Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Farm Notes From 4/27

Jordan Lyles (HOU) looking dominant at double-A
In 22 innings and at age 19, Lyles has posted a 2.86 ERA, 2.28 FIP, with 25 strikeouts to only four walks. Quite impressive numbers for a young pitcher that scouts don't seem to get very excited about. If Lyles continues to post these K/BB numbers at double-A, I'm sure everyone will start to take a second look.

Drew Storen (WAS) has allowed only one ER in 9.1 innings
He also has 11 strikeouts to only one walk. Twice Storen has gone two innings to record a save, which is what he did last night. Matt Capps is getting the job done in Washington right now and Tyler Clippard is likely next in line for 2010, but Storen should be knocking on the big league door all season long with this these type of performances. (And yes, his teammate Stephen Strasburg was pretty good last night too).

Pedro Alvarez (PIT) steals his second base
Alvarez came into spring training in better shape this season, prompting some to wonder if he could stick at third base a bit longer than anticipated. He stole his second base of the season Tuesday night, which matched his total from all of last season. At the plate, Alvarez has cooled after a hot start and is now hitting .250/.333/.444. He's 4 for 21 against left-handed pitching with seven strikeouts.

Starlin Castro (CHC) continues to rake double-A pitching
20-years-old, Castro is off to a monster start. After a 3 for 5 performance yesterday, that included his fifth stolen base, Castro is now hitting .337/.417/.610 with seven doubles and four triples. Calm down fantasy owners, Castro is currently sporting an extremely high .418 BABIP. Still, with the way the Cubs are struggling right now, one has to wonder whether they are itching to pick up the phone and inject some excitement into their big league club.

Carlos Santana (CLE) is coming
Nothing new here really. Santana went 2 for 3 with two walks Tuesday night and his line sits at .328/.451/.655 (.298 BABIP) with five home runs and 13 walks to only six strikeouts. It's only going to be 2-3 more weeks before we see Santana in Cleveland.

Mike Stanton (FLA) continues to draw walks
No, Stanton didn't hit another home run last night, but he did go 1 for 2 with a double and three walks. That gives Stanton 20 walks to 18 strikeouts on the year. He just continues to impress.

Mike Trout (LAA) steals again
He now has 10 steals in 11 attempts.
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