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Sunday March 31st, 2013

Troy Tulowitzki

Codey Harrison (Lead Editor & President/Ceo) – Generally amongst the greatest baseball minds players who play in the middle of the field are considered the most valuable, and most sought after posistions when making a team. Whether its catchers, second baseman, shortstops, or center fielders most general managers will tell you it is impossible to have to many of players at these premium positions. The only problem is these are generally light hitting players at these posistions, who only start because of the above average defense. So when a team has a great hitter at these premium positions ala Miguel Montero (Catcher), Robinson Cano (Second baseman), Troy Tulowitzki (shortstop), or Matt Kemp (Center fielder) their teams are quick to sign them to massive contracts because they understand these types of players rarly come around.

1.) Cleveland Indians – Carlos Santana/Jason Kipnis/Asdrubal Cabrera/Drew Stubbs/Michael Bourn

2.) Atlanta Braves – Brian McCann/Dan Uggla/Alfreido Simmons/BJ Upton

3.) New York Yankees – Chris Stewart/Robinson Cano/Derek Jeter/Curtis Granderson

4.) Baltimore Orioles – Matt Wieters/Brian Roberts/J.J. Hardy/Adam Jones

5.) Toronto Blue Jays – J.P Arencibia/Emilio Bonifacio/Jose Reyes/Colby Rasmus

Have any suggestions as to who you would like to see on this list? Feel free to comment with your top 5 in the comments below.

Matt Kemp

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The Diamondbacks head into San Francisco to face the Playoff bound Giants in hopes to steal a few wins and gain a few games towards that hopeful wildcard spot.

Tyler Skaggs shut down for the season

The Dbacks who scratched Rookie Tyler Skaggs from his start due to a loss in velocity in recent starts has been shutdown by the Dbacks so they turn to Josh Collmenter.

Tim Lincecum

The Giants send Tim Lincecum to the mound to square off against a Dbacks team who has absolutely dominated him this year and had a loosing season so far this year. This outing for Lincecum would be reminiscent of his last against the Dbacks as he gets shelled by the man we will now refer to as “The Lincecum Killer” or TLK Paul Goldschmidtwho was 7 for 14 with 4 home runs batting .571 & 10 RBI’s before today is now 8 for 15 with 5 home runs.

The Lincecum Killer Paul Goldschmidt

Today was not a story about how Lincecum dominated hitters but how he got dominated by the Dbacks and Goldschmidt who went 1 for 2 with 5 RBI’s with a run scored. Tim Lincecum would start off the night with 4 straight balls to Adam Eaton for a walk, Aaron Hill would single on a line drive to LF followed by a Justin Upton ground ball that goes off of Lincecum’s shoulder for an infield base hit to load the bases. With 1 out Paul Goldschmidt would hit a sacrafice fly  to LF to score Eaton and Lincecum who could not command his fast ball would throw a wild pitch and Aaron Hill would score before a walk to Jason Kubel before getting Ryan Wheeler out. The 2nd inning would go by without a score but in the 3rd inning Lincecum would struggle again. Aaron Hill would lead off the 2nd with a single followed by a passed ball that would move Hill up 90′. Miguel Montero would walk and then Paul Golschmidt would step to the plate. The Lincecum Killer would take a breaking ball that missed high and drive it deep down the line and bounce it off the foul pole for his 5th home run against Lincecum and collect another 2 RBI’s to make it a 5-0 ball game. Into the bottom of the 4th and Josh Collmenter gives up a lead off double to Marco Scutaro to continue a 13 game hitting streak and Buster Poseywould swap places with him on a RBI double of his own as the crowd chanted MVP MVP.

MVP Candidate Buster Posey

Buster Posey is in a tight race for MVP with Pirates Andrew McCutchen, McCutchen who may have the lead right now because of the slugging numbers is barely holding on to a lead in numbers but Posey is Gaining on him. In the 5th Lincecum would serve up a single to Aaron Hill and a Justin Upton Walk would be yanked off the mound by Bruce Bochy after 4 innings and 7 runs on 5 hits and be replaced by Dan Runzler. Runzler like Lincecum would struggle to find the strike zone and would walk his first batter before falling victim to The Lincecum Killer Paul Goldschmidt who would hit a sac fly  to center to score Aaron Hill to give the Dbacks a 6-1 lead. Things would seam to get worse when 1 batter later while Jason Kubel was batting another wild pitch would be thrown and would cost the Giants another run. The Dbacks pitching would record 10 straight groundouts in the next 3 innings while Aaron Hill recorded 4 straight outs at 2nd. The Giants would add a run on the board on a single by Xavier Nady single and a pinch hit double by Ryan Theriot to score a run in the 8th. The run in the 8th would be their last scoring opportunity and the Giants fall short on a night where Paul Goldschmidt could do no wrong. My Game Ball goes to The Lincecum Killer Paul Goldschmidt for hit Home Run and 5 RBI’s. The Honorable mention goes to Aaron Hill who went 3 for 5 scoring 3 times.

