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June 16, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of June 13-15

by Jeff Moore


Friday, June 13

Delino DeShields, Jr. OF, Astros (Corpus Christi, AA): 0-5, 3 K. It’s not fair to judge a prospect based on an injury, and both DeShields’ season and career are still extremely young, but the fact remains that, in small sample sizes for both, he had an .811 OPS before his gruesome facial injury and a .628 OPS since returning.

Franklin Barreto, SS, Blue Jays (Vancouver, SS): 4-4, R, BB. Yes, you read that right. That says Vancouver. You know what that means? Two things: short-season baseball has begun, and the MLU has once again gone international. We’re not sure if Barreto is going to stick at shortstop, but he’s only 18. What did you want to do at 18? For Barreto, it’s about the bat, which is going to play right now and will be his ticket for the future. It may also be his ticket to a full-season league before 2014 is finished.

Marco Gonzales, LHP, Cardinals (Springfield, AA): 6 IP, 2 H, R (0 ER), 0 BB, 10 K. Gonzales gets a knock in things like prospect rankings and top-whatever lists because his fastball velocity limits his ceiling, but his plus changeup means he’s going to be a major leaguer—and a darn good one. And soon.

Jake Lamb, 3B, Diamondbacks (Mobile, AA): 3-5, 3 R, 2B, HR, BB, K. There were questions about Lamb’s contact skills entering the season, and those were reasonable questions, but it’s impossible to ignore 40 extra-base hits in 66 games at any level.

Yeison Asencio, OF, Padres (San Antonio, AA): 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR. Still trying to make a name for himself with his new name, Asencio profiles as a serial ball-in-play guy who doesn’t hit for this kind of power nearly often enough.

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