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June 30, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of June 27-29

by Jeff Moore


Friday, June 27

Domingo Santana, OF, Astros (Oklahoma City, AAA): 4-5, 3 R, HR, K. The fact that Santana is now hitting over .300 probably has something to do with the effect of the PCL, but the fact that he’s slugging over .500 does not. Santana could stand a to have a little more contact in his game and refine his approach at the plate, but that’s probably not going to happen at this point. He’s close to being a finished product, if he’s not there already, and should be joining the Astros soon.

Richard Urena, SS, Blue Jays (Bluefield, SS): 2-5, 2 R, 2B, HR. Known for his defensive skills and ability to stick at shortstop, Urena flashed a little rare power on Friday and could show more.

Orlando Arcia, SS, Brewers (Brevard County, SS): 3-5, 2 R, 2B, HR. Arcia is doing a better job of driving the gaps recently and could end up with average doubles power, but the home runs are always going to be below average. Still, with a solid approach at the plate and a good glove, that’s a nice player. He also doubled and homered again on Saturday.

Arismendy Alcantara, 2B, Cubs (Iowa, AAA): 4-6, 3 R, HR, K. Man, he’s a lot better than Darwin Barney. It’s probably time to see him at Wrigley.

Alex Jackson, OF, Mariners (AZL, R): 0-4, 3 K. We’re not in high school anymore, Toto.

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dtothew

Molina = NYM, no?

Jun 30, 2014 04:10 AM
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BP staff member Jeff Moore
BP staff

Yes, thank you. At some point you just get in the habit of talking about Cubs prospects so much you think everyone is theirs.

Jun 30, 2014 04:11 AM
 
traindoggah

In a dynasty where you have to move fast, would you stash a Molina over any of the following: Tirado, Goodwin, Jose Urena (MIA), Jenkins or Heredia?

Jun 30, 2014 07:09 AM
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amazin_mess

No Molina for you, Cubs fans!

Jun 30, 2014 11:37 AM
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orlandoca7

It would be really "amazin" if Molina was a stick & not an arm.

Jun 30, 2014 14:44 PM
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BPKevin

Just wanted to add June 27th: Jimmy Nelson, RHP, Brewers (Nashville AAA PCL) 7.0-IP, 0-R, 3-H, 2-BB, 9-K

Jun 30, 2014 05:16 AM
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Sharky

Do the Cubs have any economic reason to hold Alcantara back now? Super Two has undoubted passed.

Jun 30, 2014 05:23 AM
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BP staff member Jeff Moore
BP staff

The only financial incentive would be if they are planning to keep him down until NEXT year's super two deadline, which I doubt. I don't think it's a money thing. Alcantara is having a good season but he's really gone off on June, so it's not like he was totally forcing the issue until this month. He's still young and in his first Triple-A season so it's not like he's wasting away down there. He's also still an extremely aggressive hitter in an organization that puts value in plate discipline, so they were probably hoping to see a little more improvement in that area, which probably isn't going to happen.

If/when they're ready to start calling up prospects, however, he'll be the first one, not Baez or Bryant.

Jun 30, 2014 06:13 AM
 
jmoultz
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I also feel like there are two other factors at play here. The Cubs would still like to trade Barney, even if he's a throw-in in another deal, so they'll likely let that play out this month. I imagine they would also see Alcantara regain some of that plate discipline he displayed last season. While the triple slash looks great at AAA, he hasn't made any substantial progress with the K's and BB's, month-by-month.

Jun 30, 2014 10:59 AM
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Paul Allen

His BB% has increased each month - 3.2, 7.1, 7.6

Jun 30, 2014 13:09 PM
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oakiegu007

Do you think Harvey gets moved?

Jun 30, 2014 05:48 AM
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BP staff member Jeff Moore
BP staff

No, I don't think he gets moved, but if the Orioles want to add a starting pitcher like David Price or Jeff Samardzija, that's what it's going to take. The Orioles don't have a ton to offer, so they'd have trouble putting together a package of prospects for any kind of significant upgrade without either him or Bundy, and Bundy is too close to being able to help for them to move. I would guess that the Orioles don't want to part with Harvey and will instead elect to just add smaller pieces, but if they want to get it done with Price or Samardzija, Harvey is a good enough centerpiece to get it done.

Jun 30, 2014 06:23 AM
 
stephenbawesome

...and Joey Gallo homered again.

Jun 30, 2014 06:29 AM
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tomterp

Regarding Harper, versus AA Akron Harper faced only one player younger than he - Francisco Lindor. Against the high A Salem Red Sox, there were 3 players on their roster younger than Bryce. What if we put him down in low A Hagerstown? The Suns have only 6 players younger. Maybe we go back to the Gulf Coast League to find a league where he's facing half or more of players his age.

Jun 30, 2014 11:55 AM
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BP staff member Jeff Moore
BP staff

I can't tell if you're trying to be sarcastic or not, but the average age of GCL pitchers is about 20 1/2 where as the average age of Double-A pitchers is closer to 25, so yeah, the GCL would actually be closer to his correct level of competition by age. And I watch 22 year old hitters struggle to hit GCL pitching every day, which was the point of taking about Harper. I'm not looking for players that are younger than him, I'm saying that even though he's a three-year major league veteran, he's still younger than most of his competition when he goes on a rehab assignment, something most veterans cant say.

Jun 30, 2014 12:36 PM
 
tomterp

No sarcasm intended, only pointing out that he's facing older guys than him at every level in his rehab stint, and not just half, but nearly everyone he faces is older.

BTW Harper is batting 6th tonight for the big club, and on his bobblehead night at that. Ticket sales were said to be brisk.

Jun 30, 2014 14:31 PM
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timber

Re Schwarber, he's SUPPOSED to tear up Low A, isn't he?

Jun 30, 2014 12:05 PM
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BP staff member Jeff Moore
BP staff

Yes, as an advanced college bat, he should be having success in Low-A ball. That said, what he's done so far is still impressive. No one is actually a .481 hitter in pro ball regardless of level. It doesn't change our opinion of his abilities but it's still impressive.

Jun 30, 2014 12:31 PM
 
orlandoca7

Mets fans pester? Never! :-)

Jun 30, 2014 14:41 PM
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