|21||Hudson Valley||NYPL (A-)||255||37||65||4||26||24/8||27||38||.300||.386||.470|
|22||Bowling Green||MIDW (A)||485||72||123||8||45||39/14||63||67||.303||.408||.451|
Bortnick doesn't have great tools, but is a hustler and has always been a fan and coach's favorite. He has outstanding plate discipline, and actually had more walks than strikeouts in 2011. He is an excellent bunter and baserunner, and was rated by Baseball America as the best baserunner in the Florida State League in 2011. Defensively, Bortnick has a strong arm (college shortstop) and good range, and turns the double play well. The main drawback for him is the lack of power.
Bortnick was ranked as the Rays' #18 Prospect by John Sickels' MinorLeagueBall.com, and #29 by Baseball America. The Diamondbacks have said that he will report to AAA Reno, where he will compete for playing time with infielders Jake Elmore and Taylor Harbin for playing time.
With Josh Collmenter moving back to the starting rotation, Brad Bergesen will slide into the long relief role. He has started 59 games in the Majors, with a career 4.60 ERA as a starter, and an overall ERA of 4.68 in 394 IP. He doesn't strike out many batters (career 4.7 K/9), but he does get a lot of ground balls (47.3 GB%) and doesn't walk many (2.6 BB/9). He's the type of pitcher who needs his defense to make plays behind him.
|Pitcher||Curve - Called Ball||Curve Frequency|
Since Bauer has been unable to consistently throw his curve for strikes, batters have basically been able to ignore his curve and wait for a fastball or changeup. The table below shows how often batters swing at a pitch from each of the Diamondbacks' starters - Bauer has the lowest Swing % of the group, and his 39.8 Swing % makes him one of only 3 NL starters below 40% (YGallardo and VWorley are the two others).
One factor to consider with Bauer is that he has been battling a minor groin injury for the last several weeks. He has tweeted several times that his velocity, and perhaps his command as well, have been affected by this problem. But Bauer is still confident that he can get back on track, saying after Tuesday's game "I just couldn't throw the ball where I wanted to. I'll fix it. I'll be fine." He will probably get one more chance this Sunday at home against the Astros. Hopefully that start will go well for Bauer, but if it does not, the Diamondbacks may decide to bring back Patrick Corbin (AAA: 3-2, 3.57 ERA, 36 K/13 BB in 40.1 IP) or give Tyler Skaggs an opportunity (AAA: 2-0, 2.65 ERA, 12K/3BB in 17 IP). With the team 7 Games Behind the division leading Giants, they can't afford to wait for Bauer much longer.
Edit: Reports from Nick Piecoro on Wednesday morning say that reliever Jonathan Albaladejo is in the Diamondbacks' clubhouse, which probably means that Bauer is being sent down. This would put Josh Collmenter back in the rotation, unless the team calls up Corbin or Skaggs for Sunday's game.
|2011||Scott Van Slyke||24||CNG||LAD||529||81||20||92||.348||.427||.595||1.022|
Just missing from the list were Justin Upton (Age 19), who had an OBP of .399, and Matt Kemp (21), Giancarlo Stanton (20), and Jason Heyward (19), who were promoted from AA before reaching 300 plate appearances. Of the 18 players listed above, more than half became Major Leaguers.
If we restrict the list to Southern League seasons at the age of 24 or later, and expand the Player list to include those with fewer plate appearances and a .380/.500 line, we can add some players who might be similar to Krauss.
