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February 27, 2014

Minor League Update

Spring Training Games of February 26

by Jeff Moore

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I live in south Florida. Nothing here dies.

So instead, I bring you the return of the Minor League Update. In case you missed it, I was lucky enough to be chosen to take over the MLU last October just in time for the start of the Arizona Fall League. It was a good chance to get my feet wet and figure out just how to bring you the best and most important prospect happenings each night in this space (although you read it the following morning). The result is a cacophony of prospect information intended to keep you informed and entertained throughout the season.

This segment will be here five days a week for the next six-plus months. Sometimes you’ll get a box score. Sometimes you’ll get a scouting report. You’ll always get commentary because that’s just who I am. Sorry, you get the good with the bad. But what you will always get is pure, unbridled prospect love and information.

So sit back, relax and dig in. This is the start of a long trek through the prospect minefield. These games may not count, but who cares. It’s officially baseball season.

The Good

  • Nick Castellanos, 3B, Tigers: 1-3. Perhaps no prospect in a camp this spring will be more closely scrutinized than Castellanos, for no other reason than his predetermined starting spot on a contending team. All that may be for naught, however, as he’d have to be pretty bad this spring not to make the Tigers’ Opening Day roster.
  • Tony Sanchez, C, Pirates: 2-2, R, HR. What, backup catcher position battles aren’t sexy? With Chris Stewart in the fold, Sanchez will probably end up back in Triple-A, which isn’t the worst thing in the world for him, but Stewart hasn’t set the bar real high offensively, so a little pop from Sanchez could tip the scales.
  • Alen Hanson, SS, Pirates: 1-2, R, SB. Given that the Pirates already have two major-league shortstops among whom spring training at-bats will be split, it will be interesting to see of Hanson plays exclusively short stop this spring, as he did on Wednesday, or if he sees some time at second base, where many scouts believe he could end up anyway.
  • Billy Hamilton, CF, Reds: 0-2, BB, SB. If Hamilton does this every game, the Reds will be thrilled.
  • Addison Russell, SS, Athletics: 1-3, K. Russell just turned 20 last month, but he’s shown no indication that he will be tentative or fearful in anything he does on a baseball diamond. Don’t expect spring training to be any different.

The Bad

  • Christian Bethancourt, C, Braves: 0-2. Bethancourt isn’t going to make the Braves roster this spring because they have too much depth in camp. Between Evan Gattis, Gerald Laird, and Ryan Doumit, they ought to be able to piece together a catcher or two. But Bethancourt will be up at some point this season, and may have already thrown somebody out trying to steal their way into Cobb County.
  • Gregory Polanco, OF, Pirates: 0-2. Relax, he’s not getting called up until June anyway.
  • Trevor Bauer, RHP, Indians: 1 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, K. New mechanics, same old Trevor Bauer. At some point, he has to attack the strike zone, right?
  • Francisco Lindor, DH, Indians: 0-1, K. Yes, you read that correctly. Lindor entered the game as a pinch-hitter for the DH, which goes against everything that is holy and good.

Jeff Moore is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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majnun

Yay!

Feb 27, 2014 03:36 AM
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Sharky

Welcome back Jeff. Excited to see this column resume.

Feb 27, 2014 05:27 AM
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Gotribe31

Bauer actually wasn't as bad as that line indicated. His 1st BB was against Hamilton on a 3-2 count after he fouled off several tough pitches (9 pitch AB I think). Walked Phillips on 4 straight, but got ahead of Votto and struck him out, then got Bruce to fly out on a 2-0 count. 1st pitch strikes to 2 of 4 hitters, and the 1st pitch to Bruce sure looked like a strike. Not saying he's turned a corner or anything, but to say "same old Bauer" based on the stat line from 1 IP seems premature.

Feb 27, 2014 04:49 AM
rating: 6
 
hmamis

Miguel Alfredo Gomzalez is suppose to pitch on Thursday. would you please mention him.

Thank you, harrym

Feb 27, 2014 06:49 AM
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msurell

Looking forward to your daily reports. As a prospect fanatic, the information you provide is greatly appreciated...

Feb 27, 2014 08:41 AM
rating: 2
 
delatopia

Jose Dominguez, 1IP, 2K ... does he look to have a spot in the crowded Dodgers' bullpen? Does he need more seasoning?

Feb 27, 2014 09:02 AM
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LetsGOakland

Could you consider taking alfaro over Jonathan Gray in my prospect draft?

Feb 27, 2014 10:52 AM
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Myrick

No way.

Feb 27, 2014 14:52 PM
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jtpapka

Yes, love these updates! Thanks for doing them!

Feb 27, 2014 10:53 AM
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Rounding3rd

Ah, Spring Training updates! Thank you!

Feb 27, 2014 17:18 PM
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BlueCrew

Great stuff. Looking forward to these all year long.

Feb 27, 2014 20:58 PM
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