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July 18, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Thursday, July 17

by Jeff Moore


Hitter(s) of the Night
The Cubs, Multiple Positions, Wrigleyville (All Levels): It’s a good time to be a Cubs prospect, and Thursday may have been the climax of the hype machine. It’s not going to be easy to tell Cubs fans to calm down after what happened last night.

In Triple-A, Javier Baez, who was making his regular season debut at second base in order to give himself and the organization more options for the future, continued his rise out of his early-season doldrums with a 2-for-4 night that included a double and a homer. Not to be outdone, his teammate Kris Bryant went 3-for-5 with a double and a home run of his own.

Not wanting to let their Triple-A teammates have all the fun, Double-A prospects Addison Russell and Jorge Soler both homered as well, with Russell’s coming in a multi-hit effort. Even further down the farm, Dan Vogelbach added a 2-for-3 effort with a home run of his own.

Pitcher of the Night: Michael Fulmer, RHP, Mets (St. Lucie, A+): 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, BB, 9 K.
The lack of a decent changeup might make Fulmer a reliever down the road, but his plus curveball allows him to miss bats in chunks at this level and should allow him to find a niche down the road in the middle of someone’s bullpen.

Best of the Rest

Gary Brown, OF, Giants (Fresno, AAA): 3-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, K, SB. Brown has plateaued as a fourth or fifth outfielder, but he’s hitting just enough these days to allow his speed and defense to play in a bench role. He’s ready when the Giants need such a player.

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Nojsztat

Regarding Fulmer, do you think he has any chance of improving his changeup, or is a foregone conclusion that it won't improve? The rest of the package is promising for a mid- to back-end starter.

Jul 18, 2014 05:15 AM
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Masshole

What do you think Matz's ceiling and realistic role is?

Jul 18, 2014 07:01 AM
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BP staff member Jeff Moore
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Full write-up here:

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_pit.php?reportid=72

Ceiling of a 2, probably settles in as a 3.

Jul 18, 2014 07:09 AM
 
hyprvypr

From what I've read on Peterson, his projected hit/power are something like 55/55 or maybe 55/60?

Thanks fellas.

Jul 18, 2014 17:39 PM
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oldbopper

If Baez moves to 2nd where does Alcantara play? He is already major league ready. I am not a Cub fan but it will be very, very interesting to watch this group of prospects come to Wrigley and try to bring "Mission Impossible" to the friendly confines at Addison and Waveland.

Jul 18, 2014 18:26 PM
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BJohannsen

Alcantara has played a fair share of games in center this year. My guess is he moves there next year, and stays there until Almora or McKinney arrive. Both in High-A Daytona this year, so they may not challenge until 2016...2017...never?

This all presupposes that Alcantara hits and fields well enough to hold a major league job, and that Baez/Castro/Russell/Bryant don't get traded and all play well enough to fill out the infield. Safe enough propositions.

Jul 20, 2014 12:42 PM
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