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May 28, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Tuesday, May 27

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Jorge Alfaro, C, Rangers (Myrtle Beach, A+): 5-5, 2B, 3B.
It’s days like this that make scouts salivate over Alfaro. Sure, he’s still ultra-aggressive at the plate, a problem that may ultimately hold him back, but how many catching prospects can collect five hits in a game, have one of them be a triple, and still not feature their best tool (his arm)?

Pitcher of the Night: Andrew Heaney, LHP, Marlins (New Orleans, AAA): 6 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K.
The real test in the minors is the jump to Double-A, but Heaney handled that with aplomb. The jump to Triple-A hasn’t slowed him down either, as he’s now allowed just eight hits and one run in his first 11 innings while striking out 14. It’s hard to believe he won’t be in the majors to help the Marlins by the end of June.

Best of the Rest

Carson Kelly, C, Cardinals (Peoria, A-): 2-4, R, HR, BB. In about the same sample size as he had in Peoria last year, Kelly has had virtually identical production. That’s not a good thing, as he has struggled with the bat both times. He’s catching now, however, and learning on the fly, which does provide us with at least some excuse for his offensive struggles. He has big power potential, and the position change gives him a longer leash than many prospects, but it would be good to start to see some production.

Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs (Tennessee, AA): 0-1, R, 4 BB, K. It’s tough to make the MLU without a hit, but four walks help. If nothing else, this serves as a reminder of Bryant’s patient approach, which will serve him well if he ends up hitting in the .260 range. It also allows us to remember that at least a portion of his high strikeout total will come because he works deep counts and not just because of swing-and-miss in his swing.

Daniel Norris, LHP, Blue Jays (Dunedin, A+): 5 1/3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, BB, 8 K. The stuff has never been the question for Norris, but control issues threatened to keep him from reaching his ceiling. Unlike fellow Blue Jays prospect Aaron Sanchez, however, Norris has made great strides this year in that regard, lowering his walk rate to a very acceptable 2.6 BB/9.

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