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August 27, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Tuesday, August 26th

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers (Albuquerque, AAA): 3-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, BB.
There’s not much left to say about Pederson, who should be in the majors at this point and would be with any of the other 29 organizations. Unlike some of the top prospects we’ve seen struggle lately, Pederson’s floor should be higher, given his power production and on-base skills.

Pitcher of the Night: Mark Appel, RHP, Astros (Corpus Christi, AA): 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 10 K.
I’ve been waiting all year to put Appel in this section of the Update. It’s been a tale of two seasons for Appel, who was as horrific as could be in the California League but has actually been pretty good in the Texas League, getting his ERA below the 4.00 mark. He’s even missing bats more frequently lately, signaling a return of the stuff that got him selected in the top 10 twice.

Best of the Rest

Christian Bethancourt, C, Braves (Gwinett County, AAA): 3-5, 2 R, HR, K. There’s not going to be too much power coming out of Bethancourt, who hasn’t taken the necessary steps forward to become the regular the Braves had hoped he would become. Still, he’ll be a big leaguer because of his glove, and, more notably, his arm.

Casey Meisner, RHP, Mets (Brooklyn, SS): 6 IP, 4 H, R, BB, 11 K. Meisner is the definition of tall and lanky, but he repeats his delivery well for his age and size, and he has a potential bat-missing changeup, as evidenced on Tuesday. There’s still a lot of development left, but Meisner is yet another capable arm in an increasingly impressive stable of Mets pitching prospects.

Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP, Red Sox (Portland, AA): 7 IP, 7 H, R, 0 BB, 7 K. It was a disappointing season for Rodriguez—until he became a Red Sox. Since the trade, Rodriguez has allowed just three runs in five starts and seen his strikeout rate spike.

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