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August 22, 2017

Minor League Update

Games of August 21

by Steve Givarz


Hitter of the Day:

Daulton Varsho, C, Arizona Diamondbacks (Short-Season, Hillsboro): 3-5, 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, K
While you were all watching the eclipse early, Varsho was hitting bombs into the eclipsed sky. Taken in the Competitive Balance (B) Round, Varsho is an odd duck. While he catches, he has well-below average arm strength, but is regarded as a well above average defender, and is a plus runner to boot. At the plate he has a short lefty stroke and is built strongly, giving him plus raw power.

Pitcher of the Day:

Corbin Burnes, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers (Double-A, Biloxi): 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K
I’m sure somewhere in Hawaii, Craij saw this performance and enjoyed another (whatever Craij drinks IDK) beer? Whatever, and wherever, the challenge Burnes has faced, he has succeeded. He throws a lot of strikes, making hitters uncomfortable, and uses his plus slider in any count against any batter, no matter the situation.

Other Notable Performances:

Zac Lowther, LHP, Baltimore Orioles (Short-Season, Aberdeen): 6 IP, 2 H, R, ER, BB, 7 K
Taken in the Competitive Balance (B) Round, Lowther was a machine at Xavier, setting the school record for strikeouts in a single season. While you would think Lowther is a flamethrower, he isn’t, as his fastball is barely an average offering on its own. But he commands it especially well, and it features plus life, making it hard to square up.

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