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March 11, 2014

Minor League Update

Spring Training Games of March 10

by Jeff Moore


The Good

  • Tommy La Stella, 2B, Braves: 1-2, 2B. I can’t say that if it weren’t for Dan Uggla’s massive contract that La Stella would have a good shot at the Braves second-base job this spring, because La Stella has just 81 games in Double-A to his credit. But he has done nothing but hit at every level at which he’s played, and that includes spring training. He’s already 25, so he might be able to handle the jump if he weren’t blocked.
  • Nick Castellanos, 3B, Tigers: 3-4, 2 R, HR. Castellanos probably just wanted to make sure there was no question about whose job it was to play third base in Detroit this season.
  • Steven Moya, OF, Tigers: 3-6, 2 R, 3B. The 6-foot-6 Moya is more athletic than you’d expect at first glance, but his ultra-aggressive approach limits his production. When it works, however, the results can be pretty.
  • Jake Marisnick, OF, Marlins: 2-5, 2 R, 2B. I’m not sold on Marisnick’s bat at the major-league level yet, but I’m also not sold that it can’t come around. He just needs time back in the minor leagues to figure things out. He shouldn’t have been in the majors last year, and he shouldn’t be there now, but all is not lost for him just yet.
  • Addison Russell, SS, Athletics: 1-2, 2 R, 2B. Russell continues to look unfazed facing much older competition this spring, but he did leave this game early with a strained hamstring.

The Bad

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