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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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