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August 12, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Monday, August 12

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees (Tampa, A+): 2-4, 2 R, HR, K.
What’s most impressive about Judge is that he doesn’t sell out for his power. He doesn’t need to because of his size and strength, but he wouldn’t be the first super-sized hitter to feel the need to overswing to try to hit home runs. Instead, Judge uses his size and leverage for good plate coverage and tries to hit the ball back up the middle and to the gaps, running into plenty of home runs when they come to him rather than forcing the issue. The result is power production combined with a strong approach and a good all-around hitter.

Pitcher of the Night: Lucas Giolito, RHP, Nationals (Hagerstown, A-): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K.
At this point, Giolito has nothing left to prove in the South Atlantic League. If he’s not being promoted this season, it’s not based on ability but rather something in the Nationals’ developmental plan for him.

Best of the Rest

Franklin Barreto, SS, Blue Jays (Vancouver, SS): 2-2, 2 R, HR, BB. Barreto may not be too long for the infield, but even if he ends up in center field as some scouts believe, his bat will be enough to carry him. Few question the hit tool and despite being undersized, he should hit for moderate power.

Christian Bethancourt, C, Braves (Gwinnett County, AAA): 3-5, 2 R, 2B, HR. Bethancourt’s fringy hit tool and complete lack of plate discipline will likely prevent him from ever providing any impact on offense, but his arm is a legitimate weapon and one that could keep him in the lineup despite the amount of outs that he’s going to make. The best role for him, however, will likely be as a backup.

Kodi Medeiros, LHP, Brewres (AZL, R): 5 IP, 2 H, R (0 ER), 0 BB, 7 K. This was by far the best performance as a professional for this year’s 12th-overall pick, as he’s struggled to throw strikes in six previous outings and had yet to last longer than 2 1/3 innings in any appearance to this point. Medeiros has a power arm, but he was considered a high-risk pick by many at the time of his selection.

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