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Minor League MVP Candidates, League-By-League

Just for the heck of it, I decided tonight to look at the stats for every league in the minors and see if I could come up with a candidate or two (no more than three) for the Most Valuable Player award.  (I’ll try to do the same for pitchers later this week.)

Some of these are no-brainers (*cough*Chris CarterTexasLeague*cough*), but most had at least a couple guys that should find themselves in the running for some awards.  In most cases, I tried to limit a player’s eligibility to the league they currently play in – Brian Dopirak and Michael Taylor, for example, are still in good shape in the Eastern League, but shouldn’t win any awards there after spending more than a month of the season in Triple A.

If I missed anyone obvious, or if you have a personal favorite, throw it out there. We’ll see how many of these (if any) we actually get right.

Triple A
International League
Andy Marte, Columbus: .963 OPS (1st), 18 HR (t-4th), 66 RBI (4th)
Shelley Duncan, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre: 25 HR (1st), 76 RBI (1st), 54 BB (t-1st), .899 OPS (5th)

Mexican League
Ruben Rivera, Campeche: 32 HR (1st), 90 RBI (t-4th), 1.130 OPS (2nd), 96 R (2nd)
Saul Soto, Monterrey: 28 HR (2nd), 93 RBI (2nd), 1.095 OPS (3rd)
Dionys Cesar, Vaqueros: .380 BA (1st), 40 SB (1st), 92 R (3rd)

Pacific Coast League
Randy Ruiz, Las Vegas: 25 HR (2nd), 106 RBI (1st), .320 BA (10th), .976 OPS (3rd), 81 R (5th), 148 H (1st), 43 2B (1st)

Double A
Eastern League
Carlos Santana, Akron: 20 HR (4th), 82 RBI (2nd), 71 BB (2nd), .943 OPS (4th), 73 R (2nd)
Ryan Strieby, Erie: .982 OPS (1st), 17 HR (4th), .305 BA (6th)

Southern League
Juan Francisco, Carolina: 22 HR (1st), 74 RBI (1st), .822 OPS (10th), 63 R (8th)
Todd Frazier, Carolina: 124 H (1st), 37 2B (1st), 13 HR (t-6th), 63 RBI (t-5th), .852 OPS (8th)

Texas League
Chris Carter, Midland: .336 BA (1st), 21 HR (1st), 90 RBI (2nd), 101 R (1st), 148 H (1st), 38 2B (1st), 73 BB (t-1st), .433 OBP (1st), .574 SLG (1st), 1.006 OPS (1st)

*Carter has to be a frontrunner not only for Texas League MVP, but Minor League Baseball’s Player of the Year. What an outstanding season thus far.

Class A Advanced
California League
Alex Liddi, High Desert: .356 BA (1st), 1.044 OPS (1st), 21 HR (t-4th), 86 RBI (4th), 85 R (t-2nd)
Jon Gaston, Lancaster: 30 HR (1st), 81 RBI (6th), 1.015 OPS (4th), 15 3B (1st), 100 R (1st)
Koby Clemens, Lancaster: 96 RBI (1st), .343 BA (3rd), 1.023 OPS (2nd)

Carolina League
Cody Johnson, Myrtle Beach: 26 HR (1st), 76 RBI (2nd), .886 OPS (2nd)
Brandon Waring, Frederick: 20 HR (2nd), 74 RBI (3rd), .870 OPS (3rd)

Florida State League
Chris Parmelee, Fort Myers: 14 HR (1st), 64 RBI (1st), .814 OPS (4th)
Ben Revere, Fort Myers: .307 BA (3rd), 36 SB (4th), 60 R (3rd), .368 OBP (t-8th)

Class A
Midwest League
Kyle Russell, Great Lakes: 24 HR (1st), 79 RBI (t-1st), .915 OPS (2nd), 74 R (4th)

South Atlantic League
Derek Norris, Hagerstown: 23 HR (1st), 75 RBI (2nd), 69 R (3rd), .296 BA (10th), .955 OPS (3rd)

Class A Short-Season
New York-Penn League
Leandro Castro, Williamsport: .353 BA (1st), .973 OPS (1st), 37 R (t-1st),
Neil Medchill, Staten Island: 10 HR (1st), 30 RBI (t-5th), .925 OPS (5th), 33 R (4th)

Northwest League
Vincent Belnome, Eugene: 39 R (1st), 8 HR (t-2nd), 37 RBI (2nd), 37 BB (2nd), .952 OPS (4th)

