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May 1, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Wednesday, April 30

by Jeff Moore


With no International or Carolina League games on the schedule and torrential rains wiping out most of the Eastern League slate, the MLU is a little lighter than it would be on most Thursday mornings. Not to worry, however. It’s been 90 degrees all week down here in Florida, so there’s nothing stopping the Update from carrying on, even with a limited schedule.

Player of the Night: Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B, Royals (Northwest Arkansas, AA): 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, K.
The pair of home runs Cuthbert hit on Wednesday night matched his total in 60 games in Wilmington last season. It’s important to see Cuthbert develop some power if scouts are going to continue to project him as a potential impact bat. Cuthbert has been pushed aggressively, but that can only be a crutch for so long.

Best of the Rest

Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers (Albuquerque, AAA): 3-4, 2 R, HR, BB. Pederson is hitting .383 with five home runs thus far this year, but what’s more impressive is his batting eye. He’s walked 20 times in 25 games, continuing a trend that has seen him increase his walk rate at each level—no small feat. He may not have the prototypical power of a corner outfielder or the defense required for a true center fielder, but if he continues to get on base, he’ll be deserving of a spot in someone’s lineup everyday.

Preston Tucker, OF, Astros (Corpus Christi, AA): 1-4, R, HR. Tucker may not have the high ceiling or premium bat speed we look for in a corner outfield prospect, but he continues to produce in every aspect of his offensive game.

Aaron Northcraft, RHP, Braves (Mississippi, AA): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 6 K. Save for an outlier season in the Carolina League in 2012, Northcraft generally doesn’t miss too many bats. What he does, however, is limit the free passes and generate a ton of ground balls with his sinker/slider combination. He has a back-end ceiling, but as the Braves have shown this season, having those guys in your organization can provide tremendous value.

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