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June 13, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Thursday, June 12

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Aderlin Rodriguez, 1B/3B, Mets (St. Lucie, A+): 4-5, R, 2 2B, 3B.
On Wednesday night, I submitted a report to BP on Rodriguez saying that he had 80 raw power but a 30-grade hit tool that would limit him from ever becoming a major leaguer. Naturally, he went out Thursday and fell a home run short of a cycle, missing out on the one part he does well. Regardless of one good game, Rodriguez’s complete inability to recognize anything offspeed will keep the power from ever reaching anywhere near its 80 ceiling in games and will keep him from being a major leaguer. I was in attendance for his performance on Thursday and he did a great job of taking advantage of terrible pitching, but he won’t see those pitches very often.

Pitcher of the Night: Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pirates (Bradenton, A+): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K.
Glasnow’s ceiling still remains as high as ever, but it’s been a battle for him this year to throw strikes and miss bats the way he did in his full-season debut last year. The control still has a long way to go, but this is closer to the Glasnow that the Pirates were hoping would make the transition from West Virginia to Bradenton.

Best of the Rest

Clint Frazier, OF, Indians (Lake County, A-): 3-5, 3 R, 2B, 2 K. Frazier’s pro career hasn’t exactly burst out of the gates the way many had expected, but all the tools are still there. He just needs to refine his approach at the plate to let it come out in games.

D.J. Peterson, 3B, Mariners (High Desert, A+): 2-5, 3 R, HR, BB, 2 K, SB. I wish the Mariners would just promote Peterson already, because blasting home runs—he now has 14—doesn’t tell me much about a high college pick from last year and I’m really interested to see how his aggressive approach works in Double-A.

Viosergy Rosa, 1B, Marlins (Jupiter, A+): 3-4, 3 R, 2 HR. Rosa is a big boy, but he doesn’t have the in-game power you’d expect from a large first baseman because his balls have so much topspin off the bat and don’t carry. The swing hasn’t resulted in power in the big parks in the Florida State League.

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