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April 22, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Monday, April 21

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Kellin Deglan, C, Rangers (Hickory, A-): 3-3, 2 R, 2 2B, HR, BB.
Deglan’s status as a prospect has all but disappeared after he failed to hit in three years of full-season ball between Low- and High-A. The hit tool simply isn’t there, Monday night notwithstanding, of course.

Pitcher of the Night: Luke Jackson, RHP, Rangers (Frisco, AA): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K.
Jackson has a track record of plus stuff with questionable command, so outings like this, in which he doesn’t walk anyone, are a great sign.

Best of the Rest

Jesus Aguilar, 1B, Indians (Columbus, AAA): 2-3, R, HR, BB. I had a number of questions in my chat yesterday about which, if any, players had changed their prospect status early in this season. I basically said that it’s tough to do in such a short sample size, but if I had thought of it at the time, I would have at least mentioned Aguilar. We can’t anoint Aguilar as a top prospect just because he’s hitting .386/.453/.737 in the early going, but it does tell us more than it would with most prospects. If you read the MLU all winter, you remember that Aguilar had a fantastic offseason. Aguilar has always had plus raw power but it didn’t always play in games. It did this winter, and the key was to see if he had actually made some kind of adjustment or just had a hot month in Venezuela. Three hot weeks in April don’t make him the Indians’ first baseman of the future, but they are a small indication that perhaps a fundamental change took place that makes him more intriguing than he was this time last year.

Arismendy Alcantara, 2B, Cubs (Iowa, AAA): 2-4, 2 R, HR. Everyone keeps asking about Javier Baez, but Alcantara is going to be in the majors first and has more experience at second base, where the Cubs have the most glaring hole. He doesn’t have the upside of Baez or Kris Bryant, but he’d be getting more love if he were in any other organization.

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