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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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