2012 Rookie Of The Year Candidate Wade Miley

Preview: The Dbacks look to Rookie of the year candidate Wade Miley who is 16-10 with a 3.25 ERA against the Giants Ace Matt Cain who is a staggering 15-5 with a 2.86 ERA. The Dbacks who have won 7 out of 9 games recently has scored 5 or more runs in 6 of the last 7 games will have a tuff task trying to hit one of the most dominant pitchers in MLB today.

Author: Nick Crawford SR

Nick Crawford – Arizona Diamondbacks beat writer for BHP Baseball
Nick Crawford joined BHP Baseball in the 2012 baseball season as the websites beat writer for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I am a baseball and softball player that plays over 200 games a year traveling all over to play in tournaments on the weekends. I have coached baseball for over 10 years at various levels including my son’s team. My passion for this game we all love is unmatched. I am a huge Florida sports fan across the board Marlins Dolphins Heat are my favorite teams. I am also a huge Arizona Diamondbacks fan & since Nevada doesn’t have a pro team I follow the AAA Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks farm system. If you ever want to talk Diamondbacks, or Marlins you can find Nick on Twitter @DonkeyPuncher74.

The Dbacks pack their bags and head to Colorado to face the last place rockies in a 4 game series at Coors Field. The Dbacks mathematically can still make the second wild card slot in the playoffs with a little help from  some loss by other divisional teams. All the Dbacks can do is take care of their own buisness and keep winning to give them a chance and the rest will work itself out. The Dbacks would throw some haymakers in this game swinging for the fences and would jump out to a lead on a Justin Upton walk followed by a Paul Goldschmidt RBI double to get the lead 1-0.  The Rockies would answer with a single by Dexter Fowler and a double by Josh Rutledge to make it 1-1. 2 batters later Wilin Rosario hits an RBI single to left field to score Rutledge. The Dbacks would strand the bases loaded in the 2nd with a single and 2 walks. In the 3rd the Dbacks would get a walk from Justin Upton and he would steal 2nd base so the Rockies walk Paul Goldschmidt.

Justin Upton 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 2 walks

With 2 on Miguel Montero would double to score both Upton and Goldy to make it 3-2. The dbacks were not done in the 3rd as Gerardo Parra hits a sacrafice fly to score Montero to end the inning ahead 4-2. The Rockies continue to battle adding 2 runs in the 4th to tie the game on a single a double and a sac fly. into the 4th the Dbacks start to blow this game open when Upton singles followed by a walk by Goldschmidt and a RBI single by Montero. Chris Johnson would hit a double to score Goldy and Parra would get walked intentionally to get to John McDonald who would make them pay with a 2 RBI single to make it a 8-4 game. The Rockies go quietly in the 4th as the Dbacks add another run in the 5th on a walk and a single with an error. The onslaught continues for the Dbacks with a Parra single, John McDonald single and Parra thrown out at home. Adam Eaton would get to the plate in the 6th and hit his 2nd home run in 2 days and increases the score to 11-4 SEE VIDEO HERE: 

The Rockies would add their last run of the night on a double by Chris Nelson and a RBI single by Jonathan Herrera. Chris Johnson would hit a home run in the 7th with  1 man on to take a 13-5 lead and in the 8th Adam Eaton would single and Aaron hill would hit a double and then watch Adam Eaton score from 1st easily to make it 14-5. http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=25007197&c_id=ari&partnerId=aw-6209403727802402940-1028#/copy

Elmore would hit a sac RBI in the 9th to cap a 19 hit night for the Dbacks and a blow out 15-5 score. 7 Dbacks players record 2+ hits in this game as they score in every inning but the 2nd.

Todays Game Ball Goes To Miguel Montero

Todays Game Ball goes to Miguel Montero who finished the night 3 for 5 scoring 3 times with 3 RBI’s, a double and a great game behind the plate calling balls and strikes. Wade Miley gets the win tonight and pretty much locks up the rookie of the year award for the season going 16-10 with a 3.25 ERA.

