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The SanDiego Padres try to avoid a series sweep by the Diamondbacks after loosing game 1 3-2 and game 2 by a score of 6-2. The Dbacks would loose a close one by a score of 6-5 after a late surge will stall in the 9th.

Rookie Pitcher Tyler Skaggs the youngest starting pitcher in MLB takes the mound today.

The Rookie Tyler Skaggs would toe the rubber for the Dbacks in his 5th start and would exit early in the 5th after giving up 4 runs on 7 hits. The Dbacks would a lot of production out of right fielder Justin Upton going 3 for 4 scoring 2 runs as Chris Johnson goes 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s on the night. The Padres would jump out to an early lead after a walk by Chase Headley walks and Yasmani Grandal hit a single. with 2 on and 1 out Jesus Guzman hits a home run to left center for a 3-0 lead.

Aaron Hill hits a home run.

In the bottom of the first Aaron Hill would get the Dbacks on the board with a solo home run. Andy Parrino would lead off with a walk that would pay off for the Padres when 3 batters later Logan Forsythe hits a RBI double. the next few innings go by with no runs until the bottom of the 4th when the Dbacks lead off with a Double by Upton followed by a walk to Paul Goldschmidt. Chris Johnson would hit a single to left field that would score Upton to make it a 4-2 game. After a pitching change by the Dbacks to Brad Bergesen would give up a lead off single to Parrino and Chris Denorfia would hit a RBI double. Chase Headley would Double 2 batters later to score Denorfia to make it a 6-2 ball game. In the bottom of the 6th Upton would hit a triple to deep center and Goldschmidt would hit a RBI single to go 6-3. Two batters later Chris Johnsonhits a RBI single to get the score 4-6.

Eaton hits his first homerun ball.

In the 7th the Spark Plug Adam Eaton would hit a ball to right field that would carry over the right field fence for a Solo Home run for his first ever MLB home run and his 8th on the season including AAA. SEE VIDEO HERE: The Dbacks loose the game 6-5 as Tyler Skaggs gets the Loss and Clayton Richardgets the win improving to 14-12 on the season.

Game Ball goes to Justin Upton and Chris Johnson going 3 for 4.

My Game ball gets cut in half tonight as Justin Upton and Chris Johnson both go 3 for 4 on the night and both deserve the game ball. Tomorrow the Dbacks head to Colorado to face a rockies team hampered by injuries and a roster full of newcomers.


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.

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Codey Harrison:  A Texas Rangers shortstop prospect tops our list of the top-50 MLB prospects. Jurickson Profar is so highly thought of by scouts, that they believe the Rangers may end up trading 23-year-old 2-time All-star shortstop, Elvis Andrus. Profar has all five tools (hit, power, speed, glove, and arm) and he’s proven he knows how to use all five. He’s currently raking in AA Frisco at only 19 years of age, posting monstrous numbers of .297 AVG, .371 OBP, .500 Slug, 22 doubles, 7 triples, 12 home runs, and 44 walks to 59 strikeouts. Most believe he will be a gold glove caliber top, or middle of the order run producing machine that is a perennial All-Star. Time will tell on this prospect. But in a minor leagues full of “can’t miss” prospects, Profar gets out top vote at this stage of the season.

This list of the 2012 mid-season MLB Top-50 prospects does not include 2012 first year player draft players. Only players with less than 130 ABs, or 50 IP at the major league level qualify. All stats are 2012 MiLB stats as of 7/21/12:

