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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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