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March 5, 2014

Minor League Update

Spring Training Games of March 4

by Jeff Moore


The Good

  • Gregory Polanco, OF, Pirates: 2-3, 2B. Polanco is spending his spring making the Pirates front office look smart for not shelling out a multi-year deal for Nelson Cruz.
  • Cesar Puello, OF, Mets: 1-2, R, 2B. Puello was in the midst of a breakout season when he lost the last 50 games of it for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. He’s still way too aggressive at the plate, and now we can question whether his power increase was developmental or scientific, so there’s still a lot of work for him to do.
  • Billy Burns, OF, Athletics: 1-3, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 SB. The incredibly fast Burns put his top-of-the-charts speed to work on Tuesday, including beating out a ground ball to the pitcher. He doesn’t offer any power, but he does have game-changing speed and a good idea of how to get on base and use it.
  • Mike Olt, 3B, Cubs: 1-1, R, HR. Olt is getting overlooked by outsiders when it comes to the Cubs’ future, especially by those who want to fast forward to the Javier Baez/Kris Bryant era when they figure one of those two will be manning third base. Olt has to rebound from a tremendously bad 2013 season, but he should get a chance to prove that he can be an everyday player until the younger prospects come up.

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