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December 5, 2013

Minor League Update

International Winter League Games of December 4

by Jeff Moore


Prospects of the Day:

  • Maikel Franco, 1B, Phillies (Gigantes del Cibao, DWL): 1-4, R, HR, K. Franco connected on his second home run of the winter but also his 30th strikeout in 35 games. That about sums up his winter, with his inability to make good contact severely limiting him. If he can’t hit for a decent average, he’s going to make an ungodly amount of outs because his aggressive approach will lead to bad contact and he won’t beat anything out.
  • Jorge Polanco, 2B, Twins (Leones del Escogido, DWL): 1-2, R, 2 BB. Polanco is hitting well over .300 this winter but the most impressive part is the way he handles the strike zone. With two more walks on Wednesday, Polanco now has 17 to just 19 strikeouts. These numbers are even more impressive than his 42-to-59 BB:K ratio this season. If he hit for no power, it wouldn’t be as much of an achievement, but with solid gap power, the ability to draw walks and limit strikeouts could be huge for his development.
  • Paul Demny, RHP, Nationals (Gigantes del Cibao, DWL): 1 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 K. Demny’s strikeout rates jumped this season to over a strikeout per inning for the first tine since 2009, reversing a trend in the opposite direction. Tuesday marked his first outing with the Gigantes, but it will be interesting to see if he c

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