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July 2, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Tuesday, July 1

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Steven Souza, OF, Nationals (Syracuse, AAA): 3-5, 2 R, 2 HR.
What Souza is doing in Triple-A this year is nothing short of incredible, and while it’s also not sustainable, especially at the major league level, he does have good pop and on-base skills and can play all three outfield positions. A logjam in Washington means he’s not going to get a chance to prove it at the major league level anytime soon, but if I were a potential trading partner with the Nationals, I’d be inquiring about Souza in just about any deal. He should carve out a nice niche on a major league roster.

Pitcher of the Night: Aaron Nola, RHP, Phillies (Clearwater, A+): 4 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K.
It won’t get the fanfare that his first start got, but this was considerably more impressive and was closer to what the Phillies were expecting from Nola than his first outing. It only went four innings as he works himself back into game shape and the Phillies limit his workload, but that’s an impressive start for a guy who was pitching in the SEC a month ago.

Best of the Rest

Michael Feliz, RHP, Astros (Quad Cities, A-): 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), BB, 7 K. We were pretty aggressive with Feliz in our rankings this offseason, and he did not reward us out of the gate, posting a 6.39 ERA this April. A strong May helped him bounce back, however, and after an acceptable June, he got July off to a hot start in his first start as a 20-year-old. This was his longest start of the year by a full two innings in Houston’s tandem pitching system, and we could see him start to blossom the remainder of this year as the reins are taken off.

Kyle Crick, RHP, Giants (Richmond, AA): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K. This is a relatively large baby step for Crick, who still needed 95 pitches to get through five innings but managed to keep his walk totals down and thus was able to stay out of trouble for most of the night.

Christian Arroyo, SS, Giants (Salem-Keizer, SS): 3-4, R, HR. The struggles have continued for Arroyo, who couldn’t handle a full-season assignment and has struggled to hit in short-season ball. He’ll have to show more power like this for the eventual move to third base that most believe will be a necessity.

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Masshole

Has Souza's production this year increased his ceiling? What do you think it is?

Jul 02, 2014 05:59 AM
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BP staff member Jeff Moore
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He's difficult to predict because he was a late boomer but I could see him carving out a role as a super utility guy with his versatility. Perhaps his power/on-base skills could be enough for an everyday role at some point, but I think he could be a real asset to a team built to play him 3-4 days a week.

Jul 02, 2014 06:07 AM
 
jfranco77

Will the Red Sox consider moving Trey Ball back to outfield if he keeps struggling?

Jul 02, 2014 06:15 AM
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BP staff member Jeff Moore
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They are no where near making a move like that. This is a recent first round pick and recently turned 20 year old. He's struggled, but there is no reason to give up on him that quickly.

Jul 02, 2014 09:11 AM
 
stephenbawesome

Dillon Overton in his second start back from Tommy John surgery went 3 IP and allowed 3 hits, 0 walks, 1 earned run, and struck out 5 batters.

If he pans out as an underslot second rounder who needed TJ surgery right away, Billy Beane is just adding another merit badge to his sash. I'd like to hear one of BP's scouting guys weigh in on him.

Jul 02, 2014 07:08 AM
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Philliesfan1964

You mention concern re Gatewood swing and miss, but this is exactly what was mentioned prior to the draft as the reason he was a high-risk pick. Certainly no reason to expect any immediate improvement in that area- needs at least a year before any real concern should arise.

Jul 02, 2014 10:11 AM
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BP staff member Jeff Moore
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This is true. These are not new concerns. No ones giving up on him but the strikeouts are pretty extreme.

Jul 02, 2014 10:15 AM
 
Behemoth

Talking of high strikeout guys, I wondered what the collective wisdom on Lewis Brinson is. He seems to have made some real progress this year on reducing the Ks but I don't think he's even been mentioned in BP yet this year.

Jul 02, 2014 11:25 AM
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