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June 19, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Wednesday, June 18

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Micah Johnson, 2B, White Sox (Charlotte, AAA): 4-4, 2 R, HR, SB.
While he’s not stealing bases at nearly the rate or effectiveness of his 84-steal 2013 campaign, he is still getting on base at a good clip and is doing it against better competition, or at least he was until a promotion to Triple-A. The minors’ highest level had given him some troubles until Wednesday, when he entered the night hitting just .218. He’s been moved along aggressively despite questions about his defense and whether his hit tool will allow him to get on base enough to use his legs, but a patient-enough approach at the plate has helped to combat the latter thus far.

Pitcher of the Night: Nick Kingham, RHP, Pirates (Indianapolis, AAA): 7 IP, 4 H, R, 0 BB, 2 K.
The Pirates sure do love drafting and developing tall, prep right-handers and perhaps no one fits the mold better than the 6-foot-5 Kingham. He’s been excellent at every level and stellar in his first two Triple-A starts, providing the Pirates with additional depth in a season that has seen them tear through starting pitching. The ceiling isn’t the highest on Kingham—it’s that of a mid-rotation starter—but he should give them a better shot to win games than Vance Worley, Jeff Locke, or Brandon Cumpton.

Best of the Rest

Gioskar Amaya, 2B, Cubs (Daytona, A+): 3-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, K. Amaya showed some power in short-season ball a few years ago but hasn’t been able to carry it over into the full-season leagues over the past year and a half. He does have good contact ability and plays all over the infield, giving him a utility profile for the future.

Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians (Akron, AA): 1-4, R, HR. The comp most often made for Lindor is Elvis Andrus, but while Lindor will probably never even get to league-average power, he should hit for more than Andrus does.

Jhoan Urena, 3B, Mets (Brooklyn, SS): 2-4, R, HR. Urena is already well-developed for his age (19), which may be a problem down the road, but for now it means that he has some strength to go with his natural bat speed.

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