- Blue Jays RHP Deck McGuire put up five shutout innings against the Binghamton Mets in his last outing in what has been a troublesome season for the 2010 first-rounder. Through 26 starts for Double-A New Hampshire, McGuire has a 5-15 record with a 6.02 ERA. He's struck out 90 batters, while walking 60 and has been tagged for 20 home runs with opposing batters hitting .287 against him. On the bright side, the young right-hander continues to build up his work load, as he's now pitched a career high 133 innings. He's just 23 years old and will get another crack at the Double-A Eastern League next season, unless perhaps the Blue Jays move their Triple-A affiliation to an International League team. McGuire could also make his big league debut out of the bullpen once the big league rosters expand in September. RHP Chad Jenkins, former Fisher Cats teammate and fellow first-rounder, made his Major League debut with the Blue Jays in recent weeks after also struggling to put up consistent results as a starter at the Double-A level.
VIDEO: Deck McGuire warming up for the Blue Jays in spring training:
- Nationals LHP Daniel Rosenbaum came out of the gates in 2012 on top of his game, posting a 3-0 record with a 0.76 ERA over five starts for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators. He's cooled off a bit over the summer, but he's still put up solid numbers as a 24-year-old in Double-A. In 25 starts for the Senators, Rosenbaum has gone 8-9 with a 3.73 ERA and has struck out 95 batters in 149.2 innings pitched. He's allowed just 37 walks and has recorded a 2.28 GO/AO. He'll get a big test in Triple-A next season, and if things don't work out as a starter he'll likely get a long look as a left-handed reliever at the big league level.
VIDEO: Daniel Rosenbaum warming up for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators:
- Phillies RHP Jonathan Pettibone has had an outstanding follow up season to his breakout 2011 campaign. After putting up a 2.96 ERA in 27 starts in the Class-A+ Florida State League last season, Pettibone has moved all the way up to Triple-A where he's been dominant in his first five starts. He's 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA and has struck out 23 batters while allowing just 21 hits and 13 walks in 32 innings pitched. His success comes after the first half of the season he spent pitching for the Double-A Reading Phillies, where he went 9-7 with a 3.30 ERA with 81 strikeouts in 117.1 innings pitched. With the Phillies aces starting to show their age a bit, the team could use some reinforcements in the rotation and Pettibone has pitched his way into a spot where he will get a long look in spring training 2013.
- Mets RHP Collin McHugh has put together a second consecutive stellar season climbing the ranks of New York's farm system. He returned to Double-A Binghamton where he pitched well in 16 starts in 2011, and went 5-5 with a 2.41 ERA in 12 starts, striking out 65 batters in 74.2 innings pitched. He was promoted to Triple-A Buffalo, where he went 2-4 with a 3.39 ERA over 12 more starts for the Bisons, before making his big league debut last night against the Colorado Rockies. McHugh pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk, while striking out nine batters. RHP Matt Harvey and RHP Zack Wheeler get all of the attention in the Mets prospect rankings, but McHugh will be an interesting arm to watch in big league camp in the spring.
VIDEO: Collin McHugh pitching in the 2011 Arizona Fall League:
- It's been a rough year for Yankees RHP Dellin Betances, who began the year in Triple-A pitching for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. After going 3-5 with a 6.39 ERA through 16 starts, the Yankees sent Betances back to Double-A Trenton. Things started off well, but he's struggled down the stretch and now has a 3-4 mark with a 6.51 ERA in 10 starts. Betances is just 24 years old, but his future appears almost certain to be in the bullpen, which is not necessarily a bad thing.. just ask...
VIDEO: Dellin Betances warming up for the Yankees during spring training:
- Phillies RHP Lisalverto Bonilla, who has made the switch to the bullpen in 2012 after a strong Class-A South Atlantic League season. Bonilla has put up sparkling numbers out of the bullpen, first a 1.35 ERA in 13.1 innings pitched for the Class-A+ Clearwater Threshers, striking out 18 batters while allowing just nine hits and four walks. Bonilla was then promoted to the Double-A Reading Phillies where he has put up a 1.64 ERA in 33 innings pitched, striking out 46 batters while allowing just 22 hits and 17 walks. On the season, opposing batters have combined to hit .191 against Bonilla. He was named to pitch for the World Team in the 2012 MLB All-Star Futures Game, but was unable to pitcha after injury his thumb prior to the game. Assuming he's healthy to start 2013, Bonilla will be just a phone call away if the Phillies need a hard throwing right-hander in their bullpen.
VIDEO: Lisalverto Bonilla strikes out Blue Jays OF Chris Hawkins during minor league spring training: