May Prospects Rundown: Bradenton Marauders

The Bradenton Marauders looked like a huge success story when I reviewed them last month.  Then I looked a little closer at the team, and found a reason to throw cold water on their hot start.  The Bradenton offense was looking great, but almost all of the players had drastic home/road splits, which was probably due to McKechnie Field being a hitter friendly park.  It definitely put hot starts like the one Quincy Latimore experienced in to perspective, and I plan on revisiting the topic soon to see if anything has changed.

Bradenton did see two success stories, with Bryan Morris and Diego Moreno getting promoted to AA.  Both pitchers have carried their high-A success over to the next level, and chances are we could see more of the current Marauders joining them in June.  Here is a quick breakdown of the month of May, with players who played up to expectations, some surprises, and some disappointments.

Good as Advertised
Bryan Morris - Morris continued his dominance in the month of May, pitching 17 shutout innings with Bradenton.  He has since been promoted to Altoona, where he started out with a 2.40 ERA in his first 15 innings, and a 17:4 K/BB ratio.  Neal Huntington indicated that Morris could end up in AAA by August with a strong performance at the AA level.

Jeff Locke - Locke had a 3.45 ERA in 31.1 innings in the month of May, with a 25:4 K/BB ratio.  His numbers haven’t been as dominating as Morris, although I could see Locke ending up in AA in the next month or two.

Calvin Anderson - Anderson was on fire in the month of May, hitting for a .320/.384/.480 line, with three homers in 100 at-bats.  That’s a big jump from Anderson, who posted a .239 average and a .673 OPS in April.  The Pirates are short on first base prospects, which makes production from Anderson very welcome.

The Big Surprises

Nathan Adcock - I’ve still got Adcock in this category, because I’m not sure anyone saw this coming.  Adcock improved on his excellent start in the month of April, posting a 2.23 ERA in 36.1 innings in the month of May, with a 39:6 K/BB ratio, and a .188 BAA.  I’m guessing he’ll get the call to AA at some point in June, probably after Brad Lincoln is promoted, which should start a chain reaction through the minors.

Jeremy Farrell - Farrell had another strong month, hitting for a .327/.381/.529 line, with four homers in 104 at-bats.  Farrell is one of the rare players who is hitting both at home and on the road, which adds some legitimacy to his breakout season this year.

Eric Fryer - Fryer was hot in the month of May, hitting for a .317 average, with a .914 OPS and three homers in 82 at-bats.  Fryer could take over as the regular catcher when Tony Sanchez gets promoted to AA, whenever that takes place.

Kind of Disappointing
Robbie Grossman - Grossman got off to a good start in April, then really fell off in the month of May.  Grossman hit for a .185/.285/.250 line in 108 at-bats, with one homer and 30 strikeouts.  Grossman is even starting to struggle hitting at home, an area he excelled in during the month of April.

Quincy Latimore - Latimore also fell off in the month of May, hitting for a .243/.278/.374 line in 107 at-bats, with one homer.  Latimore has been great at home, with a .310 average and an .871 OPS, but his road numbers look bad.  Latimore has a .227 average and a .557 OPS on the road, which takes a lot away from his season numbers.

Starling Marte - Nothing is disappointing about Marte’s play, but he did have a hammate bone injury, which will put him on the dis

abled list for 8-10 weeks.  It could take much longer for Marte to recover, as hammate injuries can hamper a player’s power for more than a year.  It could be mid-season 2011 before we see Marte getting back on track.

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