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May 30, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Thursday, May 29

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Tim Anderson, SS, White Sox (Winston-Salem, A+): 3-5, R, HR, K.
Anderson has plus tools but is also extremely raw, which makes his .279 batting average somewhat impressive, but oh my goodness does his 42-to-4 K:BB rate scare me.

Pitcher of the Night: Tim Cooney, LHP, Cardinals (Memphis, AAA): 9 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K.
A minor-league complete game is rare, but Cooney was two pitches away from the even-more-rare minor-league “Maddux,” finishing at 101 pitches. His strikeout rates have dropped in Triple-A this year and his walk rate his spiked, a surprising occurrence for a player who gets by with average stuff thanks to plus command.

Best of the Rest

Michael Feliz, RHP, Astros (Quad Cities, A-): 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 8 K. Feliz is blessed with a big-time fastball, which can be enough to dominate in the low minors, but it’s his slider and changeup that will lead to more outings like this in the future.

Maxwell Muncy, 3B, Athletics (Midland, AA): 2-3, R, 2B, HR. Muncy has yet to show any kind of consistent power anywhere outside of the California League, and he’s ultimately destined for first base, making it a tough profile to fill. He has, however, maintained his extreme on-base skills and doubles power, giving him a chance to earn some kind of role as an offensive player.

Taylor Cole, LHP, Blue Jays (Dunedin, A+): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K. Sometimes things click for a player and other times he’s just out-smarting younger players. The jury is still out on which it is for Cole, who has almost doubled his strikeout totals this season while cutting his walk rate in half, but it doesn’t look like he’s going to find the answer in the Florida State League.

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Schere

What's the point of leaving a guy like Kris Bryant (or Eddie Butler, or a number of others) at AA, when they're demolishing the level? If they don't want to put them in the majors now, why wouldn't they promote to AAA at least?

May 30, 2014 05:22 AM
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Mike Schieve

From what I've read elsewhere in regards to Bryant is that the Cubs want him to play more 3B. The Cubs have a 3B at AAA, Christian Villanueva, whom from what I've read is someone they would like to have more playing time.

It might be a matter of organizational depth and development.

May 30, 2014 06:02 AM
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Nojsztat

Butler is still working on pitching to contact to get his groundball % up. Colorado Springs may not be the best place to try that out.

May 30, 2014 06:49 AM
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This guy

If it's going to work in Coors, it'll work in Colorado Springs.

May 30, 2014 11:11 AM
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onegameref

You may as well keep the Bryant line open for each day and simply plug in the performance that game. He seems like he has figured out AA pitching pretty well. I hope they let him stay there the whole season and let him dabble in RF once in a while too. There is truly no reason to rush any of their prime prospects since the team is going nowhere. I think it would be fantastic if they would plan Olt everyday and platoon Valbuena with Barney instead.

May 30, 2014 08:34 AM
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specketer

Totally agree with Ref, you know what you have in Valbuena and Barney so why not play Olt every day? Especially if they want to eventually move Olt for prospects- his value is low now, play him as it can only go up.

May 30, 2014 09:48 AM
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oldbopper

Henry Owens(#108-U25) vs. Aaron Sanchez(#99-U25). After watching Owens look shaky at New Britain off the car went to Manchester to watch him again. I was enticed into the long
(2 1/2hr) drive by the fact that Sanchez was starting for the Fisher Cats, but, it turned out, not getting a single batter out in an outing that was painful to watch. Gentlemen, how often has a team scored 6 runs in an inning without a hit? Owens, OTOH, looked excellent and followed it up with another solid start.

May 30, 2014 19:54 PM
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Noel Steere
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http://milbprospective.mlblogs.com/2014/05/29/best-of-krisbryantfacts/

Check #KrisBryantFacts on Twitter. Among my favorites:

- Kris Bryant took batting practice yesterday. There were no survivors. (Yes, I know, a retread from MattWeitersFacts, but still tried and true)

- Sharks get together to watch Kris Bryant week.

- Death had a near Kris Bryant experience

Oh, and another fact: He hit his 17th homer tonight. He also struck out once, so clearly he still has something to "learn" at AA

May 30, 2014 22:12 PM
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