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May 5, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of May 2-4

by Jeff Moore


Friday, May 2

Javier Baez, SS, Cubs (Iowa, AAA): 0-4, 2 K. When Baez homered in the I-Cubs’ final April game, we all hoped it would be the boost he needed to turn the page on a rough month. Instead, Baez is now 1-for-16 with nine strikeouts in May, including an 0-for-12 weekend that included eight punchouts. He’s not close right now.

C.J. Cron, 1B, Angels (Salt Lake, AAA): 3-5, 4 R, HR, K. Cron will likely be back in Triple-A at some point, but if he never looks back in the rearview mirror, he chose a heck of a way to go out. Cron was called up to the majors on Saturday afternoon.

Wilmer Flores, SS, Mets (Las Vegas, AAA): 4-5, 3 R, 2 HR, K. Flores has already proved he can hit in Triple-A, and posting big numbers in Vegas proves exactly nothing. What is he doing in the minors? Ruben Tejada can’t hit and Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda could both use some days off against lefties. There are enough at-bats to go around for Flores.

Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians (Akron, AA): 2-4, R, 3B, HR, K. Lindor finished the weekend hitting .301/.376/.466. If he does anything near that in the big leagues, he’ll be a perennial All-Star and one of the best shortstops in the game.

Maxwell Muncy, 3B, Athletics (Midland, AA): 3-3, 2 R, 2B, HR, BB, SB. He’s probably not a third baseman, which will dramatically limit his ceiling, but he’s increased his walk rate and lowered his strikeout rate, to the point where the former is significantly higher than the latter this season.

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