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August 21, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Wednesday, August 20

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees (Tampa, A+): 3-5, 2 R, 2 2B, HR.
Judge continues to prove that he’s an all-around complete hitter rather than just a hulking slugger with holes in his swing. His combination of a plus eye at the plate and unforced power for which he doesn’t have to sell out allows him to attack pitchers with a balanced approach and let his natural size and strength do the work for him.

Pitcher of the Night: Frederis Parra, RHP, Cardinals (GCL, R): 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, BB, 8 K.
Parra has some of the best stuff I’ve seen all season, especially for an 18-year-old, though he’s still learning how to bring it to the park each time out. He has the stuff to miss bats, but he doesn’t always do it, though he’s remained effective even when he doesn’t. As soon as he learns to be more consistent from start to start, he’ll move quickly.

Best of the Rest

Vincent Velasquez, RHP, Astros (Lancaster, A+): 5 IP, H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K. A big body, a big fastball, and a big changeup have led to a big season for Velasquez in between almost two months lost due to injury. He’s had trouble staying on the field, including missing all of 2011 due to Tommy John surgery, but when he’s playing, he misses a ton of bats and does a good job of throwing strikes.

Matt Olson, 1B, Athletics (Stockton, A+): 2-4, R, HR, BB, K. While Joey Gallo and Kris Bryant get most of the home run attention, Olson is nipping at their heels, now with 36 bombs on the year. The game power isn’t in quite the same class, and it’ll be difficult to judge just how much of it will play once he leaves Stockton behind, but the raw pop is legitimate and could be enough to make him an everyday bat at the toughest offensive position.

Clint Coulter, C, Brewers (Wisconsin, A-): 3-5, 2B, K. It’s impossible to overlook the three-month stretch from May through July in which Coulter hit just .251, but even during that low point during the summer he posted strong on-base skills and good power. If that continues, it’ll be enough to be an above-average offensive catcher even if he hits in the .250s.

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Hellgrammite

Addison Russell is really adjusting to AA ball well. There is nothing funny in his numbers. His average is over 300 with the Cubs, and his BABIP is only .316 so that bodes well.

With the Shark being what we thought he was (a strong #3 pitcher), the A's trade for Russell is looking better by the week.

I am not a Cubs fan, but this will be an exciting team to watch as soon as next year.

Aug 21, 2014 05:50 AM
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Nojsztat

Oof Stephenson. I'd rather see him struggle now so he can learn to make the adjustments he needs to make than see him cruise through the minors and struggle for the first time in the majors. He's 21, plenty of time to figure it out.

Aug 21, 2014 08:35 AM
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Nojsztat

Also:

Grant Holmes: 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K

Aug 21, 2014 08:38 AM
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bigchiefbc

Also, Phil Ervin when 3-4 with 3RBI and a SB.

I'd love to hear some analysis of his terrible year and what it means going forward.

Aug 21, 2014 10:20 AM
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Umass12

Parra's 19 and will be 20 in October, which isn't super young for the GCL. Does that change your projection of him?

Aug 21, 2014 14:02 PM
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