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This is really a continuation of my series reviewing the Futures Game rosters. Yesterday, we looked at the pitchers around the American squad. Now, we've the hitters they'll face in Anaheim.
Chun Chen | C | Cleveland Indians | Age 21 | Low-A (Sally).314 AVG / .373 OBP / .539 SLG | 15 BB / 33 K | 215 PA
The Indians have been quiet players within the Asian market for awhile, but now they really have a symbol for that effort in Chen. After 2 yrs in short-season ball, where Chen posted high walk rates and solid CS% numbers but little else, the Taiwanese is having a very good full season debut. Chen has gap power and the defensive skills to remain behind home plate because of the positional adjustment that comes with, the Futures Game is a nice coming-out-party for his prospect status.
Wilin Rosario | C | Colorado Rockies | Age 21 | Double-A (Texas).274 AVG / .328 OBP / .475 SLG | 13 BB / 42 K | 197 PA
Like Chen, nobody questions Rosarios capability to stay behind home plate hes posted a CS% above 40% in every season of his career. His offensive skills are still fairly raw, but he's some power in the bat, using the po sibility to hit about 15-20 home runs annually. Probably, hes a back-up catcher that [url=www.idealvikings.com/96-Rj_Shelton_Jersey][b]R.J. Shelton Jersey[/b][/url] gives the ability to hit lefties and supply some good defense.Yonder Alonso | 1B/LF | Cincinnati Reds | Age 23 | AA/AAA.245 AVG / .324 OBP / .368 SLG | 29 BB / 44 K | 293 PA
In my series on first-round picks, it had been definitely clear that when Double-A comes around, the good players usually separate themselves from the busts. This doesnt bode well for Alonso, who may never have posted an ISO above .194 at any level. Given his defensive limitations, his respected prospect status is waning. Hes one I wouldnt be surprised to see the Reds trade in a deadline deal.
Alex Liddi | 1B/3B | Seattle Mariners | Age 21 | Double-A (Southern).290 AVG / .359 OBP / .467 SLG | 24 BB / 64 K | 288 PA
After a .345/.411/.594 season within the bizarro realm of High Desert (California League) last season, I figured Liddi might have an awful season inside a tough West Tenn environment this season. But hes held their own, and the reports are much much better than the non-prospect tag I'd have put on him when I saw the guy in 2007-2008. His road mark last year was .308/.351/.498, so hes establishing himself as someone who will hit in that range. I am looking forward to see him in batting practice to see what projection may be left for the reason that bat.Brett Lawrie | 2B | Milwaukee Brewers | Age 20 | Double-A (Southern).300 AVG / .361 OBP / .497 SLG | 26 BB / 65 K | 319 PA
It appears like it was a season of many Low-A to Double-A aggre sive a signments, and Lawrie is certainly handling their own in Huntsville. The question is never his bat and try to his defense, and it will be considered a talking reason for Anaheim, as hes the only second baseman about this roster. Lawrie could are in position to add a little more patience, but his overall hitting mechanics are very good for second base now you ask , whether theyd be sufficient for left field.
Pedro Baez | 3B | La Dodgers | Age 22 | High-A (California).277 AVG / .318 OBP / .398 SLG | 5 BB / 19 K | 89 PA
Probably the weirdest selection to the World roster, [url=www.idealvikings.com/15-Austin_Shepherd_Jersey][b]Austin Shepherd Jersey[/b][/url] as Baez offers no great track record, prospect status, or perhaps a unique country to increase the Countries Represented number. Hes a guy that has the potential to put on a show in batting practice, but hes additionally a long-shot to make the big leagues. However, we dont know a ton, because hes been injured frequently in the career.
Luis Jimenez | 3B | La Angels | Age 22 | A- / A+.303 AVG / .348 OBP / .488 SLG | 15 BB / 35 K | 268 PA
Another player coming off injury, as Jimenez mi sed the 2009 season after a breakout in the Pioneer League the previous season. It would appear that hes another baseman in name only, and will face the one-win WAR negative adjustment that comes with a move to first base. Hes neither patient or powerful enough for your, and so i dont see a bright Major League future. He'll be the hometown boy in Angel Stadium, however.
