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July 14, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of July 11-13

by Jeff Moore


Friday, July 11

Christian Villanueva, 3B, Cubs (Tennessee, AA): 2-4, R, HR. Villanueva was struggling in his first taste of Triple-A this season, which made it easy to send him down a level to make room for Kris Bryant. Still, Villanueva is a legitimate prospect in his own right who gets overshadowed in the Cubs system. He's getting back on his feet in Tennessee and will get another shot at Triple-A soon.

Brandon Drury, 3B, Diamondbacks (Visalia, A+): 3-3, R, HR, BB. Drury could turn out to be the saving grace of the Justin Upton trade if he ends up becoming an everyday third baseman, something that is looking like a better possibility with his improved power production and dismissed strike out rate. Hitting in the California League helps, but his power is real and he's built like a prototypical third baseman. He also homered on both Saturday and Sunday as well.

Clint Frazier, OF, Indians (Lake County, A-): 5-5, 4 R, 2 HR, SB. Frazier got off to a slow start this season, and because of our reliance on immediate gratification, many people jumped off the bandwagon. He just missed our top 50 (after being no. 36 on the pre-season list) but he’s heating up of late. Much is expected from the former fifth-overall pick, but .268/.337/.435 isn’t a horrible showing for a 19-year-old in full-season ball, and it’s heading the right direction. For good measure, he went 2-for-5 with a triple and another home run on Saturday.

Carlos Tocci, OF, Phillies (Lakewood, A-): 4-6, 2 R, 2B, 2 SB. Tocci has a good swing and a good idea of his strengths and weaknesses (power) at the plate, but his incredibly thin frame and small-ball approach keep him from driving the ball with any authority. He needs to gain weight, but I’m not sold he’ll ever hit for much power. He also went 3-for-4 with two more doubles on Saturday, and could develop good gap power instead of over-the-fence power.

Alen Hanson, SS, Pirates (Altoona, AA): 3-5, 2 R, HR, SB. The Pirates are going to make every attempt to keep Hanson at shortstop because they have a glaring need there at the major league level, but he’s more likely destined for second base. He’s never going to be a strong on-base guy, but he has enough power to produce above-average offensive numbers at the keystone. He also homered on Saturday.

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alvinfan

Rio Ruiz went 8-14 with 5 XBHs, 2BB, 0K over the weekend. Three 2Bs, a triple, and a homer.

He and Conrad Gregor have really picked up that Lancaster team with Correa out and Teoscar having been out since a HBP on Thursday.

Jul 14, 2014 04:53 AM
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username49

Rafael Devers

Jul 14, 2014 05:20 AM
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kmacwade

...and joey gallo homered in the futures game

Jul 14, 2014 06:49 AM
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terencem

The home runs I've seen from Soler this season have been so effortless. That guy might be the real deal.

Jul 14, 2014 10:43 AM
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b00tsRandolph

What's the consensus on Jen-Ho Tseng? Keith Law has been down on him due to the way teenage pitchers are used in Taiwan, claiming they tend to break down early in their careers. Are those concerns legit here? Is he simply not being tested in his current league?

Jul 14, 2014 13:36 PM
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oldbopper

You have to give shout out to Grant Key, Hudson Valley Renegades, who homered on the first pitch he saw in Organized Baseball then completed his first game ever with the cycle.

Jul 14, 2014 17:06 PM
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