Combining this group of ten players with the nine older than 24 from the list above, we have a total of nineteen players who had an OBP > .380 and SLG > .500 at the age of 24 or older in the Southern League. Out of these, 6 out of 19 are solidly established Major Leaguers - Josh Willingham, Nelson Cruz, Matt Diaz, Gaby Sanchez, Chris Denorfia, and Chris Heisey. What these players have in common is that they all started in the Minors around the age of 20-21, like Krauss (all went to college except for NCruz). Others, such as Fox and Rosales, had some success in the Majors, while players like Guyer and Van Slyke are still trying to establish themselves. So if Krauss can maintain his .400 OBP/.500 SLG marks in the Southern League, the chances of achieving some success at the Major League level look pretty good, much better than for most 24 year olds in AA ball.]]>
|1||4||Aaron Hill||.300/.355/.505 with excellent defense at 2B; should have made the NL All Star team||2.2||2.9|
|2||3||Jason Kubel||Leads AZ with 15 HR and 60 RBI, and is 3rd in NL in RBI; .900 OPS is #13 in NL; leads NL with 11 Assists||1.7||1.7|
|3||7||Wade Miley||Leads team with 3.04 ERA; Has cut walks down from 4.2 BB/9 in '11 to just 1.9, and HRA/9 from 1.4 to 0.8||2.1||2.0|
|4||21||Paul Goldschmidt||.920 OPS is #9 in the NL; Hitting .400/.462/.822 vs LHP, just .247/.315/.401 vs RHP||2.2||2.3|
|5||9||Miguel Montero||Leads team with .378 OBP; nailed 47% of basestealers||1.7||2.4|
|6||10||Trevor Cahill||3.64 ERA compared to FIP of 4.10; career FIP - ERA = 0.58||1.1||1.5|
|7||5||Ian Kennedy||4.26 ERA with 3.58 FIP; high BABIP (.326) and low LOB% (72%)||0.6||2.1|
|8||18||Gerardo Parra||.276/.345/.430 with 11/15 SB; still very good on defense||1.8||2.0|
|9||14||Justin Upton||.353 OBP and 54 Runs Scored are fine, but only has .401 SLG||1.2||1.2|
|10||2||Joe Saunders||69% Quality Start Rate (9/13) leads AZ; career FIP-ERA=0.49||0.8||1.2|
|11||11||David Hernandez||2.89 ERA; walks (4.1 BB/9) and SO (13.7 K/9) up this year||0.6||0.8|
|12||13||J.J. Putz||Has not given up a run in 12 of last 13, and 16 of 18 games||-0.1||0.2|
|13||1||Chris Young||Batting just .143/.235/.256 since return from injury||0.6||1.4|
|14||15||Brad Ziegler||2.45 ERA with 0 HR Allowed; leads NL with 71% GB rate||0.6||0.5|
|15||16||John McDonald||.796 OPS is best of his career; still solid on defense||0.4||0.6|
|16||12||Lyle Overbay||.317/.400/.500, but only 2 starts after June 15||0.4||0.4|
|17||17||Craig Breslow||2.92 ERA overall, but allowed 6 ER and 17H in 9.2 IP in June||0.5||0.2|
|18||6||Bryan Shaw||3.38 ERA; Has only allowed 4/25 Inherited Runners to score||0.4||0.2|
|19||25||Josh Collmenter||after rough start, has 1.40 ERA with 36K/9 BB in last 38.2 IP||0.3||0.5|
|20||19||Patrick Corbin||Has pitched well in relief; 1.69 ERA with 11K/4 BB in 10.2 IP||0.1||0.4|
|21||20||Willie Bloomquist||.393 SLG and .717 are career highs; only 6 of 14 in SB attempts||-0.5||0.6|
|22||8||Cody Ransom||.922 OPS with Arizona, but only .610 OPS with MIL||0.5||0.4|
|23||27||Ryan Roberts||.237/.285/.352; OPS down 130 pts from '11||0.0||0.2|
|24||-||Trevor Bauer||3 Starts - 1 good, 1 so-so, and 1 bad; 13K/8 BB in 13.1 IP||-0.1||0.2|
|25||26||Mike Zagurski||Holding LHB to a .562 OPS; 21K/10 BB in 22 IP||-0.1||-0.1|
|26||29||A.J. Pollock||.245/.288/.340; went 10 for 28 after a 3 for 25 start||0.0||0.0|
|27||-||Stephen Drew||Just .179/.226/.214 in 31 PA, but looks healthy||-0.2||-0.2|
|28||28||Henry Blanco||.167/.196/.204 in just 56 PA; caught 3 of 6 basestealers||-0.2||-0.2|
|29||23||Jonathan Albaladejo||2 ER in 2 IP; does have 14 Saves in AAA Reno||-0.1||0.0|
|30||22||Daniel Hudson||Allowed 9 HR in 45.1 IP (1.8 HR/9), after rate of 0.7 in '11||-0.9||0.3|
|31||30||Geoff Blum||Just 3 for 20 for the year, 1 for 8 as a PH||-0.1||-0.1|
|32||24||Joe Martinez||Gave up 2 Hits and 1 ER in only inning; back in AAA||0.0||0.0|
|33||-||Josh Bell||Just .173/.232/.269; back in AAA||-0.5||-0.5|
|34||-||Konrad Schmidt||0 for 4 with a Run and a RBI||-0.1||-0.1|
|35||31||Joe Paterson||37.13 ERA; 15 Hits and 11 ER in just 2.2 IP||-0.7||-0.3|