Minor League Box Scores: 07.15.13 | Disciples of Uecker

Disciples of Uecker

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Nashville Sounds: (33-65), 15.0 GB

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 9 2
Nashville 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 1

LHP Chris Narveson:  (L, 2-6) 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR — 6.42 ERA
RHP Michael Olmsted:  1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K — 6.33 ERA
RHP Rob Wooten:  1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K — 3.12 ERA

3B Stephen Parker:  1-4, 2B, 2 K — .213 AVG
LF Cole Garner:  1-4, RBI, 2 K — .171 AVG

Huntsville Stars: (10-15), 6.5 GB

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Birmingham 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 5 7 1
Huntsville 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1

RHP Andy Moye:  (L, 4-10) 4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR — 4.37 ERA
RHP Eric Marzec:  2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K — 2.04 ERA
RHP Kevin Shackelford:  1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K — 3.18 ERA

2B Nick Shaw:  2-4, 2B, RBI — .237 AVG
CF Chadwin Stang:  1-3, BB, R, K — .283 AVG
3B Shea Vucinich:  1-4, 2B, K — .215 AVG

Brevard County Manatees: (13-8), 1.5 GB

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Brevard County 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 5 8 0
Palm Beach 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 7 1

LHP Jed Bradley:  5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K — 4.30 ERA
RHP Tyler Cravy:  (W, 3-1) 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K — 2.97 ERA

1B Nick Ramirez:  1-3, HR (18), 2 RBI, R — .255 AVG
RF T.J. Mittelstaedt:  2-4, 2B, HR (9), 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 K — .226 AVG
CF Mitch Haniger:  2-4, 3B, R — .255 AVG

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: (10-13), 6.0 GB

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Lake County 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 4 9 1
Wisconsin 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 6 2

RHP Jorge Lopez:  7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K — 5.43 ERA
RHP Taylor Mangum:  (L, 2-5) 2.0 IP, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR — 3.54 ERA

LF Victor Roache:  1-4, HR (10), RBI, R, 2 K — .224 AVG
C Parker Berberet:  1-3, HR (5), 2 RBI, R — .238 AVG
1B Garrett Cooper:  1-2, BB, R — .143 AVG

Helena Brewers: (13-11), — GB

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Ogden 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 3 1
Helena 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 x 6 8 2

RHP Eduard Reyes:  5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K — 1.74 ERA
RHP Brandon Moore:  (BS, 1) 2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K — 5.84 ERA
RHP Andy Hillis:  (W, 3-0) 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K — 0.00 ERA

C Michael Turay:  1-2, 3 RBI, BB — .294 AVG
RF Dionis Hinojosa:  2-4, 2B, CS (5) — .348 AVG
LF Jose Pena:  0-2, 2 BB, SB (2), R, 2 K — .183 AVG

AZL Brewers: (6-14), 6.0 GB

Did not play.

DSL Brewers: (10-24), 12.0 GB

Did not play.

Prospect of the Day:  1B Nick Ramirez (High-A Brevard County)

Nick Ramirez has received ample attention as of late because he’s hitting .395/.452/.632 in July with a pair of home runs — including one on Sunday afternoon. He has also collected at least one RBI in the past five games. And with Corey Hart potentially leaving via free agency after the season and Hunter Morris underperforming expectations in Triple-A Nashville, I’ve received multiple questions on Twitter asking if Ramirez is the first baseman of the future in Milwaukee.

As much raw power as Ramirez possesses, I don’t see any way he develops into a starting first baseman at the big-league level unless something dramatic changes over the next couple seasons. He strikes out far too much, which will inhibit his power from playing, and he hasn’t proven he can even moderately handle left-handed pitching. He owns a 32.5% strikeout rate. To put that in comparison, Rickie Weeks (who is always criticized for striking out too much) has a 26.8% strikeout rate this season. Ramirez simply doesn’t project to make enough contact to let the power play at the higher levels.

Secondly, as mentioned, he has a wicked platoon split:

Split AVG OBP SLG OPS
vs. RHP .282 .349 .533 .882
vs. LHP .194 .261 .388 .649

Many minor-league hitters possess a platoon split to some degree, but Ramirez’s split is massive. If he cannot handle lefties in High-A, he doesn’t figure to have much luck against better southpaws in Double-A and Triple-A.

Ultimately, the power is great and he’s an enjoyable player to follow on a day-to-day basis, but his contact issues and inability to hit left-handed pitching will likely keep him from making an impact at the major-league level. Of course, players can unexpectedly develop and crazy things can happen. With the information we currently have available, though, it doesn’t appear promising.

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  1. Mathdude says: July 15, 2013

    Thanks for the update on Ramirez.

    Anything new to add on Lopez’s development? I’m seeing 7 quality starts in his last ten, and that’s terrific at any level.

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