Down in Rochester, Alejandro Machado is coming back to Earth a but his last few games, with just four hits in his last twenty one at-bats with six strikeouts. Nothing major, and nothing unexpected either. Luke Hughes had a hit game going 2-3 with a double and his third homerun. Its a new level but he just keeps on hitting. Matt Marci homered for the 4th time in as many games. Bobby Korecky picked up his 23rd save with 1.2 scoreless innings.
Down at New Britain third base prospect Danny Valencia went 1-4 with his 4th homerun. Dave Winfree also hit his 17th. Winfree at this point however isn't much of a prospect anymore. On the bump Jeff Manship went five innings, striking out five while allowing just one walk and seven hits. One of his better starts at that level where he has mostly struggled thus far.
Not much of note to report from Ft. Myers, but Anthony Slama pitched, allowing a run on three hits and a walk while striking out three to bring his ERA over 1.00 for the first time this year. Catching prospect Wilson Ramos went 1-4.
At Beloit, Ben Revere went 1-5 with a single, after spending most of the year above .400, his average has dipped to a more reasonable .380. On the mound 1st round pick Shooter Hunt went six innings striking out seven while allowing just three hits. However he continues to struggle with his control, walking three more batters. Hunt has the stuff to miss bats, but he's going to have to work hard on his control to make the leap. Hopefully he can figure that out next year as this season is almost over.
The GCL Twins squared off today against the Red Sox club and 1st rounder Aaron hicks went 1-5 with a double and a pair of strikeouts. He's now hitting .303. The biggest plus in my opinion is his 25BB/29K ratio. I figured that would be his greatest hurdle, but at least thus far, he's shown a stron eye at the plate with the ability to develop power. Certainly looks like a raw five tooler. It'll be interesting to see if they start him at Beloit next year or Elizabethon. Second round shortstop Tyler Ladendorf continues to struggle with the bat going 0-4 and he's now hitting just .193.
At the Twins advanced rookie ball club Elizabethon, 18 year old center fielder Angel Morales continues to make a case for the Twins top center field prospect as he went 2-3 with two more homeruns. His hitting line is almost without flaw save for his 61K/24BB ratio. Of course thats concerning but you hope young kids can develop their grasp of the strikezone. Outside of that all he's done is hit .329/.431/.683 with 15 homeruns in just 167 at-bats. Amazing. At 6'1" 180 he isn't as tall as Gomez (6'4") or Hicks (6'2") but the power displayed has been nothing short of phenomenal. Though it should be noted the park they play in is definitely a big-time hitters park. That said, no one on the team is hitting like this kid is.