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April 18, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Thursday, April 17

by Jeff Moore



Mac Williamson, OF, Giants (San Jose, A+): 2-4, 3 R, 2B, HR. We know Williamson has power. The question is whether he will hit. There’s some serious swing-and-miss to his game, but thus far in a repeat of the California League, he’s controlling the strike zone better than he did last year.

Zoilo Almonte, OF, Yankees (SWB, AAA): 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, K. I’m almost afraid to mention Almonte because I talked about him a lot this winter, but a pair of home runs is a day worthy of any update. With the injuries the Yankees have already put up with, Almonte is just a pulled hamstring or tweaked quad away from being called on for big-league duty.

Garin Cecchini, 3B, Red Sox (Pawtucket, AAA): 3-5, R. Cecchini is known for his advanced eye at the plate, but he can hit his way on, too.

Brett Eibner, OF, Royals (Omaha, AAA): 3-4, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB, K. Eibner is having a heck of an April. It’s not necessarily an indication of anything, given his free-swinging ways, but it’s nice to see what can happen when the contact comes together for a short period of time.

Clayton Blackburn, RHP, Giants (Richmond, AA): 6 1/3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K. Blackburn isn’t impactful with his stuff, but his ability to make it work in Double-A is a good sign for his future as a back-of-the-rotation starter.

Micah Johnson, 2B, White Sox (Birmingham, AA): 3-5, 2 2B. There are questions with Johnson about his hit tool and defense. He doesn’t have to hit for a great average, thanks to his speed, but he’ll have to hold his own both with the bat and the glove, and those are both still very much in question.

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stephenbawesome

I'll add some more as I'm wont to do:

Good:
Patrick Kivlehan - 3-5 with 2 HRs
B.J. Boyd - 2-3 with a HR and a walk.
Kyle Wren - 2-4 with 4 SB
Steven Matz - 7 shutout innings with 2 hits, a walk, and 6 strikeouts
Tyler Matzek - 6 shutout innings with 2 hits, a walk, and 6 strikeouts

Bad:
Maikel Franco - 0-5 with 3 Ks
Dylan Cozens - 1-5 with 3 Ks and 2 errors
Gavin Cecchini - 0-4 with 2 Ks and 2 errors

Apr 18, 2014 05:11 AM
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LynchMob

Super Cycle by Dan Robertson ...

http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2014_04_18_elpaaa_albaaa_1&t=g_box&sid=milb

Caveats: Dan's probably not a prospect ... and it was at Albuquerque ...

But I'm a fan of Dan ... Go Beavs! :-)

Apr 19, 2014 12:53 PM
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Silverback38

Heading to see McMahon and his teammates the next two days. Maybe the torrid HR pace will continue.

Apr 18, 2014 05:33 AM
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OuagadougouGM

Eibner is striking out less than HALF as much so far as he has done in previous years. Maybe something is finally clicking...or he's just in a zone. I guess we'll see soon enough.

Apr 18, 2014 06:20 AM
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jfranco77

I think we need more My Cousin Vinny references.

Apr 18, 2014 06:34 AM
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RotoLando

Everything that guy said was bullshit.



Thank you.

Apr 18, 2014 10:16 AM
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