Post Season Prep

August 16, 2017

 

France

 

Andy Paz, Toulousain

Team: Midland RockHounds 

League: Texas League - AA

Parent Club: Oakland Athletics - AL

Position: Catcher

2017 Highlights: Paz continues to improve as the season progresses. His batting average, now .253, is up from .248 last month which was an improvement from June as well. Over 174 plate appearances he’s had 14 runs off 44 hits, including 4 doubles, and he’s driven in 18. He’s also registered 14 walks while striking out just 36 times. With his size, and the way his season is playing out, Andy may be a slugger in his early developmental stages. In 51 games defensively he’s primarily been a catcher though he has thrown a few games as well. In 373.1 innings behind the mask he’s had 306 putouts and 36 assists while committing just 1 error and allowing 3 to pass him by. He’s also caught 20 of the 36 folks who have tried to steal off him and holds a .992 fielding percentage.

 

Germany

 

Aaron Altherr, Landstuhl

Team: Philadelphia Phillies

League: MLB - NL

Parent Club: Philadelphia Phillies

Position: OF

2017 Highlights: Altherr’s is back in the lineup following his hamstring pull in July. Aaron is batting .285 in 336 appearances with 47 runs off 86 hits. He has 20 doubles, 4 triples and 16 homeruns as well as 49 RBIs. The slugger has naturally struck out a bit as well. He’s racked up 87 Ks while walking 27 times. The outfielder is averaging a .989 fielding percentage covering all three spots. He’s had 174 putouts and 6 assists off 182 catches while committing 2 errors.  

 

Pascal Amon, Ingolstadt

Team: AZL Dodgers

League: Arizona League – Rookie

Parent Club: Los Angeles Dodgers - NL

Position: CF

2017 Highlights: Pascal is doing his part to campaign for some post-season play. His first year in rookie ball he’s batting .256 over 86 plate appearances. Amon has 14 runs off 22 hits, including 7 doubles and 2 homeruns. He’s driven in 12 and walked 8 times while striking out 27 times. He’s definitely looking like a budding slugger. The numbers are consistent with last year’s total but as he brings his strikeouts down, and begins showing patience at the plate, his average is benefiting. On the field they’ve been letting him see action in a variety of spots. He’s played center and left but he’s also been assigned to 1st in nearly as many games. Amon has 1 error on the season and that was in the outfield. His overall fielding percentage is a strong .955. With the increased play time and improved bat, Amon may finally be working his way up the minor league ladder taking it two rungs at a time.  

 

Marco Cardoso, Paderborn

Team: Unassigned

League: DSL

Position: SS

Parent Club: Boston Red Sox - AL

2017 Highlights: On July 18, 2017, 17-year old Marco Cardoso signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox. Cardoso signed out of Paderborn Academy and headed to the Dominican Republic for a month of training before being assigned to a team. The shortstop and switch hitter was hitting .263 for the Untouchables before leaving to fulfill his contract.

 

Edwin Jackson, Neu-Ulm

Team: Norfolk Tides 

League: International League 

Parent Club: Baltimore Orioles - AL 

Position: RHP

2017 Highlights: Jackson, who signed on with the Washington Nationals on June 16th, has finally seen a bit of time outside the bullpen. He’s pitched in five games for the team and is posting a 3.30 average. This is less than half the ERA he posted with Baltimore so it seems a good move for all involved. Edwin has a 3-2 record. Over 30.0 innings he’s struck out 25 while walking 7. He’s also given up 25 hits with 11 of the 15 runs scored on his rotation having been earned.   

 

Max Kepler, Berlin

Team: Minnesota Twins

League: MLB - NL

Parent Club: Minnesota Twins

Position: RF

2017 Highlights: Kepler’s average appears to have peaked for the season. He’s down from .266, hitting .251 this month. Over 394 at bats he’s had 99 hits including 25 doubles, 2 triples and 14 homeruns. Max has batted around 48 teammates while striking out 82 times. He’s showing a lot of patience at the plate as well having walked 37 times this season giving him a .320 on base percentage. Over 109 games he is maintaining a .991 fielding percentage, having committed just two errors over 890.2 innings of defensive play.

