CSS Button No Image Css3Menu.com

Baseball Prospectus home
  
  
Click here to log in Click here for forgotten password Click here to subscribe

<< Previous Article
Fantasy Article Fantasy Starting Pitch... (04/25)
<< Previous Column
Premium Article Minor League Update: G... (04/24)
Next Column >>
Premium Article Minor League Update: G... (04/28)
Next Article >>
Baseball ProGUESTus: B... (04/25)

April 25, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Thursday, April 24

by Jeff Moore

the archives are now free.

All Baseball Prospectus Premium and Fantasy articles more than a year old are now free as a thank you to the entire Internet for making our work possible.

Not a subscriber? Get exclusive content like this delivered hot to your inbox every weekday. Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or use the buttons to the right to subscribe and get instant access to the best baseball content on the web.

Subscribe for $4.95 per month
Recurring subscription - cancel anytime.


a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Purchase a $39.95 gift subscription
a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Already a subscriber? Click here and use the blue login bar to log in.

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.

Micah Johnson, 2B, White Sox (Birmingham, AA): 3-5, 2 R, 2B, HR, K. We said in our prospect lists that Johnson needed to take another step forward with the bat in order to be an everyday player. He’s now hitting .358, but more importantly, he’s controlling the strike zone better and is already halfway to his season-high home run total. We need to see more of it, but it’s a good start.

Peter O’Brien, C, Yankees (Tampa, A+): 2-4, 2 R, HR. After splitting his time between the squat and third base last year, O’Brien is primarily catching this season (though he has played three games in the outfield). Power is his only real tool and will have to be his calling card.

Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Cubs (Daytona, A+): 4-4, 2 R, HR. It took four hits to get Vogelbach’s batting average up over .200, but there’s not too much reason for concern. Vogelbach was born to hit, and even during his struggles, he hasn’t struck out at a high rate, walking almost as much as he fanned.

Jorge Polanco, SS, Twins (Fort Myers, A+): 2-4, R, 2B, HR. Polanco is having no trouble transitioning to the Florida State League, but is more of a line-drive hitter than a power producer.

Fight Another Day

Javier Baez, SS, Cubs (Iowa, AAA): 0-5, 2 K. It’s been a rough go of things since Baez has returned from the DL, and he’s now 3-for-17 with eight strikeouts over that stretch. Triple-A pitchers have been able to exploit his free-swinging approach, and he’s failed to get into a groove at the plate.

Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, Red Sox (Pawtucket, AAA): 3 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 4 K. It took Ranaudo 71 pitches to get through three innings, which is what happens when only 39 of them are strikes.

Mason Williams, OF, Yankees (Trenton, AA): 0-4, 4 K. Typically when Williams struggles, it’s by making weak contact and not with swings and misses. Then again, he had 18 strikeouts in 17 games in Double-A last year, so perhaps we’re seeing a new trend against better pitching.

Matt Purke, LHP, Nationals (Harrisburg, AA): 4 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 2 K. Purke pitched okay after the first inning, but that inning included a three-run blast by Stetson Allie.

Notable Pitching Performances*

  • Mike Foltynewicz, RHP, Astros (Oklahoma City, AAA): 5 IP, 4 H, R, 2 BB, K.
  • Deck McGuire, RHP, Blue Jays (New Hampshire, AA): 7 1/3 IP, 7 H, 3 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 8 K.
  • Anthony DeSclafani, RHP, Marlins (Jacksonville, AA): 6 IP, 7 H, R, 2 BB, 7 K.
  • Jonathon Crawford, RHP, Tigers (West Michigan, A-): 5 IP, 5 H, R, (0 ER), 3 BB, 3 K.
  • Braden Shipley, RHP, Diamondbacks (South Bend, A-): 6 1/3 IP, 2 H, 3 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 6 K.

*The point of the Minor League Update is to keep you, the reader, up to speed on how prospects are doing throughout the minor league season with scouting reports and explanations along with a daily stat line. Sometimes, however, you just want to know the result, especially with pitchers who were neither spectacular nor terrible on a particular night. This is that section.

Jeff Moore is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
Click here to see Jeff's other articles. You can contact Jeff by clicking here

5 comments have been left for this article. (Click to hide comments)

BP Comment Quick Links

dREaDS Fan

Free Gregory Polanco!

Apr 25, 2014 04:32 AM
rating: 0
 
Matt10

If Gregory Polanco continues at this torrid pace, do you think the Pirates will still keep him down in the minors until the Super-2 date passes or will he force their hand?

Apr 25, 2014 06:29 AM
rating: 0
 
Sharky

With the White Sox struggles at 2b, do you think we will see Johnson after Super Two?

Apr 25, 2014 08:07 AM
rating: 0
 
jfranco77

Presumably Davidson comes up to play 3B at some point, and then they have Semien and Beckham for 2B. That's a lot of moving parts before you get to Johnson.

Apr 25, 2014 09:25 AM
rating: 0
 
twodaves

Seems that there was another Giant who had a much more impressive night on the 24th.

Apr 25, 2014 13:40 PM
rating: 0
 
You must be a Premium subscriber to post a comment.
Not a subscriber? Sign up today!
<< Previous Article
Fantasy Article Fantasy Starting Pitch... (04/25)
<< Previous Column
Premium Article Minor League Update: G... (04/24)
Next Column >>
Premium Article Minor League Update: G... (04/28)
Next Article >>
Baseball ProGUESTus: B... (04/25)

RECENTLY AT BASEBALL PROSPECTUS
Premium Article Daisy Cutter: Andrew McCutchen Has A Cold St...
Premium Article Pitching Backward: PITCHf/xing and Pitcher F...
Painting the Black: Truth-Testing TRAA
Fantasy Rounders: Yard Sale
Premium Article Prospect Profile: Austin Meadows
Rubbing Mud: The Ongoing Rise of Rizzo
Premium Article The Call-Up: Blake Swihart

MORE FROM APRIL 25, 2014
Premium Article What Scouts Are Saying: April 25, 2014
Premium Article What You Need to Know: Kluber Completes a Ga...
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Ranklin' Franklin
Premium Article Prospectus Hit List: Friday, April 25
Baseball ProGUESTus: Book Excerpt: Dry Land
Fantasy Article Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Five
Fantasy Article TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Taking Stock of Your...

MORE BY JEFF MOORE
2014-04-30 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, April...
2014-04-29 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Monday, April ...
2014-04-28 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of April 25-27
2014-04-25 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, Apri...
2014-04-24 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, Apr...
2014-04-23 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, April...
2014-04-22 - Premium Article Notes from the Field: Sally, Florida State, ...
More...

MORE MINOR LEAGUE UPDATE
2014-04-30 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, April...
2014-04-29 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Monday, April ...
2014-04-28 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of April 25-27
2014-04-25 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, Apri...
2014-04-24 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, Apr...
2014-04-23 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, April...
2014-04-22 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Monday, April ...
More...