May 6, 2014
Minor League Update
Games of Monday, May 5
Hitter of the Night: Kyle Jensen, OF, Marlins (New Orleans, AAA): 5-5, 4 R, 2 2B, 2 HR.
Pitcher of the Night: Mike Foltynewicz, RHP, Astros (Oklahoma City, AAA): 6 IP, H, R, 2 BB, 12 K.
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’.
James Ramsey, OF, Cardinals (Springfield, AA): 3-4, 3 R, 2 HR. It’s an embarrassment of riches for the Cardinals right now in their farm system. In most systems, Ramsey would be someone to consider at least as a future role player, but for the Cardinals, it’s hard to see where they’ll have a roster spot for him. The former first-rounder is average all around and is probably a second-division regular, which means he’s a bench player for the Cardinals.
Mookie Betts, 2B, Red Sox (Portland, AA): 2-3, 2 R, 2 BB. There’s not much else we can say about Betts right now. He’s a very good pure hitter, but no one is a .412 hitter. If he keeps this up in any way, however, he’ll have to be moved up to Triple-A just for the challenge.
Aaron Northcraft, RHP, Braves (Mississippi, AA): 5 2/3 IP, 4 H, R, 0 BB, 6 K. Northcraft continues to be remarkably solid at every level and actually strikes out a fair amount of batters for a sinker/slider guy. It’s surprising that he’s not in Triple-A after having success in Mississippi last year.
Daniel Norris, RHP, Blue Jays (Dunedin, A+): 4 2/3 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K. Norris isn’t necessarily throwing good strikes yet, but the fact that he’s throwing more of them is a step in the right direction for him. He’s got the whole package to be an impact arm if he puts it together.
Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pirates (Bradenton, A+): 5 IP, 2 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 6 K. After a strange, disastrous start his last time out that saw him walk seven batters, Glasnow was back to his old self on Monday.
Carlos Correa, SS, Astros (Lancaster, A+): 3-4, R, 3B. Is there such thing as a quiet .309/.369/.464 line for a 19-year-old in High-A ball? If so, Correa’s doing it. He’s so good we take him for granted.
David Dahl, OF, Rockies (Asheville, A-): 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 K. We may have to deal with some contact issues from Dahl, but we’re getting a glimpse of just how well his BP power can play in games.
Fight Another Day
Byron Buxton, OF, Twins (Fort Myers, A+): 0-3, 2 K. Who cares? He’s back!
Lance McCullers, RHP, Astros (Lancaster, A+): 1 2/3 IP, 4 H, 6 R (5 ER), 3 BB, 0 K. McCullers has been good in the Astros’ tandem system this year, so we can’t blame this start on that, and he was coming off of a double-digit strikeout game. It just wasn’t his night.
Notable Pitching Performances