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August 28, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Wednesday, August 27th

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Kevin Plawecki, C, Mets (Las Vegas, AAA): 4-4, 2 R, 2 HR.
Good seasons for hitters have a tendency to get even better when they end in Las Vegas, and Plawecki is putting a solid stamp on the end of a second straight solid minor-league year. If you’re looking for some power from your catcher, Plawecki may not be your guy, though he does offer some in the gap variety. What he does do well is control the strike zone and put the barrel of the bat on the baseball.

Pitcher of the Night: Dylan Covey, RHP, Athletics (Stockton, A+): 7 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K.
Covey took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Wednesday, but it will go down as a rare highlight in an otherwise disappointing season. The stuff that once got him selected in the first round (in 2010 out of high school) is no longer there, though he does still throw a ton of strikes, which is something.

Best of the Rest

Franklin Barreto, SS, Blue Jays (Vancouver, SS): 3-4, 3 R, HR, SB. His position is still up in the air, but Barreto’s season at the plate is very encouraging for his future. Scouts expect more pop than the six home runs he’s had this year, and his high doubles total indicates that there could be more on the way.

Austin Gomber, LHP, Cardinals (State College, SS): 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K. Gomber entered the college season expected to be one of the better pitchers in Conference USA, but a disappointing year for FAU saw his stock drop and him slide to the fourth round. Naturally, the Cardinals picked him up and he’s pitched well in the New York-Penn League. The stuff has diminished, however, from what it was earlier in his collegiate career, and his funky delivery will likely send him to the bullpen long-term.

Angel Villalona, 1B, Giants (Richmond, AA): 3-4, 3 R, 2 2B, HR. It feels like Villalona has been around forever, but he just turned 24 a few weeks ago. Of course, he was playing stateside at 18, so there’s a reason for that feeling. This will likely be Villalona’s last chance at getting to the majors, as his raw approach from the start and time away from the game have proved to be too much for him to overcome, despite glimpses like the one he gave on Wednesday.

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