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August 7, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Wednesday, August 6

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Greg Bird, 1B, Yankees (Trenton, AA): 4-4, 3 R, 2 HR.
Bird has the potential to be a well-above-average offensive player because of his combination of power and plate discipline. He gets himself in trouble by being too patient at times, taking pitches that he should be driving. This was his first big game since being promoted to Double-A, where pitchers can expose a patient approach with more ability to throw strikes. As he develops a better plan and learns which pitches to drive and which to lay off of, he could see his power spike and max out close to 25 home runs per year.

Pitcher of the Night: Jesse Biddle, LHP, Phillies (Clearwater, A+): 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K.
Biddle gets a bit of an asterisk here because he’s back in the Florida State League after making 42 Double-A starts the past two years, but after leaving the Reading Phillies due to mental issues dealing with his struggles, it’s just good to see Biddle back on the field and having success. The Phillies haven’t announced what’s next for Biddle, but right now it’s most important for him to have success, with his development taking a back seat for the time being.

Best of the Rest

Jason Hursh, RHP, Braves (Mississippi, AA): 5 1/3 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K. The Braves are still using Hursh as a starter, but he’s not missing anywhere near enough bats despite a low-to-mid-90s fastball. His secondary stuff isn’t good enough to remain a starter at higher levels, but the arm works well enough that he should be effective in a bullpen role.

Corey Seager, SS, Dodgers (Chattanooga, AA): 2-4, 2 R, HR, 2 K. It’s only 14 games, but for those of us waiting to see just how much of Seager’s incredible first half had to do with playing in the California League, we’re finding out that it apparently wasn’t all that significant. It took Seager this long to hit his first home run in Double-A, but everything else has been there. If you can hit, you can hit anywhere.

Jose Urena, RHP, Marlins (Jacksonville, AA): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K. Urena doesn’t miss a ton of bats, but he does throw a ton of strikes and is pitching as well as ever right now. He’s gone three straight starts without giving up a run.

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