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June 4, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Tuesday, June 3

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Jabari Blash, OF, Mariners (Tacoma, AAA): 3-5, 3 R, 3 HR, K.
Blash has struggled mightily since a promotion to Triple-A a few weeks ago, but Tuesday’s game offers a glimpse of what his power can do. He’s flawed, with a poor swing path that leads to large strikeout numbers, but he does work walks and hit for power, giving him a chance to carve out a bench role.

Pitcher of the Night: Lucas Giolito, RHP, Nationals (Hagerstown, A-): 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K.
The Nationals are taking it very easy with Giolito, who hadn’t pitched since May 11 despite being healthy. His three-inning outing was pre-determined by the Nats, so there are no red flags associated with the early departure. He struck out five of the 12 batters he faced, and it’s not his fault he didn’t face more.

Best of the Rest

Carlos Correa, SS, Astros (Lancaster, A+): 3-4, 2 R, 2B, BB, SB. Usually, it takes a home run and a couple of hits or something else ridiculous to make this list, but I’m going to start making exceptions for Correa, because I want to talk about him, and he’s not hitting that many home runs yet. And that’s okay. Is there any prospect in baseball we’re worried about less? He’s 19, and it feels like we almost take him for granted already. Three more hits put him at .328 on the season, and we should get used to seeing him with batting averages that begin with a three. The only question about Correa is whether he settles into the 15-20-homer range as a major leaguer or if he reaches his true ceiling and hits 20-25 while playing shortstop.

Orlando Arcia, 2B, Brewers (Brevard County, A+): 4-5, 2 R, 2B, HR. Mostly known for his glove, Arcia hit his first home run of the year in a rare display of power. He does a nice job of working counts and draws his share of walks, so that paired with a good glove means it won’t take much power for him to be a productive player. That said, he’ll have to develop more than he’s shown in games thus far to be a regular, and his small-ball approach to hitting won’t allow for a lot of growth in that department.

Marco Gonzales, LHP, Cardinals (Springfield, AA): 6 IP, 4 H, R, BB, 7 K. When the time comes, Gonzales and his plus left-handed changeups are going to be a nice change of pace to all of the hard-throwing right-handers on the Cardinals pitching staff. There’s not much room left for growth, as he’s mostly a finished product, with some refinement on the fastball command the last step he’ll need to be ready for the big leagues.

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majnun

"And Kris Bryant homered" is a lovely sign off

Jun 04, 2014 04:24 AM
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Noel Steere
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"The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand,
is when Kris Bryant carried you."

Jun 04, 2014 12:47 PM
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tommybones

Any reason you can think of as to why Bryant hasn't been moved to AAA??? He's making a joke of AA at the moment.

Jun 04, 2014 05:26 AM
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Mike Schieve

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140603&content_id=78026066¬ebook_id=78055710&vkey=notebook_chc&c_id=chc

Jun 04, 2014 05:46 AM
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b00tsRandolph

Bryant also walked twice. His OBP is refreshing for a system not known for plate discipline.

Jun 04, 2014 05:46 AM
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BP staff member Jeff Moore
BP staff

Whoops. He went 6 2/3 IP, 8 H, 3 R, BB, 10 K.

Jun 04, 2014 06:38 AM
 
BP staff member Jeff Moore
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And obviously that was meant to be a response for the Aaron Blair comment below.

Jun 04, 2014 06:39 AM
 
Noel Steere
(965)

I figured there was a misprint, since Kris Bryant would have had a perfect game on 27 strikeouts and 27 pitches (each batter would have forfeited after the first pitch).

Jun 04, 2014 12:46 PM
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stephenbawesome

No stats provided next to Aaron Blair.

Jun 04, 2014 06:27 AM
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balticwolf

Jeff: do you think that Duvall has a good shot at being the Giants 3B next year? It looks like Panda will walk after this season is over, so...

I know Duvall has problems with the glove, but the power appears to be legit. Maybe he even gets a few ABs later this summer if Belt's recovery doesn't go well?

Jun 04, 2014 08:22 AM
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sldetckl16

It was a little disheartening to drive two hours in traffic to see Giolito pitch 3 innings. But then I watch a video of his curve and it all washes away.

Jun 04, 2014 10:16 AM
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roevpruitt

jeff you have seen arcia correct?

Jun 05, 2014 13:33 PM
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