June Prospects Rundown: Bradenton Marauders

Bradenton was hit hard with injuries in the month of June, putting a big damper not only on the month, but on the season, as a lot of top prospects were impacted by the injury bug.  Brock Holt went down on June 5th in a collision fielding a grounder, and will miss the rest of the season with a torn MCL.  Jeremy Farrell went down in the middle of the month, right in the middle of what has been a breakout season.  Perhaps the most bizarre string of events came with the catchers.  Tony Sanchez was hit in the face with a pitch twice in the month of June, with the second instance breaking his jaw in two places, requiring surgery, and putting him on the shelf for an extended period of time.  About a week later, Eric Fryer, the backup to Sanchez, was hit in the face with a pitch and fractured his orbital bone.

The injuries were a big story in the month of June, but there were still some good performances from the players who didn’t get hurt.  Here is a quick breakdown of the month of June, with players who played up to expectations, some surprises, and some disappointments.

Good as Advertised
Jeff Locke - Locke’s ERA took a dip in June, dropping down to 4.26 in 25.1 innings, although his 30:3 K/BB ratio was spectacular, and represented an improvement in walks and strikeouts from his previous months, which is the more important thing.  Locke has been great this season, with a 3.43 ERA in 81.1 innings, and an 81:13 K/BB ratio.  The month of June is only further proof that Locke shouldn’t be at the level by this time next month.
Calvin Anderson - Anderson had a great month, hitting for a .313/.373/.505 line in 99 at-bats, with five homers.  Anderson has been on fire since the end of April, and could be a candidate to move up to Altoona soon, as he doesn’t show any signs of letting up from his hitting ways.
The Big Surprises
Quincy Latimore - Latimore didn’t have a bad month, with a .277/.351/.396 line in 101 at-bats, along with three homers.  The .747 OPS is nothing to write home about, but it was an improvement over his May numbers.  Latimore still has the drastic home/road splits, with an .895 OPS at home, and a .560 OPS on the road, which puts any success in question, as there is a strong possibility that Latimore’s success this year is a product of McKechnie Field.
Aaron Pribanic - Pribanic had a decent month in June, after seeing some major struggles in April and May.  Pribanic put up a 3.75 ERA in 36 innings, with a 12:7 K/BB ratio.  The strikeouts weren’t much, but Pribanic had an amazing 2.75 GO/AO ratio.  That many groundouts can make up for a lack in strikeouts, especially when you’re rarely walking opposing batters.
Kind of Disappointing

Nathan Adcock&nb

sp;- Adcock was one of the best stories in the minors this year for his start in April and May, although his month of June wasn’t as good.  Adcock posted a 4.44 ERA in 24.1 innings, with a 12:10 K/BB ratio.  Prior to the month of June, Adcock had a 61:12 K/BB ratio in 56.1 innings, which is a big difference from his low strikeout totals in June.  Let’s hope it was a bad month, and not a sign of Adcock falling back to Earth.

Robbie Grossman - Grossman saw some improvement in the month of June, but it wasn’t enough to get him off this list.  Grossman posted a .222/.328/.364 line in 99 at-bats.  He still has strikeout issues, although there are encouraging signs, such as his walk rate, and his extra base hits (eight doubles and three triples in 22 hits).

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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