Rookie
Appalachian League
Jose Altuve, Greeneville: 45 R (1st), 21 SB (1st), .324 BA (7th), .916 OPS (8th), 26 BB (1st)
Richard Racobaldo, Johnson City: 1.077 OPS (1st), 26 RBI (t-9th), .415 BA (1st)
Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg, Danville: .383 BA (2nd), 1.032 OPS (2nd), 7 HR (t-3rd), 39 RBI (2nd)

Arizona League
Cody Decker, Padres: 1.127 OPS (1st), .357 BA (3rd), 11 HR (1st), 46 RBI (1st)

Dominican Summer League
Reymond Nunez, Yankees 2: 10 HR (2nd), 57 RBI (1st), .947 OPS (4th)
Alexander Sanchez, Mets: .391 BA (1st), .982 OPS (2nd)

Gulf Coast League
Brett Newsome, Nationals: 1.020 OPS (1st), .304 BA (9th), 25 R (1st), 13 2B (t-3rd)
Layton Hiller, Braves: 6 HR (1st), 34 RBI (1st), .846 OPS (8th)
Marcell Ozuna, Marlins: .928 OPS (2nd), .344 BA (3rd), 24 R (t-2nd), 18 2B (1st), 4 HR (t-7th), 31 RBI (2nd)

Pioneer League
Jerry Sands, Ogden: 14 HR (1st), 39 RBI (4th), .350 BA (4th), 1.114 OPS (1st), 41 R (1st)

Venezuelan Summer League
Roan Salas, Rays: 15 HR (1st), 59 RBI (1st), 49 R (t-3rd), 75 H (t-5th), .338 BA (2nd), 1.063 OPS (1st)

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The Homer Strikes…

Those of you that know me? They know that I’m a Brewers fan. My baseball team is struggling right now. They need to make a deal. Get themselves a starter.

Problem? Anyone willing to trade a starting pitcher usually want to get themselves a starter coming back. For the Brewers? This poses a problem.  See, arguably the best prospect they have currently is in the Pioneer League.

The delightful comedy of the name Jake Odorizzi notwithstanding, the Brewers are in-line to lose a shot at the playoffs for two bugaboos. One that has happened often. One not so much.

This effects the Brewers chances directly for two reasons.

An injured Brewer pitching prospect is four words that just fit together.

The lost post of mine from Bus Leagues Baseball is the story of the Milwaukee Brewers Top 100 Baseball America prospects. And there was a prevalent theme. Pitchers careers died out from injury. From Tyrone Hill to Nick Neuguebauer to Mike Jones, the road to Milwaukee is paved with the corpses of torn labrums and ligaments. It just is, you know.

This is what has sunk the prospectdom of Zach Braddock and Alexandre Periard. Zach has had to be shifted to the bullpen because his elbow cannot handle the rigors of rotational work. Alexandre, a.k.a. The Canadian Hiroki Kuroda, who had two months in Double-A last season, fell back down the hill and is currently back in Brevard County.

The Jeremy Jeffress conundrum

Everybody has a marijuana joke for when a player gets bounced for a certain amount of time due to the ol’ Shad Grimgravy. They’ve recycled them from the Ricky Williams incident. But when you have a pitcher who can hit triple digits with regularity, you have a pitcher with instant trade value, no matter how mixed the results.

But since Jeffress has a real problem with drugs? You can’t trade him. He won’t help you this year. He probably won’t help next year either. He may be more likely to get bounced for life than bounce his slider in Miller Park.

Now the divinity of Cliff Lee or Roy Halladay is not under this blogs purview, so we won’t bother. All we’re going to say is, you have to be lucky as well as smart when you build a farm system. If Periard was doing well in Double-A?

Who knows what would be happening.

An Osprey Never Quits

The Missoula Osprey staged what might be minor league baseball’s comeback of the year last night, rallying from a late 7-0 deficit to beat the Billings Mustangs, 8-7.

Billings scored twice in each of the first three innings and held a seven run lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.  With two out, Missoula scored on a bases loaded walk (one of three free passes in the inning) to finally get on the scoreboard.

Bryan Gardner came on in the eighth for Billings and put two men on (via walk and hit by pitch) before escaping from the inning unscathed. He was sent back out to start the ninth, charged with securing the six run lead, when everything went to hell in ten easy steps.

