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August 11, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of August 8-10

by Jeff Moore


Friday, August 8th

Charlie Tilson, OF, Cardinals (Springfield, AA): 2-4, 2 R, HR, BB. Power isn’t Tilson’s game, but it’s important that he runs into one every now and then just to keep pitchers honest. He’s got just enough power to keep pitchers from taking advantage of him and can turn on inside pitches enough to creep up on double-digit homers.

Jorge Soler, OF, Cubs (Iowa, AAA): 2-3, 3 R, 2B, HR, 2 BB, K. Soler could learn a lot from coach/teammate Manny Ramirez, a former immensely talented yet sometimes troubled player. No one is doubting Soler’s talent, but he’s had some hustle-related issues that the Cubs may not want to reward with a call-up. Still, he doesn’t appear to be getting too much of a challenge in the minor leagues. He’ll probably see some time in the majors this year.

Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers (Albuquerque, AAA): 3-4, 2 R, HR, BB, SB. I get asked often whether Pederson’s season is a product of playing in the Pacific Coast League. As with so many great PCL seasons, we don’t really know the answer. Pederson’s power is real, and he’s proven that in less-hitter-friendly places like the Double-A Southern League last season. His speed and plate discipline are for real too, as he’s always run well and worked deep into counts. The PCL inflates numbers for sure, but Pederson is ready to be a major league contributor no matter where he plays.

J.P. Crawford, SS, Phillies (Clearwater, A+): 3-4, 2 R, 2 HR, K. SB. After a rough start in the Florida State League, Crawford has adapted nicely and is actually showing off more power in a tough league for hitters without sacrificing control of the strike zone.

Raul Mondesi, SS, Royals (Wilmington, A+): 2-5, 2 R, 3B, HR. Mondesi will likely never be a big power hitter, but it’s important to see him driving the ball with some authority toward the end of what has been a disappointing season with the bat. It’s not that he’s not capable of putting a charge into the ball so much as he doesn’t put himself in good hitting situations regularly because of his free-swinging approach and tendency to bunt for hits. He also homered on Saturday and Sunday, giving him three straight games with a blast and more than doubling his total on the season.

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dob2812

What are Soler's "hustle-related issues"?

He was criticised for not running very hard in AFL last year even though the Cubs publicly said that he had been told to not hard on account of his dodgy hamstrings.

Is that criticism still just hanging around or are scouts saying he is not hustling in Triple-A?

Aug 11, 2014 05:25 AM
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BP staff member Jeff Moore
BP staff

I haven't heard anything from this year but he was also benched last hear for a lack of hustle and suspended for grabbing a bat during a bench-clearing brawl. Everything's been fine this year though so give him credit for staying out of the headlines.

Aug 11, 2014 05:41 AM
 
jbeyer88

"No one is doubting Soler’s talent, but he’s had some hustle-related issues that the Cubs may not want to reward with a call-up."

Can we please stop with these narratives? This isn't just on you, but it seems like every story about Soler includes some issue about his hustle, which no one has questioned since June 2013, when he was playing on a fractured leg.

Aug 11, 2014 06:57 AM
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jbeyer88

I should caveat that with "semi-legitimately questioned since June 2013", because obviously there were the stories during the AFL (which as the first poster mentioned was a result of the Cubs' FO telling Soler to do that).

Aug 11, 2014 07:14 AM
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BP staff member Harry Pavlidis
BP staff

Soler looks fine. His continued leg issues seemed to have been addressed with some postural training. I'd expect to see him in a month, the Cubs have slipped and pretty much acknowledged that is the plan (recent McLoed interview, IIRC)

Aug 11, 2014 10:54 AM
 
davinhbrown

Once you get a "rep" hard to break.

Even Puig can be accused of 'not hustling' at times, but that hasn't stopped his promotion.

Aug 11, 2014 15:58 PM
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dpc1178

Tyler Danish...6 inning no hitter on Saturday and 4 earned runs allowed over the last 45 innings?

Aug 11, 2014 17:04 PM
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