Here's what the top prospects in our system did this week. As a whole not a great week for the farm system. There were a few standout performances though.
1) Casey Kelly, RHP, Grade B+: at AA. 33.1 IP, 3.78 ERA, 3.5 FIP, 23 K, 9 BB. Had his longest start of the year this week going 7 innings while giving up just 2 ER, 8 H and no walks, while striking out 4.
2) Simon Castro, RHP, Grade B+: at AAA. 25.2 IP, 10.17 ERA, 6.2 FIP, 2.14 WHIP, 21 K, 18 BB. Castro continues to struggle. His first start this week he gave up 6 ER in 5 innings while walking 3. His 2nd start this week is the only start this year in which he did not give up 3+ walks, but that's because he only recorded 2 outs before getting the hook. I know the PCL is a tough league to pitch in, but he is getting rocked every game this year.
3) Jaff Decker, OF, Grade B+: at AA. 275/413/647, 9 HR, 32 K, 23 BB, 3 SB, 126 PA. Jaff had his 2nd bad week in a row. He was just 4-27, with 8 K, 5 BB.
4) Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Grade B: at AAA. 395/457/737, 9 HR, 13 BB, 24 K, 4 SB, 129 PA. Rizzo continues to swing the bat well, hitting safely in every game this week. He is 11-29 with 2 hrs in his last 7 games.
5) Donavan Tate, OF, Grade B-: A. 316/435/421, 3 K, 4 BB, 2 SB, 23 PA. Out maybe another month after colliding with E. Williams.
6) Corey Luebke, LHP, Grade B-: MLB, 17 IP, 4.24 ERA, 2.65 FIP, 1.18 WHIP, 18 K's, 6 BB's. Since that game against Cincy he's still yet to give up a run.
7) James Darnell, 3B, Grade B-: at AA. 365/483/604, 4 HR, 14 K, 23 BB, 1 SB, 120 PA. Had what is probably his worst week of the year so far, going 5-22 with 4 BB, 6 K. On a positive note, he has now had 16 games in a row without an error. Hopefully it's a sign that he's improving over at 3B.
8) Reymond Fuentes, OF, Grade B-: at A+, 330/368/425, 22 K, 6 BB, 9 SB, 115 PA. Had a great week going 11-25, with 3 BB's. Nice to see him take some free passes.
9) Drew Cumberland, INF, Grade B-: at AA. Still on the DL for vertigo.
10) Jedd Gyorko, 3B, Grade B-: at A+. 381/462/628, 5 HR, 18 K, 18 BB, 1 SB. 132 PA. He stayed hot this week, going 10-26 with 2 HR, 3 K, and 7 BB. Made baseball america's prospect hot sheet for the 2nd week in a row.
11) Johnny Barbato, RHP, Grade B-: Still not seeing him on any rosters.
12) Matt Lollis, RHP, Grade C+: at A+. 31.1 IP, 5.46 ERA, 4.57 FIP, 1.24 WHIP, 34 K, 8 BB. Had another tough outing despite good peripherals. He went 5 innings, giving up 4 ER, with 5 K, 0 BB. Has given up exactly 1 HR in every start this year. If he keeps up this K/BB ratio the rest of his numbers should come around.
13) Adys Portillo, RHP, Grade C+: at A.14.2 IP, 9.82 ERA, 6.0 FIP, 1.98 WHIP, 15 K, 13 BB. Had a really bad outing this week giving up 7 ER in 3.1 Innings, with 4 K, 5 BB.
14) Keyvius Sampson, RHP, Grade C+: at A.31 IP, 2.32 ERA, 2.55 FIP, 0.84 WHIP, 41 K, 12 BB. Had another excellent outing giving up 0 runs in 6 IP, with 8 K, 2 BB. He has definitely been the best starting pitcher in the organization so far this year.
15) Juan Oramas, LHP, Grade C+: Likely out another month or so with neck spasms.
16) Edinson Rincon, OF-3B, Grade C+: at A+. 343/387/472, 1 HR, 19 K, 8 BB, 119 PA. A mediocre week at the plate for Rincon going 7-28 with 5 K, and 0 BB. He continues to struggle in the field. His 3 errors last night brought his season total to 10.
