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July 21, 2017

Minor League Update

Games of July 20

by Wilson Karaman


Hitter of the Day:

Oneil Cruz, SS/3B, Los Angeles Dodgers (Low-A Great Lakes): 5-5, 3 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI
Well, then. Cruz has undergone plenty of literal and figurative growing pains this year as he’s continued along on his journey to figure out how to consistently corral his 6-foot-6 frame. But games like yesterday’s offer a glimpse into the kind of impact talent that’s in there.

Pitcher of the Day:

Michael Kopech, RHP, Chicago White Sox (Double-A Birmingham): 8 IP, 4 H, 8 K
He throws really, really hard and – and - it’s got some movement to it. This is what a box score can look like on days he commands the baseball.

Other Prospects of Note:

Tyler O’Neill, LF, Seattle Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 2-5, BB, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, K
Really the whole Raineers offense deserves a shout-out here, actually. Perhaps emboldened by not being traded for David Phelps, Seattle’s Triple-A farmhands busted out, answering a six-run bottom of the first by Albuquerque with a six-run top of the second en route to a 14-11 win. O’Neill led the way, post-post-post-post prospect Gordon Beckham also went put two over the fence, Dan Vogelbach left the field, and Boog Powell reached base five times. After an anemic start to the season O’Neill has really picked it up of late, posting an .863 OPS in June and 1.040 mark across 15 July games (including five homers in five games this week) to re-establish himself as one of the better thumping prospects on the cusp of the big leagues.

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