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May 21, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Tuesday, May 20

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Oscar Taveras, OF, Cardinals (Memphis, AAA): 4-5, R, 2B.
Much is being made out of Taveras’ NL Central counterpart Gregory Polanco and the Pirates’ unwillingness to promote him, but Taveras is making his case quite well, too. With a lot of struggling offensive players and a need for a jolt, it’s a race to see which team will make a move first.

Pitcher of the Night: Jake Buchanan, RHP, Astros (Oklahoma City, AAA): 9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K.
The strikeouts aren’t typical of a Buchanan start, but the lack of walks and effective pitching are. His upper-80s arsenal doesn’t leave much of a ceiling (he can touch 91), but his extreme command gives him a chance to stick in the back end of a rotation.

Best of the Rest

Domingo Santana, OF, Astros (Oklahoma City, AAA): 4-6, 3 R, 2B, 2 K. George Springer stole the initial round of attention and Jonathan Singleton is now the focal point, but Santana is another bat waiting in the wings that can make an impact soon. There are more flaws in his offensive game than in those of his fellow prospects, mainly the same contact issues that plague Springer but without as many walks, but he’s a legit power threat for a team currently starting Alex Presley in left field.

Jed Bradley, RHP, Brewers (Brevard County, A+): 9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. It’s taken longer than expected, and a third straight trip to the Florida State League, but Bradley is finally getting the results expected from a former 15th-overall pick. He no longer possesses the stuff that got him drafted that high, but he’s throwing strikes consistently for the first time as a professional, so it’s something to work with, at least.

Clint Coulter, C, Brewers (Wisconsin, A-): 3-3, 2 R, 2 2B, BB. With questions about his ability to remain behind the plate, it’s important that Coulter hit in case a move becomes necessary. He’s doing just that—not only hitting for power, both doubles and home runs, but controlling the strike zone exceptionally well, with almost as many walks as strikeouts.

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MaineSkin

Kohl Stewart was a 2-way athlete I believe and raw as a SP somewhat, but athletic as shit w/an arsenal. For some reason I'm all over this kid. Love him.
Where's his rank among all MiL SP?

May 21, 2014 04:06 AM
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alvinfan

But ~Teoscar~ Hernandez (I love that name) hit two home runs last night!

And it's not like he's a non-prospect. You've had him in the eye-witness series. Even a tiny mention of it?

May 21, 2014 05:38 AM
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dancini

Bite of the night goes to Miguel Olivio

May 21, 2014 05:45 AM
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delatopia

He's really helping Alexander Guerrero cut down on his E(ar)s.

May 21, 2014 07:26 AM
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jmhanlonjr

Does this update get updated to account for west coast games? None on here. As noted above, Teoscar Hernandez went 3 for 5 with two homers and a double. I'm sure there were other noteworthy performances out west.

May 21, 2014 07:47 AM
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BP staff member Jeff Moore
BP staff

Yes, the update includes west coast games. I usually submit it around 2 am eastern time to accommodate. I just missed Teoscar. Again, 2 am.

May 21, 2014 14:33 PM
 
Behemoth

While Hernandez's numbers are obviously inflated by the Cal league, the only real issue between him and being much higher ranked seems to be making enough contact. Do you think that's fair, and how likely is it that he'll be able to overcome that?

May 22, 2014 02:16 AM
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Meepits

When Oscar T gets put in a corner in AAA, it's always left. I think he has 10 or so appearances there, though obviously he's usually CF. Wonder why he doesn't get more RF time given that's St L's weak corner?

May 21, 2014 08:11 AM
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mshopoff

Nobody puts Oscar in a corner.

May 21, 2014 08:37 AM
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TGT969

4 Pirate starters at all 4 levels threw 26.2 innings and let up all of 3 runs!
I think that is pretty impressive, since they are young one has pitched well
in the bigs on a limited basis

May 21, 2014 12:27 PM
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