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June 25, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Tuesday, June 24

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Daniel Palka, 1B, Diamondbacks (South Bend, A-): 3-4, 2 R, 2B, 2 HR, K.
Palka is an advanced college bat with plus power who is still facing younger competition but isn’t dominating it the way he should. He’s also obviously blocked in the Diamondbacks organization.

Pitcher of the Night: Taijuan Walker, RHP, Mariners (Tacoma, AAA): 9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, BB, 8 K.
I typically ignore prospects who have already reached the majors in order to focus on the prospects who don’t get as much attention, but the point of this piece every day is to keep you up to speed on what’s happening in the prospect world, and Taijuan Walker is what’s happening. This start, and the fact that the Mariners allowed him to throw 109 pitches, should signal to anyone who wants to listen that he’s ready to take his place in the Mariners rotation.

Best of the Rest

Daniel Norris, LHP, Blue Jays (New Hampshire, AA): 5 2/3 IP, 3 H, R, 3 BB, 10 K. In our #BPTop50 Debate Series, I had the unenviable task of arguing against Norris. Starts like this made that an extremely difficult task.

Dalton Pompey, OF, Blue Jays (Dunedin, A+): 2-5, R, 2B, 3B. Pompey has come back down to Earth a little bit after a scorching hot start to the season and there’s still a big gap between his left and right-handed swings, but the tools are all still there and the drop-off hasn’t been huge. Even his more reasonable production has been impressive.

Albert Almora, OF, Cubs (Daytona, A+): 3-5, R, HR. I also had the joy of arguing against Almora in our #BPTop50 Debate Series, but at least he gave me a weak performance this season to work with. Unfortunately for me, his ceiling is still through the roof, and he offers a skill set unlike most in the minors. Right now the knock is the approach at the plate, which is currently limiting the hit tool’s in-game translation, but when he puts it all together, we’ll see more nights like this.

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