Author: Nick Crawford SR

Nick Crawford – Arizona Diamondbacks beat writer for BHP Baseball
Nick Crawford joined BHP Baseball in the 2012 baseball season as the websites beat writer for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I am a baseball and softball player that plays over 200 games a year traveling all over to play in tournaments on the weekends. I have coached baseball for over 10 years at various levels including my son’s team. My passion for this game we all love is unmatched. I am a huge Florida sports fan across the board Marlins Dolphins Heat are my favorite teams. I am also a huge Arizona Diamondbacks fan & since Nevada doesn’t have a pro team I follow the AAA Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks farm system. If you ever want to talk Diamondbacks, or Marlins you can find Nick on Twitter @DonkeyPuncher74.


AAA National Champions Reno Aces Win The Title 10-3 Over The Pawtucket Paw Socks

AND THEN THERE WAS ONE………..

Today we switch it up and throw the AAA up top as what they did today is something that may only happen to a team once if ever. The Reno Aces not only won their PCL Division Tittle this season but they also won their first ever conference Title, A Pacific Coast League Title and They also won the AAA National Championship Title By beating the Pawtucket Paw Socks 10-3 Tuesday night.

2012 AAA Nation Champions Reno Aces

The Aces win the National Championship by sending Trevor Bauer The #1 pitching prospect  in the Nation and the 3rd overall pick of the draft to the mound at 21 years old. On the other end of the spectrum the Paw Socks send their Ace a 38 year old Nelson Figueroa who wants to end his career on a high note with a National Title. Theres one problem with that equation…. Figueroa never had to face a star studded line up like the Reno Aces and at 38 years old this may not have been the time to test himself.

Reno Aces Pitcher Trevor Bauer

Trevor Bauer would make quick work of the 1st inning by recording 2 ground outs and a strike out to end the first. The Aces would jump all over Figueroa in the first inning when PCL champion MVP AJ Pollock stepped in the box as the first batter and took the 2nd pitch deep to center for a triple. Tyler Kuhn would get a RBI single to score Pollock and Josh Bell and Mike Jacobs strike out.

Mike Jacobs

With 2 outs Brent Clevlen steps up to the plate and absolutly smashes a ball over the center field fence for a 2 run home run and a 3-0 lead. In the 2nd for the Paw Socks Danny Valencia would hit a lead off double but would be stranded on base after Bauer would get a strike out and two pop ups to end the 2nd for Pawtucket. The Reno Aces were not done swinging the bats just yet as Tyler Bortnick would single, Ryan Budde would line out to center for out #1. AJ Pollock would hit a RBI double to CF scoring Bortnick, Tyler Kuhn singles to score Pollock and Josh Bell singles to score Kuhn and make it a 6-0 game.

Tyler Kuhn

Bauer would have some trouble in the 3rd with his command walking 2 men but gets out of it by striking out 2 and getting a ground ball to keep the game scoreless. Brett Butler keeps the foot on the throttle in the 3rd and scores 2 more runs on a single by Brent Clevlen, a Taylor Harbin walk, Ryan Budde RBI Sac fly,  Keon Broxton singles to 2nd to end the 3rd.    In the top of the 4th the Paw Socks would get on the board with a Danny Valencia walk, Dan Butler single, Jonathan Hee walk, and a 3rd walk of the inning by Bauer walking Che Hsuan Lin would push across Valencia. in the 4th Reno would go quietly for the first time to keep the score 8-1. The Paw Socks would snag another run in the 5th when Tony Thomas uncorks on a fast ball and hits a solo home run making it 8-2.  Before the top of the 5th was over Trevor Bauer would be relieved of his duties after walking the bases loaded and Mike Demark would get the 3rd out on 2 pitches. Trevor Bauer would get a no decision on the night and go 4.1 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with 7 walks and 6 K’s. In the bottom of the 5th the Aces would get that run back on a Tyler Bortnick hits a lead off double and Keon Broxton hit a 2 run Home run to tack on 2 more runs making it a 10-2 game. With exception to the 1 run in the 7th by Pawtucket the rest of the night would be handed to the bullpen as the reno aces send Sam Demel in for a 1 run inning.

