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June 18, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Tuesday, June 17

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Kyle Schwarber, OF, Cubs (Boise, SS): 3-4, 2 R, 2B, 2 HR, BB.
Short-season ball can be a nice, soft landing spot for newly drafted players to ensure they are put in the best possible situation for success upon their arrival in pro ball, but for the elite college hitters, like those drafted near the top of the first round, it’s simply not enough of a challenge. Schwarber won’t be spending his first Fourth of July as a professional baseball player in Idaho.

Pitcher of the Night: Tyrell Jenkins, RHP, Cardinals (Palm Beach, A+): 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K.
In his 2014 debut, the former supplemental first-rounder tossed six no-hit innings, dispelling concerns about the shoulder injury that cost him the first half of the season. I didn’t get to see him on Tuesday night, but I’ll have a first-hand report on his development soon.

Best of the Rest

Christian Bethancourt, C, Braves (Gwinnett County, AAA): 3-4, R, HR. The power that Bethancourt finally showed off last season hasn’t returned with quite the same gusto in 2014. He’s always going to make a ton of outs at the plate, but as long as he creates them behind the plate as well, the Braves will take it.

Tyrone Taylor, OF, Brewers (Brevard County, A+): 4-5, 2B, SB. Doubles are becoming quite a habit for Taylor, who now has 24 of them on the season after 33 last year. That’s the extent of his power for now, and he doesn’t project to be a big home run hitter, so he’ll need his hit tool to continue to develop to become a first-division player.

James Ramsey, OF, Cardinals (Springfield, AA): 4-5, 2 R, 2B, K. Sometimes it’s difficult to shed a label like “fourth outfielder” no matter what you do, but in his return to Double-A, Ramsey is doing his best to establish himself as more than just a role player. The power has taken a step forward this season, which is a good step in that direction, and the on-base skills remain intact.

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