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May 2, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Thursday, May 1

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Maikel Franco, 3B, Phillies (Lehigh Valley, AAA): 3-5, 3 R, 2B, HR, K.
Franco isn’t the only Top-101 prospect whose ultra-aggressive approach at the plate has run him into some trouble at a new level this year, and his natural ability to put the barrel on the ball leads to some bad contact when he’s cold. When he’s hot, however, it leads to nights like these, and the Phillies are ready for him to heat up with the weather and take Cody Asche’s place in a month or two.

Pitcher of the Night: Chase Anderson, RHP, Diamondbacks (Mobile, AA): 7 1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 7 K. A
Anderson’s mediocre stuff plays up thanks to a plus changeup, which, when it’s working, can miss a lot of bats. He’s also 26 now and back in Double-A after getting trounced in Triple-A last year. He’s more depth than anything else at this point, though he could still carve out a back-end/long-relief role.

Best of the Rest

Trevor May, RHP, Twins (Rochester, AAA): 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 11 K. This is what has been so frustrating about May over the years: The result just doesn’t add up to the sum of the parts. Eleven strikeouts in six innings is pretty dominant, yet he still gave up two runs. That’s a good start, but not one that would suggest the dominance you have to have to miss that many bats. May has always missed bats, but typically, it’s the extra base runners that get him in trouble.

Andrew Aplin, OF, Astros (Corpus Christi, AA): 3-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 3B, BB. Aplin is a classic “makes the most out of his abilities overachiever,” but he’s one who can do enough to justify a major-league role at some point. He doesn’t have over-the-fence power, but he hits the gaps and runs well enough to provide value on the bases. He’s best suited for left but could fill in in center if needed. Most importantly, he controls the strike zone exceptionally well, helping him make the most out of his offensive abilities.

J.T. Realmuto, C, Marlins (Jacksonville, AA): 3-4. 2 R, 2 2B, 3B. Realmuto is handling Double-A much better this year after struggling there in a full season last year.

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