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July 10, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Wednesday, July 9

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Nick Williams, OF, Rangers (Myrtle Beach, A+): 4-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 3B, BB.
It remains to be seen how Williams’ hit tool will play against better pitching with more of a plan to exploit his aggressiveness, but few can match his pure hitting combination of bat speed and feel for the barrel.

Pitcher of the Night: Gabriel Ynoa, RHP, Mets (Binghamton, AA): 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K.
Ynoa isn’t overpowering, but when his command is on, he can be extremely effective. He has plus control, but he’s still refining his ability to throw good strikes and working on an effective breaking ball. At 21, however, and already in Double-A, he has plenty of time to work those things out.

Best of the Rest

Matt Olson, 1B, Athletics (Stockton, A+): 2-4, R, 2B, HR, K. Known for his raw power, Olson manages to translate a good portion of it into games despite some serious swing-and-miss issues that keep his batting average below the .250 mark. He also draws a high number of walks, a rate that has increased this year and gives him a chance to be a productive offensive player despite the batting average. The first-base-only profile, however, will challenge him as a prospect.

Dalton Pompey, OF, Blue Jays (New Hampshire, AA): 2-4, R, HR, K. It’s been a challenge for Pompey since his promotion to Double-A; he has also seen his OPS drop each month this season. The tools are there for Pompey to hit for more power and stay up the middle defensively, but there are some platoon splits despite being a switch-hitter, and he’ll need to make some adjustments against better offspeed pitches.

Tyler Wagner, RHP, Brewers (Brevard County, A+): 8 1/3 IP, 5 H, R, BB, 9 K. Despite a few nights on which he misses bats, Wagner has generally out-performed his peripherals—which include a strikeout rate that has dropped at each level—in unsustainable ways. He profiles as a back-end starter.

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