Prospect transactions: July 6-12

Cincinnati shortstops Hamilton, Gregorius move up

By Andrew Pentis / Special to | July 13, 2012 6:00 AM ET

Readers: Welcome to the second edition of "Transaction Tracker," which will update you weekly on the most notable moves involving prospects in the Minor Leagues. All comings and goings of's top prospects are included and are ordered by organization. Questions? Suggestions for improvement? Fill up the comment section below.

Player Org Move
Tyler Townsend BAL Assigned to Class A Short-Season Aberdeen
Joe Mahoney BAL Optioned from Orioles to Triple-A Norfolk
Nick Delmonico BAL Activated off Class A Delmarva DL (knee)
Chris Carpenter BOS Assigned to Double-A Portland
Jose Vinicio BOS Activated off Class A Greenville DL
Anthony Ranaudo BOS Placed on Double-A Portland DL (shoulder)
Billy Hamilton CIN Promoted to Double-A Pensacola
Notes:'s No. 26 prospect climbing a level following a superb first half at Class A Adv. Bakersfield and talkative showing in the Futures Game is this week's most significant transaction. The slight switch-hitter batted .323 and reached base safely in 41 percent of his plate appearances for Blaze prior to his callup. He made 25 errors in 82 games at shortstop and will need to show Cincinnati's brass he can make the routine plays at the infield's most arduous position. If he doesn't, those decision-makers will start to consider utilizing his speed in center field. Hamilton will also be challenged to keep producing offensively in the stingier Southern League, but he has made huge strides since the Reds drafted him 57th overall out of a Mississippi high school in 2009. Hamilton tripled and swiped a base, his 105th overall, in his Blue Wahoos debut on 7/11. This move was made in conjunction with another...
Didi Gregorius CIN Promoted to Triple-A Louisville
Notes: The Reds' No. 4 prospect posted .278/.344/.373 marks at Pensacola. Gregorius, a native of the Netherlands in his fifth pro season, had yet to make his Triple-A debut for the Bats.
Scott Barnes CLE Recalled to Indians from Triple-A Columbus
Alex Monsalve CLE Promoted to Class A Adv. Carolina
Rosell Herrera COL Demoted to Class A Short-Season Tri-City
Pedro Hernandez CWS Promoted to Triple-A Charlotte
Jose Ortega DET Optioned from Tigers to Triple-A Toledo
Matt Dominguez HOU Optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City
Notes:'s No. 72 prospect went for 2-for-8 with two strikeouts over four games for the Astros. He had yet to make his debut for the RedHawks since coming over in the 7/4 trade involving veteran slugger Carlos Lee.
Jarred Cosart HOU Placed on Double-A Corpus Christi DL
Notes:'s No. 50 prospect is again suffering from blistering; he previously detailed his issues with the skin on his pitching fingers following a 4/22 victory.
Mike Montgomery KC Demoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas
Notes:'s No. 24 prospect compiled a 5.69 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP in 17 Pacific Coast League starts spanning 91 2/3 innings. This, after a 2011 season in which he compiled a 5.32 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP in 28 PCL games spanning 150 2/3 frames. "He's actually throwing fine," Royals general manager Dayton Moore told on 7/11. "We just want to get him back there with [pitching coach] Larry Carter and work on some things. The organization just felt it was the right thing to do. Just give him a breather and re-start a little bit." This move was made in conjunction with another...
Chris Dwyer KC Promoted to Triple-A Omaha
Yordano Ventura KC Promoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas
Chevy Clarke LAA Demoted to Class A Short-Season Orem
Nick Maronde LAA Activated off Class A Adv. Inl. Empire DL
Cam Bedrosian LAA Placed on Class A Cedar Rapids DL (foot)
Garrett Richards LAA Optioned from Angels to Triple-A Salt Lake
Travis Witherspoon LAA Placed on Double-A Arkansas DL (left quad)
Tyler Thornburg MIL Promoted from Triple-A Nashville to Brewers
Khris Davis MIL Activated off Double-A Huntsville DL (calf)
Taylor Green MIL Optioned from Brewers to Triple-A Nashville
Notes:'s No. 100 prospect won his Triple-A debut on 7/4 following his Major League bow in Milwaukee on 6/19.
Kyle Gibson MIN Assigned to Gulf Coast League (elbow)
Tyler Austin NYY Placed on Class A Adv. Tampa DL
Notes:'s No. 99 prospect was plunked in the head -- and suffered a concussion -- on the day of his 7/3 callup from Class A Charleston.
Justin De Fratus PHI Assigned to Gulf Coast League (elbow)
Jaff Decker SD Assigned to rehab in Arizona League (foot)
Trevor Rosenthal STL Activated off Double-A Springfield DL (back)
Zachary Cone TEX Activated off Class A Hickory DL (Achilles)
Justin Grimm TEX Optioned; promoted to Triple-A Round Rock
Luis Sardinas TEX Placed on Class A Hickory DL
Josh Sale TB Placed on Class A Bowling Green DL
Stephen Pryor SEA Assigned to Class A Adv. High Desert on rehab (groin)
Jack Marder SEA Activated off Class A Adv. High Desert DL
Francisco Peguero SF Placed on Triple-A Fresno DL (side strain)
Notes:'s No. 82 prospect had been struggling in his first run through the PCL but rebounded with a .336 June batting average and a solid start to July before going down. He has posted .266/.293/.398 marks through 80 games.
Conor Gillaspie SF Placed on Triple-A Fresno DL (fractured toe)
Jesus Galindo SF Placed on Class A Augusta DL (wrist)
Heath Hembree SF Placed on Triple-A Fresno DL (elbow)
Matt Skole WAS Placed on Class A Hagerstown DL

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