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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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