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July 15, 2013

Minor League Update

The Futures Game

by Zach Mortimer


C: Austin Hedges, Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore): 0-2. Hedges had a very solid batting practice session, which gave me confidence that he will have enough bat to stay in the lineup every day. Hedges also showed off his defensive ability, gunning down Xander Bogaerts on a steal attempt and displaying solid receiving skills behind the plate.

1B: C.J. Cron, Angels (Double-A Arkansas): 2-4. The results in the game were nice, but I'm not sure Cron’s swing will lead to a high rate of success at the highest level. He really drifts and his hips can get out of line in his swings. The raw power is unassailable, but I have concerns about whether it will consistently work.

2B: Arismendy Alcantara, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee): 1-3, HR, R, RBI. This is real: Alcantara has real ability with the bat. He has plus bat speed and will hit for power. He showed a lot of us something today and is worthy of a spot on all prospect radars.

3B: Matt Davidson, Diamondbacks (Triple-A Reno): 1-2, HR, R, 2 RBI. Everything I wrote in the leadup to the Futures Game about Davidson held true, and our own Chris Mellen was so impressed with his batting practice session that he called Davidson to be the MVP before the start of the game.

SS: Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket): 2-3, R, BB. Bogaerts kept a professional approach to hitting, even in an All-Star Game format. He looks athletic, and I believe he has the ability to play shortstop for Boston in the near future.

LF: Joc Pederson, Dodgers (Double-A Chattanooga): 1-1 R, BB. Whoa—Pederson answered a ton of questions. Those who question his raw power obviously have never seen this guy in person. Pederson put a few on the concourse out to right at Citi Field. I’ve always liked him from afar, but after seeing him play firsthand, I believe in Joc as a no-doubt everyday player.

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