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May 19, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of May 16-18

by Jeff Moore


Friday, May 16

Miles Head, 1B, A’s (Midland, AA): 3-4, R, HR. Head is struggling once again, now in his third go-round in Double-A. It was already a tough profile as a right-handed-hitting first baseman, but Head’s power outage is enough to diminish his status as a prospect. For what it’s worth, Head also homered again on Sunday.

Daniel Norris, RHP, Blue Jays (Dunedin, A+): 6 2/3 IP, 4 H, R, BB, 6 K. Norris and his power arsenal have been plagued over the years by control problems. He’s made great strides in that area, however, and the on-field product shows with a sub-1.00 ERA.

Josh Prince, 2B, Brewers (Huntsville, AA): 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR. Prince is running out of time to still qualify as a prospect and doesn’t have the hit tool to play every day. Howver, he does have plus speed, a good eye at the plate, and the experience and ability to play all three infield positions and every spot in the outfield, so there could be a spot for him in Milwaukee.

Breyvic Valera, 2B, Cardinals (Palm Beach, A+): 5-7, BB. With no power whatsoever, nor any attempt to hit for any, Valera’s ceiling is limited. He makes up for it with a plus hit tool that could allow him to hit .300 in the majors, though it would be relatively empty. He’s also stuck at second base because of his below-average arm. Valera went 4-for-4 on Sunday to finish the weekend hitting .339.

Paul Blackburn, RHP, Cubs (Kane County, A-): 6 IP, 2 H, R, BB, 8 K. Blackburn has taken a huge step forward with his control this season. He’s a potential mid-rotation starter who could move more quickly now than previously expected.

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