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June 24, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Monday, June 23

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Renato Nunez, 3B, Athletics (Stockton, A+): 4-5, 2 R, 3 2B, HR.
Nunez showed off the power in his game last year as a 19-year-old in full-season ball for the first time and has taken it to another level this year, now with 33 extra-base hits on the season. More importantly for his development, however, he’s taken a more patient approach to hitting, striking out less and working more walks. His profile is still a question, as he appears destined for first base, where his bat will have to carry him. But it showing signs of being able to do so.

Pitcher of the Night: Ty Blach, LHP, Giants (Richmond, AA): 6 IP, 8 H, R, BB, 9 K.
In a Richmond rotation filled with bigger-name prospects like Kyle Crick and Adalberto Mejia, it’s the less-heralded Blach that is having the best season. He works with a back-end arsenal that rarely misses bats (his nine strikeouts were a season high by a wide margin), but throwing a ton of strikes, having a plus changeup, and being left-handed is a solid recipe for success at any level.

Best of the Rest

Domingo Santana, OF, Astros (Oklahoma City, AAA): 2-4, R, 2B, HR, BB, 2 K. There are questions about how Santana’s hit tool will play outside of the most hitter-friendly environments of the minors, but even at .250 with 20 home runs—both reasonable expectations—Santana has a future as a solid corner outfielder.

Jose Peraza, 2B, Braves (Mississippi, AA): 3-5, 3 R, HR. Braves fans have made almost as much noise clamoring for Peraza’s inclusion in the Update as the prospect has with his bat this season, but his season is too good to ignore forever (not that it was done on purpose). It usually takes a home run to make the update, which explains Peraza’s absence. He simply doesn’t hit many because he doesn’t have any power. There were thoughts that the hit tool could play above average, but not to the level it did in Lynchburg, where his .342 average was fueled by a .376 BABIP. Still, Peraza offers enough value with his glove and legs that if he can approach anything near a .300 average, he’ll be a heck of a player. He’s shifted to second base this year because of the presence of Andrelton Simmons in the majors, and that pairing could be one for the ages defensively if they end up alongside one another.

Frederis Parra, RHP, Cardinals (GCL Cardinals, R): 6 IP, 6 H, R, 0 BB, 6 K. It’s not often you see a pitcher on a complex league who flashes three potential plus pitches, and it’s even less often that you see one who has three that already grade out as presently average or better, but Parra was both on Monday on the back fields at Roger Dean. It’s was his first appearance stateside, which explains why he’s still facing overmatched GCL hitters, but he won’t be there for long. A full scouting report will be coming soon, so I won’t spoil anything here, but I think you can tell that I’m excited.

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carsonlu

Kris Bryant homered....but he is hitting around .200 and striking out 40%.

Jun 24, 2014 05:02 AM
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Shaun P.
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And Peter O'Brien homered - twice! - and is hitting .228/.277/.543 in Trenton, not exactly a hitters' paradise.

Jun 24, 2014 06:00 AM
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bruno7481

He has played 5 games at AAA and has a grand total of 20 at bats. Who cares what his average is?

Jun 24, 2014 07:07 AM
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fivetoolmike

Trollllllllllllllllllllll.

Jun 24, 2014 07:36 AM
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roarke

Has anyone seen Starling in person lately? He's been on a tear and I've read that he's changed back to his high school mechanics, so I'm just curious if he's turned a corner in his development or if it's just a statistical blip.

Jun 24, 2014 05:49 AM
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Myrick

This message brought to you by small sample sizes are us!

Jun 24, 2014 05:49 AM
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Meepits

Anyone who'd try to get snarky about a guy OPSing 1.189, just because his batting average is low over 5 games, probably shouldn't be reading BP. Also he's never averaged less than .330 at any level before this.

Jun 24, 2014 06:56 AM
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roarke

Actually, such a person needs to read *more* BP so they can get a better understanding of how baseball actually works.

Jun 27, 2014 07:53 AM
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sldetckl16

On a lighter note: Hunter Harvey went 6 innings, 3 hits, ER, 2 BB and had 7 Ks.

Jun 24, 2014 10:34 AM
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