Harrison Bader has had a fine season so far. He hasn't done enough to force his way into the big league outfield picture, but he has done enough to ease any concerns about his Pacific Coast League debut last year. A lot could happen between now and the trade deadline (let alone the winter meetings), but he seems like he'll be well positioned to contribute to the big league roster as one of the first guys up next year, especially if the organization clears some of the AAAA guys off of the 40 man...Since we last talked Adolis Garcia has drawn his first and only walk in AAA. His double last night was his 5th since being promoted and his 6th XBH in 60 Memphis plate appearances...Matt Pearce was making his 2017 PCL debut. He had a disastrous 5 start stretch in Springfield and Memphis last year, but he got a second crack at the upper minors this season and looked like the same guy he's always been; no walks, no strikeouts, lots o' fly balls, not very many homers and an ERA well below his FIP. It's a weird profile, but he's made it work (and in Hammons Field). He may be about out of runway; he doesn't look like a big league starter, and isn't an obvious candidate for the bullpen. But idling in Memphis waiting for a shot isn't the worst spot in the world for a 13 round draft pick.
Over the past few weeks quite a few rising prospects have accumulated in Springfield, and it might be my favorite team in the system now. They're are interesting names if not actual prospects all over the diamond, the outfield has three speedy prospects in Mercado, Arozarena, and (eventually) Sierra. Seferina, who seems to have regained his footing after a lost year in 2016, is at 2B, Tom Edman is at SS. Andrew Knizner is having the year most people hoped Jeremy Martinez would have as the Cardinals rising catching prospect. In the rotation Alcantara, Gomber, and Chris Ellis were all on the prospect radar coming into the year, and Dakota Hudson, and Zac Gallen have both had impressive first full pro seasons. Rowan Wick is in the bullpen now trying to pitch his way back to AAA and onto the Memphis Shuttle, and Andrew Morales has found a new lease on his prospect life as a reliever...Dakota Hudson's fastball has been as advertised, and he's been able to rack up a ton of groundballs with it in the Texas League, however he has not been generating the amount of swings and misses you'd expect from a someone who has a pitch like his cutter/slider. I'd love to see a publicly available scouting report or even hear someone's first hand observations in the comments that may shed some light on that. Has the pitch not been as nasty as it looked coming out of college, or does the organization have throwing as many curves and changeups as possible right now, to possibly turn those into usable big league pitches?
Your way too early to be meaningful Kramer Robertson update: .326/.341/.488...After a fairly solid start to his Peoria career Juan Yepez has faded badly. He homered 5 times in his first two weeks after coming over in exchange for Matt Adams, but he hasn't gone deep in over a month and has only 2 XBH in July...After a couple of seasons of underwhelming results in the rotation Bryan Dobzanski was moved to the pen this month. His last 6 appearances have been in relief and he's recorded 13 strikeouts and 3 walks in 11 IP. Not overwhelming numbers, but for a guy who walked too many and didn't get enough K's it's a pretty huge improvement. Also, Ox and Dobber has a nice ring to it.