 

Nadir Ljatifi, Dortmund

Team: Billings Mustangs

League: Pioneer League – Rookie

Parent Club: Cincinnati Reds - NL

Position: 3rd

2017 Highlights: Ljatifi has played 13 games now and his average has improved over time. He’s hitting .235 to date with 8 hits and 4 runs. Nadir is holding his own on the field as well. He’s covered both 2nd and 3rd base but has committed 3 errors, two at his old position so that may be the cause of the changeup. He’s got a .933 fielding percentage at 2nd and twice as much playing time in the position as well.  

 

Bruce Maxwell, Weisbaden

Team: Oakland Athletics

League: American League

Parent Club: Oakland Athletics - AL

Position: Catcher

2017 Highlights: Maxwell remains with the parent club this month. He’s doubled his game appearances over that time and his average has dropped as a result. Bruce left July hitting .294 and is now sitting at .216, which was in line with his average at AAA. He’s caught 40 games for Oakland now and his fielding percentage remains perfect. He’s put out 293 and assisted with 20 others while catching 12 trying to take a bag. 

 

Sven Schüller, Wuppertal

Team: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

League: Midwest League – Class A Advanced

Parent Club: Los Angeles Dodgers - NL

Position: RHP

2017 Highlights: Sven has settled in nicely with his new club. With a 7-5 W/L record he’s posting a 3.15 ERA over 20.0 innings. He’s given up just 7 runs, all earned, while striking out 17. Schüller’s walk total is still a bit high at 10 but that will likely settle out over time. Considering his rapid rise through the leagues over the last year he’s progressing perfectly fine and doing better than some might have expected of someone in his position.

 

 

Italy

 

Marten Gasparini, Ruda

Team: Lexington Legends

League: South Atlantic League - A

Parent Club: Kansas City Royals - AL

Position: OF

2017 Highlights: Gasparini’s bat has definitely caught fire. In 108 games he’s now hitting .285 on the season. His line totals include 17 doubles, 3 triples and 9 homeruns. Marten has helped teammates around the bags 48 times and is showing patience at the plate having walked 24 times. He’s still done his share of striking out as well. Over 358 appearances he’s struck out 101 times but with a .380 slugging percentage we’re guessing his skipper doesn’t mind. On the field Gasparini continues to split his time pretty evenly between left and center field. He’s committed a total of just 5 errors on the season, a welcome change from the 48 he recorded at short last year. Given his progress we can expect to see Gasparini move up in 2018. If his team misses the playoffs this year, the call may come sooner.  

 

Alberto Mineo, Gorzia

Team: South Bend Cubs

League: Midwest League – A 

Parent Club: Chicago Cubs - NL

Position: C/1B

2017 Highlights: Another month in South Bend for Mineo has brought his bat back to its former glory. His average is back up to a more than respectable .282. He’s had 90 hits and has driven in 42 while striking out just 60 times in 319 appearances at the plate. On the field he continues to split his time between positions with more of them in the crouch but he’s got more than a .990 fielding percentage at each spot so the club has options. This will bode well for Mineo as he is in a great position to move up in the coming months.

 

Lithuania

 

Dovydas Neverauskas, Vilnius

Team: Indianapolis Indians  

League: International League – AAA

Parent Club: Pittsburgh Pirates – NL

Position: RHP

2017 Highlights: Neverauskas made another trip to Pittsburgh earlier this month. This one lasted five days before he was back with the Indians. That makes his fourth career trip up and his third this season. The changes seem to be doing his average more good than harm. With Pittsburgh he’s posting a 3.00 ERA over 9.0 innings of relief with 7 strikeouts and a 1-0 W/L record. Back in Indianapolis his ERA has dropped to 2.77. In 38 games he’s pitched 48.2 innings giving up just 15 earned runs while striking out 43. He is still walking quite a few, 20 at AAA and 1 in the bigs, but that should settle out with maturity.

 

Modolva

 

Vadim Balan, Tiraspol

Team: GCL Twins – Rookie

League: Gulf Coast League

Parent Club: Minnesota Twins - AL

Position: RHP

2017 Highlights: Since we last checked up on Vadim he hasn’t seen much play time. He pitched in just three games over the month for a total of 11.2 innings on the season. He’s currently holding a 2.31 ERA with a 1-1 W/L record and 4 saves to his credit.

