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March 18, 2014

Minor League Update

Spring Training Games of March 17

by Jeff Moore


We’re at the point in spring training when most of the prospects left in camp are either in a legitimate battle for a roster spot or are close enough to the majors that the team wants to see what it has. That, coupled with rain throughout parts of Florida on Monday, didn’t leave us with as much prospect action as usual, but most of the guys who had big days will be major leaguers at some point in 2014.

  • Kolten Wong, 2B, Cardinals: 3-4, 2B. No, spring training stats don’t matter, but when you’re handing a job over to a prospect, it’s nice to see him have some success to alleviate concern.
  • Xander Bogaerts, SS, Red Sox: 1-2, R, 2B, BB. Bogaerts has had a few bumps in the road this spring, but there is little reason to worry. He’s going to be the Red Sox’ Opening Day shortstop, and he’s going to be just fine.
  • Javier Baez, 2B, Cubs: 1-3, 2 K. Baez didn’t do anything particularly notable on Monday, but he did get the start at second base (with Darwin Barney starting at shortstop), perhaps indicating a potential plan for the Cubs future. At the very least, some experience at the position will increase his versatility for the beginning of his career, when the Cubs might be trying to squeeze Starlin Castro, Mike Olt, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Baez into the same infield.

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