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May 12, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of May 9-11

by Jeff Moore


Friday, May 9

Delino DeShields, OF, Astros (Corpus Christi, AA): 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, K. By now, you’ve probably seen the photo of DeShields after he got hit in the jaw with a pitch. He returned to action on Friday in tremendous fashion with a pair of home runs, something he doesn’t normally contribute.

Clint Coulter, C, Brewers (Wisconsin, A-): 2-3, R, HR, 2 BB, K. There are still some questions about whether Coulter will develop well enough to stick behind the plate, but there are few questions about his bat. Coulter is not only hitting for power, with eight home runs on the season, but is controlling the strike zone and ended the weekend with more walks than strik outs.

Garrett Gould, RHP, Dodgers (Chattanooga, AA): 6 IP, 4 H, R, 2 BB, 9 K. A good example of the difference between control and command, Gould throws strikes but not usually good ones. He does have some velocity, however, so when he’s in the zone, he can miss bats.

Giovanny Urshela, 3B, Indians (Columbus, AAA): 3-5, R, HR, K. Urshela has been promoted year after year despite subpar performance at the plate, but he’s rewarded the Indians’ faith with eight home runs this year and a .968 OPS between Double and Triple-A.

Rafael Montero, RHP, Mets (Las Vegas, AAA): 5 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K. There is talk about calling Montero up to the majors to help secure the Mets leaky bullpen, but any players who can post a sub-4.00 ERA in Vegas the way Montero has this year would probably be put to better use helping out their rotation.

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