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June 10, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Monday, June 9

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Javier Baez, SS, Cubs (Iowa, AAA): 2-4, 3 R, 3B, HR, K, SB.
The good with the bad, people. We’ve got to take the good with the bad. We’re going to get four-strikeout games and three-homer games. They might even be back to back. It’s going to be a wild ride, and it’s going to be a lot of fun. Even for Cubs fans.

Pitcher of the Night: Lucas Giolito, RHP, Nationals (Hagerstown, A-): 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K.
As strict as the Nats are with their young pitchers, they weren’t going to let Giolito keep going just because he hadn’t given up a hit. He’s missing a ton of bats and living up to all of the hype thus far, and it’s only a matter of time before he begins dominating deeper into games.

Best of the Rest

Domingo Santana, OF, Astros (Oklahoma City, AAA): 2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, K. We’ll never know for certain whether or not Ruben Amaro, Jr. meant to trade Santana, but regardless of intent, the Phillies would certainly take him back now. As I’ve stated in this spot before, Santana is not without his flaws as a hitter, and the Astros will have to tolerate high strikeout totals and moderately low batting averages, but 25-30 homers a season will make that acceptable, especially if they can bat him down around the sixth spot in the order behind an eventual Correa/Springer/Singleton 3-4-5.

Preston Tucker, OF, Astros (Corpus Christi, AA): 3-4, 2 R, HR, K. Tucker is just going to keep on hitting, no matter how much scouts focus on the things he can’t do. We all love athleticism and tools, but he’s not going to be the first or last below-average athlete in the majors simply because he can hit.

Emilio Guerrero, SS, Blue Jays (Dunedin, A+): 3-5, 3 R, 2B, HR. Guerrero has the tools to be a much better player than he has been thus far—including plus bat speed, a plus arm, and a frame to dream on—but a lack of baseball instincts and issues with pitch recognition have held him back.

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