Unlike other professional sports, players taken in the MLB draft usually get the chance to start their pro career right away in the minors - usually in Short Season Rookie ball. Several of the 9 drafted Cats are getting their first taste of professional baseball this summer (Jerad Grundy remains unsigned by the Twins) and are off to good starts.
Brian Adams (Northwest League): Adams is absolutely killing things for the Eugene Emeralds. He has a triple slash line of .321/.406/.721 with 3 home runs and good speed on the basepaths (4 SB, 1 CS). This is great for Brian, but only makes me wonder what the Cats could have done this year if he had been healthy the entire season.
Luke Maile (New York-Penn League): Maile is playing with Hudson Valley. In 15 games he his hitting .308/.410/.365 showing good plate discipline with 8 walks against 9 strikeouts. Also encouraging, he has played 6 games at catcher (9 at 1B) which is his best shot at moving up the minors.
Taylor Rogers (Appalachian League): If you find your self near Elizabethton, TN you might consider catching a Twins game sometime and watching Rogers pitch. Taylor has a 2.25 ERA in 3 starts, striking out 15 in 12 innings against only 3 walks.
Thomas McCarthy (Pioneer League): McCarthy is playing for the Great Falls Voyagers in Montana. He is off to a rough start, hitting .235/.333/.265 in 10 games. On the plus side, he hasn't struck out much - 4 K's in 34 AB's and he also has 4 walks.
Tim Peterson (New York-Penn League): Tim has come out of the pen in two games for the Brooklyn Cyclones, pitching 4 innings while giving up a single (unearned) run on 3 hits and a walk while striking out 2.
Alex Phillips (New York-Penn League): Another NY-P leaguer, Phillips has seen action in 4 games for the Connecticut Tigers where he is 1-0 despite giving up 4 runs in 6 innings for a 6.00 ERA. He's struck out 3 and walked 1 while giving up 7 hits.
Cameron Flynn (New York-Penn League): Flynn is patrolling RF for the Jamestown Jammers. Like McCarthy he is off to a tough start hitting .175/.244/.200. He has struck out 8 times in 40 AB's against only 4 walks, so plate discipline would seem to be the issue for him so far.
Michael Williams (New York-Penn League): Michael joins teammate Luke Maile in Hudson Valley. He is hitting .196/.275/.283 in 51 PAs. Like Flynn, Williams is having trouble with balls and strikes as he has struck out 11 times and walked only 5.
There you go. It's great to see Adams, Maile, Rogers, and Peterson off to good starts with their teams. It's tough to see that the other guys aren't performing, but small sample size rules are in effect and this is the nature of the game. Hopefully as they adjust to being professionals we'll see better results for McCarthy, Phillips, Flynn, and Williams.