Nashville Sound’s ‘Top Ten Prospects’ Update
The following players were posted officially as the Top Ten Prospects coming into the 2009 season for the Nashville Sounds. How are they doing in 2009?
[Update as of June 29, 2009]
1. Alcides Escobar, SS
Alcides played all of the 2007 and 2008 season at Double-A Huntsville.
He started out in the Sound’s line-up on opening day 2009. He has been the regular starting SS for the Sounds all year so far. Batting .302. | 26 RBIs | 27 steals | .346 OBP (5th). Has not been called up so far for 2009 season.
Escobar’s bat has come on strong in the past several weeks. His 19 doubles gives him co-lead for the Sounds with Katin. His range at SS and glove is super. He was put at 2B earlier and found it to be awkward to adjust. He makes very difficult plays seem easy. He is exciting to watch.
He was called up to Milwaukee in September 2008 and played in nine games, batting .500 (four ABs).
Photo gallery of Escobar pics taken by AttheOldBallGame.com in 2009.
2. Mat Gamel, 3B
Gamel started out in the Sound’s line-up on opening day after playing Double-A Huntsville ball in 2008. He was called up to the Brewers May 14th. When called-up he was batting .336 with 8 HRs and 31 RBIs. Gamel has started 17 games and has played in a total of 36 for Milwaukee. He is batting .239 with 2 homers, averaging 2.4 ABs per game he plays.
His glove has been of question but he has committed just three errors in his role at Milwaukee so far. Mat was red-hot when he moved up to Milwaukee in mid-May and has never really found his rhythm with the Brewers yet. His bat has so much more potential than Brewer’s fans have seen displayed yet. Many wonder if he will be sent back down to Nashville in the 2009 season.
Photo gallery of Gamel pics taken by AttheOldBallGame.com in 2009.
3. Brett Lawrie, 2B
Brett was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1st round (16th) of the 2008 June Draft. He has been playing with Single-A Wisconsin for all of 2009 so far. In 61 games he is batting .268 with 41 RBIs. His fielding needs work haviing committed 12 errors (.948) at 2B this year. He was originally listed as a C/3B.
4. Jeremy Jeffress, RHP
He split his 2008 season with Brevard A and AA-Huntsville, and has done the same for 2009. In four season (since 2006) he has a record of 20-21 with a .420 ERA.
5. Angel Salome, C
Angel Salome played all of the 2008 season at Double-A Huntsville where he batted .360.
He has played with the Sounds all season. Hitting .285 (56 games), 30 RBIs, 14 2Bs, 4 HRs. By late June he had won the starting catcher-spot from Carlos Corporan. Salome is not as good defensively as Corporan but has a much stronger bat. He only throws out about 25% of runners attempting to steal.
Salome is 5’7″ and 200 pounds. He is built like a rock and his bulkiness affects his speed and mobility. He struggled offensively in April and May but turned it on in June.
Photo gallery of Salome pics taken by AttheOldBallGame.com in 2009.
6. Lorenzo Cain, OF
Lorenzo was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 17th round of the 2004 June Draft. He is 23 years old. He split most of his playing time in 2008 in Brevard County and Huntsville.
He is listed as having only played in four games for AA-Huntsville in 2009. He had 14 ABs and no hits. He suffered a serious knee injury recently and his out for the entire season.
7. Cutter Dykstra, OF
Cutter has spent most of the 2009 season with Single-A Wisconsin where he is batting just .212. He mostly plays CF. His fielding is quite solid. In two seasons so far his batting average is .243.
8. Taylor Green, 3B
In his four seasons (since 2006) so far he is batting .294. He showed some signs of HR power in 2007 and 2008 but has not displayed that so far in 2009. His OBP is .382.
9. Cole Gillespie, OF
Gillespie spent all of 2008 at Double-A Huntsville where he hit .281. He joined Sound’s roster April 23rd and immediately assumed the role of the regular LF. Has played in 59 games, batting .232 with 10 doubles, 21 RBIs and 27 BBs.
Cole has struggled at the plate in 2009 so far. Until the past couple weeks his batting average barely hovered near .200. He is hitting the ball better now. He has decent speed in the outfield and has a solid glove.
Gillespie has excellent plate discipline. He walks a lot and does not strike out much. His current OBP of .335 will pick up a lot if he starts hitting better.
Photo gallery of Gillespie pics taken by AttheOldBallGame.com in 2009.
10. Jonathan Lucroy, C
Lucroy was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 3rd round of the 2007 June Draft. The 23 year old has spent all of the 2009 season at Double-A Huntsville.
He is currently batting .258. He has better defensive numbers than Salome but his bat is much weaker. In three seasons in tyhe minors so far his overall batting average is .300.