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August 6, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Tuesday, August 5

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night:
Tyler O’Neill,
OF, Mariners (Clinton, A-): 3-6, 2 R, 2 HR, BB, 2 K.
Undersized and already physically developed, there’s not a ton of projection left in O’Neill, but it’s difficult to ignore power production from teenagers in full-season ball. Tuesday night’s game gives O’Neill eight home runs in 32 games.

Pitcher of the Night
Rafael Montero, RHP, Mets (Las Vegas, AAA): 8 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K. Montero isn’t known for being a big strikeout pitcher, given his lack of a true plus pitch, but his command and his ability to add and subtract keep hitters off-balance. At this point, the Mets are just waiting for a spot to open up in their rotation to re-introduce Montero to major league hitters.

Best of the Rest

Michael Feliz, RHP, Astros (Quad Cities, A-): 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K. An up-and-down season for Feliz hit a few bumps in the road in July, but the turn of the calendar has done wonders for him. There are some control issues to consider, but as long as he’s missing bats at his current level, there’s a lot to like.

Jorge Soler, OF, Cubs (Iowa, AAA): 3-5, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 K. With the promotion of Javier Baez, the future has officially begun for the Cubs. That means players like Soler can’t be too far behind. The issues for Soler that preclude his arrival in the majors are as much maturity-based as they are rooted in baseball development interests. He’s done nothing but hit as a professional athlete and has little left to prove at any place other than the highest level.

Tim Berry, LHP, Orioles (Bowie, AA): 6 IP, 3 H, R, BB, 6 K. Berry isn’t a high-ceiling guy and may end up in a bullpen at the major league level, but for now, in an Orioles system devoid of legitimate prospect arms, Berry still has a chance to make it as a starter.

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mranney

Notable that the Meadows home run was hit off Lucas Giolito.

Aug 06, 2014 05:02 AM
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jayhashop

Nomar Mazara doubled and tripled in his AA debut.

Aug 06, 2014 05:31 AM
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backwardgalaxy

Hunter Harvey and Dylan Bundy are still in the Orioles system, right? Not totally "devoid of legitimate prospect arms".

Aug 06, 2014 05:46 AM
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BP staff member Jeff Moore
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Yes but after that there is a major drop off. Two high end guys but no depth.

Aug 06, 2014 06:08 AM
 
andrewmorris92

What is your opinion of Zach Davies?

Aug 06, 2014 08:03 AM
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bigchiefbc

Man, I am continually impressed with how consistent Chi Chi Gonzalez is. It seems like he puts up 6IP with 1 or 2 ER and 5-7K every single start.

Aug 06, 2014 06:00 AM
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huztlers

He is a polished college arm, not some 17 year-old from the Dominican. What else would you expect?

Aug 06, 2014 09:23 AM
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jmoultz
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Whether or not he's a polished college arm, he's not pitching in Low A right now, he's pitching in AA. Pitchers with that kind of consistency at AA are rare.

Aug 06, 2014 12:59 PM
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bigchiefbc

Even "polished" college arms usually still have kinks to work out in the minors and struggle by the time they hit AA. Chi Chi is just cruising, it seems.

Aug 06, 2014 15:19 PM
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chidavidi

Any chance Montero or Thor (or both) make it up to the bigs this year?

Aug 06, 2014 07:01 AM
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BarryR

I think the assumption has been that Thor takes deGrom's slot when Jake reaches his IP limit. But if Montero is back to being Montero, not the guy we saw earlier, who completely lacked command or control, the Mets will want to see him in the majors again. I have a feeling once deGrom hits is limit, the Mets may go to a 6-man rotation, which would enable Wheeler to pitch through the whole year and give them a chance at looking at both kids. Of course, all this involves Gee and Niese still being healthy at the end of the year, always a dicey proposition.

Aug 06, 2014 12:19 PM
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petersonkai

Dylan Bundy had his best start of the year last nigh(4.1 IP 5H 0R 0BB 7K)t; hearing he even touched 96 mph.

Aug 06, 2014 08:54 AM
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AZMarkS

Don't forget Rafael Montero (8IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 11K)

Aug 06, 2014 08:59 AM
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R.A.Wagman

He didn't - Montero was named Pitcher of the Night

Aug 06, 2014 10:19 AM
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Nojsztat

Kyle Freeland - 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 6 K, 0 BB, and it was his Sally League debut

Aaron Judge - 1-2, HR, RBI, R, 2 BB, K. 3TO!

Aug 06, 2014 11:55 AM
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