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June 3, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Monday, June 2

by Jeff Moore


Prospect of the Night: Jesse Winker, OF, Reds (Bakersfield, A+): 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 BB, K.
The physical tools may not be loud, but the baseball ones are. Winker’s ability to control the strike zone helps his bat play up, and his power has spiked in the California League. It will be a good test to see how much of this improvement is maintained once he leaves Bakersfield, but for now, the returns on the 49th-overall pick in 2012 are very good.

Best of the Rest

Dalton Pompey, OF, Blue Jays (Dunedin, A+): 2-5, R, HR, SB. Pompey has emerged as the best hitting prospect in the Blue Jays system, showing strong on-base skills and center field defense, and now a budding power tool. He now has as many home runs (6) as he did all of last season.

Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers (Albuquerque, AAA): 2-3, R, 3B, 2 BB. Being blocked by four veteran outfielders has kept the super-two complaining quiet about Pederson and the Dodgers, but he deserves to be in the big leagues as much as Oscar Taveras and Gregory Polanco. Whether he becomes a star, regular, or role player, there’s nothing left for him to prove in the PCL.

Erik Gonzalez, SS, Indians (Carolina, A+): 3-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 3B, BB, K. Gonzalez is known for his glove, and rightly so, as his bat has rarely been worth mentioning. He’s far too aggressive at the plate, leading to a lot of weak outs. He can, however, pop one to the gap on occasion, giving his bat a chance to play in a utility role thanks to his versatility in the field and ability to stick at shortstop.

Tony Renda, 2B, Nationals (Potomac, A+): 4-4, R, 2B, 3B, BB. Your prototypical “gets the most out of his limited abilities” scrappy college player, Renda is everything you’d expect from the description. He has few tools and a limited ceiling due to having virtually no power and being limited to second base defensively. But he gets on base, barrels up the ball, and has an affinity for doubles. Don’t count on him for much, but don’t count on him to go away either.

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