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August 4, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of August 1-3

by Jeff Moore


Friday, August 1st

Alex Yarbrough, 2B, Angels (Arkansas, AA): 3-4, 3B. Yarbrough took a somewhat expected step back this year after leaving the California League behind, but he’s still hitting the baseball, just not with as much authority. He still has very strong doubles power, which is part of a tool at least, and in the Angels system, that makes you worth mentioning. Still, his profile isn’t strong as a below-average defender who will need his bat to carry him.

Max Pentecost, C, Blue Jays (Vancouver, SS): 4-6, 2 R, 2B, SB. I’ve talked to scouts who believed Pentecost was a safe pick because he’d stick behind the plate whether he hit or not. I’ve also talked to scouts who liked the pick because he’d hit even if he couldn’t stay behind the plate. So far, he’s doing both.

Taylor Williams, RHP, Brewers (Wisconsin, A-): 7 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K. Reports have had Williams in the mid-90s this year, and he’s missing enough bats to back it up. More importantly, he’s throwing a ton of strikes to go with it. The knock on him is his size, but the stigma is fading on sub-six-foot right-handers. Williams’ breakout season this year gives the Brewers a legitimate pitching prospect.

Trevor Story, SS, Rockies (Tulsa, AA): 2-4, R, HR, K. Much like they were in his first try at Modesto, Story’s swing-and-miss issues have been exploited since his promotion to Double-A. He’s been significantly more patient at the plate this season, which is a good thing but will also contribute to his strikeout totals. They won’t be an issue if he slugs over .500 like he did in A-ball, but his inability to make consistent contact could prevent that from happening. His development could still take many paths.

Saturday, August 2nd

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