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August 8, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Thursday, August 7

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Maikel Franco, 3B, Phillies (Lehigh Valley, AAA): 3-5, 2 R, HR.
Franco’s ability to get the bat on the ball is both his greatest strength and his biggest weakness. He doesn’t strike out a lot for a guy with good power, but with that comes a lot of bad contact and streaky hitting. Thus far, he’s paired good months with atrocious ones, though he’s backing up a strong July with a solid August to this point, as he attempts to salvage what has been a disappointing 2014 campaign.

Pitcher of the Night: Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pirates (Bradenton, A+): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K.
Glasnow’s control has wavered this year, which is the only reason he’s still in the Florida State League. He looked like he was taking a step forward, walking more than two batters in an outing just once in a nine-game stretch before walking four batters apiece in back-to-back outings ahead of Thursday night’s start. Even when he’s putting extra guys on base, he doesn’t struggle too badly because he doesn’t get hit hard, but that’ll be more and more difficult to get away with as he moves up the organizational ladder. He’ll likely never be a big control guy, but if he can just limit the free passes slightly, he could be quite dominant.

Best of the Rest

Preston Tucker, OF, Astros (Oklahoma City, AAA): 3-5, 2 R, HR, BB. There had been a slight drop-off in production for Tucker since being called up to Triple-A, but it’s a small sample size and a game like this gets him right back on track. He’s going to have to hit to justify playing time because he doesn’t offer a ton of other skills, but he’s hit at every level thus far.

Tyrell Jenkins, RHP, Cardinals (Palm Beach, A+): 6 IP, 3 H, R, BB, 7 K. When Jenkins’ command is on and his slider is working, he can miss bats. He hasn’t done that enough as a professional, which is why his strikeout totals have been so remarkably low, but when he’s on, he has swing-and-miss stuff.

Kyle Schwarber, OF, Cubs (Daytona, A+): 3-4, 3 R, HR, 2 BB, K. The Cubs finally found a level to challenge Schwarber after promoting him twice since drafting him, but even during his relative struggles, Schwarber has controlled the strike zone well.

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