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June 27, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Thursday, June 26

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Wayne Taylor, C, Mariners (Pulaski, R): 4-4, 4 R, 2 2B, HR, BB.
It’s almost not fair to count the damage big-time college hitters do in short-season leagues right after getting drafted. Their experienced approach typically helps them take advantage of much younger pitchers, but this was a really impressive game from the Mariners 16th-round pick this year out of Stanford. Taylor is now 12-for-23 with three home runs as a professional.

Pitcher of the Night: Lucas Sims, RHP, Braves (Lynchburg, A+): 7 IP, 0 H, R (0 ER), 4 BB, 6 K.
Sims’ evening was his best start of the year and included a season-high in strikeouts, redirecting what had been suspiciously low strikeout totals compared to last year. It came at a good time for the Braves, too, as there were likely more than a few teams with their eyes on Sims as a potential trade piece, as the Braves look to add to their 2014 club. Despite his numbers this season, Sims still has the stuff and build to project as a potential no. 2 starter.

Best of the Rest

Jorge Lopez, RHP, Brewers (Brevard County, A+): 8 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Lopez continues to get by with just two pitches, something that can be done in the Florida State League when both pitches (fastball and curveball) have above-average to plus potential. Without the development of a decent changeup, however, he’s going to struggle at the next level.

Arismendy Alcantara, 2B, Cubs (Iowa, AAA): 2-3, 2 R, 2B, HR, K. I’d still like to see Alcantara stay in Triple-A as long as possible to continue to refine his aggressive approach at the plate, but that’s because I always err on the side of waiting as long as possible to promote prospects to complete their development. For the Cubs, Alcantara may not be their highest-ceiling prospect (though he would be in a few organizations), but the upgrade from Darwin Barney to him may be the biggest improvement from current to future player. For what it’s worth, Alcantara went 0-3 with two strikeouts in the second game of Iowa’s double header and also saw some time in center field.

Archie Bradley, RHP, Diamondbacks (Mobile, AA): 4 IP, 3 H, R, 4 BB, K. After one complex-league start, the Diamondbacks sent Bradley to Double-A for his first real start of the season. In typical Bradley fashion, he wasn’t hit too hard but had control issues. That can be at least partly attributed to the fact that he hasn’t pitched in three months, though we can’t ignore the fact that it’s been an issue in the past, at least as we move forward and begin to wonder if he’ll get a major-league call-up this fall.

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