1.  Alex Herrnberger walked.
2.  Henry Zaballa walked; Herrnberger advanced to 2nd.
3.  David Nick walked; Herrnberger advanced to 3rd; Zaballa advanced to 2nd.
4.  David Narodowski walked; Herrnberger scored; Zaballa advanced to 3rd; Nick to 2nd. 7-2, Billings

At this point, manager Julio Garcia had seen enough, replacing Gardner (final line: IP, 0 H, 5 BB, 4 R) with Daniel Corcino.

5.  With Bobby Stone batting, Zaballa scored on a balk; Nick advanced to 3rd; Narodowski advanced to 2nd. 7-3, Billings
6.  Bobby Stone singled on a ground ball to shortstop; Nick scored; Narodowski to 3rd. 7-4, Billings
7.  Offensive Substitution: Pinch runner Adonys Canelo replaced Stone.
8.  Ramon Castillo singled on a line drive to left; Narodowski scores; Canelo to 2nd. 7-5 Billings
9.  Offensive Substitution: Pinch runner Ender Inciarte replaced Castillo.
10. Paul Goldschmidt homered on a fly ball to center; Canelo scored; Inciarte scored. 8-7, Missoula wins

To recap, those seven ninth-inning runs were driven in by: a walk, a balk, an infield single, a single to left, and a walkoff homerun.  Three runs scored before the Osprey even got a ball out of the infield.  Missoula: where amazing happens.

Top Performers: Saturday, July 18, 2009

Class AAA
Jon Niese, Buffalo (International): 7 IP, 2 H
Daniel Descalso, Memphis (Pacific Coast): 3-5, HR, 5 RBI
Mitchell Boggs, Memphis (Pacific Coast): 7 IP, 2 H
John Lindsey, New Orleans (Pacific Coast): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Class AA
Joe Savery, Reading (Eastern): first loss after twelve straight wins
Samuel Deduno, Tulsa (Texas): 7 IP, 3 H

Class A-Advanced
Cory Riordan, Modesto (California): 8 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 9 SO
Ian Gac, Bakersfield (California): 2-4, walk-off HR
Danny Duffy, Wilmington (Carolina): 7 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 7 SO
Michael Bertram, Lakeland (Florida State): 4-5, 4 RS, 2B, 3B, HR (cycle)
Christopher Carpenter, Daytona (Florida State): 5 IP, 1 H, 9 SO

Class A
Mark Sorensen, West Michigan (Midwest): 8 IP, 2 H
Stiven Osuna, Fort Wayne (Midwest): 6 IP, 1 H, 10 SO
Eric Beaulac, Savannah (South Atlantic): 5.2 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 7 SO
Kiel Roling, Asheville (South Atlantic): 2-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI

Class A-Short Season
J.D. Martinez, Tri-City (New York-Penn): 3-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI
John Servidio, Brooklyn (New York-Penn): 2-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Class Rookie
Gerlis Rodriguez, Pirates (Gulf Coast): 4-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Brian Cavazos-Galvez, Ogden (Pioneer): 3-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Jose Colmenares, Rays (Venezuelan Summer): 2-2, 2 HR, 4 RBI

Top Performers: Thursday, July 16, 2009

Class AAA
Yurendell de Caster, Pawtucket (International): 2-4, walk-off HR
Brian Barden, Memphis (Pacific Coast): 4-5, 4 RBI
Kevin Richardson, Oklahoma City (Pacific Coast): 3-6, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Class AA
Dave Krynzel, Bowie (Eastern): 4-6, 2 3B, 2 RS, 2 RBI
Joseph Nowicki, Bowie (Eastern): 4-5, 4 RBI
Jared Goedert, Akron (Eastern): 3-6, HR, 6 RBI
Madison Bumgarner, Connecticut (Eastern): 5.1 IP, 1 H

Class A-Advanced
Bryan Shaw, Visalia (California): 5 IP, 3 H, 8 SO
Paolo Espino, Kinston (Carolina): 8 IP, R, 3 H, 8 SO
Yamaico Navarro, Salem (Carolina): 2-5, HR, 5 RBI, walk-off grand slam

Class A
Kenny Smalley, Kane County (Midwest): 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H
Ethan Hollingsworth, Asheville (South Atlantic): 5.2 IP, 10 SO
Dexter Carter, Kannapolis (South Atlantic): 8 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 9 SO
Isaias Velasquez, Bowling Green (South Atlantic): 4-4, 4 RS
Ryan Lavarnway, Greenville (South Atlantic): 2-5, 2 HR, 6 RBI