Trevor Bauer & Jensen Lewis celebrate championship

Jensen Lewis has been Reno’s set up man all year and has really been lights out for the Aces all year having a perfect 8th inning to cap off his season before handing the ball over to the closer Big Jonathan Albaladejo who came in and blew the ball right past everyone. The Aces cap an amazing season with an amazing performance to prove that in fact they are the best team in AAA baseball this year as they blow through the competition and win their first AAA National Championship. Congrats to the Aces ball club on a spectacular performance and making it fun to cover you all year. The sacrifices these guys make day in and day out to play the game we all love so much often goes un-noticed and on behalf of the Fans and Behindhomeplatebaseball.com we Thank You for all your time and efforts. Good luck to those who get called up and we will see you in the spring, only 196 days till we return let the countdown begin.

GAME NOTES:

Reno Aces PCL championship MVP and National Championship MVP A.J. Pollock

AJ Pollock would be selected as the National Championships MVP going 2 for 5 scoring twice with a double, a triple and1 RBI.Pollock was also selected as the leagues PCL Championship MVP.

Tyler Bortnick

Honorable mention goes to Tyler Bortnick 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored. 6 players had 2 hits or more: Pollock, Kuhn, Bell, Clevlen, Bortnick, and Broxton. CALL UPS: AJ Pollock and Mike Jacobs were called up today to the Dbacks and both are class acts that should add some depth to the bench for pinch hitting for the rest of the year.

MLB Diamondbacks vs Padres Game 1

The Dbacks place themselves in the wild card race with their last 2 wins and look to keep the winning streak going and end this season on a high note. With 17 games left in the season and the way this division is shaping up they may need to win at least 10 of those games and may need some help from others to get in. To do that they would send their young 27 Year old Ace IPK Ian Kennedy to the mound to square off against 33 year old Eric Stults. The fans were excited to see Chris Youngs return to the line up after his recent injury but it would be short lived when the first pitch was hit deep to center he tracked the ball to the warning track and made the catch but came up limping. You could read his lips as he looked to the dugout and said “im done” giving the signal to Gibby. after the game he said ” i felt good before the game and i put in a lot of work but as soon as i got it, it grabbed on me”. Chris Young likely wont return this season and comes out of the game and Adam Eaton takes over center field as Gerardo Parra takes Left Field.

Adam Eaton

Kennedy would struggle in the first giving up a single, a walk and a single to get to Yonder Alonso who would hit a sac fly to score Logan Forsythe to make it a 1-0 ball game in 1st. Starting it off for the Dbacks would be the spark plug known as Adam Spanky Eaton who would draw a 9 pitch walk, Eaton would steal his 2nd base swiping 2nd. The stolen base by Eaton would prove to be huge for the Dbacks as Paul Goldschmidt singles to right field Eaton easily trots in. Miguel Montero would double to score Goldschmidt and the Dbacks now lead 2-1. the game would be relativley quiet for a few innings until the 5th when Justin Upton walks and Montero hits a double to score Upton 3-1 Dbacks. a few more scoreless innings and Kennedy goes 8 innings of outstanding pitching giving up 1 run on 7 hits with 6 K’s, before handing the ball over to J.J Putz to get the save to win the game 3-2.

Game Ball to IPK 8 innings 1 run.

GAME BALL: My game ball has to go to IPK for pitching one hell of a game with some of his best pitching in the 8th striking out 2 men. Honorable mention: Montero goes 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s  and Adam Eaton doing what a lead off guy is supposed to do with 2 walks and a stolen base scoring a run.

Author: Nick Crawford SR

Nick Crawford – Arizona Diamondbacks beat writer for BHP Baseball
Nick Crawford joined BHP Baseball in the 2012 baseball season as the websites beat writer for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I am a baseball and softball player that plays over 200 games a year traveling all over to play in tournaments on the weekends. I have coached baseball for over 10 years at various levels including my son’s team. My passion for this game we all love is unmatched. I am a huge Florida sports fan across the board Marlins Dolphins Heat are my favorite teams. I am also a huge Arizona Diamondbacks fan & since Nevada doesn’t have a pro team I follow the AAA Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks farm system. If you ever want to talk Diamondbacks, or Marlins you can find Nick on Twitter @DonkeyPuncher74.

Tuesday August 21st, 2012

Nick Crawford: (Arizona Diamondbacks Beat writer for BHPBaseball) – It was a tough night in the Diamondbacks as all but one of their full seasons team and MLB team lost on Tuesday. The good news is top LHP prospect Tyler Skaggs starts the first game of Wednesdays double-header.

