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June 2, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of May 30-June 1

by Jeff Moore


Friday, May 30

Mike Foltynewicz, RHP, Astros (Oklahoma City, AAA): 7 2/3 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 10 K. No one has ever doubted Foltynewicz's velocity, which reaches triple digits, but it's his ability to command the fastball and the development of his breaking ball that will determine whether his future is as a starter or a reliever. Starts like this are a big step toward the former end.

Josh Hader, LHP, Astros (Oklahoma City, AAA): 7 2/3 IP, 4 H, R, BB, 9 K. Hader wasn't exceptionally well known when the Astros acquired him in the Bud Norris trade last year, but he's making a name for himself in a deep Astros system. Our eyewitness report goes into better detail, but Hader is a 6'3" lefty with a low-90s fastball who is still growing into his body, adding weight, and refining his secondary offerings.

Aaron Northcraft, RHP, Braves (Mississippi, AA): 5 IP, 4 H,0 R, 2 BB, 8 K. Northcraft doesn't have a high ceiling, but he is extremely effective at what he does. He will be a major leaguer in some capacity.

Arismendy Alcantara, 2B, Cubs (Iowa, AAA): 2-4, 3 R, 2 HR. Alcantara gets a lot of press because he's a member of a deep Cubs farm system, but that same system also overshadows what he can do because he doesn't have the ceiling of Kris Bryant and Javier Baez. Alcantara can, however, play a premium defensive position and offer a strong offensive profile while there, which could make him an extremely valuable player.

Parker Bridwell, RHP, Orioles (Frederick, A+): 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 9 K. Bridwell remains a model of inconsistency, but he is showing more frequent flashes of production from the potential he's shown for years. When he's on, he can miss bats, but he needs to show it more often.

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