 

 

Netherlands

 

Paul Brands, Haarlem

Team: Bristol Pirates

League: Appalachian League - Rookie

Parent Club: Pittsburgh Pirates - NL

Position: C

2017 Highlights: As we predicted Brands has been moved up. He has left the Gulf Coast League and is now part of the Appalachian League. While both are considered rookie ball this is a step up within the class. With Bristol, Paul has seen regular action since the late June move. He’s hitting .230 over 87 appearances with 20 hits and 10 RBIs. On the field he’s posting a .988 fielding percentage behind the plate. If he continues to improve his batting average before the season ends, we’d expect to see him in full season rookie ball at the start of 2018.

 

Taylor Clemensia, Amsterdam

Team: GCL Twins

League: Gulf Coast League – Rookie

Parent Club: Minnesota Twins - AL

Position: LHP

2017 Highlights: In June Clemensia spent a week with the Elizabethton Twins in the Appalachian League before being sent back to the GCL. This is his second trip up. He was assigned there in July 2015 as well but spent all of 2016 in the GCL so this is a good sign for the rookie. While in Elizabethton he pitched 4.2 innings earning a win and striking out 3 while posting a 0.00 ERA. Back in the Gulf Coast League things aren’t as bright. His ERA sits at 5.51 over 16.1 innings with 1 win and 3 losses on his record. It’s tough to say if it is environment or his rapid off-season growth that is holding him back this season but it is clear that the Twins see potential.

 

Sir Didi Gregorius, Amsterdam

Team: New York Yankees

League: MLB – AL

Parent Club: New York Yankees

Position: SS

2017 Highlights: Gregorius’ average finally cracked 300 this month. Currently hitting .308 over 399 plate appearances Didi has 116 hits, including 19 doubles and 18 homeruns. He’s driven in 58 while striking out just 53 times this season. What’s more, he’s only walked 15 times. Makes you want to sit in on his next eye exam doesn’t it? Over 94 games Sir Didi has committed 5 errors while putting out 102 and assisting with 263 for a .986 fielding percentage at short.  

 

Matz Schutte, Almere

Team: GCL Twins

League: Gulf Coast League – Rookie

Parent Club: Minnesota Twins

Position: RHP

2017 Highlights: As we predicted last month Schutte’s career in the MLB has come to a close. The GLC Twins released him from his contract on July 26th. The season is still going strong in The Netherlands so we’ll have to keep an eye out for him back at home heading into post season play.   

 

 

Kingdom of the Netherlands

 

Nelmerson Angela, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: DSL Mets2

League: Dominican Summer League - Rookie

Parent Club: NY Mets - NL

Position: LHP

2017 Highlights: Angela has been averaging a game a week of pitching since we last checked in. Over 7 games now he’s started 5. He has no wins, losses or saves to his credit and is posting a 2.65 ERA over 17.0 innings. As we said before, he’s going to need to show his desire and strength in practices for coaches to consider a move in 2018. Until then, he’s still in the starting rotation and his ERA is more than respectable if high for him. Given that he’s just 19-years old and is measuring in at 6’1” there is a chance he’s experiencing a growing season and working through getting to know his new body. As a pitcher any growth spurts affect your stride so it may take some time to adjust.   

 

Hendrik Clementina, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: Billings Mustangs

League: Pioneer League – Rookie

Parent Club: Cincinnati Reds – NL

Position: Catcher

2017 Highlights: After taking part in the Pioneer League All Star Game, Clementina has been traded. The Dodgers and Reds worked out a deal and, on August 3rd, Hendrik switched out his Raptors cap for that of a Mustang. Between the clubs he is currently hitting .325 on the season with just 11 extra base hits. On defense he has a .990 fielding percentage. After trying to expand his skillset, having him play 1st in addition to catching in 2016, the Dodgers kept Hendrik behind the plate all season. Based on his numbers it is likely the Dodgers could see Clementina was ready to move up and they simply lacked a space in the advanced level to place him. By trading him to Cincinnati they get something they needed more and give him an opportunity to continue to grow as a player. That makes him teammates with German Ljatifi, adding two Europeans to the Mustang’s roster this season.

 

Xander Jan Bogaerts, Oranjestad Aruba

Team: Boston Red Sox

League: MLB - AL

Parent Club: Boston Red Sox

Position: IF – SS, 3B

2017 Highlights: Xander’s batting average has returned south of .300. He is hitting .279 with 426 appearances. Nearly 1/3 of his 119 hits have been for extra bases. He’s also stolen 11 while only being caught in the act once. At short he’s committed 13 errors in 954.1 innings. This is a career high for him with lots of season yet to go but he is still posting a more than respectable .968 fielding percentage.

