In this edition of Something Extra, I'll recap my thoughts of some of the prospects who made noise in a good or bad way throughout the past couple of weeks or so.
- Aramis Garcia has flashed a really hot bat in the past 10 games, batting .386 with a .413 OBO and a .705 SLG. He also showed the power stroke, with 2 2Bs and 4 HRs with 15 RBIs. What I really noticed in a positive way is that in the videos where he hit 2 HRs in one game, his bat speed is faster than what I have ever seen from him before, which is now close to above-average. I think his really bad early slump is now pretty much over and he's really seeing the ball well. He's doing it as well in a more pitcher-friendly environment in the Sally. I hope he can sustain this kind of performance come August where most of the fatigue of playing full season kicks in.
- Ray Black started again, this time going to a career high 3 1/3 innings and recording 9 of 10 outs via strikeout, also a career high. His nasty fastball-slider combo is awesome in his outing, flashing 101 MPH on the gun. And he's really locating his fastball on the going. The problem that I saw on him is when he went on the 2nd time in the order where he lost his effectiveness by allowing back-to-back homers (both on heaters) and scuffling in terms of fastball command. His changeup is not effective enough to be a third pitch on him and my stand on him is firm. Make him a 2 inning reliever so that the hitters will not get used to his fastball-slider combo and rack up nasty numbers. Plus, he only rivals Frankie Montas, Anthony Reyes and Aroldis Chapman in terms of raw fastball velocity. His starting job is to give him more game time action after a series of bad injuries. Another Dellin Betances possibility right here. Future is bright on the bullpen!
- Miguel Gomez has been a pleasant surprise this season in the Salem-Keizer roster. He's on a really good 11-game hitting streak where he's batting .392 (20-51), .384 OBP, .588 SLG with 4 2B, 2 HRs and 18 RBIs. He sure is a contact hitter that loves to put balls in play, with just 1 walk in short season ball but he's not striking out as much either with just 7 Ks. He's played in C and 3B defensively and he's not that great at both where he's caught just 16.17% (2/12) of the baserunners and having 3 errors while in 3B, his fielding percentage is just .926 with 2 errors in 8 games that he played at the hot corner. With 185 lbs in his 5'10" frame, I think he is an average to below-average athlete. I'll vote for him to be a NWL All-Star. Another Panda in our sights? Maybe.
- After a scorching start in the DSL, Francisco Medina is really struggling in his past 10 games, batting a .195 with just 2 HRs and 10 Ks. The problem that I saw from him is that he's pretty much an all-or-nothing guy on the batter's box recently, with 3 Ks and 2 hits in his latest game. I think that he added some muscle on his frame to make him hit 7 HRs in the DSL but I'm pretty worried that he might be too aggressive on the box. But then again, I'll place my mentality that it's easier to tame aggressive hitters than to make a patient hitter to turn aggressive. It's still worth to take a look at him every now and then.
- In the AZL, Kelvin Beltre is now back after an injury in his hand (I forgot what is the injury but it required surgery, according to GiantProspectTalk on Twitter) and is spending time fielding in 2B and in SS where he's pretty much average defensively. His triple slash line this season in a few games is .273/.407/.455. I love the tools that he brings to the table and he showed a good eye with already 4 BBs and just 6 Ks and some speed to boot with 3 steals. I think he will get a good look at 3B in the future because he can't block Jalen Miller and his pretty stellar season in the AZL. Just like what DrB said, Beltre, Miller and Murray, let's call them as The 3 Kids.
- In my Twitter feed for the past days, I asked two of the best prospect analysts Ben Badler and Kiley McDaniel about Beede's Futures Game performance as well as Christian Arroyo's scorching streak.
Here's from Kiley McDaniel (unfortunately, I asked Kiley about Arroyo a little bit too late):
Here's from Ben Badler:
- Congrats to all of the players who are All-Stars in their respectful levels in the minors! I can't list them all though and I don't even know if they even know me and they read my blog posts or are they aware of me on Twitter. But if someone do, I would like to say hello to you and how do you do! I hope you'll do good while you're on your way to the Majors! Keep having that passion for baseball!
Edit: Added something extra on Something Extra.