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Minor league report: Rasmus still not ready

Minor league report: Rasmus still not ready
Jay Bruce is not with the Reds yet, though it might not be because Dusty hasn't seen him with his own eyes. Ian Stewart is stuck inside the Springs with the Atkins Blues again — and it ain't Chet Atkins. Plus, some high-profile prospects, including Jose Tabata and Colby Rasmus, are far from hot.


Ian Stewart, 3B, Rockies – For all the good it'll do him given Colorado's packed lineup, Stewart's having a great start at Triple-A Colorado Springs, including three home runs last week alone. He's hitting .313/.404/.650, and while he's struck out 18 times, he's walked 13. Oddly, he's hitting .200 with the bases empty and .380 with runners on.

Jay Bruce, OF, Reds – Bruce is hitting .368 in his last 10 games and .326/.351/.573 this year with five home runs, 17 RBI and six steals. There's been some controversy over the fact the Reds haven't called him up as yet, but there are a couple of good reasons: he just turned 21 and, perhaps more important, he really hasn't figured out how to walk. He's averaging one for every 18 at-bats — and that includes four in his last 35. The Reds probably don't want the world to know if they're asking him to take more pitches, but it could very well be that this is one of the things holding up his promotion.

Chris Carter, 1B, A's - Carter has seven home runs in his last 34 at-bats through Sunday for High-A Stockton, including three in one game April 19 and five in 13 at-bats during that stretch. He's heated up considerably after a dismal start. His BA is only .217, and he's struck out 23 times in 83 at-bats, including three on Wednesday. It might take another month or so to see exactly which way he's going this year. If he can get close to last year's line of .291/.383/.522 with 25 home runs, he would undoubtedly move up.

Carlos Rosa, P, Royals - Rosa gave up a groundball single and struck out nine in eight scoreless innings Friday for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He's had five great starts, and the numbers to prove it: a 0.79 WHIP, a 25:5 K:BB in 28 innings, a .175 BAA and a 1.50 GO:AO. His walk rate is down over last year's Double-A numbers (43 in 97 innings) as is his home-run rate (just one this year; eight in 120 minor league innings last year). He'll be moving up soon.

Matt Wieters, C, Orioles – Wieters has cooled off to .383/.459/.700 and has hit .306 over his last 10 games with 10 strikeouts and just one walk. However, he has five home runs and four doubles in 60 at-bats and even stole a base. The 42 total bases projected to 600 at-bat year yields 420, to put Wieters' pro start in perspective.

Edward Cegarra, P, Royals - Cegarra walked his first batter of the year on Wednesday for Low-A Burlington, where he has a K:BB of 20:1 in 22 innings. He split time starting and relieving last year at Burlington and posted undistinguished numbers, including a 37:16 K:BB in 58 innings and six home runs. This year, he's given up one home run, has a 1.59 GO:AO and has a .182 BAA vs. lefties.

Kennil Gomez, P, Rangers - Gomez allowed four hits and a walk in six innings for Low-A Clinton on Friday while striking out four. He extended his scoreless streak to 18 innings. He leads the Midwest League in starter WHIP with 0.74 and has a GO:AO of 2.12 and a K:BB of 16:2 in 23 innings. He was used in relief 98 percent of the time last year in the Arizona Fall League, where he went 37 1/3 innings with no home runs and a 2.13 GO:AO. Because he's in a pitching-weak organization, he has more upside than most Low-A pitchers.

Dan McCutchen, P, Yankees - McCutchen struck out 12, gave up one hit and walked one over seven innings on Friday for Double-A Trenton. He's started fast: a 31:7 K:BB in 31 2/3 innings, a 0.79 WHIP, a .159 BAA and a 1.42 ERA. This outing might get the attention of the Yankee brass and vault McCutchen to the majors before long.

Luke Montz, C, Nationals - Montz went 2-for-5 with two home runs and six RBI on Friday for Double-A Harrisburg. He's hitting .412 in his last 10 games and .373/.431/.695 this year. His 1.126 OPS leads the Eastern League. He was a .236 lifetime hitter entering the year, and the only thing his numbers show is that he's being less patient at the plate. He could move up a level given Washington's crunch at the catcher position.

Brett Carroll, OF, Marlins - Carroll went 3-for-3 on Sunday for Triple-A Albuquerque and is hitting .531 in his last 10 games. He leads the PCL in slugging at .900 and in OPS with 1.385. He has eight home runs in 60 at-bats and is hitting .385/.467/.769 on the road. His strikeout rate could be a problem, as it now stands at 17 in 60 at-bats.


Jose Tabata, OF, Yankees - Tabata's three for his last 34 through Sunday for Double-A Trenton — all singles. He's at .200/.308/.233 this year with three doubles and 21 strikeouts in 90 at-bats. Widely touted as the best hitter for average in the Yankee system, Tabata has some work to do to get to a level commensurate with what's been written about him. It might take a trip back to High-A to accomplish this.

