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April 24, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Wednesday, April 23

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers (Myrtle Beach, A+): 3-4, 4 R, 3 HR, 3 BB. Apparently the laws of physics cease to exist not only on Mr. Tipton’s stove but also in the air surrounding the Frederick Keys’ stadium on Wednesday night, as Gallo put his power on display to its fullest extent but also showed off his patient eye, one which will serve him well as the ultimate three-true-outcome prospect in the minors.

Pitcher of the Night: Alex Meyer, RHP, Twins (Rochester, AAA): 6 2/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 11 K.
After a trio of lackluster starts, this is the outing the Twins were hoping to see from their top pitching prospect. Even when he struggles, he misses bats, the product of an upper-90s fastball and a big breaking curve.

Best of the Rest

Stetson Allie, 1B, Pirates (Altoona, AA): 3-3, 3 R, 2B, 2 HR, 2 BB. Allie eased his way onto the MLU yesterday with a home run. Today, he forced his way on the same way he approaches every single at-bat. There’s no finesse in anything Allie does. When he was a pitcher, he threw as hard as he could and didn’t know where the ball was going. As a hitter, he’s trying to hit every ball as far as he can, but he has a much better idea of how to control the ability to do so.

Robbie Ray, LHP, Tigers (Toledo, AAA): 8 1/3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K. When his velocity is intact, Ray has a chance to be a different pitcher and miss bats at a much more effective rate.

Brent Suter, LHP, Brewers (Huntsville, AA): 8 IP, H, R, BB, 7 K. If Suter wants to be a prospect, he’ll have to earn it. After all, the deck is naturally stacked against 31st-round picks out of Harvard. He’s already 24 (you know, college and all), but he misses just enough bats to give himself a chance, and he’s doing so at an even better rate this season. Throwing strikes, missing bats, and being left handed makes people forget about where you were drafted real quick.

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