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April 21, 2017

Minor League Update

Games of April 20th

by Wilson Karaman


Hitter of the Day:

Yoan Moncada, 2B, Chicago White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 2-3, BB, 3 R, HR, RBI, 2 SB, K
On a night when Chris Sale punched out 13 for Boston, Moncada reminded everybody in Chicago that he can fill up a stat sheet just fine his own damn self, thank you very much. He continues to strike out at a semi-alarming rate, but the power/speed combination is as elite as they get in the minor leagues. Pour one out for this poor Henry Owens fastball, y’all.

Pitcher of the Day:

Yency Almonte, RHP, Colorado Rockies (Double-A Hartford): 7 IP, 4 H, 10 K
Almonte continues to roll along, perhaps less heralded than he should be among an increasingly impressive collection of farm arms in the Colorado system. There’s some sling to his quick arm, and he doesn’t always control his delivery so well, but there’s 97 with movement on the end of it and a slider that’ll flash plus, if inconsistently so. Fine command and changeup development will be front and center on the agenda for the 22-year-old former 17th rounder this season in Hartford.

Others of Note:

Nick Pivetta, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies (Triple-A Lehigh Valley): 6 IP, ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 11 K
Philly’s return for Jonathan Papelbon in 2015, Pivetta is off to an excellent start in his second taste of the Lehigh Valley. The former fourth rounder has shown improved command of a lively fastball up to 96, with 24 strikeouts to just two walks through his first 19 innings of the year. Changeup development remains a question mark, though he has consistently managed to keep lefties honest without a great one to this stage of his career.

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