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June 11, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Tuesday, June 10

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Preston Tucker, OF/1B, Astros (Corpus Christi, AA): 2-5, 3 R, 2 HR, BB, K.
I touched on Tucker yesterday, but he followed up that performance with an even better one. He’ll need to keep hitting, as almost all of his value will come from his bat, but he has excellent bat-to-ball skills, which can make up for a lot of weaknesses. He also doesn’t have the massive strikeout totals that typically plague power hitters.

Pitcher of the Night: Jonathan Gray, RHP, Rockies (Tulsa, AA): 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K.
There have been reports that Gray’s fastball and slider are both down a tick from their 70-grade possibilities, but that doesn’t mean their ceilings aren’t still there. His two-pitch combo is still as dangerous as that of any pitcher in the minors, though it would be nice to see a little more dominance from a recent third-overall pick.

Best of the Rest

Michael Feliz, RHP, Astros (Quad Cities, A-): 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. After a rocky start to the season, Feliz now has his ERA down to the 3.00 mark with yet another scoreless start. The 20-year-old Dominican with a mid-90s fastball has allowed just one run total in his last four starts.

Mitch Haniger, OF, Brewers (Huntsville, AA): 2-3, 2 R, 2 HR, BB. Double-A is the big test for a hitting prospect, but Haniger isn’t passing it any better than he did his Florida State League test last season. This is the type of power that some scouts believe is in him, but before Tuesday, he wasn’t even showing the same doubles power he had in previous years. He’ll need to begin showing improvement in that area soon if he wants to be an everyday corner outfielder.

David Washington, 1B/OF, Cardinals (Palm Beach, A+): 3-5, 2 R, HR, K. I’ve seen Washington a dozen times this year, and there are days when he looks like the most dangerous hitter in the Palm Beach lineup and others when he’s an easy out. He has big-time power but a long, one-dimensional swing. He probably doesn’t have the hit tool to make it, but the power is intriguing. He’s also beginning to see some time in the outfield, which is an adventure.

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