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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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stephenbawesome

I'd be interested in some feedback on Aaron Blair and Ben Lively's latest gems.

Apr 28, 2014 05:42 AM
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BillJohnson

Note that Taveras did not receive the call when St. Louis decided (finally) that Shane Robinson needed to be put out to pasture; Randal Grichuk has been called up instead. That is most likely a service-time move, since he's unlikely to see much game action in the Cardinals' crowded outfield, and they're not as concerned about losing/overpaying him early as they would be about Taveras or Stephen Piscotty.

Apr 28, 2014 05:49 AM
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jfranco77

I also don't think Grichuk is going to get regular ABs, so why deny Tavares the opportunity to get them at AAA?

Apr 28, 2014 12:37 PM
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Mark68

Did Owens give up 9 hits and 6 ER or 9 hits + 6 more?

Apr 28, 2014 09:01 AM
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username49

I would also like some feedback on Lively. 6IP 5H, 0BB, 7K deserves mention, especially when its probably his least impressive stat line in his last few appearances.

Apr 28, 2014 11:05 AM
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almagu

What's going on with Javier Baez? He came back from his ankle injury, plaayed one game, and so far as I can tell, has been sitting out soon. Did he re-injure it or what??

Apr 28, 2014 12:07 PM
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dREaDS Fan

He's playing ... just not meeting the criteria for inclusion in MLU:

http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=595879

Apr 28, 2014 12:39 PM
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