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May 8, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Wednesday, May 7

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs (Tennessee, AA): 3-4, 4 R, 2B, 2 HR, BB, K. Remember when there were teams that had fellow college third baseman Colin Moran rated ahead of Bryant on their draft boards? The next time you want to berate the Cubs for their decision-making, let’s remember the one they most definitely got correct.

Pitcher of the Night: Jose Berrios, RHP, Twins (Fort Myers, A+): 5 IP, H, 0 R, 4 BB, 7 K.
Berrios still has a ways to go with his fastball command, but the life on it is electric, and he’s pairing it with a plus changeup that was dominant on this night.

Best of the Rest

Wilmer Flores, SS, Mets (Las Vegas, AAA): 3-6, R, 2B. In what could be his last game in Vegas, Flores showed why he should have been in the majors all along. Let’s break this down one last time: Flores is going to be a terrible defensive major-league shortstop, but he can hit, definitely better than Omar Quintanilla and Ruben Tejada, and perhaps better than most of the current Mets position players not named David Wright. The Mets have painted themselves into a corner in which, despite his defensive limitations, Flores is their best shortstop option.

Matt Purke, LHP, Nationals (Harrisburg, AA): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K. The Nationals have been waiting for some kind of positive sign out of Purke, in whom they invested $4 million as an over-slot signee in 2011. While this is a good sign, it’s also the first start this season in which he’s allowed fewer than four runs, so take it with a grain of salt.

Henry Ramos, OF, Red Sox (Portland, AA): 3-3, 2 R, 2 HR, BB. Power is Ramos’ calling card, and he’s handling his first taste of the upper minors better than many expected, though his aggressive approach at the plate could still come back to haunt him.

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