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September 1, 2011

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Minor League Update: Games of August 31

by Kevin Goldstein

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  • Michael Blanke, C, White Sox (High-A Winston Salem): 2-for-4, 2 HR (7), 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, K. 2010 draftee is big catcher with plus arm and some power; could be a sleeper in a system desperate for one.
  • Lorenzo Cain, OF, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 5-for-5, 3 RBI, SB. 13-for-21 in last five games and hitting .317/.383/.505 overall; Melky's good year hurt him in 2011, but he deserves a chance.
  • Michael Fiers, RHP, Brewers (Triple-A Nashville): 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K. 26-year-old confounds scouts with 1.21 Triple-A ERA in 59.2 innings despite lack of true plus pitch.
  • Reggie Golden, OF, Cubs (Short-season Boise): 2-for-4, HR (6), R, 3 RBI. Toolsy 2010 draftee has gone deep in three straight games; .236/.328/.409 overall.
  • Sonny Gray, RHP, Athletics (Double-A): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. First-round pick has thrown 16.1 scoreless innings in Texas League; opponents are 10-for-56 (.179) against him without an extra base hit.
  • Liam Hendriks, RHP, Twins (Triple-A Rochester): 8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K. Aussie with plus-plus command has just three walks in 49.1 innings, but with 52 hits allowed and 30 strikeouts, there are questions about his ability to miss big league bats.
  • Aaron Hicks, OF, Twins (High-A Fort Myers): 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB. Just fourth multi-hit game in last 36; .234/.347/.355 overall as at some point we have to stop just talking about the tools.
  • Jeff Locke, LHP, Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis): 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 8 K. Lefty with plus sinker and command has 1.93 ERA in four Triple-A starts; lining up for 2012 debut.
  • Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers (Short-season Ogden): 4-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, BB. If anything, he's getting hotter; 25-for-59 (.424) during 14-game hitting streak and .359/.433/.576 overall.
  • Jean Segura, SS, Angels (High-A Inland Empire): 2-for-5, RBI, K. First California League hits since late May thanks to hamstring issues.
  • George Springer, OF, Astros (Short-season Tri-City): 2-for-5, 2 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, BB. Small sample size to be sure, but I can't be the only one surprised that he has struck out just once in 18 professional at-bats.
  • Matt Szczur, OF, Cubs (High-A Daytona): 2-for-3, HR (5), R, 3 RBI; 2-for-3, RBI. Was dropped from leadoff spot and has ripped off three straight multi-hit games; .251/.275/.404 line since promotion has taken some bloom off the rose.
  • Kolten Wong, 2B, Cardinals (Low-A Quad Cities): 4-for-4, 3 R, RBI, BB, SB. 7-for-13 since return from DL and .343/.405/.508 in 43 pro games.

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