Well, with just about every player in the majors looking like a lost little leaguer, I figured now was a good time to look down to the minors. I’ll make a post a week starting on Friday the 16th specifically talking about my three favorites in Cashner, Castro and Vitters but every once in a while, including today, I’ll do a more broad scope of things. Just pick a few guys who have been doing well (or poorly if I’m in a bad mood) and talk about them:
Starlin Castro: Since the start of the year he’s been great. He wasn’t good in his most recent game, going 0/5 but even with that game his numbers are as great as his first name: 6/18 2 3B 2SB 1BB 1RBI
I will admit I’m not the biggest Castro guy in terms of believing the hype, even though I do love him (mostly for his name) but man, he may just prove me wrong if he keeps this kind of thing up. I mean, very small sample size but still, 20 years old and in AA and getting it done. Impressive.
Blake Parker: 3IP 2H 3BB 3K 0ER
While the number at the end is the one that really matters, Parker is gonna have to get his control under… well, control. He’s never gonna get called up if he’s walking guys like that. Anyone who saw the Reds finale will know that much. On the other hand, he also has a good K rate going for him, only two hits and it’s still very early. We’ll see what happens. But hopefully he’ll impress enough and be up soon.
Hak-Ju Lee : 3/16 2B BB
Hm, not the best of starts. Then again his last two games he’s 3/8 so I guess it’s all how you look at it. Still early, but Lee is pretty highly touted and if he wants to move along quickly, not that I’d expect Starlin speed, he’ll have to start doing a bit more. Including swipe some bags with his supposedly ridiculous speed. I’d like to see him do well, I really want to see Castro at 2B and Lee at SS some day.
DJ Lemahieu: 5/18 2B 2BB
Pretty good start from DJ. He’s one of those tweener specs. Hard to say what he’ll become. But he has the size (6’5″ if I recall correctly) to add put on some big time muscle. The question is whether or not he can stop hitting tons of grounders (over 70% last year!!!!!!) and start hitting more line drives. So far this year he’s done that. But it’s still a VERY small sample:
Take it with a grain of salt, like I said, it’s extremely small on the samples. But anything is better than 70% groundballs. So this kid could be something to watch, or he could just be… something.
Rafael Dolis: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Oh boy, this is an exciting one. This is a guy with tremendous stuff, his question is getting his control together and simply being unproven. Well… look at that, it’s just one start. But holy cow if he can even be close to that good he’ll rocket through the prospect charts Castro-style. (Does anyone else think that sounds dirty? Oh well.) Dolis is someone I’m going to keep a really close eye on.
We’ll look at one more guy:
Kyler Burke: 4/19 BB
Nothing impressive from him. I’d LOVE him to have a good year. He is probably never ever going to be a superstar type spec, but man, this kid’s arm is arguably the best in the minors. So I’d love for him to have a good year and be on the map as a solid player just so we could witness that. He had a really nice year last year in the minors:
If he can do something similar this year we’ll be in business!
Here’s to hoping for greatness from our minors in 2010!
Cashner struck out 10 in his 5 inning start. Fell apart in the 5th and allowed 3 runs though. Keep an eye on his innings and K’s. It’ll be telling on where he ends up, RP or SP.
Vitters has struggled but had a nice game recently 3/5 with 2 2Bs.