Single A Visalia Rawhide VS San Jose

Taylor Siemens gets the win tonight 7-5 for the Rawhide improving his record to 4-6 on the season. For San Jose Jack Snodgrass gets the loss dropping his record to 10-7 on the season. Freeman & Griffin Record a multi-hit night. The Visalia Rawhide score 6 runs in the fourth and that would prove to be too much for San Jose to recover. Visalia Rawhide end up being the only Diamondbacks team to record a win on the night.

AA Mobile Baybears VS Jackson Generals

Today Michael Bolsinger takes the mound for the Baybears (4-2, 3.45ERA) vs James Gillheeney (0-1, 3.55ERA).

Brent Clevlen continues to rake in AA for the Baybears adding another multi hit night to his resume. My son took hitting lessons from Brent while he was in AAA Reno, his approach at the plate is aggressive and he hits real hard! Even Frey with a 3 for 5 performance and a walk. Frey had 2 doubles and a RBI. Perez Rossmel goes 3 for 4. But your Mobile BayBears lose to the Jackson Generals 7 to 5. All but one player on the generals had a multi hit night.

AAA Reno Aces VS Tacoma

A miserable night for the Reno aces as they lose the game 15 to 4 today to The Tacoma Rainers. Not a good night for Zack Kroenke as he gives up nine hits, nine runs 4 earned & three walks, and four strikeouts in 4 innings. Brian Henry pitches 4 innings & he gives up seven hits & five runs, (five earned)  three walks and five strikeouts. Henry gives up three long balls while Kroenke  gives up one HR. Kroenke is charged with the loss moving him down to 6-4 on the season. On a good night Josh Bell goes two for three with two home runs, two runs scored, two RBIs and a walk. Konrad Schmidt also has a good game going two for four with a double and a RBI. The aces now return home to kick off a five game series against the Fresno grizzlies. Pitching phenom Trevor Bauer (5-1, 2.74ERA) gets the nod for Reno while winless right-handed pitcher Booth Bonser (0-2, 6.0ERA) toes the mound for the grizzlies.

Marlin VS Dbacks

The Dbacks wipe the sour taste of last nights game out of their mouth by jumping all over the starter Ricky Nolasco 5-0 after the 1st inning. The Dbacks send 9 batters to the plate in the first. The marlins would not waste much time getting on the board with 2 runs in the 2nd by knocking around Trevor Cahill.  The Marlins score another run in the 4th & in the 6th to erase a 5-0 lead. Stanton hit a ball down the line for a double that was blistered to the corner. If i had to describe Stanton’s swing with one word it would be VIOLENT. The bullpen comes in and pitches great for both teams. Dbacks had 2 on with 1 out and Heath Bell gets Elmore to ground out. Bell throws a 95 MPH fastball to end the inning stranding 2 baserunners. Top of 9th tie game the marlins get another hit out of Donovan Solano and he is 3 for 3. Brantley flys out to left, Murphy pinch hits and he pops up. so now we go to the bottom of the 9th tied. Chad Gaudin in to pitch for the Marlins and Young grounds out, Arron Hill flys out deep to right field on the warning track. Jason Kubel walks, & Goldschmidt fans at a 83 MPH breaking ball. so now we head to the 10th. Sam Demel in to pitch the 10th for the Dbacks. Gorkys legs out an infield base hit, Petersen with a sac bunt, Reyes intentionally walked. Lee then hits a sac fly to move Gorkys to 3rd. Stanton then steps to the plate with ice in his veins and determination in his eyes and absolutely  murders a ball to right field for a RBI & most importantly the lead! Dobbs flys out for out number 3. Steve Cishek
in to close Facing Parra striking him out,  Montero K’s on a 93 MPH fastball. Wheeler with a broke bat single and Jake Elmore walks. McDonald grounds out for out 3 and Cishek gets the Save! GIANCARLO STANTON STRIKES AGAIN!

On behalf of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Miami Marlins, @BHPBaseball, we’d like to send our thoughts and prayers to MLB Player Union Chief & best wishes to Michael Weiner, a great guy,  who is being treated for a brain tumor. #SpeedyRecovery

Nick Crawford – Arizona Diamondbacks beat writer for BHP Baseball

Nick Crawford joined BHP Baseball in the 2012 baseball season as the websites beat writer for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I am a baseball and softball player that plays over 200 games a year traveling all over to play in tournaments on the weekends. I have coached baseball for over 10 years at various levels including my son’s team. My passion for this game we all love is unmatched. I am a huge Florida sports fan across the board Marlins Dolphins Heat are my favorite teams. I am also a huge Arizona Diamondbacks fan & since Nevada doesn’t have a pro team I follow the AAA Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks farm system. If you ever want to talk Diamondbacks, or Marlins you can find Nick on Twitter  @DonkeyPuncher74.

