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July 11, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Thursday, July 10

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Jeimer Candelario, 3B, Cubs (Kane County, A-): 3-4, R, 2 2B, HR.
After a solid season of holding his own against older competition last year, Candelario struggled mightily this year in the Florida State League and hasn’t returned to form upon a return to Low-A ball. His big Thursday night helps.

Pitcher of the Night: Nick Kingham, RHP, Pirates (Indianapolis, AAA): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 4 K.
Whether it’s as an audition for a rotation spot in Pittsburgh or in order to increase his trade value, Kingham continues to make his case for being major league ready despite just six starts in Triple-A. It’s not the sexiest ceiling, but Kingham should be a major league starter for a long time.

Best of the Rest

A.J. Reed, 1B, Astros (Tri-City, SS): 3-4, R, HR, SB. Reed hasn’t dominated pro ball the way guys like Kyle Schwarber have, but he’s done more than hold his own and has controlled the strike zone like an advanced hitter. Being a guy who spent a large portion of his college career on the mound, his production should only improve the longer he dedicates himself to hitting full time.

Jefry Marte, 3B, Athletics (Midland, AA): 3-5, R, 2B, HR, K. Once a highly regarded prospect, Marte serves as a cautionary tale about poor plate discipline, the difficulties of developing power, and the risks being taken on the international market.

Jorge Soler, OF, Cubs (Tennessee, AA): 2-4, R, HR, BB, K. There are still a number of questions surrounding Soler, but he’s doing his best to prove that whether he can hit Double-A pitching isn’t one of them. He’s off to a hot start in Tennessee after missing the start of the season with a hamstring injury, clouding the Cubs future in the outfield corners even further, and not in a bad way.

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