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September 2, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of August 29-September 1

by Jeff Moore


Friday, August 29th

Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Cubs (Daytona, A+): 2-4, R, HR, 2 K. The Florida State League is a tough place to develop as a power hitter, so it shouldn’t be too much of a concern that his home run total actually dropped from 19 last year to 16 this year. In fact, Vogelbach’s total tied for the league lead. Vogelbach’s raw power is very real, and he’s a good enough hitter to allow it to play in game action. He could explode next year, and that’s a comment on his power potential and not his waistline.

Steven Matz, LHP, Mets (Binghamton, AA): 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 10 K. Matz took his swing-and-miss stuff from St. Lucie to Binghamton and was just as successful at the new level as he was at the old one. In a system full of strong arms, Matz may be have the highest ceiling of any pitcher not nicknamed Thor.

Aaron Nola, RHP, Phillies (Reading, AA): 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. The Phillies were extremely aggressive with Nola this summer, but he handled each test as well as could have been expected. He throws a ton of strikes and commands multiple pitches, and he missed plenty of bats until he got to Double-A. He should start back at Reading next season, but he could reach the majors by the end of 2015.

Saturday, August 30th

A.J. Reed, 1B, Astros (Quad Cities, A-): 3-5, 2 R, 2B, HR, K. Reed capped off a strong first professional season with a solid last month and a strong showing in full-season ball. Seven home runs in 33 games in the Midwest League is the kind of power he’ll need to have in order to be a first baseman, though his approach diminished against better pitching. Still, as a player who shared time between the batter’s box and the mound through college, he has room to grow as a hitter as he gains experience.

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