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March 20, 2014

Minor League Update

Spring Training Games of March 19

by Jeff Moore


  • Carlos Martinez, RHP, Cardinals: 5 1/3 IP, 3 H, R, BB, 4 K. The Cardinals are being coy with information about their fifth-starter battle, but Martinez has more upside than Joe Kelly and has pitched well enough to win the spot. That doesn’t mean that he will, as both have pitched well in relief before and either could make the transition to the bullpen, but Martinez has certainly done everything he can to prove he’s worthy of a spot.
  • Matt Davidson, 3B, White Sox: 2-4, R, HR, 2 K. As was pointed out by my astute readers just a few days ago, it appears the White Sox may be leaning toward going with Conor Gillaspie at third base to start the season. Whether that is due to genuine concerns about Davidson or simply a cover for financial manipulation, we may never know, but even in his current developmental state, Davidson is the better on-field option. He has his flaws, certainly, but games like he had on Wednesday are what you’re going to get. There is going to be some issues with contact, but he’s going to run into more power production than will Gillaspie.
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Silverback38

Thanks for the work Jeff. The Cuns situation is so convoluted. Baez at 2B now? I guess this means Alcantara gets the raw end of the deal. It's a great problem for them to have, I guess.

Mar 20, 2014 03:30 AM
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GrinnellSteve

I don't think it's strictly a service clock issue for Davidson. Conor Gillaspie is out of options. He has value, and I think the Sox will showcase him in order to deal him and clear a spot for Davidson. How the Sox work their roster over the first three months will be interesting to watch.

Mar 20, 2014 06:12 AM
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BPKevin

How much faith do you have that Javier Baez will be a .265, 30-HR, 15-SB player in the majors? (looking at beyond 2014 projections)

Mar 22, 2014 14:59 PM
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