games, including two Tuesday, and the Cubs decided he needed more of a challenge, sending him to low Class A Kane County. In five games, Schwarber went 12-for-20 (.600) with four homers, a double, a triple and 10 RBIs. He played left field Tuesday after catching and playing at DH his first four games. The Cubs probably will shift him to the outfield eventually to expedite his arrival to Wrigley Field.