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July 21, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of July 18-20

by Jeff Moore


Friday, July 18

James Ramsey, OF, Cardinals (Springfield, AA): 2-4, R, HR, BB, K. As though the Cardinals needed more well-developed hitting prospects, they are beginning to see yet another former first-round pick develop into something on which they can rely. Ramsey, once thought to be more of a fourth outfielder, is seeing his power production increase in Double-A this season without any diminishing effects on the rest of his offensive output.

Javier Baez, 2B, Cubs (Iowa, AAA): 2-5, 2 R, HR. Anytime Baez homers, it’s noteworthy, but the most notable thing about this game was his position on the other side of second base. The Cubs are looking for ways to get all of their young talents into the lineup together, and using Baez at second base is an idea they toyed with this spring. At the very least, it gives them more flexibility and options going forward. At the risk of being incomplete, Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber also homered on Friday, but I can’t do an entire Cubs section of the Update twice in a row. It’s getting ridiculous what the Cubs have to offer these days.

Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers (Albuquerque, AAA): 2-4, 2 R, HR, BB, SB. Even high-priced teams like the Dodgers need cheap production from young players, and Pederson is the best, and one of the few, internal options who could provide such production. Still, it’s going to take at least one, and possibly two, salary-dump moves to create room for him. If the Dodgers want to add to their lineup down the stretch this season, the major league-ready Pederson is by far their best trade chip. Pederson also homered on Saturday as well, just to put to rest any lingering doubts about his shoulder injury from a few weeks ago.

Hunter Harvey, RHP, Orioles (Delmarva, A-): 5 IP, 2 H, R, 0 BB, 8 K. The Orioles knew Harvey was a top talent, but even they probably didn’t expect the level of refinement that he’s shown in his game this season. His fearlessness on the mound allows him to attack hitters and helps his already-plus stuff to play up even further.

Alex Gonzalez, RHP, Rangers (Frisco, AA): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K. Chi Chi doesn’t have the highest ceiling, but the Rangers have yet to find a level challenging enough for him in professional baseball, as he cruises through the Texas League with the same amount of ease as his time in the Carolina League.

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