Minor League Monday: August 19th
Player of the week: Jim Adduci
The 28-year old journeyman is having the best season of his 10-year minor league career. With a couple weeks left on the season, Adduci has already doubled his career-high HR total (14) and is putting up a .288/.373/.450 line in 497 PA. He strikes out a lot (94, tied for 8th most in the PCL), but walks a fair amount of times (59, 6th most). He’s also ranked at 3rd best in stolen bases (31). Over the past month, no one in the entire organization but Adrian Beltre has more hits than Adduci. He may see some big league time somewhere in 2014, if not for the Rangers.
Player of the week: Nick Martinez
Earlier in the month, the Rangers promoted a bunch of prospects on Myrtle Beach’s roster to Frisco. The Rangers’ 18th round pick in the 2011 amateur was one of them. Martinez got called up after a 10-7, 2.87 ERA, 105/38 K/BB, 119.1 IP campaign at Myrtle Beach. In his first AA start, he went 6 innings, gave up a run on 2 hits, struck out 3 while walked 2. His 2nd start was a slightly better one, outcome-wise. Although he gave up 3 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, he piled up 7 Ks while walked 3 in 6 innings.
(High-A) Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Player of the week: Drew Robinson
Last year, Robinson led the entire organization in walks. In 2013, he’s telling the same story with 68 base on balls. Behind him is Myrtle Beach teammate Jake Skole with 63, major league squad leader is Elvis Andrus with 43. As I wrote in the first ever edition of Minor League Monday, Robinson started the season poorly. But since June 10, he’s hitting .276/.414/.432 in 250 PA.
I, personally, would like to see him in the tools of ignorance. With the strong gun he’s showing at the hot corner, he could fit behind the plate, and his bat could work better at the position.
(Low-A) Hickory Crawdads
Player of the week: Jose Leclerc
The 19-year old Dominican right hander spent last 2 years in the Dominican Summer League. After he broke camp with the Hickory squad, Leclerc turned himself into an under-the-radar guy. He’s struck out 67 while only walked 19 in 52.1 innings. His 29.7 K% is ranked at 6th highest in the South Atlantic League (minimum 50 IP) and the highest on the ‘Dads after C.J. Edwards’ departure. He also holds opposing hitters a .249/.329/.310 slash line on the season.
(Short Season-A) Spokane Indians
Player of the week: Joe Jackson
The great-great-great nephew of former outfielder who’s banned for life was picked by the Rangers in the 5th round of the 2013 amateur draft. He didn’t kick off his pro career in a good fashion. In his first 21 games, he hit .188/.282/.232 in 78 PA. But in the last 10 games, the 21 year-old catcher is hitting .303/.410/.545 with 2 HR while walking more (6) than striking out (4) in 39 PA.
(Rookie) Arizona Rangers
After hitting .311/.400/.525 in his first 15 games, Demeritte had a short slow down phase (.045/.300/.045 in 7 games). He then comes back and has hit safely 15 times in his last 17 games, putting up a .344/.467/.508 in 75 PA over that span.