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April 17, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Wednesday, April 16

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Astros (Oklahoma City, AAA): 3-5, 2 R, 2B, 3B, HR, K.
Apparently the mantle of “best hitter in Oklahoma City” isn’t too much for Singleton to handle now that George Springer is in the big leagues. He won’t be too far behind Springer, though the Astros will probably wait until June to promote him.

Pitcher of the Night: Marcus Stroman, RHP, Blue Jays (Buffalo, AAA): 5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K.
Remember when Stroman struggled badly this spring and everyone worried about whether a short pitcher would be able to generate enough downward plane to miss bats? Well, he’s still short. When Stroman keeps the ball down, he’s lights out, thanks to a plus change-up. He can get hurt when he misses up, but who doesn’t?

Best of the Rest

Arismendy Alcantara, 2B, Cubs (Iowa, AAA): 3-5, 2 R, 2B, 3B, K. There’s no doubt that Alcantara could hit better than Darwin Barney can right now. It’s not quite that easy, but that is a fact. There’s little incentive, however, to promote him before June, as he’s not going to change the Cubs fortunes for this season.

Jonathan Gray, RHP, Rockies (Tulsa, AA): 5 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K. After a couple of rough outings (including not making it out of the first inning his last time out), we got a glimpse of the real Gray and what a pitcher with a pair of plus pitches can do to minor-league hitting.

Miguel Almonte, RHP, Royals (Wilmington, A+): 6 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K. A plus changeup in A-ball is almost unfair, as Almonte is showing us this season, and pairing it with a mid-90s fastball is unfair at almost any level. He won’t get tested in a place as hard to hit in as Wilmington.

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