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July 29, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Monday, July 28

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Maikel Franco, 3B, Phillies (Lehigh Valley, AAA): 4-4, R, HR, SB.
It’s been a rough season for Franco, who entered the season with some questions about his swing that he made up for with strong bat-to-ball skills. Those questions still remain and have been exposed by Triple-A pitching, though he appears to be making adjustments and is hitting .321 in July. Even with his struggles this season, it’s hard to believe he won’t get a taste of the majors this September on a struggling Phillies team.

Pitcher of the Night: Kevin Ziomek, LHP, Tigers (West Michigan, A-): 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 13 K.
Ziomek, a second-rounder in last year’s draft, is excelling in his first taste of full-season ball despite too many free passes and secondary stuff that hasn’t played as well as it did in college. He has premium velocity from the left side, however, which gives him a high ceiling if the bite can return on his other offerings.

Best of the Rest

Delino DeShields, Jr., OF, Astros (Corpus Christi, AA): 2-3, 2 R, HR, CS. The steals are still there and the eye at the plate is still strong, but the hard contact has been much more difficult to come by in the Texas League this year. He’s been shifted over to left field recently, as well, which diminishes his value.

Charlie Tilson, OF, Cardinals (Springfield, AA): 2-5, 2 R, HR, K. Tilson doesn’t offer much power at all, focusing instead on his strengths: making contact and using his speed. He’s not Ben Revere, though, and he has just enough pop in his bat to keep pitchers honest. He can’t hit any pitch out of the park, but if you leave one over the inner half, he can turn on it and make you pay.

Albert Almora, OF, Cubs (Tennessee, AA): 4-6, 3 R, 2B. It’s been an adjustment for Almora in Double-A, which isn’t surprising given his raw approach and early struggles in the Florida State League. On days when his raw talent takes over, however, it can be impressive to watch. His lack of a plan at the plate is going to get exposed in Double-A until he adjusts, but his bat-to-ball skills are strong enough to put together days like this.

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