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April 10, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Wednesday, April 9

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Brett Eibner, OF, Royals (Ohama, AAA): 5-5, 3 R, 2B, 2 HR.
Eibner is on the fringes of prospect territory these days as a 25-year-old who hit .243 in Double-A last year, but what he can do is hit for power, and when he cuts down on the swings and misses, he can really be an impact player. It just hasn’t happened nearly enough at the upper levels of the minors to this point.

Pitcher of the Night: Henry Owens, LHP, Red Sox (Portland, AA): 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K.
The 21-year-old Owens kept his ERA at 0.00 on the young season with his second straight nine-strikeout performance. When he’s being consistent with his mechanics, Owens generates tremendous downward plane that is difficult to square up and features two potential plus off-speed pitches.

Best of the Rest

Oscar Taveras, OF, Cardinals (Memphis, AAA): 1-4, R, HR. This wasn’t an exceptional game for Taveras, but as one of the top prospects in the game, the only questions about him are whether or not he’s healthy and just how much power he’ll develop. It seems relevant, in that case, when he’s on the field and hitting a home run.

Marcus Stroman, RHP, Blue Jays (Buffalo, AAA): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 8 K. If Stroman had a history of wildness, the walk total in this game would be more of a concern, but he generally throws a ton of strikes, so it’s nothing to worry about.

Enny Romero, LHP, Rays (Durham, AAA): 5 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 8 K. Luckily for the Rays, when one starter goes down, they typically have another waiting in the wings in Triple-A. With Matt Moore looking like he’s going to miss some time, Romero could help fill the left-handed void he leaves behind.

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