17) Jason Hagerty, C, Grade C+: at A+. 289/337/461, 2 HR, 24 K, 5 BB. 83 PA. He was placed on the 7 day DL this week on May 2nd, not sure why. Hopefully not serious.
18) Logan Forsythe, 2B, Grade C+: at AAA. 291/410/488, 4 HR, 28 K, 15 BB, 2 SB, 105 PA. Got the call to the bigs! Unfortunately Buddy hasn't given him a start yet. In his first major league at bat he grounded out. Maybe he gets the start tomorrow against the lefty Saunders. He is a good line drive hitter that strikes out more than you'd like, but walks at a good enough clip to carry a high OBP. Probably a below average fielder at 2B since he hasn't played there too long. Better at 3rd.
19) Blake Tekotte, OF, Grade C+: at AA. 354/470/635, 6 HR, 20 K, 18 BB, 9 SB, 119 PA. Tekotte has cooled off. Went 4-16, but had more walks (6) than strike outs (4).
20) Zach Cates, RHP, Grade C+: at A. 20.1 IP, 5.75 ERA, 2.81 FIP, 1.38 WHIP, 25 K, 13 BB. Had a good outing this week going 5 innings, with 2 ER, 6 K, 3 BB. He's walking a lot of guys, but his K/9 (11.07) and his batting average against (191) are very good. His FIP (fielding independent pitching) is much lower than his ERA which bodes well for future performance. So far this year he has not been leaving many guys on base. Nearly half of the guys that have reached have scored. Which is usually just a sign of bad luck, but for Cates might be because he was converted to a pitcher a couple years ago and he may struggle out of the stretch.
21) Jonathan Galvez, SS, Grade C+: at A+. 263/343/421, 3 HR, 28 K, 10 BB, 8 SB, 108 PA. Starting to swing the bat a little better. This week he was 7-24, 2 HR, 1 3B. He is showing he is not much better at 2B than he was at SS though, an error last night brought his season total to 5.
22) Jose De Paula, LHP, Grade C+: at A+. 23 IP, 6.26 ERA, 3.37 FIP, 1.96 WHIP, 13 K, 10 BB. Continues to struggle. His last outing he gave up 5 ER in 4 IP, with 2 K, 3 BB.
23) Everett Williams, OF, Grade C+: at A. 300/391/300, 4 K, 3 BB, 4 SB, 23 PA. Out for the year thanks to Tate.
Some other dudes worth mentioning:
Luis Durango, OF, AAA. 256/354/317, 1 2B, 2 3B, 3 SB. He's been struggling, and striking out at an uncharacteristically high rate. This week he had 6 K's and just 3 H in 20 AB.
E-Cab, SS, AAA. 282/345/379, 1 HR, 16 K, 10 BB, 10 SB. Broken. Out 6-8 weeks.
Anthony Bass, RHP, AA. 35.2 IP, 4.04 ERA, 4.1 FIP, 1.15 WHIP, 27 K, 7 BB. Had a strange start where he pitched well, with 9 K's in 7 IP, but gave up 5 ER.
Brad Brach, RHP, AA, 12.1 IP, 3.65 ERA, 1.09 FIP, 21 K, 1 BB. He's been pitching like Mike Adams with more K's this year. One ugly appearance at the start of the year has his ERA up there, but he's been amazing overall. His last 4 games he has struck out 9 while walking 0 in 4 IP.
Kyle Blanks, Rehabbing in AA, 280/325/453, 1 HR, 15 K, 5 BB, 83 PA. Starting to swing the bat with more authority. This week he was 8-30 with 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR.
Cody Decker, AA, 274/330/670, 11 HR, 38 K, 7 BB, 114 PA. Hit 2 more HRs. Still tied for the minor league lead with 11.
It seems the system as a whole has cooled off, but at least most of the hitters still have good stats on the season. Many of our pitching prospects continue to struggle so far this year. I don't know what's up with Castro, but hopefully he figures it out soon. At least Hawpe is swinging the bat well!