May 15, 2014
Minor League Update
Games of Wednesday, May 14
Hitter of the Night: Rymer Liriano, OF, Padres (San Antonio, AA): 3-6, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 K.
Pitcher of the Night: Eddie Butler, RHP, Rockies (Tulsa, AA): 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, BB, 4 K.
Best of the Rest
Preston Tucker, OF, Astros (Corpus Christi, AA): 2-5, 2B, BB, K. Tucker doesn’t do much terribly well on a baseball field, but he can hit, and that’s enough to keep him moving up the Astros organizational ladder.
Taylor Naquin, OF, Indians (Akron, AA): 2-4, R, HR, K. The more scouts see Naquin, the more they differ on his future. There’s no doubting that the arm and the glove should play in center, but the power is still very much up in the air.
Scott Lyman, RHP, Marlins (Jupiter, A+): 9 IP, 5 H, R, 0 BB, 6 K. Lyman is pitching over his head right now, as it’s incredibly difficult to sustain a 1.80 ERA with just a 6.1 K/9 rate. He features a fastball that sits 88-92, and his best off-speed pitch is a changeup at 76-80, but he profiles as a back-end starter.
Jason Esposito, 3B, Orioles (Frederick, A+): 4-4, R, 3B, SB. Ultra-aggressive hitters put a ton of balls in play, and that can lead to more hits on the good days. The former Vanderbilt star and second-round pick has only recently gotten his OPS over the .600 mark for the first time in his career.
Jesse Biddle, LHP, Phillies (Reading, AA): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 4 BB, 7 K. The walk rate is down and the strikeout rate is up. Biddle is still inconsistent from start to start, but he’s learning how to get away with the extra baserunners more often.
Nick Williams, OF, Rangers (Myrtle Beach, A+): 3-5, 2B, K. Scouts drool over the hit tool, but his ultra-aggressive approach may hold him back from ever letting it reach its full potential.
Henry Owens, LHP, Red Sox (Portland, AA): 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 8 K. Owens has proven extremely hard to hit, but the inconsistencies in his mechanics sometimes lead to bouts of wildness.
Adam Brett Walker, OF, Twins (Fort Myers, A+): 2-4, R, HR, K. Poor pitch recognition plagues Walker, but few can hit a fastball as well or as far as the young right-handed slugger.
Fight Another Day
Victor Roache, OF, Brewers (Brevard County, A+): 0-4, 2 K. All flawed hitters eventually get to a level that exposes their weakness. It’s too early to say for certain that Roache is at that point, but his strikeout-to-walk ratio suggests that he’s getting close.
Notable Pitching Performances