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April 23, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Tuesday, April 22

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Gregory Polanco, OF, Pirates (Indianapolis, AAA): 3-5, 3 R, HR, 2 K.
Polanco is perhaps the best candidate currently in the minors for a contract extension without ever having played a major-league game, due to his talent level but also his proximity to the majors and the Pirates’ blatant need for him right now. Instead, we’ll just have to sit through Travis Snider and Jose Tabata while the Pirates second-best outfielder (yes, he may already be better than Starling Marte) tears up Triple-A.

Pitcher of the Night: Ben Lively, RHP, Reds (Bakersfield, A+): 6 IP, H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K.
Lively has done nothing but miss bats since being selected in the fourth round last season, and Tuesday night’s outing was his second straight 10-strikeout performance. His delivery has some effort to it, but if he can maintain that throughout his outings, he’ll be able to remain a starter.

Best of the Rest

Arismendy Alcantara, 2B, Cubs (Iowa, AAA): 2-5, 2 R, 2B, HR, K. Alcantara grew into his power last season in Double-A and now has his first two home runs of the 2014 season on back-to-back nights. What’s going to hold Alcantara back if it doesn’t improve is his plate discipline. Always an aggressive hitter, he made great strides last season by more than doubling his walk rate to 10.9 percent. This year, it’s down to a career low 2.9 percent. It’s early, but an approach that aggressive will get exploited quickly at the major-league level. He needs to show that the changes he made last season were for real.

Rubby de la Rosa, RHP, Red Sox (Pawtucket, AAA): 6 IP, 3 H, R, BB, 7 K. The Red Sox have insisted on continuing to develop de la Rosa as a starter despite his injury history and the obviousness of how well his velocity would fit in a bullpen role. Sometimes, teams really do know best about how to handle their own players.

Trevor Bauer, RHP, Indians (Columbus, AAA): 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, R, 3 BB, 3 K. That three walks is a season high for Bauer is a testament to just how far he’s come. The Indians are having some rotation issues right now, and probably need Bauer’s adjustments to be for real if they want to have a shot at a playoff spot, so it may be time to call him up and see what they have.

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No mention of Ryan McMahon and his 8th HR of the year that was deposited to CF? You can't outline every single slash line from last night? Slacker.
Last week, Ryan McMahon hit an inside CB inside out over the LF fence for a pretty impressive HR by a 19yr old. Yesterday, it was an knee high pitch, but the swing was so short and instead of yanking it he just took it to RC, but more CF. Per the 1at hand accounts, the makeup is extremely impressive and the baseball instincts are way above what many thought they see from a 2-way HS player.
Is Ryan McMahon a good mix of DJ Peterson and Khris Bryant? Is he showing he is the best bat from the '13 class? He's in the Rockies farm system, so it's not like he's ever going to leave hitter friendly venues they just won't be as extreme as Ashville, but that a why I outlines a couple of his HR. They are not the Gallo yank to LF type in Hickory.

Apr 23, 2014 04:50 AM
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BP staff member Jeff Moore
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McMahon went 1-for-3 with a home run. Takes more than one hit to crack the update, even if that hit is a home run.

Apr 23, 2014 05:50 AM
 
roarke

I believe you have Marco Gonzalez' team mixed up (Palm Beach isn't the Cardinals AAA affiliate).

Apr 23, 2014 05:26 AM
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BillJohnson

Correct, it's A+.

Apr 23, 2014 05:35 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
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Fixed, thanks

Apr 23, 2014 11:51 AM
 
BP staff member Jeff Moore
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Yes Bill is correct. Typo on my part. Palm Beach is the Cardinals High-A affiliate.

Apr 23, 2014 05:51 AM
 
rookie319s

First, if Gallo "yanked" a ball it would be to right field and not left. Second, Gallo is doing well at Myrtle Beach this year. Mcmahon is having a great start for sure though.

Apr 23, 2014 07:56 AM
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Lenzkid10

I play in a 12 team mixed, 2 keeper league. When are we thinking Polanco could get the call? Should I pick him up now and store him?

Apr 23, 2014 15:53 PM
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