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April 30, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Tuesday, April 29

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Tyrone Taylor, OF, Brewers (Brevard County, A+): 5-5, 5 R, 2B, 3B, HR, BB.
Yes, that’s a cycle. Taylor’s offensive outburst came as part of a 20-run onslaught for the Manatees on Tuesday. Taylor is a doubles collector, but two of those potential doubles have cleared the fence in the past two days, a good sign for his future power development.

Pitcher of the Night: Marcus Stroman, RHP, Blue Jays (Buffalo, AAA): 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 10 K.
If this is the swan song for Stroman’s minor-league career, he went out with a bang. There has been speculation that Stroman could get the call this week to take the place of Dustin McGowan. After struggling this spring, he has his three plus pitches working, and the continued development of his changeup could give him a fourth.

Best of the Rest

Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, Red Sox (Pawtucket, AAA): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. While we can’t really give him credit for a complete game since the game was shortened to five innings, we can’t blame him for not going deeper either, since he was cut off at just 82 pitches. It’s the second scoreless outing for Ranaudo, who continues to be a model of inconsistency from start to start.

Gary Brown, OF, Giants (Fresno, AAA): 2-5, R, HR, 2 K. Brown’s prospect status has plummeted over the past few years during his struggles to consistently hit better minor-league pitching, but this should be the year he finally cracks the major-league roster. He won’t be an impact hitter, but his speed and defense can allow him to carve out a niche as a role player.

Mookie Betts, 2B, Red Sox (Portland, AA): 3-4, 2 R, HR. We have to be cautious in the way we handle Betts right now, as his ridiculously hot start sets us up for hyperbolic exaggeration. What we are realistically learning, however, is that Betts’ hit tool will be enough to carry him to the majors, and that with 15 extra-base hits already on the season, he may have enough power to become an impact bat.

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