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May 20, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Monday, May 19

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Raimel Tapia, OF, Rockies (Asheville, A-): 3-3, 3 R, HR, 2 BB.
It’s been a rough start for Tapia, but games like this give us a glimpse of the kinds of things he’s capable of. His pure hitting ability can get him in trouble because of his aggressive approach, so any time he’s taking pitches and getting himself into hitter-friendly counts, it’s a recipe for him to do some damage.

Pitcher of the Night: Damien Magnifico, RHP, Brewers (Brevard County, A+): 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K.
For a player with a big-time fastball, Magnifico’s strikeout numbers are remarkably low, though he is doing a much better job of limiting damage in his second go-round in the Florida State League.

Best of the Rest

Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers (Albuquerque, AAA): 3-6, 4 R, HR, K, SB. There were some who saw Pederson as a bit of a “tweener” because his power wasn’t going to be enough to carry him in a corner outfield spot. Pederson is doing everything in his power to shut those people up.

Delino DeShields, Jr. OF, Astros (Corpus Christi, AA): 3-4, 2 R, 2B, K, SB. It’s been a rough go of things for DeShields since returning from being hit in the face with a fastball. He had an .811 OPS before the injury but is at just .625 since returning. His strikeout totals were too high in both instances for a speed player, something that has always been a concern.

Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Blue Jays (New Hampshire, AA): 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 6 K. This is becoming such a typical Sanchez performance that I wasn’t sure to put it in the good section or the bad one. With most pitching prospects, we’d be drooling over Sanchez’s ability to miss bats, but because the overall package is so enticing, we’re disappointed in his inability to go out and dominate, thanks to below-average fastball command. He wouldn’t be the first incredibly talented arm that ends up having to be a reliever because he can’t throw enough strikes to remain a starter, and though we’re not quite there yet, we’re getting closer every time he has an outing like this.

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Silverback38

I'm excited about the continued Josh Bell progress. I'm not well versed on this Jose Berrios cat but I've seen him do a few good things. I guess I'll have to keep an eye on him.

May 20, 2014 06:28 AM
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canada

No love for Sanchez's GB rate? He's up somewhere around 60% on the season (hard to convert the GO/AO data on milb.com, but I've tracked his last few starts and it's even closer to 70%).

It's partially the biased Jays fan in me talking, but I just find it hard to be that concerned with the BB rate when Sanchez is able to induce groundballs at a rate that rivals Tim Hudson. Is this minor league trickery, or a part of Sanchez's game that is potentially overlooked?

May 20, 2014 07:17 AM
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BP staff member Jeff Moore
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No that's a good point and it's an important part of his game. My concern is that the walk rate is keeping him from working as deep into the game as an ace needs to. The Blue Jays have taken the reigns off of him recently, and he's thrown over 85 pitches in 5 of his last 6 starts (including 92 in this outing), but he's only gotten into the sixth inning once. It's the same thing plaguing Zack Wheeler right now. It's not that he's pitching poorly, but the walk totals are keeping him from getting past the sixth inning.

May 20, 2014 07:22 AM
 
canada

That makes a lot of sense, thanks for responding

May 20, 2014 08:14 AM
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timber

Damien Magnifico...now that is a truly magnifico name.

May 20, 2014 08:49 AM
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jsdspud

Jeff, Have you seen Josh Bell? If so, what does his swing look like from the right side?

May 20, 2014 09:14 AM
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Scott44

Dariel Alavarez - 4 for 6 with a HR, 2bs and 6RBI. Did his stat line fly under the radar? Thoughts on him?

May 20, 2014 09:34 AM
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Schere

please oh please let Joc get traded soon, but inside the NL.

May 20, 2014 09:52 AM
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