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April 9, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Tuesday, April 8

by Jeff Moore


Best of the Day

Jesus Aguilar, 1B, Indians (Columbus, AAA): 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, K. The general consensus on Aguilar over the years has been that his hit tool is going to hold his power back enough to keep him from being an everyday player, and that as a right-handed-hitting first-base-only player, he doesn’t fit well on the bench. If that’s going to be wrong, he needs to put up really great offensive numbers, because his defense and baserunning will provide little to no value. If Aguilar keeps hitting like he did this winter and is thus far this season (now hitting .563), he’s going to prove us all wrong.

C.J. Cron, 1B, Angels (Salt Lake, AAA): 3-6, R, 2B, HR. Picking up where he left off as the Arizona Fall League MVP, Cron has come out hot to start this season, now hitting .321 and notching his first home run of the season.

Rafael Montero, RHP, Mets (Las Vegas, AAA): 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 9 K. You can’t get too worried about earned-run totals in the Pacific Coast League, and especially when pitching in Vegas, but nine strikeouts in five innings is a great sign for Montero.

Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers (Albuqerque, AAA): 2-3, R, 2B, HR, BB, K. Pederson can do a lot of things well but none of them greatly, which has led to him being labeled as a tweener. The one thing he does better than most is draw walks, an important ability that should allow his bat to play at a corner spot if his defense doesn’t work in center, where it’s fringy. Of course, none of that matters in L.A., where the Dodgers already have more outfielders than they have room to play. Unless injuries open a door for him, Pederson could be the most sought-after prospect on the July trade market.

James Ramsey, OF, Cardinals (Springfield, AA): 3-6, 2 R, 2 2B. Speaking of outfield prospects in organizations with no room for them, there’s Ramsey (or any of the Cardinals other stable of outfield prospects in the upper minors). He doesn’t have the upside of Oscar Taveras or Stephen Piscotty, both of whom are ahead of him on the organizational depth chart, but he would fit nicely on a major-league roster in a part-time role, perhaps as early as this year.

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