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August 26, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of August 23-25

by Zach Mortimer


Games of Friday, August 23

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Kyle Hansen, RHP, White Sox (Low-A Kannapolis): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K. Hansen offers a fastball with sink that works in the low 90s and can touch higher. He offers a potential solid-average slider and a changeup that is in the early developmental stages. Hansen has a relief profile and is taking positive steps in 2013.

Position Prospect of the Day: Mookie Betts, 2B, Red Sox (High-A Salem): 5-6, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 R, 7 RBI. In a recent article I said that Betts would need to make sure he maintains his plate discipline and approach going forward. To clarify that statement, I believe that Betts’ impressive bat speed is the type that can get away from a prospect and tempt him to expand the zone. He is not a free swinger, but against quality stuff he will need to continue to harness his swing. Betts has plenty of tools and has put himself squarely on the prospect radar; .325/.393/.546 with 9 2B, 3 3B, 7 HR, and 17 SB in 163 High-A at-bats.

“The Good”

Jorge Alfaro, C, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 2-5, 2 2B, R, 3 RBI. Alfaro has potential plus-plus power and is a top-notch athlete. The hit tool still needs work, but Alfaro has top-of-the-scale bat speed and should be able to make small tweaks in order to make more consistent contact going forward. This season was not the huge breakout for Alfaro, but at any moment the switch could go on, and his ceiling rivals that of any prospect in the minors; .282/.349/.641 with 2 2B, 4 HR, and 2 SB in last 39 at-bats.

Hunter Dozier, 3B, Royals (Low-A Lexington): 4-4, 2B, R, RBI. Dozier was the butt of many jokes on draft night, but he has come to play in 2013. He has a strong, athletic frame and should develop over-the-fence power going forward;.342/.390/.474 with 5 2B in 38 at-bats.

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