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July 8, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Monday, July 7

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Peter O’Brien, C, Yankees (Trenton, AA): 2-3, 4 R, 2 HR, BB. O’Brien has split time behind the plate, at first base, and in right field since being promoted to Trenton. He has struggled to make the contact he was making in Tampa, but he’s hit for plenty of power nonetheless, which is why the Yankees continue to find opportunities to get his bat into their lineup. His right-handed power is legitimate, but his extreme 14-to-86 BB:K ratio is worrisome and has been exploited by Double-A pitching.

Pitcher of the Night: Kyle Crick, RHP, Giants (Richmond, AA): 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 10 K.
The ability to miss bats is what makes Crick so enticing and why the Giants continue to keep him as a starter, though even on his best days, needing 99 pitches to get through just five innings leaves his bullpen with a lot of outs to get.

Best of the Rest

Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Astros (Lancaster, A+): 3-4, 2 R, 3B, HR. He’s been aided by a hitter-friendly environment, no doubt, but Hernandez has made some notable improvements in plate discipline to go along with his loud tools and up-the-middle profile.

Renato Nunez, 3B, Athletics (Stockton, A+): 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR. Nunez is beginning to become something of a regular in these parts, hitting home runs in bunches. He’s a player who probably needs an entire season at each level to continue to refine his approach, and he’s young enough (20) to warrant that, but it will be interesting to see how much of his improved production he can take with him when he eventually moves on. He wouldn’t be the first guy to see his power challenged when heading from Stockton to Midland, but Nunez’s raw power is legit, so he could survive the transition.

Albert Almora, OF, Cubs (Daytona, A+): 2-3, 2 R, HR (Game 1); 1-4, R, HR, 2 K (Game 2). Almora has watched his batting average jump 21 points over his recent hitting streak, which reached seven games on Monday night even though he left early after fouling a ball off his leg. He’s hitting .517 over the stretch as he tries to salvage what has been a struggle of a season.

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MaineSkin

Mr Franco has turned it on lately and wanted to know if the prospect team knows of the Phillies have kind of cut him loose after reports he was "working" on his approach.

Jul 08, 2014 04:23 AM
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leites

Anyone know what the injury is with Adalberto Mejia? He's on the minor league DL but I can't find any news about it.

Jul 08, 2014 06:56 AM
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rmunter

Plantar fasciitis

Jul 08, 2014 08:57 AM
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leites

Thanks

Jul 08, 2014 12:35 PM
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kbannon77

There is a Jorge Soler-shaped hole in this list. Good couple days back from injury.

Jul 08, 2014 07:23 AM
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onegameref

3-4 with a HR. He is coming back with a vengeance.

Jul 08, 2014 08:49 AM
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rustad23

I was quite surprised to not see him as well.

Jul 08, 2014 08:54 AM
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BPKevin

The pitching equivalent of "...and Joey Gallo/Kris Bryant homered)"
Jimmy Nelson RHP Brewers (Nashville, AAA) 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K.

Jul 08, 2014 09:58 AM
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JasonPennini

I would love to see Nelson in the majors.

Jul 08, 2014 11:01 AM
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