As fantasy baseball nation awaits "who's next?", we often forget those that already got the call... and were sent back down for one reason or another. Some sparkled in their opportunity in the spotlight, others simply weren't ready. As we head into June, and the middle third of the season, players that fall into this category are growing and will continue to do so. In this edition of The Farm Report, we take a look at pitchers who were part of "The Show:", but are currently either back in the minors or injured, awaiting their next shot.
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John Gast SP St.Louis- Left lat strain landed Gast on the disabled list. With multiple other injuries on the staff, should get another shot when healthy. The Cards are thankful that Gast's setback does not involve shoulder or elbow issues. Gast was 2-0 in three starts with the Cards before the setback.
Burch Smith SP San Diego- Possessing a plus fastball, Smith needs experience and improvement of secondary offerings. A strong showing Double-A gave Smith the opportunity, but Triple-A makes more sense at this point. Smith's first start in Tuscon was solid, allowing one run w/ five k's and no walks over five innings.
Carlos Martinez RP St.Louis- Could he be in the minors to stretch out as a starter? Has Trevor Rosenthal type stuff. Martinez did get a start in his debut with Memphis, working three shutout innings with four strikeouts. This may signal the Cards are in fact working towards bring him back as part of the rotation.
Vidal Nuno SP NY Yankees- Bouncing up and down between Triple-A and majors, will be back often as ancient starters break down. Nuno was sharp in five appearances with the Yanks with an ERA of 2.25 and 1.10 WHIP over 20 innings of work. His numbers in Triple-A are even better and is a future mainstay.
Tony Cingrani SP Cincinnati- Cingrani in Triple-A shows just how far the Cincinnati pitching staff has come. Cingrani was 2-0 in six starts with the Reds with an incredible 41 strikeouts in 33 innings of work. A 3.27 ERA and 1.03 WHIP are also major league worthy. He has been untouchable in Triple-A.
Allen Webster SP Boston- A tale of two starts, masterful on Sunday night baseball, then rocked in his second start. The key in the mega-deal that sent Beckett, Crawford and Gonzalez to Los Angeles, Webster is 5-0 in eight starts at Pawtucket. Webster has 48 strikeouts in 42 innings with an ERA of 2.57.
Alex Colome SP Tampa Bay- One of a long line of quality Tampa prospects rolled in to audition for a regular role. Colome outperformed both Odorizzi and Archer in auditions and could be recalled soon. Colome is 4-5 in ten starts at Durham with 61 strikeouts in 55 innings and an ERA of 2.60 and a 1.22 WHIP.
Sean Nolin SP Toronto- Was unbeaten in minors dating back to 2011, knocked around in debut, but will be back. Nolin is back at Double-A New Hampshire where he is 2-0 in four starts with a 1.77 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. Nolan has 20 strikeouts and eight walks in 20 innings of work.
Tyler Skaggs SP Arizona- We are told that Skaggs will b e re-called to start on Tuesday. With Brandon McCarthy landing on the disabled list, Skaggs was the obvious call. In a Memorial Day major league debut against the Rangers, Skaggs struck out nine in six innings of shutout ball, allowing only three hits.
Brandon Maurer SP Seattle- Following a solid spring, was knocked around early and often and never recovered. Maurer labored to a 2-7 mark over ten starts, with an ERA of 6.93 and a 1.68 WHIP. The 6'5" 220 pound Maurer is only 22 years old, but will now fall behind a trio of elite pitching prospects on the M's.
Trevor Bauer SP Cleveland- Seems to be settling down the control issues and remains a top prospect. I thought Bauer might stick after a solid performance on May 13th against the Yankees. Bauer limited New York to two runs over six innings, most importantly issuing only a pair of walks.
Jake Odorizzi SP Tampa Bay- Disappointing in Tampa major league debut, but a key to the deal that also brought Wil Myers to the Rays. Odorizzi gave up nine runs in nine innings over two starts and was promptly sent back down to Durham. Odorizzi is 4-1 in Triple-A with an ERA of 4.01 and a 1.21 WHIP.
Martin Perez SP Texas- Brought up to help out in Memorial Day doubleheader, back in minors working his way back from spring injury. Still working his way back from a fractured forearm, Perez is 2-1 at Triple-A Round Rock, with an ERA of 3.00 and a solid 0.88 WHIP.
Bruce Rondon RP Detroit- Manager Jim Leyland wants him to remain in the minors for now, but Triple-A hitters are simply over-matched. Rondon has ten saves in 19 appearances at Toledo with an ERA of 0.48 and a 0.81 WHIP. Rondon has 22 strikeouts in 19 innings, while issuing seven walks.
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