Gio Gonzalez, P, A's - Gonzalez continued to backslide on Sunday for Triple-A Sacramento, giving up nine hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out three and gave up five earned runs. He's noticeably off compared to last year at Double-A, where he compiled a 185:57 K:BB in 150 innings. His BAA is 66 points higher, his strikeout rate is way off and he's walking two or more batters for every four or five innings. There could be something physically wrong with him, it might be a particularly rough transition for him for whatever reason or batters might have caught up with him. It'll take another month of starts to get a better handle on what is going on with him. It's still worthwhile to hold on to him for the moment.

Phil Humber, P, Twins - Humber gave up eight hits and two walks while striking out two in 4 2/3 innings on Friday for Triple-A Rochester. He was getting the ball over the plate — 55 out of 82 pitches were strikes — and the majority of the hits were groundballs. Plus, he got seven groundball outs, so it wasn't quite as bad as the boxscore indicates. However, he's among the highest in WHIP in the International League at 1.79 and has a K:BB of 12:11 in 221 innings with a 5.24 ERA. Ugly.

Mitch Atkins, P, Cubs - Atkins, pitching for Double-A Tennessee, leads the Southern League in home runs through Sunday, with seven. Combining last year's Double-A numbers with this year's gives him 12 in 54 2/3 innings. He only gave up one over seven innings his last time out, so maybe he's in the process of reversing the trend. However, this could end up being something that stalls his progress at Double-A if the rate continues. It's off the charts.

Garrett Guzman, OF, Nationals - Guzman's off to a nightmarish start through Sunday for Triple-A Columbus. He's hitting .100 after his last 10 games and .125/.230/.125 this year. He's last in the International League in OPS at .355, and it's even worse than that. He has no extra-base hits. Last year at Double-A, he hit .312/.359/.453, so he's not a bad hitter. On the plus side, we have to go to his 4:9 K:BB and the fact his mother reportedly still likes him.

Colby Rasmus, OF, Cardinals - Rasmus is 3-for-his-last-21 through Sunday for Triple-A Memphis and is at .204/.299/.323. His 2007 season was streaky at Double-A. He finished with 29 home runs, a .551 slugging percentage and a slew of postseason awards, Thus far, this season is a major downer for Rasmus, the Cardinals and his fantasy owners. He doesn't turn 22 until mid-August, so he's entitled to struggle a little at Triple-A, but it's painful nonetheless.

Chuck Lofgren, P, Indians - Lofgren walked four, struck out four and gave up three hits over 4 2/3 innings for Double-A Akron on Friday. Two of the hits were home runs. Seven earned runs boosted his ERA to 8.66. He has a 15:19 K:BB over 22 1/3 innings. He may need to go down a level and work out his problems, since he hasn't had anything close to a decent outing yet. He's only 22, so there is plenty of time.

Neil Walker, 3B, Pirates - Walker went 1-for-4 Sunday for Triple-A Indianapolis and is hitting .167 over his last 10 games and .189/.265/.365 for the year with a 17:7 K:BB ratio in 74 at-bats. He didn't transition well from Double-A to Triple-A last year, and it seems to have carried over. He's in danger of being demoted if this keeps up.

Wade LeBlanc, P, Padres - LeBlanc gave up 10 hits and walked five in 3 1/3 innings on Friday for Triple-A Portland, yielding seven earned runs in the process while striking out just one. It's been all downhill for him since his first start of the year. His numbers thus far feature a 1.81 WHIP, a .321 BAA and a K:BB of 18:10 over 19 1/3 innings — not the stuff of which promotions are made. If there's something physically wrong, he needs to have it attended to. If there isn't, he needs to get his act together, or he could start sinking on the depth charts.

Adam Ottavino, P, Cardinals - Ottavino isn't pitching well at Double-A Springfield through four starts. He's walked four in three of his four starts thus far. He has a 16:13 K:BB ratio, a paltry GO:AO of 0.64, a 6.98 ERA and a .313 BAA with runners on base. He had a decent enough year at High-A last year, though the 128:63 K:BB might have been a tip-off of ugly things to come.

Sidney Watch

Big-league fans got to experience some vintage Sidney this week as he was called up to the Rangers, the old bottom of the barrel. He got out of trouble in the first two innings on double plays after giving up a hit and then a walk in both innings. In the third, he started single, single, double, strikeout, passed ball, yielding two runs, one unearned. In the sixth, the inning started double, throwing error by Sidney, grounder, another error (this time not by Sidney) and then two more runs, both unearned. So, his line looks OK: 5.1 innings, seven hits, a walk, four strikeouts, five runs, one earned and a 1.69 ERA for the year. Next scheduled start: May Day.

Article first appeared 4/29/08

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Added: April 30, 2008

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