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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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