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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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