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August 18, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of August 15-17

by Jeff Moore


Friday, August 15th

Jesmuel Valentin, 2B, Dodgers (Great Lakes, A-): 3-4, 2 R, 3B, HR. Valentin is getting his footing back this season after a struggle last year in his first full season and is holding his own as a 20-year-old in the Midwest League.

Gabriel Guerrero, OF, Mariners (High Desert, A+): 3-4, R, HR. Guerrero is flashing the power that was expected of him, though at least part of the credit goes to playing in High Desert. There is no knocking his bat-to-ball skills, a genetic gift from his future Hall of Famer uncle, and it may just be good enough for him to get away with his aggressive approach. He also had three more hits and another home run on Saturday.

Brandon Nimmo, OF, Mets (Binghamton, AA): 2-5, R, HR, 2 K, SB. Nimmo struggled to make the initial adjustment to Double-A pitching, but even while his hits weren’t falling, he was getting on base. A cerebral hitter, he’s made the expected adjustments and has hit .333 over his past nine games.

Andrew Knapp, C, Phillies (Lakewood, A-): 3-4, 2 R, 2 2B. Knapp has rebounded nicely from a rough attempt to jump to the FSL with a solid season at Lakewood. He projects to have more home run power than he’s shown so far, but Lakewood’s home stadium is a difficult park for hitters. Another attempt in Clearwater could help turn some of his doubles into home runs.

Robert Stephenson, RHP, Reds (Pensacola, AA): 5 IP, 4 H, R, 2 BB, 5 K. Stephenson still has an incredibly special arm, but his lack of command and need for a better changeup make the bullpen a possibility. It may depend on how quickly the Reds want to move him. He’s just 21, so there’s plenty of time to fix those issues if the Reds give him the time in the minors to develop.

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dtothew

And Kris Bryant........hurt his toe???

Aug 18, 2014 04:25 AM
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Kyle Matte

Also on August 15th, Daniel Norris in his second Triple-A start as a 21 year old:

5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 13 K

Thought it deserved mention.

Aug 18, 2014 04:51 AM
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nschneider

Definitely. Probably the most dominant (though not lengthy) start anywhere this weekend.

Aug 18, 2014 07:12 AM
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salsmanj

Jesmuel Valentine was sent to the Phillies as the first of two PTBNL in the Roberto Hernandez trade. Regardless of who the second guy turns out to be, that seems like a pretty good get for Hernandez.

Aug 18, 2014 06:09 AM
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creejohnson

Tyler Glasnow dominated again and this time for 7 innings. 7IP 2H 0R 1BB 8K. Time for a taste of AA?

Aug 18, 2014 07:32 AM
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petersonkai

Kyle Zimmer made his season debut in a relief appearance- 0.1 IP 1bb. Reports having his FB sit in the mid-90's.

Aug 18, 2014 07:58 AM
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Nojsztat

That's the first time I've seen/heard the dreaded "B" word used on Stephenson.

Aug 18, 2014 08:22 AM
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sldetckl16

I have a horrible sinking feeling in my stomach.... where did 'bullpen' come from??

Aug 18, 2014 18:03 PM
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BP staff member Jeff Moore
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It should be pointed out that no one within the organization is insinuating that he'll be turned into a reliever any time soon, nor has his ceiling changed. He still has the potential to be a number two starter, but the combination of a below-average change-up and below average fastball command has put more than one talented arm in the bullpen. It's far too early to make that kind of change, and his arm is still one that any organization would take, but he's not ready to start in the majors any time soon with his current command.

Aug 18, 2014 21:20 PM
 
sldetckl16

Really appreciate the explanation - have a minor league system of Jon Gray, Lucas Giolito, Hunter Harvey, and Stephenson - Harvey being shut down was bad news, then this.... how does the saying go again??

Aug 19, 2014 17:43 PM
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MaineSkin

Guzman's BABIP is .240s and his ct% was usually 80+%, so at 19 I'm buying and waiting for the rebound.

Aug 18, 2014 10:48 AM
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