Overall state of the farm
Especially the lower minor leagues keep on rolling. The affiliates below A+ combined for 19 wins and only 10 losses over the last 8 days.
OPS-CH and ERA-CH stands for the OPS and ERA change since the last minor league breakdown. Overall ERA and OPS are from ALL affiliates (including DSL, VSL and short season ball affiliates)
Prospects stats overview
As nearly all pitchers in the Rays minor league system have taken the hill this season, I'm going to look at the leaders in a specific stat every week. This week: Strikeout-percentage (K%). As always, you can find links to the descriptions of the stats I use at the bottom of each post. Here is the leaderboard (min 10 IP):
- Brandon Gomes ... 33.8 %
- Ryan Garton ... 32.7 %
- Chris Rearick ... 31.1 %
- Dane De la Rosa ... 30.8 %
- Kirby Yates ... 30.3 %
- Scott Shuman ... 29.6 %
- Blake Snell ... 28.6 % (best starting pitcher)
- Kevin Brandt ... 28.1 %
- Jason Wilson ... 27.9 %
- Jordan Harrison and Austin Hubbard ... 27.5 %
- Blake Snell ... 28.6 % (7th overall)
- Chris Archer ... 26.9 % (13th overall)
- Oscar Armenta ... 26.6 % (14th overall)
- Alex Torres (13 GS/24 G) ... 25.0 % (20th)
- C.J. Riefenhauser (14 GS of 23 G) ... 24.8 % (21st)
- Alex Colome ... 24 % (25th)
The following lists are no prospect rankings. They just show which players have been hot/cold and/or show positive/negative trends over the last 2-4 weeks.
Prospects on the rise
Prospects on the rise
- Kevin Brandt ... Driven by a mind-blowing performance on the 20th of July (4 IP, 9 K), he has been excellent as of late. Keep in mind that he is a bit old for rookie-ball, though.
- Frank De los Santos ... He is excellent since his promotion to Durham: 19 IP, 1.40 ERA, 8.84 K/9, 1.4 BB/9, 2.01 FIP.
- Jesse Hahn ... The long anticipated pro-debut of '10 draftee Jesse Hahn has been better than expected. If you cross out the one really bad outing he had (June 24th), his stat line looks as follows: 23 IP, 18 H, 6 ER (2.35 ERA), 8 BB, 22 K.
- Dylan Floro ... The pitching staff is the main reason for the excellent season the Renegades have and Floro is a big part of it. Last 12.2 IP: 2.25 FIP, 6.4 K/9, 1.4 BB/9.
- Jeff Ames ... Even more Renegades pitching: 19 IP, 2.59 FIP, 8.8 K/9, 1.5 BB/9 in his last 4 starts. 29 IP, 2.61 FIP on the season.
- Alex Keudell ... Like Kevin Brandt, he is a bit old for Princeton, but dominating. His last 9 IP: 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K.
- Alex Colome ... He received his well deserved promotion to AAA. His last 5 starts in AA may have helped with that: 35.1 IP, 1.27 ERA, 2.98 FIP, 8.4 K/9, 3.8 BB/9.
- Nolan Gannon ... After 14 IP, he still has to give up an earned run. The strikeout-rate could be higher, though. Nevertheless, an encouraging start to his pro career.
- Parker Markel ... His last 3 starts: 18.1 IP, 10 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 17 K. The strikeouts are coming around.
- Dane De la Rosa ... The hottest pitcher in the Bulls pen: The last 6.1 IP: 3 H, 4 BB, 12 K.
- Honorable mentions: Josh Lueke, Edgar Quinonez, Theron Geith, Brandon Gomes, Jordan Harrison, Taylor Guerrieri, Carlos Cedeno, Jorge Rodriguez, Kirby Yates, Dane De la Rosa, Blake Snell, Roberto Gomez
Prospects to be falling
- Matt Spann ... Since the 5th of July: 24 IP, 5.25 ERA, 4.78 FIP and only 2.2 K/9!
- Romulo Sanchez ... He is falling way down on the reliever depth chart with a FIP and ERA higher than 10 (!!) over his last 9.2 IP. The strikeout-rate is very alarming, too, with only 3.7 K/9.
- C.J. Riefenhauser ... I'm very surprised by his promotion to AA. I could see it going along with a permanent move to the pen. He has been way too hitable in July (last 32.2 IP, 46 H !!)
- Enny Romero ... I repeat my comment from two weeks ago: "Is he ever going to find the strike-zone?"
- Charlie Cononie ... See Enny Romero.
- Alex Torres ... See Charlie Cononie.
- Albert Suarez ... He is back to not striking anybody out. 2.7 K/9 over his last 26.1 IP. The FIP was unimpressive as well: 5.22 FIP.
- Others: Kris Carlson, Chris Andujar, Eliazer Suero, Damion Carroll, William Gabay
All of the stats provided above are excluding the stats from the previous day. I preferrably use FanGraphs as source for the stats. Click on each stat for its explanation: