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September 8, 2017

Minor League Update

Games of September 7

by Wilson Karaman


Hitter of the Day:

Thairo Estrada, MI, New York Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 4-5, 2 R, 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI
Estrada dropped the third cycle in Trenton history on Binghamton to tie their playoff series at one. He’s got some fans here on the Prospect Team as an underrated utility player with excellent defensive actions and solid bat-to-ball skills.

Pitcher of the Day:

Mitch Keller, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates (Double-A Altoona): 9 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K
Oh, no big deal, just a one-hit Maddux to open a playoff series. Is it crazy to call him the best pitching prospect in baseball? I think there are a handful of candidates, and I think he’s got as strong a case as any of ‘em.

Other Prospects of Note:

Yonny Chirinos, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays (Triple-A Durham): 7 IP, 7 H, BB, 4 K
I’ve kind of been waiting an embarrassingly long time for the chance to write about Chirinos, who finally pitched well on a night I’m on duty for this column. I’m a big fan of his delivery. It’s an artistic, fluid motion that he controls and repeats extremely well in spite of ample opportunity to fall out of sync. Nothing about this arsenal will overpower, but his slider and split work well with a fastball that he locates and manipulates effectively. He’s been this year what we thought Ariel Jurado was going to be, and with quite limited fanfare. The ceiling is your standard back-end type, but it’s a high-probability projection, and he’s a good bet to log big-league innings next year.

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