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April 25, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Thursday, April 24

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Eugenio Suarez, SS, Tigers (Erie, AA): 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, K.
We were hoping to see more from Suarez’s bat in a return trip to Double-A, and while he’s still hitting just .250 and doesn’t walk much, his pair of home runs on Thursday gives him five, halfway to his previous career high.

Pitcher of the Night: Steven Matz, LHP, Mets (St. Lucie, A+): 5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, BB, 6 K.
Matz used a fastball that sat 93-94 and a good changeup to carve through Palm Beach hitters on Thursday. He mixed in a hard curveball to keep hitters from both sides of the plate honest.

Best of the Rest

Gregory Polanco, OF, Pirates (Indianapolis, AAA): 3-4, 3 R, 2B, HR, BB, K. For as much talent as Polanco has, his power, as with many prospects, has been the last tool to develop. As his fourth home run of the season would indicate, it appears it is coming in very nicely—and just in time.

Maikel Franco, 3B, Phillies (Lehigh Valley, AAA): 3-4, 2 R, 2B, HR. Unlike fellow eventual 2014 call-up Polanco, Franco has gotten off to a rough start in his first taste of Triple-A. Not only had he not hit a home run before Thursday night, but he had just two total extra-base hits.

Joe Panik, 2B, Giants (Fresno, AAA): 2-3, R, HR, BB. Panik doesn’t have much pop offensively, but he does control the strike zone well and plays a solid second base.

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