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August 15, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Thursday, August 14

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: James Ramsey, OF, Indians (Columbus, AAA): 5-5, R, 2 2B, HR.
There are questions about whether Ramsey can be an everyday player given that he may end up in a corner outfield spot and may not develop the power required to handle it, but he’s shown a major league bat thus far and just had his first breakout game in Triple-A. His road to the majors will be much easier to traverse with the Indians than it had been with the Cardinals.

Pitcher of the Night: Vincent Velasquez, RHP, Astros (Lancaster, A+): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K.
When we give pitchers free passes for struggling in the California League, it’s important to remember that not all of them do. Velasquez is one who has not, missing more than a bat per inning while flashing two potential plus pitches. His 2.92 ERA this season proves that it can be done, as he continues to progress as a potential mid-rotation starter.

Best of the Rest

Kyle Kubitza, 3B, Braves (Mississippi, AA): 3-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, K. It would be nice to see more power out of a third base prospect, but at least his strong on-base skills help to make up for it. He strikes out a lot, though that has more to do with his patience than major swing-and-miss issues. At 24, we can legitimately question how much more power Kubitza is going to develop, but he has enough strengths as an offensive player to carve out a role.

Tyler O’Neill, OF, Mariners (Clinton, A-): 4-5, 2 R, 2 2B, HR. O’Neill has some refinement and approach issues, but his power is proving to be for real thus far. Nineteen-year-olds are supposed to still be developing their power, but O’Neill’s is already present.

Ben Lively, RHP, Reds (Pensacola, AA): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 7 K. Lively jumped into the prospect spotlight earlier this season with a red-hot start to the year, one that was magnified even more because it came in the California League. He has since come back down to Earth, still having success even after a promotion to Double-A, but looking more like the back-end starter we knew him to be.

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