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November 11, 2013

Minor League Update

AFL and Winter League Recap for Games of November 8-10

by Jeff Moore


Games of Friday, November 8

Hitter of the Day: C.J. Cron, 1B, Angels (Mesa Solar Sox): 4-4, R, 2 2B, BB. Cron is known for his power, which is his lone plus tool and the sole reason he ranked third in our ranking of the weak Angels farm system last week. He is not, however, known for the overall hitting prowess he showed on Friday. He also went 2-for-4 on Saturday with a double and a home run and didn’t strike out all weekend.

Pitcher of the Day: Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Blue Jays (Salt River Rafters): 5 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. This is a picture of what a dominant box score looks like, and Sanchez has the ability to dominate at times. When he throws strikes and has his command, Sanchez can make pitching look easy. Sanchez’s velocity was actually down a smidge on Friday, with his fastball sitting just below 95 mph, but reigning things in clearly worked for him.

Seeing it Well

  • Addison Russell, SS, A’s (Mesa Solar Sox): 3-5, 3 R, 3B, K. Despite being one of the youngest players in the AFL, Russell is holding his own in all aspects of his game. He’s a stud, and if you believe he can remain at SS, he’s one of the best prospects in the game.

Additional Home Runs

  • James Ramsey, CF, Cardinals (Salt River Rafters): 1-4, R, HR, BB, K. With a swing resembling that of Gerardo Parra, Ramsey doesn’t naturally generate a lot of power, but he does have decent pop in his bat (he’s a little bigger than Parra) and runs into his share of home runs.
  • Kyle Parker, 1B, Rockies (Salt River Rafters): 1-4, R, HR, K. It’s been a pretty standard fall for Parker who has put up decent extra-base numbers (including his third home run) while swinging and missing too often and not controlling the strike zone as well as the Rockies would hope.

Finding the Zone

  • Alex Meyer, RHP, Twins (Glendale Desert Dogs): 5 1/3, H, 0 R, BB, 7 K. Meyer can dominate like this with ease when he’s on his game. His fastball/slider combination is good enough to pitch in a big-league bullpen right now, but reports had him flashing some plus change-ups on Friday, which is key for his development as a starter.
  • Sammy Solis, LHP, Nationals (Mesa Solar Sox): 4 1/3, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K. Solis doesn’t typically miss bats at a rate anywhere near the way he has in the AFL, where he’s recorded a strikeout per inning.

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