Sunday, July 11, 2010

Futures Game Diary: Bottom 3rd

Erin Andrews interviews Cookie Rojas. He might be the first man I've seen who is named after a dessert.

Reds prospect Yonder Alonso is in the game at 1b. Alonso has had a down year, likely due to the broken hamate bone he suffered last year. That injury tends to take over a year to fully heal. Alonso is blocked by Joey Votto at first base and the Reds have been trying Alonso in Left Field, where he would play defense similar to what Pat Burrell does. I profiled Alonso in a previous post.

Angels Outfielder and New Jersey native Mike Trout get an atbat after he pinch ran for Domonic Brown in the first. Trout is just 19 tears old and probably the 2nd best prospect left in minor league baseball (trailing only Brown, of course). He has plate discipline beyond his years, and above average speed. As a true 17-year-old in the Arizona Rookie League, he had the highest OPS of any player under 20 in the circuit, with strong walk and contact rates. Trout can wrap his bat slightly before swinging, and his front side gets a little soft on contact, but his pitch recognition and bat speed help compensate for it. He's a good athlete and an above-average runner who has the range for center, with a fringy arm. He's a future star.

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