Triple-A bats ready for a call

April 29, 2008 at 10:30 am 9 comments

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If you noticed the transaction wire lately you would’ve seen Angels top prospect Brandon Wood and Blue Jays top prospect Adam Lind were called up. Wood was hitting .273/.333/.614 with a PCL leading (tied) 8 homers and he had 20 runs scored in 21 games. He does have 29 strikeouts in 88 at-bats but he was called up due to his hot power. Lind was .365/.423/.587 with 3 homers in 63 at-bats. Here is a list of other Triple-A guys (some prospects some veterans) that may get a call soon.

Jeff Clement (SEA, C/1B/DH) – Clement is currently being talked about as being recalled as I write this but I still wanted to share his stats in AAA with you: .397/.535/.692 with 5 homers, 8 doubles, 21 runs, and 20 RBI to go with 22 walks against 12 strikeouts in 78 at-bats. This is a top prospect and I was wondering what his role would be since Kenji Johjima got an extension. It looks like Clement will get a ton of at-bats at DH and play a few games at catcher and 1B, basically anything to get his bat into that lineup.

Terry Tiffee (LAD, 3B) – You may have to take a second look to believe these numbers I am about to show you but here are Tiffee’s numbers through 24 games in AAA: .468/.514/.702 with 16 doubles and 2 homers in 94 at-bats. He has 9 walks to only 7 strikeouts with 22 runs scored and 19 RBI. He could easily fit into the Dodgers plans at 3B or 1B this season and be a valuable bat off the bench. At the age of 29 he isn’t a prospect but he has proven AAA pitching is no match for him.

Matthew Brown (LAA, 3B) – This 25 year old is blocked by Brandon Wood but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be given a chance. He is tearing up AAA pitching to the tune of .426/.463/.762 with 6 homers, 3 triples, 10 doubles, 25 runs, and 22 RBI in 101 at-bats.

Brett Carroll (FLA, OF) – The Marlins aren’t in a real need for outfielders but Carroll is ubelievably mashing AAA pitching. The 25 year old is hitting to the tune of .417/.485/.900 8 homers, 5 doubles, 16 runs, 20 RBI in 60 at-bats. He has 8 at-bats in the bigs already this season but he could be recalled if there is an injury.

Russell Branyan (MIL, 3B) – Branyan is a 32 year old veteran that has big power and strikes out a ton. Through 71 AAA at-bats he has 9 doubles, 4 homers, 8 walks, and 16 RBI with a .394/.456/.690 line. He can play 3B, 1B, RF, and LF and is a good person to bring up when you need just one run. His 15.4 homers per at-bat in his MLB career are 10th among all active players (23rd all-time) with atleast 2100 plate appearances.

Nelson Cruz (TEX, OF) – Cruz was once a top 3 prospect for the Brewers and for the Rangers. Now 27 years old his prospect status is long gone. He has finally learned some plate discipline with 24 walks against 14 strikeouts in 71 at-bats in AAA. He has never had a split like that. His best split was last season in AAA with 21 walks and 34 strikeouts so this is a huge step forward. His newfound discipline has helped his hitting too. He is at .366/.531/.775 with 8 homers (tied for league lead), 25 RBI, 24 runs, 5 doubles, and 9 stolen bases. He still has his good arm and he could land back in Texas and stick this time.

Jeremy Reed (SEA, OF) – .354/.422/.506 with 6 doubles, 2 homers, 3 steals, and 10 walks against only 6 strikeouts in 79 at-bats. Reed was once touted as a future batting champ but big league slumps and injuries have held this 26 year old down.

Mike Aviles (KC, SS) – With Tony Pena Jr. doing his worst impersonation of Angel Berroa Aviles may get his chance to take over at short for the Royals. He is currently at .351/.374/.670 with 10 doubles, 4 triples, 4 homers, 18 runs, 21 RBI, and 2 stolen bases in 94 at-bats. The 27 year old had a good AAA season last year and should be given a chance to prove he can’t handle the bigs.

Dallas McPherson (FLA, OF/3B) – .292/.410/.677 with a league leading (tied) 8 homers but only 1 double and no triples. He does have 13 walks in 65 at-bats but those 30 strikeouts look alarming. He has been playing in the OF and can play 3B so he might be given a chance in Florida.

Jay Bruce (CIN, OF) – .322/.347/.567 with 5 homers, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 17 RBI, 15 runs, and 6 stolen bases in 90 at-bats. The 21 year old (#1 prospect in all of baseball) is 8th in the IL in AVG, 9th in OPS, 8th in SLUG, tied for 7th in steals, and tied for 6th in homers as one of the youngest players in the league. If Dusty Baker can admit he was wrong about Patterson we could see Bruce in the bigs but it may still not be enough for Baker who will probably play Ryan Freel or Norris Hopper instead.

Fernando Perez (OF, TB) – The Rays seem set to go with Gabe Gross/Jonny Gomes/Erik Hinske/Nathan Haynes in RF but if they decide to go with a prospect Perez should be their first option. Perez is making his first trip in AAA and doing well hitting .277/.340/.394 with 3 doubles, 4 triples, 10 steals, 14 runs, 10 RBI, and 9 walks (but 28 K) in 94 at-bats. He is still a bit raw but offers speed, gap power, very good defense, and incredible patience.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Charlie Nehl  |  April 29, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    When I was flipping through the Sports section in our local paper, it always has a section of “Iowans In the Minors”, sure enough Jeff Clement is from the Des Moines area. Small world.

    Matt Murton got a callup from the Cubs to help in Left Field while Soriano is on the DL, but he won’t be up for long.

    I’m really hoping that Lind gets it going and finds a spot on my active Fantasy Roster. They say he’s going to be the everyday left fielder now. Sw00t!

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  • 2. supremesportsjustice  |  April 29, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    Great job Jonathan. I think Clement is going to be a big time star in the AL. If they’re smart, they’ll turn him into a first baseman to replace Sexson next season.

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  • 3. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  April 29, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    The Cubs need to figure out what to do with Murton. He is an above-average player and should be given a real chance.

    I hope Clement does really well, I have him in a keeper league and can get him another. I think he’s going to be very good.

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  • 4. supremesportsjustice  |  April 30, 2008 at 6:43 am

    I’ve never been high on Murton, but most other guys on the list I agree will make an impact…especially Clement.
    Go after Max Scherzer first 🙂 I’ve had him on my minor league squad for the past two years (we can draft college players), and after last night’s debut performance…he looks like the real deal (if he doesn’t blow out his arm).

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  • 5. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  April 30, 2008 at 6:48 am

    I have him in one of my leagues and he helped me out so much. 4.1 IP, 7K, 0 hits, 0 BB.

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  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  April 30, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    How bout that, Matt Brown got called up today.

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  • 7. supremesportsjustice  |  April 30, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Good call!

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  • 8. Adam  |  May 1, 2008 at 11:07 am

    What’s the word on David Price or the Brothers Papelbon?

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  • 9. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  May 1, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Price is in extended spring training and has admitted to being “scared” about his elbow but says he hasn’t felt anything abnormal.

    The twins are in High-A ball and doing ok. Jeremy is more polished than Josh but both look like they can be middle men in the bigs one day. They have a long road to get there though.

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