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Saturday August 18th, 2012

Codey Harrison (President/ CEO) – The second installment of a 3-part series featuring the top 5 prospects from middle of the field positions. This week we are focusing on one of the hardest positions in all of baseball to find superstars at. One of the biggest reasons is that catchers take a lot longer to progress defensively than any other position in baseball. Bryce Harper who was known for being a catcher in high school was drafted as an outfielder by the Nationals so he could make it to the Major Leagues much faster. Being able to call a game behind the plate, and knowing the angles that are needed to block pitches in the dirt can take several years to master. The wear and tear on a catcher can be a vigorous one, as most catchers only catch 140 games an entire season even if they are healthy the entire season. With current catchers in MLB who are stars like Joe Mauer, Matt Wieters, Buster Posey, Brian McCann, Yadier Molina, and Miguel Montero, it’s time to take a look at the potential future catching stars who replace the current MLB All-Star catchers.

Travis d’Arnaud (Toronto Blue Jays AAA) – Travis d’Arnaud was the prize prospect along with RHP Kyle Drabek the Blue Jays acquired in the Roy Halladay trade. d’Arnaud was named the 2011 Eastern League best catcher by the leagues managers. For the position, d’Arnaud has plenty of future plus tools (Hit, Power, Arm, and Fielding), and is on pace to supplant current Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia by the start of the 2013 season. d’Arnaud is currently on the disabled list, but for the season with AAA Las Vegas he’s batting .333, .380 OBP, .595 SLG, with 16 home runs, and 52 RBIs. One of the very few things scouts are drawn away from d’Arnaud is his approach at the plate, as he is very aggressive having walked on 19 times, while striking out 59 times on the season.

Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees High A) – Sanchez has shown a great ability to hit since being signed as an international free agent in 2009. The 19-year old Sanchez is one of the reasons the Yankees were willing to trade prized catching prospect Jesus Montero last off-season. Gary Sanchez has been at two different levels this year combining to bat .291, .351 OBP, .487 SLG, to go along with 16 home runs, and 73 RBIs.

Yasmani Grandal (San Diego Padres MLB) – The only true knock scouts have had about Grandal his power, well that may have changed since his Big League promotion as Grandal has blasted 5 home runs in just 24 MLB games. The 23-year old Grandal acquired along with Edinson Volquez, Brad Boxberger and Yonder Alonso for Ace pitcher Matt Latos. In 56 games with AAA Tucson, Yasmani Grandal batted .335, .443 OBP, .521 SLG, with 6 home runs, and 35 RBIs. In his 24 games stint in the Bigs before being placed on the DL, Grandal batted .312, .349 OBP, .597 SLG, with 5 home runs, and 15 RBIs. Plenty to like here if you are a Padres fan.

Mike Zunino (Seattle Mariners AA) – The 3rd overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Mariners, Mike Zunino has already reached AA Jackson. The University of Florida product also won the Golden Spikes Award as the nation’s top amateur player in 2012. Despite acquiring Jesus Montero in the offseason, the Mariners felt like Zunino would be a great addition as he profiles better defensively at catcher than Montero does. Zunino and the Mariners benefitted from the new CBA, which led to much more action in his signing year than most 1st rd picks in years past. So far as a pro Mike Zunino is batting a robust .381, .483 OBP, .729 SLG, with 10 home runs, and 36 RBIs. Mariners fans should be very excited as a 2013 debut is definitely possible for the heavy hitting Zunino.

Tommy Joseph (Philadelphia Phillies AA) – The key prospect that sent all-star outfielder Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants is a quality return for the Phillies. Joseph, who just recently turned 21, was assigned to AA Reading. The right-handed hitting Joseph has seen his bat continue progress since being a second round pick in 2009 from Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. So far this season between AA Reading and Richmond, Joseph has batted .258, .317 OBP, .391 SLG, with 9 home runs, and 41 RBIs.

These are some of the highest profiled catching prospects in all of baseball. Only time will tell if they will become All-Stars… or busts. Join us next week as we rank the top-5 center field prospects in baseball.

Today’s article was prepared by Codey Harrison, MiLB Prospects Analyst. We would like your feedback, so please feel free to comment on the article below, and share in discussion with our readers. You can also follow Codey on Twitter (@ProspectsMLB)

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