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April 28, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of April 25-27

by Jeff Moore


Friday, April 25

Jesus Aguilar, 1B, Indians (Columbus, 1B): 3-5, R, HR, 2 K. Aguilar’s power has come in streaks this season, as he followed his home run on Friday with another on Saturday, giving him seven on the young season. He’s still striking out in bunches, too, but he’s also walking at a higher rate, making it an acceptable tradeoff.

C.J. Cron, 1B, Angels (Salt Lake, 1B): 2-3, R, 2B, HR. Cron has not only carried his power over from a strong Arizona Fall League, hitting his fifth home run of the year on Friday to go along with 11 doubles, but he’s hitting more consistently. Friday was the start of a 6-for-11 weekend that included three extra-base hits and two walks.

Tommy Joseph, C, Phillies (Reading, AA): 2-5, 2B, HR. It was a bittersweet weekend for Joseph, who homered on Friday, his third bomb in four games, but ended it on the minor-league disabled list after taking a foul ball off the mask. Joseph, acquired by the Phillies from the Giants in the Hunter Pence trade, has a history of concussions and the Phillies are taking every precaution with him.

Matt Wisler, RHP, Padres (San Antonio, AA): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K. It’s typically difficult to rack up strikeout numbers on par with Wisler’s without occasionally expanding the strike zone, but Wisler refuses to walk batters and has managed to miss bats at the same time.

Aderlin Rodriguez, 3B, Mets (St. Lucie, A+): 2-4, 2B, HR, BB, K. Rodriguez is huge and has two extreme tools—a 70 arm and 70 power. Unfortunately, he’s not a third baseman and isn’t going to become one, and he has virtually no pitch recognition. He can hit a fastball as far as anyone in the minors, but he can’t recognize offspeed pitches of any variety and can’t lay off them when they are out of the strike zone, leading to lots of bad contact and tons of swings and misses, and thus limiting the extent to which his power can play in games.

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