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March 24, 2014

Minor League Update

Spring Training Games of March 21-23

by Jeff Moore


This is it, don’t get scared now.

It’s the final weekend before the regular season. Sure, the Diamondbacks and Dodgers took their adventure down under, but we all know the real regular season starts this Sunday and that the real Opening Day is one week from today. There may not be too many prospects left in camps, but the ones that are left are there for a reason.

Friday, March 21st

  • Gus Schlosser, RHP, Braves: 4 IP, H, R, 3 K. Schlosser isn’t going to wow too many guys, but he’s an incredibly handy guy to have in your organization. Once thought to be destined for a relief role thanks to his side-arm delivery, Schlosser has fared well enough against left-handers in the minors to continue to start. He’ll never be much more than a fourth or fifth starter at the major-league level, but for a team like the Braves, who are currently triaging their way through a starting rotation, having someone who can come in and give them some decent innings is a valuable asset.
  • Jake Marisnick, OF, Marlins: 3-3, 2 R, 2B. The Marlins still have four outfielders under the age of 25 for three spots, so something has to be done, and no matter how well Marisnick hits this spring, he’s still the least prepared of the quartet to face major-league pitching.
  • Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Blue Jays: 5 1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K. Sanchez has been impressive this spring, doing a better job of repeating his delivery. The stuff has always been there, with the consistency bein

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Nojsztat

Are the Cubs really going to start Valbuena over Olt? We know what Valbuena is, but the Cubs should be testing out Olt with the crop of Christian Villanueva, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez et al potentially grabbing 3B at bats in the near future.

Mar 24, 2014 05:38 AM
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touchstoneQu

Good to see back with Texas! ; )

Mar 24, 2014 06:21 AM
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Matt Trueblood

I think it'll be mostly Valbuena for the first month or so, as Olt moves past the sore shoulder that has kept him off 3B most of the spring, and shakes the rust off his leather. Olt will still play in the meantime, but yeah, mostly against lefties and likely not always at third. Then Valbuena will slide to second, Olt will take over full-time at third and Darwin Barney's career as an MLB regular will come to an end.

Mar 24, 2014 08:05 AM
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Nojsztat

I was thinking Valbuena would make a whole lot more sense than Barney at the keystone, as long as he can still hack it over there.

Mar 24, 2014 09:50 AM
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oakiegu007

No Gausman?

Mar 24, 2014 05:42 AM
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billward4

Betances' outing actually was pretty special. Came in with bases loaded, one out, then struck out Joey Bats and got E-5 on a foul popup. Sometimes the boxscore doesn't tell much of anything.

Mar 24, 2014 05:45 AM
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boatman44

Wilmer Flores has been sent to minors , probably to get some more seasoning at S.S

Mar 24, 2014 07:09 AM
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oldbopper

I saw that and had a seizure. Please, please tell me that the Mets aren't going to play Ruben Tejada at SS.

Mar 24, 2014 20:01 PM
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Spkbaseball17

I have seen a lot of Starling on the back fields, been very unimpressed, and the fact he didn't K is indeed a surprise.

Mar 24, 2014 07:57 AM
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Steenroid

Olt is with the Cubs now not the Rangers.

Mar 24, 2014 09:21 AM
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MaineSkin

Am I wrong to say Schoop is the best defensive 2B in Os camp? This on an Os team that obliterated the MLs with their #1 defense. Per a scout last year before the back injury, his range at SS was deceptively good and didn't see why he can't stick. There were also raves about the power which plays down as his league and home park mask the raw.
I know this is a "fantasy" comment, but if I'm the #orioles and Hardy doesn't want to extend, I'm selling Hardy at peak value in a SS dead market and allowing Schoop to play SS shading up the middle with Machado's range at 3B. The Cards turned down a C-Mart for Hardy deal, but it supposedly had traction. Hardy's ct% went way up last year and he's showing the same contact oriented approach this spring.
Imo, maximizing the ML team is priority #1 and that is selling Hardy for best available value, moving Schoop to SS and letting Dariel Alvarez show his wrists

Mar 26, 2014 00:22 AM
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