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July 31, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Wednesday, July 30

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Lewis Brinson, OF, Rangers (Myrtle Beach, A+): 4-8, 2 R, HR, K. The progress that Brinson had made in Low-A ball this year appeared to have come
unraveled upon his promotion to the Carolina League, but he got back on track in a 16-inning affair on Wednesday. He’s still extremely aggressive at the plate and has some swing-and-miss in his game, but he’s productive nonetheless.

Pitcher of the Night: Braden Shipley, RHP, Diamondbacks (Visalia, A+): 7 IP, 5 H, R, BB, 9 K.
We can look past Shipley’s ERA, which is hovering around 4.00 after his latest outing, and look toward his high strikeout rate to take away the positives from his first full season. He pairs a mid-90s fastball with a plus changeup to generate swings and misses, and that tandem should generate even more success once he gets out of the California League.

Best of the Rest

Mark Appel, RHP, Astros (Corpus Christi, AA): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K. Appel’s promotion to Double-A despite a 9.74 ERA in Lancaster made waves in both the media and apparently within the organization, but he’s now turned in two straight strong starts, which is something to build on. That’s still not the standard we’re used to holding top overall picks to, but his first few months were so disastrous that it’s where we’re left.

Max Pentecost, C, Blue Jays (Vancouver, SS): 2-5, 2 R, 3B, 2 K. Pentecost is doing what a college bat should to in short-season ball by hitting over .300, though in the extremely small sample, it’s coming without much power or control of the strike zone.

Albert Almora, OF, Cubs (Tennessee, AA): 2-4, R, HR. Almora has his struggles and will continue to scuffle against advanced pitching as the Cubs continue to test him, but you have to credit him for his ability to make adjustments. His natural hit tool is advanced for his age, but he’s still refining its in-game application.

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Shaun P.
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I think the 2 HR last night give O'Brien 33 for the year, not 31 - though the milb.com boxscore says it is 23!, which is definitely wrong.

He makes too many outs, and not enough contact, but he's in his first partial season in AA and isn't old (or young) for the level. Is it feasible than he might make adjustments and end up being a major league hitter? I don't recall him being such an all or nothing hitter last year, or earlier this year in High A. Is the problem that AA pitching is better?

Jul 31, 2014 03:54 AM
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BP staff member Jeff Moore
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Yeah it is 33. He had 31 entering the night. Thanks Shaun.

There's definitely a good chance he becomes a major league hitter simply because power is hard to come by, but there are a lot of questions. First, most scouts aren't sold on him remaining behind the plate. If he moves it will be to first base which changes the profile dramatically and puts all of the pressure on his bat.

Double-A pitching is definitely better, so that's certainly a part of it, but the issues he's having aren't new. He's always had contact and plate discipline issues, but they're being magnified against better pitching. That will only get worse as he moves up.

Jul 31, 2014 05:33 AM
 
BP staff member Sam Miller
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Changed

Jul 31, 2014 07:04 AM
 
dtothew

BOOM

Jul 31, 2014 04:45 AM
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amazin_mess

Just a question - how many recent Mets prospects have been overhyped?

Jul 31, 2014 05:24 AM
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BP staff member Jeff Moore
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It's not just the Mets. This tends to happen in most major media markets. It also happens with teams who are struggling/rebuilding and have built up the promotion of their future. When the two come together like it has for the Mets recently, the hype can get out if control.

Most of the Mets prospects look like their panning out so the over-hype hasn't been til bad, though I'd say the Jenrry Mejia
Fiasco from a few years ago was a but much. I also saw some people saying that Rafael Montero was as good as Noah Syndergaard while Montero was doing well in the upper minors, and that's a joke. In general, it hasn't been too bad though.

My main point was that Conforto is good but let's not go crazy because he's hitting .400 in short-season ball.

Jul 31, 2014 05:42 AM
 
amazin_mess

I gotcha. Yeah, the Mets are definitely selling the "future is bright" card lately. I'm much more cynical than that.

Aug 04, 2014 07:58 AM
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kohlmss07

What kind of stock should we be putting into John Lamb's recent run of dominance? Is his stuff bouncing back to previous levels?

Jul 31, 2014 06:22 AM
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jbeyer88

And Javier Baez and Jorge Soler homered ... :)

Jul 31, 2014 08:20 AM
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hyprvypr

I presumed you mean Trevor May is 'walking fewer batters than ever'?

Jul 31, 2014 10:27 AM
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BP staff member Sam Miller
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He's actually striking out fewer than ever. It's still a lot. It's just fewer than ever. (And he has walked fewer before.)

Jul 31, 2014 17:33 PM
 
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