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August 25, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of August 22-24

by Jeff Moore


Friday, August 22nd

Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers (Albuquerque, AAA): 2-4, 3 R, HR, 2 BB, 2 K. This is the full monty from Pederson, with power, patience, and strikeouts all in one game. I’m not breaking new ground here: At this point, we know who Pederson is and what he can do, and he certainly has nothing left to prove in Triple-A. It’s just a matter of finding him at-bats in the majors.

Kyle Freeland, LHP, Rockies (Asheville, A+): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 6 K. Freeland’s experience, stuff, and, most importantly, his pitchability have been a torturous combination for the minor leagues since he was selected eighth overall this June. He’s now given up one run in four full-season appearances and should be able to move quickly through the Rockies system as an advanced college arm.

Corey Seager, SS, Dodgers (Chattanooga, AA): 2-5, R, 2 2B, 2 K. Seager has handled the move to Double-A incredibly well, though it’s probably at least a partial red flag that an already aggressive hitter has seen his walk rate drop in half (albeit in a small sample) and his home run power doesn’t seem to have made the trip with him just yet. This means he’s getting by on a lot of singles finding open spaces at a rate he can’t possibly sustain. That said, I’m nitpicking. Regardless of a little luck, he’s 20 and is hitting .347 in Double-A with an already established strong track record, and while the ball may not be carrying over the fenc,e, the doubles power is still intact. Corey Seager is going to be just fine.

Dalton Pompey, OF, Blue Jays (Buffalo, AAA): 2-3, 3 R, 2 K, 2 SB. The emergence of Pompey this season has been one of the more fun storylines to follow in the prospect world, as the former 16th-round pick has turned himself into a future everyday player for the Blue Jays. He probably won’t hit in the middle of the Jays major-league lineup, but he can be a solid table-setter on a competitive team and play up the middle. The Blue Jays would probably like to see him spend some more time in Triple-A next season, but he should be the long-term solution if Colby Rasmus leaves this offseason.

Saturday, August 23rd

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