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Here are the latest minor-league numbers. On the rosters you'll see some color highlights:
Prospects That Matter: Yellow
These players were selected based on a rating system that took into account their relative age, level, and performance, which was also adjusted by position and role (starter/reliever). You can read much about this here,here, and here.
Prospects of Interest: Orange
These are players who didn't meet PTM for one reason or another but in my (subjective) mind worthy of interest to the casual fan. For instance, players who didn't meet Plate Appearance or Innings thresholds weren't included in the PTM ratings, and PTM didn't count short-season results. So players like Kyle Crockett (not enough innings),Clint Frazier (short-season) and Francisco Mejia (short-season), while they aren't PTMs, are very much worth following.
This week I've added walks and strikeouts for position players so that you can get some idea as to the players' plate discipline and contact skills.
There were lots of changes this week in Columbus, with no fewer than five Clippers getting recalled to Cleveland. Nyjer Morgan will probably be going back to Columbus next week, and George Kottaras will return (assuming he clears waivers), but Jose Ramirez and Josh Tomlin will remain in Cleveland for at least the near future. Giovanny Urshela was promoted in the wake of the Ramirez promotion, and he'll be the everyday third baseman from here on out. And with Josh Tomlin getting a shot in the rotation, Kyle Davies was promoted from Akron.
The Ducks ran off 10 wins in a row before losing last night, and the pitching staff has been a big reason why. Four of the five mainstays (the exception being Kyle Davies, who was promoted to Columbus recently) in the rotation are young for the league, and the bullpen has been led by Kyle Crockett and Shawn Armstrong, both of whom have sub-1.00 ERAs.
Like the Ducks, the Mudcats have really pitched well this season. As a staff, the Mudcats rank second out of the eight Carolina League clubs in ERA, and lead the league in H/9 and BB/9. And all this is without Dylan Baker, who is probably out for the season.
The big news this week was that Dorssys Paulino is moving from shortstop to the outfield. This season Paulino (who has gone to Arizona to learn the new position) has really struggled at shortstop, and a lot of scouts have thought that he was going to grow out of the position anyway. Paul Hendrix will take over as the everyday shortstop, and Ivan Castillo, who was the everyday shortstop for the AZL club in 2013, has joined the Captains.
The Captains essentially have 7 starting pitchers right now. In addition to the five listed in the rotation, Robbie Aviles and Jordan Milbrath have pitched 4-5 innings every fifth day, whether it be from a start or out of the bullpen.