Minor Developments: Jay talking

Rob Steingall
Yahoo! Sports

Not much has been said about Blue Jays prospect Anthony Gose here, mainly due to the poor start he encountered in April. But he's been nothing short of brilliant as of late, batting .366 with three home runs and 12 steals in May. He's collected multi-hit games in eight of his last 10 starts, with a .488 average over that time. Las Vegas has been known to boost offensive performances, but what Gose is doing is phenomenal. The best part of the resurgence may be the reduction in his strikeout rate, essential if he wants to be a dynamic leadoff hitter in the majors.

Staying in Las Vegas, Blue Jays catcher  has also turned it around after a slow start. He's also posting video game type numbers in May, batting .352 with nine homers and 20 RBI during the month. During his last ten games, he's batting .465 with seven home runs, while also collecting seven multi-hit games. His defensive ability is what will ultimately push current Jays backstop J.P. Arencibia from behind the plate and into a different role, although that may not happen until sometime in 2013.
Blue Jays fans are familiar with pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez, but for everyone else, here is a quick scouting report. Sanchez throws strikes with a low-90s fastball that can get up to 95, with a developing curveball and changeup. He's been nearly unhittable at Class-A Lansing (0.53 ERA, 41/17 K/BB), although the Blue Jays have been very cautious with him, limiting him to three or four innings each turn. It's going to be interesting to see how he does after going through a lineup multiple times - especially against higher level competition. He's a great dynasty prospect.
Batting averages over .400 look to be a theme this week, as we check in with Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos, batting .414 for the season at High-A Lakeland. While the homers aren't there yet (two), there are plenty of doubles (16) being sprayed around the field that may land over the fence as he matures physically. A promotion to Double-A should be right around the corner, putting him on track for a debut during the later stages of the 2013 season.
Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley has been a man among boys at High-A Salem, hammering pitchers at will so far this year (.371, 3 HR, 26 RBI). Even more impressive may be his selective approach at the plate - 37 walks versus 26 Ks. One area he'll need to improve on is his efficiency on the bases, as he's only 11-for-17 in steals. He has a skill set of a productive leadoff hitter, and should move quickly through the Red Sox system.
Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich has been impressive with the stick at High-A Jupiter, batting .270 while slugging seven homers this year. He's still refining his approach at the plate, but his power and speed tools are strong, and he could be a future 25/25 player in the majors leagues. He's a long way off, but is a great target in dynasty formats.
Guys like Dylan Bundy and Trevor Bauer seem to be getting all the accolades as far as minor league pitchers go, but Mariners prospect Taijuan Walker shouldn't be taken lightly. He has true ace potential, mid-90s fastball, 12-6 hammer curve and developing circle changeup. He's off to a great start at Double-A Jackson (4-1, 2.23 ERA, 44/14 K/BB) with a 2013 ETA.
Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes continues to dominate the lower minors, and hasn't skipped a beat since his promotion to High-A Salem (24 IP, 1.13 ERA, 28/2 K/BB). His fastball sits at 94-96 mph, and he's getting plenty of swings and misses with his mid-70s curve. The biggest news with Barnes may be the altered grip he's now using with his changeup, switching to a two-seam circle change. It seems to be paying off, as he's now throwing it with more consistency - and should continue to shoot through the Red Sox system because of it.
Looking for a poor man's Trevor Bauer? Get to know Rangers prospect Cody Buckel. While he doesn't have as explosive stuff as Bauer, he flashes a similarly deep arsenal plus all the quirky routines. He and Bauer are good friends and train together during the offseason. Buckel's results at High-A Myrtle Beach have been impressive (1.33 ERA, 64/19 K/BB). Check out this great breakdown of Buckel by John Sickels, who Sickels currently grades as a B+ prospect.
Rob Steingall is a syndicated fantasy analyst. Follow him on Twitter
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