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June 12, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Wednesday, June 11

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Jesse Winker, OF, Reds (Bakersfield, A+): 3-3, 4 R, 2 HR, 2 BB.
Winker is perhaps the best hitter in the minors that no one is talking about. He’s just 20, he’s hitting for power and controlling the strike zone in High-A ball, and if it weren’t happening in the California League, we’d be going nuts over his season thus far. That’s not fair, of course, as Winker has all the tools to be a fantastic hitter, and his youth gives the Reds plenty of time to let him work his way slowly through their farm system.

Pitcher of the Night: Jimmy Nelson, RHP, Brewers (Nashville, AAA): 6 IP, 4 H, R, 2 BB, 10 K.
Nelson has been exceptional this season in Triple-A, limiting his free passes while continuing to miss bats. He’s 25 and ready for the majors as soon as the Brewers have an opening for him.

Best of the Rest

Carlos Correa, SS, Astros (Lancaster, A+): 2-4, R, 2B, 2 BB, K. When we had our big debate in April about which of the game’s top shortstop prospects we’d take to start a franchise, Correa got just four of 24 possible votes. He’s been making us all look stupid ever since.

Mitch Haniger, OF, Brewres (Huntsville, AA): 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR. Yesterday, I mentioned Haniger’s good game, but as newest Baseball Prospectus fantasy team member J.P. Breen pointed out, I may have been a little rough on Haniger. It’s okay: J.P. is sensitive because Brewers fans don’t have much to root for in their farm system. Of course, he was right, and Haniger has been hot after a rough April. Wednesday’s game makes it back-to-back two-homer games for Haniger, who now has hit six of his 10 long balls in the month of June. Perhaps this is the power breakout we’ve been waiting for.

Alex Reyes, RHP, Cardinals (Peoria, A-): 7 IP, 2 H, R, 2 BB, 7 K. Inconsistencies are to be expected from young players, especially in their first attempt at full-season ball, but when Reyes throws strikes, good things happen. His stuff is powerful and gives him a front-of-the-rotation ceiling, but it’s going to be a long road to refine it.

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