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May 16, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Thursday, May 15

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Randal Grichuk, OF, Cardinals (Memphis, AAA): 2-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 BB, K.
Perhaps it’s the taste of the big-league lifestyle, or perhaps it’s just that Triple-A pitching doesn’t look so formidable after you’ve seen its major-league counterpart, but Grichuk is now hitting .458 since being sent down in an attempt not to be passed on the Cardinals organizational depth chart by Oscar Taveras and Stephen Piscotty.

Pitcher of the Night: Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, Red Sox (Pawtucket, AAA): 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K.
Ranaudo still battles inconsistency from start to start, but he’s close to what he’s going to be at this point, which is a guy who can dominate on any given night but who also tosses out some clunkers and ultimately settles in as a mid-rotation type. He’s ready if the Red Sox need him for a spot start.

Best of the Rest

Nick Tropeano, RHP, Astros (Oklahoma City, AAA): 6 IP, H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K. Tropeano gets by with limited stuff thanks to a plus changeup that should allow him to be a back-end starter.

Jake Lamb, 3B, Diamondbacks (Mobile, AA): 3-4, 2 R, 2 2B. If Double-A was supposed to be the test for Lamb, he appears to be passing it with flying colors. His overall numbers are down, but he’s also not hitting in the California League anymore. He controls the strike zone reasonably well and has enough power to make up for the swings-and-misses, at least to this point.

Brian Flynn, LHP, Marlins (New Orleans, AAA): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 K. Typically with much better control, the 6’7” lefty, who got a cup of coffee in the majors last season, is ready to help fill in for the Marlins as soon as he is called upon. He profiles as a mid-to-back-end starter.

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