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May 6, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Monday, May 5

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Kyle Jensen, OF, Marlins (New Orleans, AAA): 5-5, 4 R, 2 2B, 2 HR.
As a 25-year-old right-handed hitting corner outfielder whose only above-average tool is power, Jensen is on the periphery of the prospect world. It takes a heck of a day for a player like that to make it on to the MLU—something along the lines of five hits, four of them for extra bases. Jensen is a bench player/Quad-A guy who will probably get his chances in the majors but never land extended playing time.

Pitcher of the Night: Mike Foltynewicz, RHP, Astros (Oklahoma City, AAA): 6 IP, H, R, 2 BB, 12 K.
We’ve been waiting to see Foltynewicz go deeper into a game, something he hasn’t had a chance to do too often in the Astros’ piggyback starter system. He hasn’t compiled the big strikeout numbers you’d expect from someone who routinely hits triple digits on the radar gun. Monday’s dozen were a career high.

Best of the Rest

Adam Duvall, 1B/3B, Giants (Fresno, AAA): 2-3, 2 R, 2B, HR, BB. The good news is that Duvall is hitting for power again, with nine home runs on the season. The bad news is that some of it has to be PCL inflated, and he’s playing more and more first base, where his bat won’t play nearly as well.

Gregory Polanco, OF, Pirates (Indianapolis, AAA): 4-5, R, 2 2B. Yeah, it’s time.

Oscar Taveras, OF, Cardinals (Memphis, AAA): 3-6, R, 2 2B, K. Taveras isn’t forcing the issue with quite the same authority that Polanco is, but then again, the Cardinals’ situation isn’t quite as desperate as the Pirates’.

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