Who's Hot, Who's Not – Minors July 23 Edition - Tom Brennan
I posed this scenario last week:
Lots of minor league teams playing right now...
Answer: Do again what I did last week - list guys who have been scorching of late, with data shown through Tuesday's contests this week. This week, boosted to 25.
Michael Conforto - his bad weeks = another guy's great ones. He might be the best hitter produced via the Mets' drafts since David Wright.
Michael Fulmer - the hard throwing righty is pitching like Syndergaard. 1.68 ERA in last 10 games over 59 IP thru Tuesday, and then he added 5 shutout innings of 9 K ball Wednesday. WOW.
Gabe Ynoa – really getting it done. Just 9 earned runs and 3 walks in his last 7 starts covering 53 innings. ERA had ballooned to 5.72 on June 10, now all the way down to 3.31!! The 22 year old might be critical trade bait in the days to come.
Gavin Cecchini - an error-prone-in-2015 SS he may be, for now, but in 20 July games, he's .410/.484/.566, climbing him to .310. WOW WOW WOW! Qualifies as SUPER NOVA FUEGO.
Dario Alvarez - HOTTEST OF THE HOT ( other than Cecchini, of course). Since June 1, he’s thrown 14.2 scoreless relief IP, with just 2 hits & 20 Ks in AA. That is sick! My advice? Cut Alex Torres and call Dario up.
Paul Sewald - this stellar reliever, ALWAYS HOT, had the honor of recently participating in the Pan Am games. Returns to Binghamton and strikes out the side. Get out of town, Paul, you are just way too good. With Akeel Morris getting back on track with scoreless outings in his last 3 games, Alvarez, Sewald and Morris are a mind-blowing trio of relievers to have on any minor league squad.
Dominic Smith – cooled a bit this week, but he stays on the list at .297.
Casey Meisner - the 20 year old ace is 10-3, 2.21, 1.08 WHIP. Five starts since promo: 3-1, 2.40.
Kelly Secrest is 6-2, 2,66, 1.69 in the last 10 of his 28 relief appearances this year. A workaholic.
Jeff McNeil leads the FSL in hitting at .320 BA and 109 hits in 85 games. Just 42 Ks in 383 PAs. Simply a terrific season – at least that is what I heard on the McNeil Lehrer News Hour.
Phil Evans was sputtering at .186 on July 8. Pretty dismal. Lots of other good infielders. Falling behind. NOT HOT! Then the ‘go’ switch flicked on: 9 game hit streak, 14 for 32 since, now hitting 50 points higher at .236. Keep it up, buddy.
Christian Montgomery - hard throwing righty reliever, recently promoted to Savannah. 10.2 scoreless IP, 3 H, 0 R, 20 Ks. Watch this guy closely.
Matt Blackham – small in stature, but this dude is Guidry tough: 40 Ks in 29 innings as a starter? Wow. Saw him in his last start (10 K in 6 IP) routinely hitting 94 MPH and executing his pitches.
Blake Taylor – is showing real progress compared to last year’s wildness. Last 3 games, 9 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 7 K.
Alex Pasha - little used of late, he's Brooklyn's pen ace.
Vince Siena - 29 games, .339, .403 OBP, 6 of 7 steals. Best Cyclones hitter so far.
A trio of swatters:
Patrick Mazelka, 2015 8th round draftee, is terrific so far with a .326/.434/.573 slash with 21 RBIs and 14 XBHs in 25 games. No errors. So far, so great.
Dash Winningham - the 19 year old 1B Kingsport slugger is .286/.339/.510 with 19 RBIs in 25 games. Dash loves to bash.
Kevin Kaczmarski - .326/.408/.430, 25 games, just 9 Ks for the lefty OF.
Ali Sanchez - the 17 year old continues to dazzle, hitting .366 in 71 ABs, 4 walks and only 9 Ks. Amazing performance at that age, like fellow neophytes Luis Carpio and Ricardo Cespedes, but even more so.
Wagner Lagrange - 19 year old OF, .350/.416/.431 slash in 31 games. 20 year old Grabiel Jiminez (.320/.412/.451) almost as good.
Nick Debora: 4-0, 0.92 in 49 IP, 43 Ks, 0.82 WHIP. 6’5” righty is almost 22; get him stateside, see what he's got against tougher competition.
Who’s not hot? Taking a pass on them this week to focus on those who are HOT!