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Minor Matters: Miguel Ferreras Making Progress

June 18, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
A.J. Schugel has been pitching better in the Los Angeles Angels organization.
Things have been looking up for Angels’ pitching prospect A.J. Schugel (right).

Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospect Miguel Ferreras continues to get stretched out in this, first season as a full-time starter. And while the 21-year-old righty isn’t exactly dominating the Dominican Summer League, there have been some promising developments.

In his start Monday, Ferreras lasted five innings for the first time this season, and while he gave up five hits and three runs, he matched his season-high with six strikeouts while enjoying his first walk-free outing of the season.

Through three starts, opponents are batting just .205 against Ferreras, and that has to have the Pirates thinking this 6′5″ Dominican is nearly ready to go stateside after three seasons in the DSL.

Farm Seedlings

  • Heading into the season, A.J. Schugel was the No. 12 prospect on the Angels as ranked by Monkeywithahalo.com. Well, to say that he’s struggling to adjust to his first season in Triple-A is an understatement. Despite plenty of Ks, he went 0-1 with a 7.54 ERA in April and was battered in May to the tune of a .365 BAA and 8.36 ERA. However, Schugel has really turned things around this month – notwithstanding his outing Monday, that is. He had won his last three starts, each more impressive than the previous one, culminating in a six-inning shutout performance Wednesday. He’s a small (5′11″) righty that will be 23 later this month but doesn’t seem fazed by a heavy workload. Last year was Schugel’s first season starting full time and he logged over 140 IP and this season he’s tied for the PCL lead in starts (15) and has already pitched nearly 75 frames. The Angels’ 25th rounder from 2010 is still a tad raw on the mound as he was a two-way player in college. Schugel throws strikes (and gets lots of movement on his pitches which you can see in the video below), which is always a good thing, but it’s unclear if his stuff is good enough to translate into a major league rotation.
  • You may recall that when the Padres’ rotation was reduced to rubble last year, southpaw Andrew Werner was among the cast of thousands given a shot, and he made eight starts, more or less holding his own. San Diego dealt him to Oakland in the Tyson Ross deal in the offseason and given his work at Triple-A this year, Werner hasn’t exactly put himself in consideration for another look in the Show. In fairness, Werner also got off to an ugly start (8.78 in five April starts) before starting to roll in May and June. Like Schugel, he was ripped Monday to end a really nice run. In his eight previous outings, Werner had seven quality starts and had not given up more than three earned runs once. Through a PCL-leading 15 starts, the former Indy League star had worked 90 1/3 IP, putting him on pace to smash his previous organized ball high (136 1/3). Home runs have been a problem for Werner as his normally extreme groundball rate has dramatically neutralized. This soft tosser’s fastball only averaged 87.9 mph during his run with the Padres last year, so keeping the ball on the ground is vital for his chances. Werner, 26, could emerge as a long man/spot starter if the A’s have a need later this year.

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2013 NBA Mock Draft

June 17, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Depending on who you speak to you, any one of the top half dozen players listed here could go first, but despite a torn ACL that will sideline him until December, most expect Noel (6′11″, 206) to go No. 1. He has the chance to be a serious defensive force as you can see in the video below.
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2013 MLB Draft Review: First Round, Part Three

June 12, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
The Giants tried to beef up the offensive side of the organization by taking sticks with three of their first four picks this year, headlined by Florida prep shortstop Arroyo. Picking him surprised some, as Arroyo wasn’t a projected first rounder; in fact, most experts ranked him at the bottom of or even outside any top 100 list. He’s got some power, with potentially more to tap into if he can refine his approach. What cinched it for the Giants was Arroyo’s MVP showing for USA Baseball’s 18-under team.
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2013 MLB Draft Review: First Round, Part Two

June 8, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
That Peterson wound up in Em City was no surprise, but make no mistake – he’s unlikely to stay at third base, so will probably wind up across the diamond at first. Still, winning the Mountain West Triple Crown last year was a pretty damn impressive feat, and his excellent batting eye should take him far in the pros.
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2013 MLB Draft Review: First Round, Part One

June 7, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments (2)
The Astros skipped taking the Houston native in last year’s draft, instead letting him slip to Pittsburgh, which couldn’t sign him (despite offering a $3.8 million signing bonus). Appel can bring the heat, regularly throwing in the 93 to 97 mph range, a weapon that allowed him to become the all-time strikeout king for the Cardinal (see video below). He should move through the Astro system quickly.
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