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July 30, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Tuesday, July 28

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night
Danny Diekroeger, 3B, Cardinals (State College, SS): 2-5, 4 R, HR, BB. You may not know this about the update but there is a legacy at stake here. That's why when #Mort texts me at night to tell me about a player, he's (the player, not Mort) almost certain to make the update and is someone you should watch.

Pitcher of the Night
Justin Nicolino, LHP, Marlins (Jacksonville, AA): 9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. You're never going to get a high strike out total out of Nicolino, who pounds the strike zone with his fastball to set up his plus change-up, but by throwing a ton of strikes he's always going to set himself for success. It's not the highest ceiling pitching prospect by any stretch of the imagination, but Nicolino is going to be a reliable starter for a long time because he can throw strikes and change speeds.

Best of the Rest

Domingo Santana, OF, Astros (Oklahoma City, AAA): 4-4, R, BB. I wouldn't include a prospect who had already been in the majors and dealt with such extreme struggles as Santana if he didn't reach base all five times safely in one game. Santana has all the qualities of a AAAA prospect but enough power to overcome it if utilized properly.

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