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August 26, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Monday, August 25th

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Delino DeShields, Jr., OF, Astros (Corpus Christi, AA): 4-6, 3 R, 2B, 3B, 2 HR, BB, 2 K.
It’s been a big step back this year for DeShields, who hasn’t hit since leaving the California League and hasn’t seen his power translate to Double-A. This is a massive game for any prospect, though it should be noted that his team scored 23 runs in the game, so there may have been something in the air.

Pitcher of the Night: Parker Bridwell, RHP, Orioles (Frederick, A+): 8 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 13 K.
This isn’t just the best-pitched game tonight, it’s one of the best of the minor league season. Bridwell is maddeningly inconsistent and has been his entire professional career, but it’s outings like this that keep people coming back to him as a prospect. He’s got a major-league arm, but there are still big questions about whether or not he’ll ever develop enough consistency to be a starter.

Best of the Rest

Jesus Aguilar, 1B, Indians (Columbus, AAA): 5-6, 3 R, 2 2B, HR. Aguilar is still likely a role player at best, but he has hit for more power this season, which gives him a fighting chance. His showing in a brief stint in the majors earlier this season certainly doesn’t help him make a case, but it came in much too small of a sample for us to put any stuck into it.

Steven Moya, OF, Tigers (Erie, AA): 4-5, 2 R, 3 2B. Moya is a big man putting up even bigger numbers, but there are questions about the long-term application of his hit tool. Opinions differ on his future role, especially due to his extremely aggressive approach at the plate, but no one doubts the raw power. Its utility in games, though, remains to be seen.

Greg Bird, 1B, Yankees (Trenton, AA): 2-3, 2 R, HR, 2 BB, K. Getting out of the Florida State League has been good for Bird, whose power has played better in the more hitter-friendly Eastern League. His patient approach helps him generate more value as a hitter even when he’s not hitting for power, though it can get him in trouble and into pitchers’ counts when he gets too passive.

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stephenbawesome

Andrew Toles has apparently made his return and has gone off for two straight 3-steal games, albeit in the GCL. Not sure if that's noteworthy or not, but he did have a nearly three month absence for "personal reasons".

Aug 26, 2014 05:39 AM
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Schere

The Orioles minor league development of pitchers has to be called into question.

They've really only got Tillman to point to as a success. Gausman upon arriving in the bigs didn't seem to be any better than they day they drafted him, but he's finding his way at the big league level. Everyone else in the majors (Gonzalez, Norris, Ubaldo, Chen) was acquired major-league ready.

The list of failures is pretty long, even accounting for TINSTAAP: Matusz, Britton, Arrietta, Bridwell, Hobgood, Erbe (who probably shouldn't have been drafted).

Aug 26, 2014 06:49 AM
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asstarr1

When does a patient approach become a passive approach?

With Soler possible being called up tomorrow, who are some less well known prospects to watch Friday when I'm at the Iowa Cubs game vs. Okla Cty? That is, if I can take my eyes off Kris Bryant.

Aug 26, 2014 10:30 AM
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BP staff member Jeff Moore
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That's an excellent question. For me, it changes from good to bad when I see a player taking hittable pitches in hitters counts. That's too patient. Patience is laying off bad pitches and hitting the good ones. Passive is taking too many good pitches to hit.

Aug 26, 2014 10:41 AM
 
Mtn Jam

I think a passive approach can come from a lack of confidence, too. Will Middlebrooks does it all the time. He's "worked" full counts several times and watched strike three when you could see he had no intention of swinging to begin with.

Aug 26, 2014 12:48 PM
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