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Rotoworld's midseason Top 150 Prospects list

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15. Mat Gamel "Gamel has the stick of a top-10 prospect, but with anything more than batting gloves on his hands, he scarcely resembles a major leaguer. Especially now that LaPorta is gone, the Brewers have good reason to try him in the outfield. While he's a fair enough athlete, there's simply no way he's making it at third base. Gamel's bat should be ready during the first half of next year, assuming that it isn't already. The left-handed hitter makes an awful lot of hard contact and could settle in as a 25-homer guy. He's hit .398 against lefties this year, so it doesn't appear that he'll need to be platooned. The Brewers probably won't be willing to move Corey Hart to center field to make room for him, but he could be the first player called on in the event of an injury next year." 26. Alcides Escobar 80. Angel Salome 102. Jeremy Jeffress 131. Taylor Green Jonathan Lucroy wouldn't have been out of place late on the list. Matt LaPorta was #5, Jake Arrieta #69, and Will Inman #70. UW-Stevens Point alumnus Jordan Zimmerman (Nats) was #64.

Sabathia PTBNL to be chosen from list of four, not two

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"All four players are position players. Class AA outfielder Michael Brantley and Class A third baseman Taylor Green are two of the players. The identities of the other two are not known. General Manager Mark Shapiro, who is on this trip, said the Indians would probably wait until the end of the minor-league season in August to make their choice. 'There are some scenarios where we may not wait the entire time,' said Shapiro."

Lucroy might be on PTBNL list after all?

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"I've heard a new name as a possibility to be the player to be named in the CC Sabathia deal with Milwaukee. He's Jonathan Lucroy, a 22-year-old catcher who was the Brewers' third-round pick in 2007. He was just promoted from Class A West Virginia in the South Atlantic League to Class A Brevard County of the Florida State League. In those two combined places, he's hitting .321 with 14 HR and 49 RBI in 302 at-bats. For his pro career (all in Class A) heading into the weekend, he is a .327 hitter with 18 HR and 88 RBI in 535 at-bats, good for a .902 OPS." Hat tip to kwoog at Let's Go Tribe.

Gamel, Jeffress, and Lucroy make the BA Hot Sheet

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No.'s 11, 12, and 13, respectively. Gamel: "With a .373/.438/.631 batting line this season, Gamel is making a strong push for our Minor League Player of the Year honors. He's a tremendous hitter, with the ability to hit for average, hit for power and get on base at a good clip. Gamel, a lefthanded hitter, struggled yesterday against changeups from a righthander, but otherwise showed a patient approach and drove the ball with ease. His actions in the field aren't fluid—he made three errors in the last seven days, giving him 22 on the year—which dings his value whether he stays at third base or has to move to the outfield. But with his hitting ability, Gamel will soon force his way into a big league lineup." Jeffress: "Jeffress has one of the best fastballs in the minors, as the Florida State League has found out in recent weeks. What Jeffress needs to do now is improve his consistency. He's allowed one or fewer runs in five of his eight starts, but he's also put up three duds—giving up 20 earned runs in 11 2/3 innings. He's been making progress in that regard, going 2-1, 2.45 in June. His control has been especially impressive, as he's now struck out 56 batters and walked just 15 in 41 2/3 innings." Lucroy: "Lucroy has been knocking on the door of the Hot Sheet for several weeks now, but has been denied because his performance was more worthy of the "Men Among Boys" category, since he was 22 in low Class A. He has since moved up to high Class A, where he has continued his assault on pitchers. Four of his nine hits this week were for extra bases and his minor league totals are now .310/.382/.522 with 12 home runs in 268 at-bats."

Lucroy promoted to Brevard County

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Excellent news. Now he can start showing up on Baseball America's Hot Sheet; he made it last week, but they consider him too old for his level to officially qualify: "Low Class A West Virginia catcher Jonathan Lucroy (Brewers) is celebrating his 22nd birthday today, the downside of which is that he'll be sentenced to the Men Among Boys section of the Hot Sheet whenever he puts up a good week while staying in low Class A. That's the case this week for Lucroy, who hit .320/.452/.600 (8-for-25) with a double, two home runs, and three RBIs. The 2007 third rounder is hitting .311/.390/.515 in 235 at-bats for the season. He's a very solid prospect, we just are looking forward to seeing what he can do against older competition. "

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