Category: Round Up


Well the regular season is now over. Playoffs are now started or going to be started here in the next few days. So here is an end of season round up.

Mike Trout went 4/10 with a rbi and 2 stolen bases, to finish his major league year with a .220 average 5 home runs, 4 steals 20 runs and 16 rbi. If you just look at those numbers you may not be to impressed and frankly I can’t blame you most people wouldn’t be but when you factor in his age and the fact that most prospects are still in double a at the age of 20 just the fact that he was in the majors is solid. I expect Mike will be forced to start the year in triple a to start the season however a strong spring and a good start should force the Angels hand in bringing the talented outfielder up by mid year.

Julio Teheran had the most disappointing end to his year as his Braves had a shot at the playoffs only to fall apart and blow it on the final day. Teheran saw action on the 27th working 3 innings giving up 1 run which was a home run, stuck out 3 batters. One thing I worry about is have noticed a decline in Julio’s strike out per nine has dropped every level since was in high a in 2010 his k/9 was 10.8 then down to 8.55, 7.59 then 4.58 in the majors. Julio still has huge upside and is very young but hopefully this trend will start to improve.

Lonnie Chisenhall wraps up the futurestarz who reached the majors this season. Chisenhall is probably possess the least upside of all the futurestars I have covered to date. With the upside being limited he does still project as a solid every day player. Chisenhall finished the year hitting 255 not far from the 267 he was hitting prior to being called up. He does possess reasonable power Lonnie hit 14 combined home runs this season.

All the other player’s seasons have previously ended it has been a good year in terms of prospects look forward to catching back up in 2012. In the meantime you football followers can stay caught up with my nfl predictions, analysis, mock drafts and much more until then.

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Julio Teheran hasn’t made an appearance since last Friday night.
Another futurestar who continues to not see much playing time Mike Trout has gone 1 for 11 this last week.
The only major league futurestar who has gotten decent chunk of time is Mesoraco he has gone 2/12 4 k 1 bb this week. And now has a ISO of .250 since his call up. By now you know o really like this kid and he’s showing you why.

I initially forgot a star so adding him late Lonnie Chisenhall has also been still receiving good amount of playing time I expected it to be cut down some due to poor defense and average offensive output, but seems I was wrong. Lonnie hit about .261 this last week 5 of his 6 hits logging for singles.

Have a great weekend I can’t wait for Sunday to see who starts to separate from the pack in the NFL.

Devin Mesoraco went 2/9 both hits were on Monday a home run and a double. Devin drew his major league walk the following day. He really isn’t getting enough playing time to grade him based on performance but still good for him learning experience side of things.

Mike Trout 2/15, a single and a double on Saturday. Mike has struck out 9 times this week he is still very young so not to alarming but will be something to keep an eye on how he develops to the much tougher competition as he hasn’t had any time in Triple A.

Julio Teheran has been moved to the bullpen for the stretch nothing alarming as he is about 20 innings past his prior season high and he is the young. His first appearance sence the move didn’t go smoothly though he went 2.2ip and 4 earned runs and 2 walks. I wouldn’t be to shocked if the Braves had Teheran start the year in the minors to continue to work on his stuff unless he comes into camp and really forces their hand next spring.

Of course the minor league playoffs are now over so the roundups will be shorter as few players to cover with only 3 players in the majors. Next post will most likely be on schedule on Tuesday when I’ll give you guys my NFL recap than Wednesday I’ll have my first NFL mock draft and of course Thursdays are predictions day. Of course if I catch wind of any breaking news I’ll cover here. Have a great weekend.

This is most people’s favorite time of the sporting year football is now starting, baseball is heading into playoffs here shortly. And for me it’s about roster expansions. Everyone likes to their favorite teams hot prospects and now is the time when you see a lot up. I touched on one in Devin Mesoraco who was called up last week.

Another call up is Julio Teheran which wasn’t much of a surprise given he did have 2 spot starts earlier in the year. Teheran started on Thursday getting his first major league win. Although to the untrained eye his line looked solid (5.1ip 1 run, 3 strike outs to 2 walks). He induced only 2 ground ball outs to 9 fly balls and 6 line drives against the Mets. He obviously did good to limit the damage but he has to be careful he Braves boast a very good staff now and for the future with the likes of Randell Delgado, Tommy Hanson and others. Teheran is young and filled with potential so the Atlanta will give him enough chances he’s just got to not hang himself.

The preciously mentioned Mesoraco has been given spot duty to see what it’s like in the majors without pressuring him an everyday role. He hasn’t done that great with the limited chances he has been given going 2 for 11 without drawing a walk. Devin like Teheran will likely be okay but a strong showing here would really push the Reds to think about letting him break camp in 2012.

Lonnie Chisenhall hasn’t hit a whole lot better this week, but he’s made them count when he gets them having 3 homers in the week 2 yesterday and one on Wednesday. I still don’t see this guy as a huge impact, build your team around him type of player but he’s solid and plays hard I’m sure any skipper would be okay with that.

Zack Cox ended a 5 game hitless streak when he slapped two singles on Monday.

Mike Trout has cooled off this week he went 3 for 4 last Saturday than 0 for his last 12 plate appearances. Meanwhile his fellow future Angel is had an amazing 6 game hitting streak all of which were multi hit games come to an end last night Sergua is certainly making up for lost time in a hurry.

Last but not least is Zack Wheeler. Wheeler had a tough go around last time he took the rubber allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks in 3 and two-thirds of an inning. He did however strike out 7 in that short period of time. There aren’t many prospects especially pitchers I’d rank ahead of this young hurler.

Roundup: Trout, Teheran,James,Sequra…

By now I’m sure you like everyone else has read or saw it for yourself but Mike Trout looks like he’s going to be pretty good. While he still isn’t getting a ton of playing time, I could see that changing the Angels are currently 3.5 games back in the West and 9 games behind the Yankees for the wild card. Trout hasn’t let this spoil the impact he has made sense being recalled although he went hitting in 3 at bats last night, prior to that he was riding a 6 game hitting streak, including the solo shot Monday which was followed up by a 2 home run performance on Tuesday. I don’t want to dive into any advanced numbers due to such a small sample size, but I’m to compare his walk to strike out rate in his 8 games so far vs the 13 game prior stint. In his July call up he had 10 strike outs to 3 walks, this time around it’s a much improved 3:2.

Julio Teheran has made 2 starts since the last roundup. Last Saturday he went a solid 6 innings allowing 2 runs, walked 2 and struck out five. The following outing he wasn’t nearly as good only going an abysmal 3 innings, gave up six runs and walked a season high 5 batters.

Chad James took the mound last Saturday as well. James earned just his fifth win of the season by going 5 innings and striking out 4 he didn’t issue a walk. Chad allowed 3 of the 4 runs on the night.

Zack Cox has gone 4 for 21 this week. I can’t say it enough but his walk rate continues to disappoint me, I know he’s a free swinger but need something to fall back on when not getting the hits, Zack hasn’t drawn a walk since the 25th.

Jean Segura rejoined the Inland Empire this week and in his second game back to the Angels A+ affiliate he went 2 for 5. Jean has all the tools you look for in a quality hitter, just has a knack for getting hurt. Hopefully he can put his injuries to the side and help his team in their playoff run. This guy is a few years away anyways so biggest thing for him is just stay on the field.

My next futurestarz report will probably be on the 14th as I continue to get ready for the NFL season check back Tuesday when I’ll have my NFC predictions then on Thursday morning for my week 1 vs the spread predictions.

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With the addition of football I’ll only be doing round ups once a week likely on Saturdays. Frankly I think I trying to provide too much insight, and it actually made for a more hectic, and unrealistic schedule for posting updates. So without further ado here is this week’s roundup.

Julio Teheran took the mound on Monday going five innings. He did rather well but nothing spectacular. Julio gave up 6 hits, 2 runs, only 1 walk to 4 strikeouts. He also kept a positive groundout to flyout ratio at 5 to 4. The G-Braves went on to win the game by one in a 3 to 2 game.

My favorite Louisville Bat that has now hit safely in the three games following the last roundup, and jacked two home runs on Tuesday. Even better is the fact he continues to improve his hitting eye, Over the past 10 games he has 8 to 4 walk to strikeout rate. I cannot wait to see what Mesoraco does at Great American Ballpark.

Like Devin Mesoraco, Zack Cox also had 2 home runs on Tuesday and his average in AA is now up to a very nice 307. I still worry about him not drawing to much in terms of walks but as long as he hits at a steady clip he should be a solid MLB regular.

The toolsy Mike Trout hasn’t seen the playing field much since I last wrote, but has done ok for himself when asked upon. Mike has only had three at bats since Monday but has hit on 2 of those occasions.

Kyle Gibson but no unexpected expected news Monday when he went and got a second opinion. He will continue to rehab in hopes of avoiding Tommy John surgery.

That all for this week, check back on Wednesday when I’ll be posting the next Intellectual Analysis. In the meantime public to give the shutout to a couple of other blogs. First being is 4thandhome.com covering your fantasy baseball and football advice. Next is for you Brave lovers bravesbanter. Enjoy and look forward to next time.

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Devin Mesoraco hasn’t been doing so well as of late, he’s only hitting. 208 this month but has been doing noticeably better drawing walks. He’s already matched his best monthly total for the year with 12 in August thus far. When he has hit he has done rather well he has 3 home runs and 2 doubles but because of that .208 average this month he’s has produced just four rbi. He just faced fellow top prospect Jacob Turner yesterday going 0 for 4 on the day.

