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July 23, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Tuesday, July 22

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Eddie Rosario, OF, Twins (New Britain, AA): 3-5, 3 R, 2B, 2 HR.
Rosario has had trouble getting going after missing the first 50 games of the year with a suspension. His bat will have to carry him, but if he continues to slide down the defensive spectrum (he’s playing some left field now), it may not be enough. There’s enough in the bat for a major league role, though perhaps not an everyday spot.

Pitcher of the Night: Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pirates (Bradenton, A+): 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K.
I’ve been getting questions for a while now asking whether or not Glasnow should be promoted to Double-A. It’s a common question any time a player is having success at a level, and Glasnow’s success does prompt such inquiries. In Glasnow’s case, however, my answer was that we need to see him throw more strikes before he can move up. As a general philosophy, I don’t like promoting prospects until they’ve mastered a level, and walking a batter every other inning falls just short of that in my book, even if the rest of the production has been as good as Glasnow’s. Plus, he’s young, so there’s no rush.

Well, Tuesday’s outing marked the fourth start in a row in which Glasnow’s walked two or fewer batters and his third straight scoreless start. This is the improvement I wanted to see before considering a promotion, but now it’s something we can begin to discuss. Another start or two like this with good control, and the Pirates could let him spend August in Altoona.

Best of the Rest

Vincent Velasquez, RHP, Astros (GCL, R): 4 IP, H, 0 ER, BB, 10 K. Huge grain of salt here as Velazquez was on a rehab assignment against far inferior competition, but it’s still nice to see a guy go out and dominate players he’s supposed to dominate. It doesn’t always happen.

Dalton Pompey, OF, Blue Jays (New Hampshire, AA): 2-4, 2B, K, SB. Pompey has struggled since his promotion to Double-A, but so do many prospects in their first taste of the upper minors. He still has impact talent as an up-the-middle player with potential above-average pop.

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nschneider

Actually, Pompey has been hitting well for the past couple of weeks in Double-A. He did get off to a terrible (3-for-36) start, but has a strong .372/.413/.605 line in 46 plate appearances since then.

Jul 23, 2014 04:21 AM
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Kyle Matte

Agreed. His July numbers (.292/.361/.477 with 7 XBH, 5 SB, and a 7/11 BB/K ratio in 17 games) are basically dead on with what most realistically expect of Pompey.

Jul 23, 2014 05:39 AM
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Dave from Pittsburgh

Tyler Glasnow is the truth.

Jul 23, 2014 05:35 AM
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Nojsztat

Ian McKinney - 6 IP, 8 H, ER, BB, 7 K

Strong numbers in the Appy League for this 2013 5th rounder. And the Cardinals do know how to develop pitching...

Jul 23, 2014 07:04 AM
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CraigB

Glasnow's last 10 starts feature an ERA under 1, with 11+ K/9 and 3.4 BB/9. Why do you need two more?

Jul 23, 2014 08:27 AM
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Shauncore

"August in Altoona" sounds like a real nice read.

Jul 23, 2014 08:56 AM
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bigchiefbc

Very happy to see Manaea get through 7 innings, efficiency has been his biggest problem so far. He's got a heckuva ceiling if he can get further into his starts.

Jul 23, 2014 13:22 PM
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oldbopper

Dilson Herrera is intriging. He was very impressive in the recent series in New Britain. The Mets would be smart to gamble on him and trade Murphy.

Jul 23, 2014 15:31 PM
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