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Farm Fresh: 5/24/2011

Alex White may be closer than he appears
Alex White may be closer than he appears

Columbus Clippers: Alex White

It is only fair, after singing the praises of 2010 1st round pick Drew Pomeranz last week, to highlight what 2009 1st round pick Alex White is doing in Columbus. White has, through three games, clearly been the best pitcher on the Clippers. White has covered 18 innings in those starts, allowing just 14 hits, four earned runs, only three walks (all in his first start), and a healthy 20 Ks. If Carrasco really does head to the DL for an extended time, White might get his major league debut sooner rather than later.

Akron Aeros: Nick Hagadone

Waves of arms...remember? Hagadone has been working out of the bullpen to start the season and the results have been incredibly encouraging. After struggling mightily with his mechanics and command last season (63 walks in 85 innings), Hagadone has struck out 14 while walking just one in 10 2/3 innings so far this year. Hagadone's final role remains unclear; while he has not started an outing, he has pitched between two and three innings in each of the five games he has made an appearance. And yes, in addition to the nice K:BB numbers, he has allowed only six hits and no runs in those outings. 

Kinston Indians: Preston Guilmet

Kinston, perhaps catching some bad mojo in their final season with a Cleveland affiliation, have struggled in their start to the season. Aside from Pomeranz, it is hard to find anyone obviously worthy of singling out. I will choose Guilmet simply because so far on the season (5 appearances, 6.1IP) he has done no wrong (0 runs, 0 walks, six Ks). Guilmet's start is a continuation of the immense success he had at the backend of Lake County's bullpen a season ago (79K, 10BB, 52IP). 

Lake County Captains: Carlos Moncrief

Moncrief is a true, deep sleeper kind of a prospect. Which is one way of saying he is in no way a prospect. But he is an interesting story. Drafted by Cleveland in the 14th round of the 2008 draft, Moncrief spent his first two pro seasons as a pitcher, with very limited success. Praised for his athleticism, Carlos was switched to the outfield in 2010, spending most of the season being overmatched by pitchers in the NY-Penn short-season league. He has begun this year as the Captains regular CF, though, and currently is tied for the team league with ten extra-base hits (six 2Bs, two 3Bs, two HRs). The ten extra-base hits, coupled with 12 walks and 17 Ks in just 70 plate appearances make him something of a hybrid three true outcomes type of player. Not likely, but possibly an interesting guy to watch.