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April 15, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Monday, April 14

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: George Springer, OF, Astros (Oklahoma City, AAA): 2-3, R, HR
There’s not much left for me to say about Springer, who is clearly ready for a big-league challenge, but I’m going to continue to include him in the MLU when he does well to point out the absurdity of a system that encourages a team to keep an obviously superior player in the minors while putting an inferior major-league product on the field.

Pitcher of the Night: Sean Manaea, LHP, Royals (Wilmington, A+): 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K.
Manaea sat between 90-92 with his fastball on Monday and hit 95, and he missed bats with his slider. He’s still learning to be consistent with his stuff and how to use all of it, but his power arm is one that can’t be taught. (H/t to @CJWittJr for the velos).

Best of the Rest

Mikie Mahtook, OF, Rays (Durham, AAA): 5-5, 2 R, 3B. The power hasn’t developed for the former first rounder the way the Rays had hoped it would, leaving him as a right-handed-hitting right fielder with single-digit home run potential and an aggressive approach at the plate—a tough profile to succeed with.

Michael Taylor, OF, Nationals (Harrisburg, AA): 3-5, R, 2B. The jump to Double-A is the hardest part of the trek through the minor leagues, and it’s even more daunting for a player who already had to repeat the Carolina League. Monday was a good day for Taylor, but even with it, he’s a speed-based player with contact issues who has 17 strikeouts in his first 11 games.

Matt Wisler, RHP, Padres (San Antonio, AA): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K. Wisler out-pitched fellow prospect Eddie Butler on Monday night in a matchup we could see in the NL West in a few years. The knock on Wisler over the years has been his splits against lefties, and thus far they are 7-for-15 (.467) against him this year.

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