Prospect Roundup: Games of May 11
By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com
MiLB.com game stories:
Other top prospect performances:
Rays RHP Nate Karns, Triple-A Durham: 7 2/3 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 6 K, HR — The 26-year-old has struggled with his control early on this season, walking 22 in 32 1/3 innings entering Sunday. This start was his best since striking out nine over seven scoreless at Norfolk on April 18.
Blue Jays C A.J. Jimenez, Double-A New Hampshire: 4-for-5, 3 2B, 2 R, RBI — The Fisher Cats’ backstop has a big arm and the defensive skillset to make the bigs on that alone, so any contributions he can make with the bat are icing. The 24-year-old is hitting .316 with eight extra-base hits in 16 games.
Pirates SS Alen Hanson, Double-A Altoona: 2-for-5, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, R, K — Just the second homer this season for Hanson, who has battled a low BABIP this season, something that should even out considering his speed. He’s hitting .254 with 11 extra-base hits through 31 games. The Pirates also expressed encouragement with his defensive improvements made over the winter in the Dominican Winter League.
Braves RHP Wes Parsons, Class A Advanced Lynchburg: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, BB, 9 K, HR — Parsons is a cool story — yet another under-scouted hurler signed by a Braves scout out of a college summer league. Parsons played golf after graduating high school and didn’t return to pitching until his junior year. He was in the Northwoods League when a Braves scout stumbled upon him and signed him as an undrafted free agent, and now he looks like a legit pitching prospect. The nine strikeouts tied a career high for the 21-year-old.
Cardinals OF Randal Grichuk, Triple-A Memphis: 3-for-5, HR, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R — The outfielder has made tremendous strides defensively, winning a Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove in right field in 2013 and even getting the start in center Sunday. He’s slashing .323/.370/.566 with four homers in 24 Triple-A games. Grichuk batted .143 in a cup of coffee with the Cardinals at the end of April/beginnign of May.
Cubs OF Jorge Soler, Double-A Tennessee: 2-for-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R, BB, K — Soler’s hitting .412 with a 1.265 OPS in five games since coming off the DL with a hamstring injury.
Mariners SS Ketel Marte, Double-A Jackson: 4-for-6, 2B, 2 R, RBI, 2 SB — The buzz on Marte coming into 2014 was that he had the tools to really pick it at short, but his bat was a question mark. Aggressively promoted to Double-A, the 20-year-old is slashing .328/.380/.405 through 33 games with excellent peripheral numbers. Not much power to speak of from the switch-hitter, but he won’t have to hit a ton to justify and every day MLB gig.
Royals OF Jorge Bonifacio, Double-A Northwest Arkansas: 2-for-5, HR, 2B, 4 RBI, R, K — Bonifacio has plenty of raw pop, but a level swing has prevented the 20-year-old from tapping into it. He has two homers this year and hit just four in 88 games last season, but with a little loft, Emilio’s younger brother could be a prototypical power-hitting right fielder.