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April 29, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Monday, April 28

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Brandon Nimmo, OF, Mets (St. Lucie, A+): 4-4, 2 R, 2B, HR.
Nimmo’s big day found him over the .400 mark on the season, but the real rarity on Monday night was that he actually didn’t take a walk. The extremely patient Nimmo takes a Votto-esque approach even to RBI situations, refusing to expand the strike zone for any occasion en route to 24 walks already this season and a .530 on-base percentage. How much power he will develop is still up in the air, but at the very least, he can hit atop a playoff-caliber lineup.

Pitcher of the Night: Alex Meyer, RHP, Twins (Rochester, AAA): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 11 K.
Meyer is pitching about as well as the Twins could have hoped for, with this being his second-straight 11-strikeout, scoreless start. There’s little doubt that Meyer is one of the five best starters in the Twins organization right now and is certainly better than Kevin Correa or Mike Pelfrey at the moment, but both of those guys have money committed to them. With a combined 6.04 ERA for their starting pitchers, the Twins need Meyer, but they don’t have a place for him unless they make a move. That may be enough justification to keep him in the minors until summer.

Best of the Rest

Robbie Ray, LHP, Tigers (Toledo, AAA): 5 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K. Ray caught a lot of the flak this offseason for being the centerpiece of what was considered to be too light a return for Doug Fister. It wasn’t his fault, of course, but with a potential open spot in the Tigers rotation, we may get to see just how big the dropoff is between Fister and Ray sooner rather than later.

Javier Baez, SS, Cubs (Iowa, AAA): 1-3, R, HR, 2 BB, K. It’s nice to see Baez get the power bat going again, but it’s an even better sign to see him draw a pair of walks. Baez’s biggest flaw at this point is his over-aggressiveness and the window that gives opposing pitchers to exploit him. Baez doubled his walk total for the season on Monday night in what is hopefully the beginning of the adjustment he needs to make to more advanced pitching.

Oscar Taveras, OF, Cardinals (Memphis, AAA): 2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR. Taveras hasn’t had the adjustment period to Triple-A the way Baez has, but he also doesn’t quite have Baez’s power potential. Still, scouts see more power in his game than he’s shown thus far. With two home runs in as many nights, he now has five on the season.

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