by Chris Buck
Farmstros Five Week 12- June 23-29, 2011
Corpus Christi's Dueling Southpaws
Southpaw #1:Dallas Keuchel, 23, LHP, Corpus Christi
Why? – 1.29 era, 1 GS, 7 IP, 6H, R, BB, 6 SO
Once again, Dallas is back on the list with another solid outing. He is really starting to pile up the quality outings. In fact, there may not be much more he can prove at AA. Once the Big Club starts to make some moves in the next month, you will likely see a chain reaction that pulls Keuchel up at least one level. For the season, he now has a 2.72 era over 89.1 innings pitched in 14 starts.
Southpaw #2: Xavier Cedeno, 24, LHP, Corpus Christi
Why? - 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 6 2/3 IP, H, 14 SO
Picked up as a free agent prior to this season, whether or not Cedeno is truly a prospect is still a question. However, in his only start in Week 12 he looked like one. He retired the first 17 batters he faced before allowing his only hit in the sixth inning. He finished his outing with a Corpus Christi record 14 strikeouts. In 94 innings pitched this season (16 starts) Cedeno has a 3.54 ERA and a Texas League leading 93 strikeouts.
Austin Wates, 22, OF, Lancaster
Why? – 9-for-28, 3 R, 3 RBI, 3BB, 2SB.
Austin has not hit for a lot of power just yet, but the scouting reports indicate that he does possess some raw line-drive gap-to-gap power. This should come with more time and some age. For now, the hope is that he makes consistent contact and continues to progress. Originally drafted in the third round in 2010 draft, Wates has had a solid year in the California League. Lately, he has been hot; posting a .385/.457/.436 line in his last ten games. For the season he has a.309/.367/.395 line. Known as a good all-around athlete Wates has the defensive abilities to play anywhere in the outfield. If he continues to hit and get on-base, he has the ceiling of an everyday centerfielder in the majors with above-average hitting and defensive tools.
Chase Davidson, 21, OF, Greeneville
Why? – 8-for-23, 7 R, 6 RBI, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4BB, 3SB.
Davidson was originally drafted by the Astros in the third round of the 2008 draft, but he decided to go to Georgia. He was redrafted by the Astros this June in the 41st round. Described by Bobby Heck in 2008 as a left-handed hit collector, Chase has done just that so far; hit. For the season Davidson has a .375/.447./825 line in just 10 games. Davidson appears to have the ceiling of a player that can play at any corner, outfield or infield, and hit for a good average with some power. Time will tell. It is long way to the Majors from Rookie ball.
Mike Foltynewicz, 19, RHP, Lexington
Why? – 1.50 era, 1 GS, 6 IP, 2H, R, 3BB, 8 SO
Folty is also starting to pile up the quality outings. He got off to a bit of a slow start, but has really turned it around lately, with a 3.52 era in his last ten starts. It will be interesting to see what the Astros do with Folty and Bushue. Each have shown the ability to move up, but both are still young and Lancaster is the toughest place to pitch in baseball. My guess is that, assuming they continue to perform well the remainder of the season at Lexington, they may get moved to Corpus for the start of the 2012 season in the same way that the organization moved Lyles.
Kyle Hallock, 22, LHP, Tri-City
Why? – 0.00 era, 1 GS, 6 IP, 4H, BB, 6 SO
Hallock was drafted this June in the 10th round. He was the Friday starter for Kent State this past season and performed well, going 10-4 with a 1.91 ERA, earning MAC Pitcher of the Year honors. He runs his fastball up to 90 mph and has a hard slider to match it. For the season, in three starts he has a 2.00 era and his given up just 12 hits and one walk with 20 strikeouts in 18 innings of work.