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July 24, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Wednesday, July 23

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Cubs (Daytona, A+): 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR.
Vogelbach put on a power display in Palm Beach on Wednesday, hitting a pair of opposite-field home runs to the left-center gap at Roger Dean Stadium, which is no small feat. The big first baseman wants to get his arms extended and is at his best when he’s trying to go up the middle. He had a tendency to reach on balls on the outer half when he gets pull happy, but when he stays up the middle, he can drive the ball to all fields, which is what happened last night. He missed a third home run by less than a foot, pulling one just foul down the right field line.

Pitcher of the Night: A.J. Cole, RHP, Nationals (Syracuse, AAA): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K.
After bouncing back and forth from Washington to Oakland and back, Cole has finally settled in with the Nationals and is now just a phone call from the majors. His premium fastball continues to carry him, and he commands it well enough to get away with average secondary offerings, even at the highest levels of the minor leagues.

Best of the Rest

Matthew Dean, 1B, Blue Jays (Lansing, A-): 2-5, R, 2B, HR. Dean is stuck in a first-base-only profile as a right-handed hitter with contact issues and not enough plate discipline, but he has power, which is a scarce commodity in this game. He’s only 21 and is loading up on his doubles, perhaps a sign of further development to come.

Javier Baez, 2B, Cubs (Iowa, A+): 2-3, 3 R, 2B, 2 BB. I actually find it more impressive when Baez has a good game without homering. We know he’s going to hit his home runs, but it’s the fear of him becoming too one-dimensional that gives us cause for concern. A Baez that is collecting multiple hits, drawing walks, and adding in some power is a very scary player.

Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers (Albuquerque, AAA): 1-2, 2 R, HR, 2 BB, SB. This is Pederson at his best, hitting for power and getting on base the rest of the time. Pederson owes the PCL a fruit basket for the .325 batting average, but the on-base skills are legitimate and will make him a formidable offensive contributor even if he ends up hitting closer to .270-.280.

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