  1. SS – Jurickson Profar (AA Rangers) .297/.371/.500, 12 HR, 10 SB
  2. RHP –  Dylan Bundy (A+ Orioles) 5-3, 1.74 ERA, 72.1 IP, 88K
  3. OF – Wil Myers (AAA Royals) .317/.396/.654, 28 HR, 5 SB
  4. SS – Manny Machado (AA Orioles) .257/.343/.410, 8 HR, 12 SB
  5. RHP – Gerrit Cole (AA Pirates) 7-4, 3.07 ERA, 88 IP, 90 K
  6. OF – Oscar Taveras (AA Cardinals) .323/.386/.577, 20 HR, 8 SB
  7. RHP – Trevor Bauer (AAA Diamondbacks) 11-1, 2.23 ERA, 93 IP, 116 K
  8. RHP –  Shelby Miller (AAA Cardinals) 5-8, 5.40 ERA, 88.1 IP, 97 K
  9. RHP – Jameson Taillon (A+ Pirates) 5-7, 4.27 ERA, 97 IP, 78 K
  10. RHP – Taijuan Walker (AA Mariners) 6-5, 4.39 ERA, 82 IP, 80 K
  11. RHP – Julio Teheran (AAA Braves) 6-5, 4.93 ERA, 87.2 IP, 63 K
  12. LHP –  Danny Hultzen (AAA Mariners) 9-4, 1.74 ERA, 98.1 IP, 109 K
  13. OF – Bubba Starling (R Royals) .292/.425/.523, 3 HR, 3 SB
  14. LHP – Tyler Skaggs (AAA Diamondbacks) 7-5, 2.75 ERA, 91.2 IP, 84 K
  15. 3B – Miguel Sano (Low A Twins) .249/.370/.511, 20 HR, 6 SB
  16. 3B – Nolan Arenado (AA Rockies) .261/.323/.377, 7 HR, 0 SB
  17. RHP – Zach Wheeler (AA Mets) 9-5, 2.99 ERA, 105.1 IP, 101 K
  18. C – Travis d’Arnaud (AAA Blue Jays) .333/.380/.595, 16 HR, 1 SB
  19. RHP – Jacob Turner (AAA Marlins) 5-4, .277, 84.1 IP, 57 K
  20. LHP – Manny Banuelos (AAA Yankees) 0-2, 4.50 ERA, 24 IP, 22 K
  21. RHP – Carlos Martinez (AA Cardinals) 4-4, 2.71 ERA, 66.1 IP, 57 K
  22. SS – Billy Hamilton (AA Reds) .318/.413/.440, 2 HR, 112 SB
  23. SS – Francisco Lindor (Low A Indians) .270/.364/.390, 5 HR, 19 SB
  24. 3B – Mike Olt (AA Rangers) .291/.404/.586, 25 HR, 4 SB
  25. RHP – Archie Bradley (Diamondbacks) 8-5, 3.88 ERA, 92.2 IP, 90K
  26. LHP – Martin Perez (AAA Rangers) 5-5, 4.59 ERA, 86.1 IP, 50 K
  27. OF – Christian Yelich (A+ Marlins) .307/.385/.531, 10 HR, 15 SB
  28. OF – Brett Jackson (AAA Cubs) .263/.342/.492, 13 HR, 22 SB
  29. RHP – Matt Harvey (AAA Mets) 7-4, 3.34 ERA, 105 IP, 106 K
  30. OF – Starling Marte (AAA Pirates) .281/.345/.493, 11 HR, 19 SB
  31. 1B – Jonathan Singleton (AA  Astros) .276/.394/.483, 13 HR, 3 SB
  32. RHP – Jake Odorizzi (AAA Royals) 10-3, 3.26 ERA, 96.2 IP, 97 K
  33. SS – Hak-Ju Lee (AA Rays)  .275/.341/.354, 2 HR, 34 SB
  34. 3B – Anthony Rendon (A+ Nationals) .300/.417/.700, 0 HR, 0 SB
  35. OF – Gary Brown (AA Giants) .296/.359/.414, 6 HR, 27 SB
  36. RHP – Zach Lee (AA Dodgers) 2-5, 5.53 ERA, 71.2 IP, 65 K
  37. SS – Javier Baez (Low A Cubs) .331/.389/.589, 9 HR, 18 SB
  38. RHP – Casey Kelly (AAA Padres) 0-0, 2.25 ERA, 12 IP, 14 K
  39. C – Yasmani Grandal (MLB Padres) .335/.443/.521, 6HR, 0 SB
  40. OF – Rymer Liriano (AA Padres) .279/.346/.416, 6 HR, 25 SB
  41. C – Gary Sanchez (A+ Yankees) .281/.340/.497, 15 HR, 13 SB
  42. SS – Nick Franklin (AAA Mariners) .292/.369/.481, 7 HR, 12 SB
  43. 3B – Jedd Gyorko (AAA Padres) .322/.384/.561, 22 HR, 3 SB
  44. SS – Andrelton Simmons (MLB Braves) .292/.372/.421, 3 HR, 10 SB
  45. SS – Jean Segura (MLB Brewers) .291/.343/.396, 7HR, 33 SB
  46. OF – Anthony Gose (MLB Blue Jays) .292/.375/.432, 5 HR, 29 SB
  47. 3B – Nick Castellanos (AA Tigers) .360/.403/.524, 9 HR, 5 SB
  48. OF – George Springer (A+ Astros) .335/.413/.567, 18 HR, 24 SB
  49. OF – Michael Choice (AA Athletics) .287/.354/.423, 10 HR, 5 SB
  50. RHP – Chris Archer (AAA Rays) 5-8, 4.68 ERA, 82.2 IP, 98 K

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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