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July 25, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Thursday, July 24

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Gabriel Guerrero, OF, Mariners (High Desert, A+): 3-4, 3 R, 2B, 2 HR.
Many times with offspring of former players, we get lazy and take the path of least resistance to the easiest comp we can find and compare a player to his father/uncle, etc. When people compare Gabriel to his uncle Vladimir, it’s not laziness. No, he may not be as supremely talented, but few were as gifted as the future Hall of Famer. What we do see, however, are the same mannerisms, styles, and instincts that can only be transferred through DNA. He’s got the Vladdy starter kit, which makes him pretty lucky. What he does with it from here is on him.

Pitcher of the Night: Tyler Anderson, LHP, Rockies (Tulsa, AA): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 8 K.
Primarily a fastball/changeup guy, Anderson gets by on command and control rather than velocity. He’s not a strikeout guy and profiles as a back-end starter, but he should be able to eat innings and keep the ball on the ground at Coors Field.

Best of the Rest

Mark Appel, RHP, Astros (Lancaster, A+): 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 7 K. Much like it’s been far too early to completely write him off like so many have based on an admittedly horrific season, it’s also not enough to see one good start and deem him back to normal or blame his home park because his best start of the year came in his first road start in over a month. It’s going to be a long road to turn things around for Appel, who could be battling anything from physical to mental issues as he adjusts to pro ball, but it’s good to finally see him take a step in the right direction.

Victor Roache, OF, Brewers (Brevard County, A+): 2-4, R, HR, 2 K. Roache’s game is pretty one-dimensional, as is his swing, but he does have plus raw power and continues to run into his share of home runs despite a complete lack of an approach at the plate. He could struggle in Double-A and stagnate there, but there’s a chance of him finding a niche as a platoon outfielder with some pop off the bench.

Charlie Tilson, OF, Cardinals (Springfield, AA): 3-5, R, 2 2B. Tilson recently left the Florida State League behind to see if his small-ball skills would translate at the next level of the minor leagues. Tilson knows his strengths (speed, contact) and weaknesses (power), and adjusts his game appropriately, though he still strikes out more than you’d like for a player in his role. He hit over .305 in High-A ball, but while his BABIP is likely to be higher than average thanks to his speed and percentage of ground balls, it’s not likely to stay as high as .374. If he settles in as a .270 hitter, his aggressive approach may not allow him to get on base enough to hit atop a strong lineup.

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