RHP Pedro Strop, OKC - Strop has been overshadowed this spring by Alexi Ogando and Tanner Scheppers, particularly since the pair joined him in the Redhawks bullpen, but Strop has made a legitimate claim for a bullpen spot. His season line is 18.2 IP, 13 H, 1 HR, 5 BB, 20 K with a strong GB tendency, and in his last five appearances he is nearly perfect at 9 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 8 K. He would still be third on my list if I am looking for an impact arm, but his stuff is electric, and he's currently pitching the best baseball of his career.
LHP Beau Jones, Frisco - The one piece of the Mark Teixeira trade return to not make a noticeable impact on the major league club, Jones has not lived up to his status as a supplemental first round pick by the Braves or his potential since entering the organization. He started this season in extended spring training, but since his activation this month he has seen Double-A success for the first time (8.0 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 12 K, 1.13 ERA). Jones joins Zach Phillips and Ben Snyder as a potential left-handed middle relief option down the road.
RHP Jake Brigham, Bakersfield - Tabbed by observers during spring training as a likely breakout prospect in the Texas system, Brigham has not lived up to the hype. He hasn't been terrible (36:18 K:BB in 41.2 IP), particularly considering that he pitches in the California League, but previous breakout arms such as Derek Holland have shown that it is possible to have success in that league. Brigham had his worst start of the season Friday, allowing six earned on eight hits and four walks, striking out three in three innings.
LHP Robbie Erlin, Hickory - Erlin was one of the big “buzz” prospects in baseball last week after throwing five perfect innings in his first professional start. His encore was Sunday, and, while he didn’t match that level of dominance, he was still solid, lowering his season ERA to 0.30 and posting a typically impressive K:BB (6:0). Erlin is among the most dominating arms in the SAL and may - at age 19 - need to be promoted to see worthy competition.
LHP Robbie Ross, Hickory - After an excellent summer in Spokane, Ross entered 2010 already among the Rangers’ best pitching prospects. Another jump forward was expected by many, but he has seen the younger and less experienced Erlin trump his performance. That is not to say that Ross has been a disappointment, merely a bit inconsistent. One area where he has been consistent is in keeping the ball on the ground. Through nine starts (49.1 IP) his ground ball rate is 67%, and he has yet to allow a home run. His longest and best outing of the season came Saturday, when he completed seven innings and allowed just three hits and no walks.
RHP Joe Wieland, Hickory - Fourth straight solid start Friday: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 HR, 1 BB, 6 K
OF Miguel Velazquez, Hickory - Pace has slowed (six for his last 36), might need to reestablish himself to be promoted...or might just be bored
3B Tommy Mendonca, Bakersfield - One of the biggest disappointments in the organization, the 2nd rounder has been terrible across the board: .212/.271/.288, 7:41 BB:SO, 0 HR.
RHP Josh Lueke, Frisco - Promoted straight to AA after dominating the SAL, struggled a bit in his first game Sunday, allowing three hits (including a HR) and a walk in one inning