Minor League Monday: August 26th

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(AAA) Round Rock Express

Player of the week: Chris McGuiness

The 25-year old first baseman had a sip of coffee in the big leagues in June, although it tasted bitter. Since being sent back to Round Rock after a  2-week major league stint, McGuiness is underperforming like his pre-call up self. In 42 games after the demotion, he’s hitting .211/.339/.333 in 177 PA. But in his last 9, he looks like he’s channeling his 2012 form. He has a .303/.452/.515 line with a couple of HRs in his last 42 PA.

(AA) Frisco RoughRiders

Player of the week: Luis Sardinas

After a solid 4-month campaign at high-A, Sardinas got called up to Frisco with Rougned Odor to play for the Riders in the last month of the season. Unlike his double play partner’s quick success at AA, Sardinas is struggling with bat. Through his first 109 PA at the level, he’s hitting a pedestrian .250/.278/.288 with just 4 extra-base hits. But in his last 9 games, the numbers look better. He’s hit safely in all 9 games during the stretch and has a .311/.326/.378 in 46 PA.

Assuming he’s not getting traded in the off-season, he’ll start the 2014 at Frisco.

(High-A) Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Player of the week: Luis Parra

The 21-year old Dominican lefty got promoted from Hickory earlier in August. In 4 starts so far at Myrtle Beach, Parra has had 1 rough outing (only lasted 3.2 innings, gave up 4 runs on the 14th), but his other 3 starts are in the good-to-solid range. In his last start, Parra pitched excellent in 6 stellar innings. Other than the HR gave up to Joey DeMichele, he didn’t make a single major mistake.

Overall at Myrtle Beach, he’s given up 23 hits, 9 runs, struck out 15 while walked 7 in 20.2 innings.

(Low-A) Hickory Crawdads

Player of the week: Jorge Alfaro

#TheLegend missed almost the entire month of July due to a fractured left hand that kept him from participating in the Futures game. Since returning from the injury on July 29th, Alfaro’s hitting .268/.366/.454 in 112 PA, including .282/.349/.641 with 10 HR in his last 43. He’s performing slightly better in the past month than the 1st half of the season. Before breaking his hand, Alfaro was hitting .263/.334/.458 in 293 PA.

(SS-A) Spokane Indians

*Player of the week: Jordan Akins

Baseball Prospectus’ Jason Parks described Akins “he has the biggest gap between what he is now and what he could be in the future among all players in baseball” in 2012. A year after the Professor’s lecture, Akins stays the same. The 21-year old, toolsy outfielder had 2 straight sub-6 OPS campaigns at Hickory and got demoted to Spokane in early August. But regardless of the level, Akins is “what he is”. In his 70 plate appearances at Spokane, he’s hitting dreadful .209/.243/.388. Although 8 of his 14 hits have gone extras (6 doubles, 2 dingers).

*The entire Spokane offense has underperformed, but Akins has the most upside.

(Rookie) Arizona Rangers

Player of the week: Lucas Lanphere

Lanphere was picked by the Rangers in the 21st round of the 2013 amateur draft. The 6-2, 17-year old right hander is the youngest among the Baby Rangers’ pitching staff, and 10th youngest among all the arms in the Arizona Rookie League. In his very first professional season, Lanphere has given up 7 runs on 14 hits, struck out 14 while walked 6 in 18 innings.

Kazuto Yamazaki is a Staff Writer for ShutDownInning.com. He can be reached on Twitter@LaBlynne or at lonestarfastballer@yahoo.com.
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Grew up in Tokyo, Kaz fell in love with the 2004 Rangers that featured Hank Blalock and Mark Teixeira, and has been a fan since then. Other than doing baseball-related activity, which consumes most of his time, he enjoys singing and playing the guitar. He also writes for The Dynasty Guru and The Scoop Sports. You can follow Kaz on Twitter @Kazuto_Yamazaki and reach him via email kazuto.yamazaki@shutdowninning.com.

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