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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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dtothew

And Kris Bryant........went 0-4 with 2 Ks??? The end is nigh everyone, make peace with your maker!

Aug 22, 2014 03:52 AM
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MattShaffner

Orioles (RHP) Mike Wright came within 1 strike of throwing a no-hitter vs. Durham. An error with 2 outs in the 9th by the 2Bman extended the game. Wright ultimately allowed 2 unearned runs, and K'd 11 vs. 3 walks.

Aug 22, 2014 04:19 AM
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dawson950
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Come on Jeff! Isn't there something you like about at least one of the Red Sox pitching prospects?

Aug 22, 2014 04:31 AM
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BP staff member Jeff Moore
BP staff

I listed Henry Owens in the bottom section. I've talked about him (and other Red Sox pitching prospects) a lot this year. Don't want to keep repeating myself. I try to mix it up and cover as many guys as possible.

Aug 22, 2014 05:10 AM
 
amazin_mess

Yes, because Boston suffers from underexposure. For sure.

Aug 22, 2014 08:38 AM
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Duranimal

LOL

Aug 22, 2014 12:13 PM
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Nojsztat

BostonProspectus is down the hall.

Aug 22, 2014 09:12 AM
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Behemoth

Appel seems to have steadied the ship a bit since getting moved to AA, at least looking at the numbers. I wonder if there's any feeling that he might be making progress amongst evaluators now?

Aug 22, 2014 05:24 AM
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Nojsztat

Jaron Long: 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
Son of Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long... is this guy legit?

Aug 22, 2014 07:37 AM
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BP staff member Tucker Blair
BP staff

I wrote a report on him from last weekend:
http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_pit.php?reportid=202

Aug 22, 2014 09:49 AM
 
Nojsztat

I was going to reach out to you specifically to see if you saw him while you were watching Trenton. Thanks!

Aug 22, 2014 11:27 AM
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Mike V.
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I see Lewis Thorpe, but you left off Billy Ray Lentine and Clarence Eeks.

This comment deserves your minus.

Aug 22, 2014 08:17 AM
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