As we mentioned last night on Twitter, 2011 first-round draft pick Mikie Mahtook has been promoted to double-A Montgomery.

Mahtook was hitting .290 with a .358 OBP, 5 home runs, and 19 stolen bases. If there is a red flag, it is the 71 strikeouts and just 29 walks for a batter that should be more of a contact hitter.

And while Mahtook does appear to be on the fast-track to the big leagues, that doesn’t necessarily mean he is going to be an All-Star. To me he seems more like Sam Fuld than Desmond Jennings (that’s Mahtook flying through the air in the pic above). Well, if Sam Fuld was 6-foot-1 and not 5-foot-whatever-he-claims-which-is-probably-two-inches-too-many.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Look for Sam Fuld to be activated today to take Brandon Gomes spot on the roster…Also, the Rays’ first round pick in this year’s draft, Richie Shaffer made his pro debut last night with low-A Hudson Valley, going 1-3.
  • Apparently a Korean newspaper liked my work with Darth Vader throwing out the first pitch at the Rays game on Sunday. [Naver.com]
  • And you can see the GIF of Darth Vader throwing out the first pitch (very poorly) here. [BI Sports]
  • Rays players discuss how they deal with the swirling trade rumors. [TampaBay.com]
  • Here’s a pic of BJ Upton having lunch with his brother in Virginia yesterday. The picture was taken by “The President.” Hmmm? [PlayerSeason.com]
  • The Rays have shown interest in Diamondbacks infielder Ryan Roberts. Woo Hoo, another utility player! [MLBTR]
  • The Rays are NOT one of the 21 worst pro sports team investments. [BI Sports]
  • Robinson Chirinos talks about the concussion that cost him the 2012 season and his long recovery. [TBO.com]
  • Bucs single-game tickets go on sale Friday. [Joe Bucs Fan]

DOWN ON THE FARM

DURHAM 4, Rochester 0. Four relievers combined for the shutout striking out 12 and walking just 2…C Nevin Ashley hit his 2nd home run of the year…SS Tim Beckham went 2-4 with a double and is hitting .234…DH Henry Wrigley went 1-2 with 2 walks…Leslie Anderson and Reid Brignac did not play.

MONTGOMERY. no games scheduled

Fort Myers 5, CHARLOTTE 4. Braulio Lara gave up 4 runs in 5 innings. He struck out 4 and walked 2…2B Hector Guevara went 4-5 with his 2nd home of the year…SS Derek Dietrich was 1-4 with an RBI. He also committed his 10th error.

Clinton 6, BOWLING GREEN 2. RF Drew Vettleson was 1-5 with 2 strikeouts…LF Josh Sale was 0-3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts.

HUDSON VALLEY 9, Staten Island 8. C Luke Maile went 5-5 with a double…CF Joey Rickard had 3 hits, including a double, and is now hitting .356.

Johnson City 9, PRINCETON 8. CF Andrew Toles was 3-5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI. He’s hitting .394…1B John Alexander hit his 3rd home run, a 3-run shot.

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5 Comments

  1. Dave L says:

    Super Sam’s bat was ice cold on his rehab.

    5 hits on 36PA, 5K, 5BB one double

    So we are getting late game defensive replacement with a lead, late game base running when down and 2012 Matsui like non-clutch hitting at crunch time in the 8th or 9th inning minus even a threat of power.

    Oh i like Sammy but dont kid yourself that this is any boost to the anemic offense of late. is this bye bye Hideki-san?

  2. Jeff says:

    To say Mahtook is more like Fuld than Jennings is a strange comment. The guy has definite upside as a major league starter, unlike Fuld. And given Jennings sub-par year (and completely different game in general) I’m not sure I’d want to make that comparison either! Give Mahtook the benefit of the doubt at this stage.

    • Cork Gaines says:

      But what are you basing that on? Yes, he was a first round pick. But he wasn’t some high school kid with a ton of upside. He was a safe pick. That is, both the upside and the downside are small. He doesn’t have a lot of pop. He has a little speed, but I’d be surprised if he stole 40 bases in the big leagues. This is not a knock on Mahtook. He has a good chance to be an everyday player, but he might also be a 4th outfielder. He will play good defense. He will play hard. He will steal some bases. And in a good year, he might hit .280-.290.

      And this is why, a team that NEVER rushes prospects, is rushing this kid. They already know what he is, and there is little development that is needed. He is what he is.

      • KT says:

        I just want to see his enthusiastic antics. Watching that one LSU tribute video of him gets me amped every time. I’m sure he’ll run into his fair share of walls while he’s here too.

      • Jeff says:

        I hear ya. He actually reminds me of Rocco Baldelli. Anyway, in my opinion this is the type of position player the Rays should be after in the draft. Safe, good hitter, good defense, consistent. Limited upside also means limited salary, which of course fits the bill. Opposed to all the “athletes” the Rays draft without a real position hoping they’ll develop into some dynamic ballplayer. A “limited” .290 hitter seems dreamy right now, doesn’t it?

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