Pacific Coast League Update (Chris Davis, Emmanuel Burriss & More)

The Triple-A season is just a few days old, but that hasn’t stopped some players from trying to making us take notice.  Let’s take a look at a few players who have the potential to make a fantasy impact (or at least we want to believe that they can considering their previous hype):

Chris Davis – Texas Rangers
In his first three games he has gone 6-12 with 4 HR, 8 RBI and 4 R.  No, that is not a typo, Davis has already launched four long balls.  This is his shtick though, isn’t it?   He abuses Triple-A pitchers but, when he gets his opportunity in the Major Leagues, he struggles miserably (.248 average). 

Of course, while the power is impressive, he has struck out four times on the young seasons.  That’s a big number and has been a constant problem over his brief Major League career.  Whenever he’s gotten a chance to play (806 AB) he has posted a 34.5% strikeout rate.

Someone will probably want to give him a look (it’s hard to imagine the Rangers going down this road yet again), but don’t let the quick start get you too excited.  He’s showing the same signs that he always has, and that spells trouble.

Emmanuel Burriss – San Francisco Giants
He has started the season at 2-9 with one walk, yet he has stolen six bases.  How is that even possible?  With Andres Torres getting hurt yesterday the Giants could be looking for a sparkplug at the top of the order.

Burriss hasn’t seen extensive Major League AB since 2009, when he hit .238 with 11 SB in 202 AB.  Back in 2007 he stole 68 bases in the minor leagues, so there is no questioning his speed.  He suffered a fractured foot in 2010, which certainly contributed to his lost season, but he clearly is trying to prove that he has put the incident behind him.

He’s only appeared in one game in the outfield in his career, so seeing him replace Torres is probably a longshot.  Still, his early season stolen base barrage has got to make you take notice, especially if you are desperate for some speed.

Everth Cabrera – San Diego Padres
The speedster opened the year with a three stolen base game (4-7, 1 RBI, 3 R and 3 SB) and has added another one since.  He struggled in 2010 in the Majors, hitting .208 with 10 SB in 16 attempts, so it is going to take a lot more than just one game in order to convince the Padres to give him a shot.

He’s a name those in deeper leagues know, and one that is worth monitoring.  Still, given his past struggles, it is probably going to be some time before the team gives him an opportunity to produce.

What are your thoughts of these players?  Is there any chance any of them make an impact in 2011?  Who are you watching?

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One comment

  1. Nick Tenaglia says:

    Let’s take a look at some other PCL hitters:

    Eric Hosmer:
    .444 / .500 / .500
    That is a very deceiving line – he is actually doing worse than it appears. Yes he has 8 hits through 18 ABs, but only one has been an XBH (1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR). Granted its only been 4 games, and there is still a LOT of games to be played, but the jury is still out as to whether or not Hosmer will actually develop into a power-hitting 1B. He has only put up good HR numbers in one level of the minor leagues (2010 Double-A: 195 AB, 13 HR, .615 SLG). Last year was a breakout season for him, and many expected Hosmer to be a June/July call-up, despite the Royals coming out and saying that he will NOT be called up. He is a guy to watch for in dynasty leagues, because if he cannot turn on the “Power Switch” (pun intended), then he will start dropping in the Top Prospects lists.

    Mike Moustakas:
    .211 / .250 / .368
    Like his Omaha teammate (Hosmer), Moose only has 1 XBH, however, Moose’s is of the Home Run variety. This is nothing new for Moose, as he has always been projected as a power masher. The concerning part of Moose’s game is his plate discipline. Currently he is sporting a 4:1 K-to-BB ratio, which puts his career PCL K:BB at a cool 29:9 through 56 games). The hope for Moose was that he would be able to cut down on the K’s. Although it most likely won’t affect his MLB call-up schedule (early June), it still would have been nice to see some improvement.

    Jordan Pacheco / Wilin Rosario:
    So I guess we can begin the Chris Iannetta suicide-watch, seeing as how he has a .217 Avg with 8 K’s.
    Pacheco (AAA) – .333 / .429 / .583
    Rosario (AA) – .300 / .364 / .700
    Rosario will be the catcher-of-the-future for the Rox, but Pacheco might play a decent stop-gap role this season (and into 2012) if he can keep the hits coming in the PCL.

    Brett Lawrie:
    .375 / .474 / .625
    There has been speculation that Lawrie may become a June 1 call-up if he can play decent defense at 3B. This speculation may still come to fruition even without the defense seeing any great leaps. With Edwin Encarcanion hitting a measely .167 with a 4:0 K:BB ratio through 7 games, and the Jays looking like they might actually be a competitor in the AL East when June rolls around, Lawrie’s consistently hot bat might outweigh the shortcomings of his defense.

    Jerry Sands / Trayvon Robinson:
    Sands – .375 / .353 / .813
    Robinson – .182 / .308 / .182
    No these are not typos – Sands does in fact have a lower OBP than his AVG, and Robinson does have a SLG equal to his AVG. These two guys are essentially in a race to fill the next OF spot in the Dodgers roster. This isn’t so much about this season, especially with Tony Gwynn hitting lights-out right now, but more about getting the next call-up. The thought was that Sands would be the better option for the call-up because he can play both LF and 1B, but Trayvon might be the best MLB player in the long run. At this point it looks like this assumption will hold true as Sands is looking like he might be overmatched for the PCL (2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 K), whereas Trayvon just looks lost (7 K, 1 BB, 0 SB)

    Brandon Allen:
    .111 / .263 / .188
    Remember that this was the guy the Diamondbacks were “supposed” to keep on the 25-man roster instead of Branyan? Because Branyan was a short-term option whereas Allen was already overmatched for Triple-A pitching? Yeah well I guess that hasn’t proven true yet. He was supposed to be the Next-Guy-Up for the D-Backs, but with Allen’s failures this far, and with the play of Cole Gillespie in the PCL (.500 / .600 / .625), this may prove to be different

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