Pedro Ciriaco | SS | Arizona Diamondbacks | Age 24 | Triple-A (PCL).243 AVG / .264 OBP / .389 SLG | 7 BB / 37 K | 254 PA
Getting a roster together for that Futures Game isn't any easy team, as some teams will restrict a majority of their players, and in some places, you dont have a large amount of options. This is the way someone like Ciriaco helps make the team, as he isnt the long run for the Arizona organization by slice of the imagination. Hopefully the manager will realize this, and well begin to see the more thrilling option (see below) for the majority of the game.
Hak-Ju Lee | SS | Chicago Cubs | Age 19 | Low-A (Midwest).271 AVG / .337 OBP / .340 SLG | 23 BB / 42 K | 279 PA
On this weak and comparatively unexciting World offense, Lee is the someone to watch. Following a very slow begin in his first 30 days, Lee is hitting .280/.355/.352 since April 26. His patience is a good sign, and Lee has already been an excellent baserunner. His [url=www.idealvikings.com/94-Nick_Easton_Jersey][b]Nick Easton Jersey[/b][/url] defense is flashy and exciting, but still mistake-prone. Well likely hear varying reports [url=www.idealvikings.com/32-Charles_Johnson_Jersey][b]Charles Johnson Jersey[/b][/url] on his power potential, but hell be pursuing average, contrary. It has been an excellent first half for that South Korean.
Ozzie Martinez | SS | Florida Marlins | Age 22 | Double-A (Southern).313 AVG / .408 OBP / .396 SLG | 39 BB / 33 K | 325 PA
Hes punchle s, theres not a way around that. But Martinez has now bought into exercising patience at the plate, and when teamed with higher contact skills, it leads to something similar to a .313 average and .408 on-base. The slugging isnt ever going to come, as well as in Florida, neither may be the shortstop position. Hes probably a software application infielder in the end, but theres worse options available for your vacant SS position.
Gorkys Hernandez | CF | Pittsburgh Pirates | Age 22 | Double-A (Eastern).250 AVG / .326 OBP / .320 SLG | 26 BB / 65 K | 291 PA
I feel like Hernandez has been around forever, but here he's, just 22 years of age as well as in his second tour of Double-A. Hernandez is the pride and joy of the TotalZone defensive system, and its starting to seem more and more like his value might only lie there. The power isnt coming, and he strikes out an exce sive amount of to sustain a high-and-empty batting average. Hes a fifth outfielder, and were starting to observe that being traded twice wasnt a coincidence.
Carlos Peguero | LF/RF | Seattle Mariners | Age 23 | Double-A (Southern).299 AVG / .388 OBP / .523 SLG | 32 BB / 83 K | 304 PA
Peguero going tit-for-tat with Mike Stanton for that minor league home run lead was fun in April, but it didnt seem sustainable given his strikeout rate. His walk rates are commendable, and I think he might be able to hold on the strong side of a platoon at some point. But it has to be mentioned that since May 3, Peguero just six home runs along with a .254/.359/.400 batting line. He should placed on a batting practice show, however.
Francisco Peguero | CF/RF | SF Giants | Age 22 | High-A (California).276 AVG / .299 OBP / .427 SLG | 5 BB / 46 K | 235 PA
Were getting late into this article, and its getting frustrating to repeatedly portray pe simism with this roster. But I just cant po se s a large amount of faith inside a [url=www.idealvikings.com/111-Stephen_Weatherly_Jersey][b]Stephen Weatherly Jersey[/b][/url] guy with five walks in 235 plate appearances, and nine home runs in about 1,000 stateside plate appearances
Eury Perez | CF/RF | Washington Nationals | Age 20 | Low-A (Sally).257 AVG / .303 OBP / .308 SLG | 11 BB / 40 K | 240 PA
And for instance, Im beginning to think the U.S. vs. World structure of the Futures Game gets stale. Its probably time for you to break into American and National League teams, while still weighing diversity when choosing the rosters. Perez is just another guy the American outfielders can enjoy shallow, along with a guy that left his patience in short-season ball.
Wilkin Ramirez | OF | Detroit Tigers | Age 24 | AA/AAA.240 AVG / .303 OBP / .515 SLG | 24 BB / 97 K | 287 PA
A familiar face towards the Futures Game, along with a guy currently sporting a 1.203 career big league OPS (in 13 plate appearances). Ramirez is adding centerfield to his resume this year, so hell be a nice fourth outfielder option able to play all three spots. Ramirez strikes out an exce sive amount of to become a regular, but he has enough other skills to work within the Majors: power, a bit of patience, versatility, and, well, power.
Will be back on Monday with the world pitching staff, and hopefully, a rosier outlook.
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