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April 11, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Thursday, April 10

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers (Myrtle Beach, A+): 4-4, 4 R, 2B, 2 HR.
Gallo features the best raw power in the minor leagues, and it translated into game power on Thursday night in a big way. It’s hard enough to hit a ball out of Wilmington’s Frawley Stadium, but Gallo managed to put one of his over the scoreboard in left-center field.

Pitcher of the Night: Andrew Heaney, LHP, Marlins (Jacksonville, AA): 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, BB, 8 K.
Heaney was expected to be on the fast track this season if he got off to a hot start, and that’s exactly what he’s done. With two plus pitches (fastball, slider), he’d probably be able to hold his own in the majors right now, but if his changeup catches up with the rest of his stuff, he’ll fit in as a solid no. 2 behind Jose Fernandez.

Best of the Rest

George Springer, OF, Astros (Oklahoma City, AAA): 2-3, 2 R, HR, BB. Springer got on the board with his first home run of the season, displaying the power that the Astros badly need in their lineup. It’s going to come with a lot of swing-and-miss, but he has enough plate discipline and power to make it worthwhile, and he adds value with his glove and legs.

Gregory Polanco, OF, Pirates (Indianapolis, AAA): 3-3, 2B, BB. Polanco, who is now hitting .433 in the early going, is closing in on Pittsburgh like Godzilla on Tokyo. No matter how well Jose Tabata and Travis Snider play in the first two months of the season, they’ll be bench players by June, and the Pirates will be a better team for it.

Joe Wendle, 2B, Indians (Akron, AA): 3-5, R, 2B. We love to toss around tools on prospects, especially ones that we can accurately track—like velocity, speed, etc. Wendle doesn’t have too many of those tools. He has the one that’s hardest to predict: He just flat out hits everything in sight.

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