 

Kenley Jansen, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

League: MLB – NL

Parent Club: Los Angeles Dodgers

Position: RHP

2017 Highlights: Jansen’s ERA has finally reached triple digits this season. He is posting a 1.20 ERA over 50 games and 52.1 innings of action. Kenley has struck out 80 while walking just 5. He has a 5-0 record with no saves.   

 

Ryan Oduber, Oranjestad Aruba

Team: Lowell Spinners

League: New York-Penn League - Short A

Parent Club: Boston Red Sox - AL

Position: LHP

2017 Highlights: Has inexperience caught up with Oduber? His ERA has ballooned to 6.26 at his new club. Through 23.0 innings of play he has struck out 22 while walking 8 and has given up 16 earned runs. Fear not, the change is more likely the sign of a really bad outing. Looking back just a month ago, Ryan was posting a 2.64 ERA through 14.0 innings with just 5 earned runs and 13 K’s already on the board. When you play short-season ball as a starting pitcher just one game can have a huge impact on your numbers. We’ll have to wait and see if he gets an opportunity to bring that back down before the season ends. 

 

Jurickson Profar, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: Round Rock Express

League: Pacific Coast League - AAA

Parent Club: Texas Rangers

Position: Utility

2017 Highlights: It appears that Profar may finish this season in the minor leagues. Following his move to the PCL in early July he spent most of the month playing regularly. There he is posting a .300 average but in the majors his numbers remain well below the .200 mark at .172. After apparently voicing frustration about the team’s inability to trade him, the team chose to show him some pine. They put him on the DL for a week to cool his jets. Profar is signed with Texas through the end of 2019 so he has some hard decisions to make about whether he’s going to step up, show leadership and become a team player they can turn to or if he’s going to continue to struggle through the minor league system. He has enough fielding skills to make him an asset to any team, including Texas, but he’ll need to put himself in check in order to make that clear to management.

 

Jonathan Schoop, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: Baltimore Orioles

League: MLB - AL

Parent Club: Baltimore Orioles

Position: 2B

2017 Highlights: Schoop continues to have an All Star season. He is now hitting .302 with 30 doubles, 26 homeruns and 86 RBIs. Looks like he may need to clear some shelf space for a Silver Slugger at year’s end. With more than 1000 innings of action behind him, Jonathan is also posting a .983 fielding percentage. He is currently leading the AL in games played (162) and is 5th in hits (137). He’s also on a ton of top 10 lists for the league including most doubles, homeruns, RBIs, extra bases, and the list goes on and on. The 25-year old has hit his stride with a lot of great years ahead. Barring injury and keeping this pace, we could be looking at a future Hall of Famer.     

 

Sharlon Schoop, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: Norfolk Tide

League: International League - AAA

Parent Club: Baltimore Orioles - AL

Position: SS

2017 Highlights: On July 13th the Tide placed Schoop on the 7-day DL and that is the last we’ve heard from him. While he still shows as an active player it is safe to say this will likely be the end of Schoop’s second chance at an MLB career. It is certainly a season of highs and lows for the brothers Schoop.    

 

Andrelton Simmons, Mundo Nobo Curaçao

Team: Angels of Anaheim

League: MLB – NL

Parent Club: Angels of Anaheim

Position: SS

2017 Highlights: Simmons’ bat is on fire once more. He has now surpassed his WBC stats and is hitting .296 on the season. With 131 hits, including 28 doubles, 2 triples and 12 homeruns, he has 60 runs and has batted in 55. Over 490 appearances, he’s struck out just 50 times. Andrelton has also stolen 17 bases while being caught up just 5 times this year. At short he has committed just 9 errors giving him a .983 fielding percentage.

 

Chadwick Tromp, Oranjestad, Aruba

Team: Pensacola Blue Wahoos

League: Southern League – AA

Parent Club: Cincinnati Reds – NL

Position: Catcher

2017 Highlights: Tromp appears to be settling in over in Pensacola. Promoted to the club at the beginning of July, he’s hitting .209 through 86 plate appearances with 18 hits and 10 RBIs. Behind the plate he’s currently posting a .986 fielding percentage. He has 120 putouts including the 7 he caught stealing. 

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