Wednesday, July 18, 2007

1. Matthew Sweeney, 3B, Low Class A, Cedar Rapids Kernels

Matt has been on fire going 12 for his last 29 (.413avg) in his last eight games. He also had three hrs, a triple, three doubles and 13 RBI in that stretch. Just 19 years old, the native of Maryland has shown tremendous power for his age in what is generally considered a pitcher’s league. On the season he has 14 hrs, and 18 doubles while maintaining a fairly decent average (.276) and bb/k ratio (26/57).

2. Chris Pettit, OF, Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Ho Hum. Chris must have felt like he was neglecting his RBI total so he decided to drive in 10 over his last five games. Oh, he also happened to go 8-17 with two hrs, two doubles, five steals, and eight walks (four of which were today). If he keeps this up he’s going to give Brandon Wood and Nick Adenhart a run for their money as the Angels top prospect.

3. Sean O’Sullivan, SP, Low Class A, Cedar Rapids Kernels

After a 10 day layoff Sean showed no signs of rust in his most recent start. He pitched eight innings giving up only 4 hits and 0 runs while striking out eight. On the season, the 6’1” right hander has thrown 98.1 innings while striking out 78 and holding opponents to a .240avg. After seeing teammates Schoeninger and Doug Brandt getting the call to Rancho, Sean is certainly making a case to be the next one promoted.


4. Warner Madrigal, RP, Low Class A, Cedar Rapids Kernels

Warner has run his scoreless innings streak to 14, and lowered his season ERA to 2.68. In his last four outings he has thrown 5.1 innings and recorded 3 saves while striking out 10 batters in the process. It appears that perhaps the Dominican native is having success in the development of his secondary offerings to go along with his mid nineties fastball.


5. Freddy Sandoval, 3B, Class AA, Arkansas Travelers

Freddy has been a solid performer for the Travs this year and has showed a little power as of late. Over his last ten games he has 2hrs, 3 doubles, and a triple while plating 10. He is 7 for his last 14 and those two homers have come in his last two games. Not generally considered a long ball threat, the former University of San Diego star has showed good plate discipline posting a bb/k ratio of 52/56 and has swiped 16 bags.


6. Nick Adenhardt, SP, Class AA, Arkansas Travelers

Nick had a solid outing today giving up 3er on 8 hits, but for the first time in awhile he made people miss totaling 9 punch outs. He also went 6 innings in his previous outing and gave up only two earned runs. We’ll continue to keep close tabs on him as the big club deals with some rotation ‘issues’. A late season call up is felt unlikely considering his age and injury history, but stranger things have happened.


7. Gregory Porter, DH/1b, Class AAA, Salt Lake City Bees

Although Greg is well past the stage of being considered a legitimate prospect, his recent numbers warrant some consideration. After being called up to AAA, the native New Yorker has played in 17 games hitting .328 with 5 hrs, 5 doubles, and 16 RBI. Somewhat of a forgotten man, the former Aggie has some size on him at 6’5” and 240lbs. Still 26 years old, perhaps we could have a bit of a late bloomer on our hands.


8. Brok Butcher, SP, Class AA. Arkansas Travelers

Brok looked real sharp in his Arkansas debut going six innings without giving up a run and striking out four. On the season, the 6’1” 210lb righty has a 2.55 ERA in 116.1 innings while striking out 68 and holding opponents to a .247avg.


9. Timothy Schoeninger, SP, Class A, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

After a rocky start following his call up to Rancho, Tim has righted the ship in his last two starts. The 22 year old righty has given up three earned runs in 13.2 innings and fanned 15. His season ERA of 3.82 is somewhat elevated due to a couple of blowup starts upon his initial promotion to Rancho.


10. Andrew Romine , SS, Short Season, Class A Orem

Andrew has a 14-game hit streak going. Since the last hotlist he is 14-30 (.467) with three triples, and 9 RBI in his last seven games. In limited at bats, the switch hitter has fared better as a lefty hitting .429 with an OPS of 1.145.


Player to keep and eye on:

Peter Bourjos, CF, Rookie League, AZL Angels

It’s good to see Peter back on the diamond getting reps. He went on the DL on May 18th with a ruptured ligament of his left ring finger and has recently joined the AZL angels going 4-8 in his first two games with a triple, a walk, and two RBI. I would imagine that after spending some time in the rookie league, the speedy, future gold glove CFer will make his way back to Cedar Rapids.


On the outside looking: Jose Arredondo, Brad Coon, Jordan Renz, Anthony Ortega, Young-Il Jung, Chris Garcia, Rich Thompson, Jordan Walden, Hank Conger, Robert Mosebach, PJ Phillips, David Herndon, Steven Marek, Trevor Bell, Hanley Statia, Sean Rodriguez, Brandon Wood, Chris Armstrong, Matt Brown, Barrett, Gordon Gronkowski, Jeremy Haynes, Mark Trumbo, Jay Brossman, Michael Anton, Douglas Brandt, Miguel Gonzalez, and Ben Johnson

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