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August 22, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Thursday, August 21

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers (Albuquerque, AAA): 2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, BB, K.
This is a pretty standard Pederson game, with everything he has to offer: power—both gap and over the fence—walks, and strikeouts. He’s going to hit for power, draw a ton of walks, and whiff a lot, too, but the final package should be an above-average offensive player at an up-the-middle position.

Pitcher of the Night: Daniel Norris, LHP, Blue Jays (Buffalo, AAA): 5 IP, H, R, 3 BB, 9 K.
We’ve seen a little bit of everything from Norris this season. He dominated the Florida State League in the first half before a promotion to Double-A. In New Hampshire, he was less effective and threw fewer strikes yet missed more bats than ever. For the 21-year-old Norris, that would have been a fine stopping point on the season, yet the Blue Jays aggressively promoted him to Triple-A anyway. Through three starts for Buffalo, he’s allowed just two runs and has an ERA below 1.00. It’s been an incredible ascent for Norris, who could find himself in the majors by next year.

Best of the Rest

Clint Coulter, C, Brewers (Wisconsin, A-): 2-4, R, HR, 2 K. Coulter just turned 21, is going to finish with 20 home runs on the season (Thursday’s gave him 19), and has plus on-base skills. There are some flaws in the game, but that’s a strong base of skills moving forward.

Rob Kaminsky, LHP, Cardinals (Peoria, A-): 6 IP, 5 H, R, BB, 8 K. Kaminsky couldn’t have hoped for much more in his first full season, posting a sub-2.00 ERA through 16 starts. He’s not missing a ton of bats, but his plus-plus curveball should generate more strikeouts once his fastball command improves.

Kyle Schwarber, DH, Cubs (Daytona, A+): 1-2, 2 R, HR, 2 BB, SB. There was an adjustment period for Schwarber upon reaching the Florida State League—his first adjustment in pro ball—but he’s made it, and we’re seeing the kind of production that we can expect from him down the road. That means a moderate batting average, strong on-base skills, and above-average power. Put it together, and that makes for a solid everyday player.

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