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July 15, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Monday, July 14

by Jeff Moore


With no Triple-A games in action and rainouts lightening the schedule around the country, we don’t have as deep of an Update as we usually do. There’s nothing to fear, however. If we made it through January and February, this is a piece of cake.

Hitter of the Night: Albert Almora, OF, Cubs (Daytona, A+): 5-7, 4 R, 2B, 3B, HR.
Yep, that’s a cycle. Almora is coming on strong of late after a horrid start to the season. His aggressiveness at the plate is still a concern, but there are some guys who are talented enough, and do enough other things well, to get away with it. Almora may just be one of those guys.

Pitcher of the Night: Ben Eckels, RHP, Diamondbacks (Hillsboro, SS): 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K.
The Diamondbacks were probably hoping to see Eckels in High-A ball by now, but struggles at Low-A South Bend last season put that schedule on hold. He’s throwing more strikes now, which had been a big concern, and missing bats, though he should be doing that at this level. A few more starts like this could earn him another shot at the Midwest League before the season is up.

Best of the Rest

Rio Ruiz, 3B, Astros (Lancaster, A+): 2-3, R, 2B, BB, SB. Ruiz has been a work in progress but he’s coming along. Don’t put too much stock in the raw numbers in the California League, but the strikeout-to-walk ratio is heading in the right direction and he’s already surpassed last season’s walk total. His defense is a work in progress too, but third base hasn’t been ruled out. The total package could still be en everyday third baseman, and the arrow is pointing upward.

Max Muncy, 1B, Athietics (Midland, AA): 3-4, 3 R, HR, 2 BB, K. Muncy is a prime example of why we have to take California League numbers with a grain of salt. He hit 21 home runs last year before a promotion, but this was just his fourth of this year. He hasn’t been a power hitter anywhere outside of Stockton, and he’s playing more first base than anywhere else—two traits that don’t go well together. He has strong on-base skills, but it doesn’t look like that’ll be enough.

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