Class A-Short Season
Robert Taylor, Jamestown (New York-Penn): 2-4, walk-off HR
Logan Watkins, Boise (Northwest): 5-6, 3 RS
Ryan Ortiz, Vancouver (Northwest): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Class Rookie
Audry Perez, Johnson City (Appalachian): 1-1, pinch-hit walk-off HR
Geoffrey Baldwin, Royals (Arizona): 3-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 4 RS
Pedro Pena, Cardinals (Dominican): 8.1 IP, 10 SO
Cesar Ciurcina, Twins (Dominican): 7 IP, R, 3 H, 8 SO
Adan Velazquez, Padres (Dominican): 2-5, 2 HR
Brent Weaver, Marlins (Gulf Coast): 2-5, HR, 5 RBI
Michael Tonkin, Twins (Gulf Coast): 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 15 SO
Matt Kramer, Braves (Gulf Coast): 2-2, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Eliezer Mesa, Casper (Pioneer): 4-5, 4 RBI

Top Performers: Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Class AAA

International League
Erik Kratz, Indianapolis: 2-2, HR, 2 RBI, 2 RS

Pacific Coast League
Esteban German, Oklahoma City: 3-4, HR, 4 RBI

Class AA

Southern League
James Adduci, Tennessee: 3-5, HR, 2 RBI, 3 RS
J.D. Durbin, Chattanooga: 8 IP, 0 R, 5 H
Johan Limonta, West Tenn: 2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 RS
Desmond Jennings, Montgomery: 2-2, HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB

Class A-Advanced

California League
Jacob Wild, High Desert: 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 8 SO
Efren Navarro, Rancho Cucamonga: 4-4, 3 RBI
Engel Beltre, Bakersfield: 4-5, 3B, 2 RS

Carolina League
Lastings Milledge, Lynchburg: 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 RS

Florida State League
Francisco Pena, St. Lucie: 3-5, HR, 4 RBI
Tim Stronach, St. Lucie: 8.1 IP, 1 H (lost no-hitter with one out in ninth)
Steven Hirschfeld, Fort Myers: 9 IP, 0 R, 3 H
Starlin Castro, Daytona: 4-4, 2 RS

Class A

Midwest League
A.J. Pollock, South Bend: 2-5, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 RS
Taylor Sinclair, South Bend: 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 5 SO

South Atlantic League
Braeden Schlehuber, Rome: 2-6, HR, 4 RBI (walkoff two-run HR in 11th)
Scott Robinson, Asheville: 4-4, 2 2B, 2 RS
Kiel Roling, Asheville: 3-4, HR, 4 RBI

Class A-Short Season

New York-Penn League
Ryde Rodriguez, Batavia: 3-5, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI
Brandon Moore, Brooklyn: 8 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 9 SO

Northwest League
Logan Watkins, Boise: 4-5, 2 RS

Rookie

Appalachian League
Vincent Catricala, Pulaski: 3-5, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Gabriel Noriega, Pulaski: 5-5, 2 2B, 2 RS
Cody Rogers, Princeton: 4-4, 2 RBI, 2 RS

Arizona League
Carlos Quintana, Giants: 4-4, 2 RS
Jonathan Hesketh, Mariners: 2.2 IP, 7 SO
Jesus Aguilar, Indians: 4-4, HR, 3 RBI, 3 RS

Pioneer League
Michael Wing, Orem: 4-5, 3B, RS, RBI
Nicholas Bucci, Helena: 7 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 9 SO

First Round Picks Are Starting To Sign

According to the MLB Draft Results Tracker at FanHouse, three first-round picks from last week’s draft have already agreed to contract terms and been assigned to minor league teams

  • Tony Sanchez, the Boston College catcher who went to the Pirates at number four, signed on Friday for $2.5 million and will begin his career with the West Virginia Power (A).
  • Drew Storen, the Stanford pitcher who was taken tenth with the Nationals second pick (the compensation pick for the team’s failure to sign Aaron Crow last year), signed on Wednesday for $1.6 million and will start out with the Hagerstown Suns (A).
  • Eric Arnett, the Indiana pitcher who the Brewers selected at number 26, signed yesterday for $1.2 million and was sent to Helena (Rookie).