Tuesday, August 7, 2007

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

Chris had some face time in the booth tonight with Phys and Hud which I am sure was a real thrill for him. Chris had a bit of an off week since the last list only going 14-33 with a hr, 5 doubles, 10rbi, and 12 runs. Come on Chris. ONLY ONE HR?! Well at least his season average is back above a respectable .350. By the way, he also has 28 stolen bases and since being called up to Rancho has a bb/k ratio of 24/30. Uh yah. He’s good.

2. Brandon Wood, 3B, Class AAA Salt Lake Bees

Courtesy of the last two days, Brandon works his way on to the list. Since his return to the minors he is 8-26 (.307) with 3 home runs (which have come in the last two days including two tonight), and 12 RBI. He’s still a whiffing machine (12 with only three walks since being sent down), but he’s got the season average up to .265 and his OPS well over .800 (likely closer to .850 after tonight).

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

Well, he finally gave up a run. So that’s one in his last 23.2 innings. Since he last made the list he’s also had 5 saves, 11 strikeouts, and one walk. His season ERA now stands at 2.34 and he has 60 strikeouts in 50 innings. I think Warner should start looking for apartments in Rancho Cucamonga.

4. Hank Conger, C, Low Class A Cedar Rapids Kernels

It’s good to see Hank back healthy once again and hammering the baseball. Since the last list he is 12-27 (.444) with a hr, double, and six RBI in his last seven games. Although his season has been shortened by injury to 70 games he has managed 9 hrs, 39 RBI, and an .818 OPS as well as 8 steals in 12 attempts.

5. Nick Green SP, Class AA Arkansas Travelers

Nick has made a strong push in the second half of the season. He has logged at least six innings in his last six starts giving up no more than 3 earned runs in any of them. He has been terrific in his last two going 14.1 innings and giving up only one earned run while walking three and striking out 10. He has his season ERA down to 3.91and has limited opponents to a .253avg.

6. Tobin Mason SP, Rookie League, AZL Angels

Tobin has been nearly untouchable in the AZL this year. Over his last four outings he has gone 18.1 innings and hasn’t given up a single run. He also had and 11 k performance in just 5 innings of work in one of those starts. On the season, the right hander has tallied 32 punch outs in 28.1 innings and has a miniscule ERA of 0.97 while holding his opponents to a .177 avg.

7. Jay Brossman, Short Season, Class A Orem

This first year player has been very impressive in his young professional career and has been on fire lately. Over his last ten games he has gone 16 for 38 (.421) with 3hr, a double, 7 RBI, and 9 runs. On the season he is hitting .397 with 5 hrs, and 36 RBI in 44 games with an OPS of .979.

8. Terry Evans, OF, Class AAA Salt Lake Bees

Terry continues to prove he’s ready for the big leagues. He’s 11 for his last 23 with four doubles and a triple and has raised his season average to .323. He hasn’t had many long balls lately and still needs to improve his plate discipline, but he has certainly put to rest any concern that last year was a fluke.

9. Tommy Mendoza SP, Low Class A Cedar Rapids Kernels

After some early season struggles, Tommy has finally shaken off some of the rust and done well in his last three starts. He has logged 16 innings giving up four earned runs while walking 4 and striking out nine. Hopefully he can build up enough arm strength to make a late season push.

10. Clifton Remole, 1B, Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Cliff makes his first appearance on the list after a torrid ten game stretch in which he has gone 17-41 (.415) with seven double, and 12 RBI. Considering that he is nearly 25 and still in the Cal league, the native Georgian is not likely considered a true prospect but he deserves his props nonetheless. On the season he has a .309 average with a .778 OPS. after a strong July in which he also logged 26 RBI in 29 games.

Player to keep and eye on:

Rich Thompson RP, Class AAA Salt Lake Bees

The Aussie native has only pitched once since the last hotlist which of course was a scoreless 1.1 innings with 2 punch outs. He just deserves to make the list because of his ridiculous season totals of 64.1 innings with 70 Ks and a paltry 1.68 ERA between AA and AAA. Could Rich be our secret weapon down the stretch ala KROD in ’02? You just never know.

On the outside looking: Jose Arredondo, Brad Coon, Jordan Renz, Anthony Ortega, Young-Il Jung, Chris Garcia, Matt Sweeney, Freddy Sandoval, Jeremy Haynes, Brok Butcher, Jordan Walden, Mark Trumbo, Robert Mosebach, PJ Phillips, David Herndon, Steven Marek, Trevor Bell, Hanley Statia, Sean Rodriguez, Andrew Romine, Chris Armstrong, Matt Brown, Michael Anton, Barrett Browning, Sean O’Sullivan, Gordon Gronkowski, Nick Adenhardt, Doug Brandt, Miguel Gonzalez, and Ben Johnson

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