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May 22, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Wednesday, May 21

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Jonathan Griffin, 1B, Diamondbacks (Mobile, AA): 5-6, 4 R, 4 HR.
This space is typically reserved for prospects, and a 25-year-old first baseman who appears to be stalling at Double-A hardly qualifies as one, but I’ll make an exception for what might go down as the individual game of the year. Griffin is a massive human being who exploited low-minors pitching but has had trouble hitting for power in Double-A, Wednesday night notwithstanding.

Pitcher of the Night: Julio Urias, LHP, Dodgers (Rancho Cucamunga, A+): 5 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K.
It’s been a little rougher transitioning to the California League for Urias than it was in the Midwest League last year, but he’s hardly the first pitcher to have that problem. He may, however, be the youngest. Still just 17, Urias’ control has abandoned him at time this season, but this is a good start to get things back on track.

Best of the Rest

Taylor Lindsey, 2B, Angels (Salt Lake, AAA): 2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR. The power that Lindsey showed off last year hasn’t quite reappeared this season, in what should be a significantly easier hitting environment. He is, however, controlling the strike zone significantly better, so there’s no reason to panic. There’s not much ceiling with Lindsey, but he should be an everyday player.

Preston Tucker, OF, Astros (Corpus Christi, AA): 3-5, R, HR, 2 K. Scouts don’t buy into Tucker because of the lack of bat speed and athleticism, but at some point, as he continues to produce, we’ll have to start believing a little. There’s probably a platoon/role player in there somewhere.

Carlos Correa, SS, Astros (Lancaster, A+): 2-5, R, HR, SB, K. There’s not much on a baseball field that Correa can’t do, and when his power is on display, we get to see a potential all-around talent.

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