Zack Cox has been doing very well sense the All-Star break hitting to the tune of .376 4 home runs and 30 rbi.

Now onto probably my favorite pitching prospect in all the minors Zack Wheeler! Since being traded he’s done even better. He’s making hitters in the Florida State League look foolish. I know it’s only 20 innings but I’m very encouraged by what I’m seeing out of this youngster. His walk rate has gone down to under 2.5 walks per 9, and his strikeout rate has stayed above 10 per 9 all this has led to a fip of a remarkable 1.8. It’s hard not to assume the Giants got the worst of the deal when they traded Wheeler.

Fellow Florida State League pitching star Chad James is doing rather well for himself as well he’s now dropped his walks approximately two walks per nine innings if he can continue this type of development that’s hard not to assume he’ll be a quality third pitcher in a bigs. It doesn’t appear he’s going to strikeout enough hitters to ever be considered an ace, but he should become a solid pitcher for the Marlins.

Mike Trout recently was recalled from AA so far he’s done better Going 3 for 11. In the minors he continues to show why he’s thought of as the next great player of our generation. He’s currently 4th in batting average and 3rd in steals with 33 in the Texas League . He has a WBOA above .400.

The Minnesota Twins must feel like they dodged a bullet when they got the news that highly regarded pitching prospect will not need Tommy John surgery He’s going to get a second opinion on his elbow.He was really struggling to begin with this season he doesn’t need to miss all of next year as well.

Jean Segura is finally starting a rehab assignment but this season than has now basically been a wasted year for this talented infielder. Hopefully he can come back next year fully healthy and show the kind of promise that he has.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Lonnie Chisenhall’s role on the Indians reduced down the stretch, his bat just hasn’t been what it was in AAA. On top of his hitting his fielding has been below major league average.

I know recently I haven’t been doing the roundups or reports as frequently as I would like to but I’ve been working on another project. I’m looking to breakdown football game tape and handicap games for this coming season I will be including those here this season, and for next season will be looking into possibly expanding. Let me know what you think of the upgrade that I have made.

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Of course all minor league/ prospect news coming out today centers around Mike Trout the Angels promising outfielder who got promoted here’s how he did if you haven’t seen yet. Mike went 0/3 so course I was wrong on my prediction but the Angels won so I’m sure he is fairly content. I can’t wait for this weekend to see him face King Felix.

Devin Mesoraco continues to hit well its a shame that will likely take an injury for him to reach the majors the young catcher went 2/4 and scored the bats only run in a 10-1 game. He also had his fifth passed ball.

I’d hate to be a pitcher of the Springfield Cardinals or Frisco RoughRiders tonight, in a game that saw 26 total runs Zack Cox had a great game hopefully he will now turn around his AA numbers as he’s only hitting 232 after going 4 for 5 in the matchup.

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Lonnie Chisenhall had nice debut he went 2 for 4 whacking a double and a rbi single and helped spark the Indians offense which had been struggling helping the Tribe to a win.

Zack Wheeler was looking decent allowed 2 runs through 4 innings then got smashed for 4 runs in the 5th. He struck out 6.

Mesoraco 0-3 walk allowed a stolen base in 2-7 lose.

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Had to work last night at the paying job so missed Chad James performance which I’d say was about average at best today. Going 5 innings allowed 10 base runners only 1 strike out and gave up 2 unearned runs due to a couple of errors. Joe Mauer was rehabbing in the game and went 1-4 with a rbi but went 0-3 against James.

Zack Wheeler took the mound for San Jose looking to build off strong outing last week vs Stockton. I got to listen to the first 3 innings before I lost my feed. Wheeler worked on establishing his fastball early inducing 6 of first 8 ground ball outs. He struggled a bit in the 3rd inning but settled in nicely he went 7 innings struck out 3 and allowed 8 base runners and forced a total of 11 ground ball outs. This kid really looking good and should fit in nicely to the already dominate Giants pitching staff.

My game of the day saw Louisville vs Columbus which was filled with top prospects. Mesoraco continues his hot streak going 3 for 5 whacking 2 doubles collecting 2 rbi and a run scored, he’s not hitting .322. Devin also caught a runner stealing. Yonder Alonso hit his 7th home run. Lonnie Chisenhall went without a hit and now hitting .268, follow Indians top prospect Kipins went 1-4 with a double

Zack Cox is really struggling he went 0-4 today. 2 of which outs were way of the k. He also committed a throwing error.

Julio Teheran took the mound yesterday and continues to dominate triple a hitters he went 6 strong innings 5 hits totaling 1 earned run, walked 2 and struck out 5 used 107 pitches 71 of which were strikes.