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June 4, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Tuesday, June 3

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Jabari Blash, OF, Mariners (Tacoma, AAA): 3-5, 3 R, 3 HR, K.
Blash has struggled mightily since a promotion to Triple-A a few weeks ago, but Tuesday’s game offers a glimpse of what his power can do. He’s flawed, with a poor swing path that leads to large strikeout numbers, but he does work walks and hit for power, giving him a chance to carve out a bench role.

Pitcher of the Night: Lucas Giolito, RHP, Nationals (Hagerstown, A-): 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K.
The Nationals are taking it very easy with Giolito, who hadn’t pitched since May 11 despite being healthy. His three-inning outing was pre-determined by the Nats, so there are no red flags associated with the early departure. He struck out five of the 12 batters he faced, and it’s not his fault he didn’t face more.

Best of the Rest

Carlos Correa, SS, Astros (Lancaster, A+): 3-4, 2 R, 2B, BB, SB. Usually, it takes a home run and a couple of hits or something else ridiculous to make this list, but I’m going to start making exceptions for Correa, because I want to talk about him, and he’s not hitting that many home runs yet. And that’s okay. Is there any prospect in baseball we’re worried about less? He’s 19, and it feels like we almost take him for granted already. Three more hits put him at .328 on the season, and we should get used to seeing him with batting averages that begin with a three. The only question about Correa is whether he settles into the 15-20-homer range as a major leaguer or if he reaches his true ceiling and hits 20-25 while playing shortstop.

Orlando Arcia, 2B, Brewers (Brevard County, A+): 4-5, 2 R, 2B, HR. Mostly known for his glove, Arcia hit his first home run of the year in a rare display of power. He does a nice job of working counts and draws his share of walks, so that paired with a good glove means it won’t take much power for him to be a productive player. That said, he’ll have to develop more than he’s shown in games thus far to be a regular, and his small-ball approach to hitting won’t allow for a lot of growth in that department.

Marco Gonzales, LHP, Cardinals (Springfield, AA): 6 IP, 4 H, R, BB, 7 K. When the time comes, Gonzales and his plus left-handed changeups are going to be a nice change of pace to all of the hard-throwing right-handers on the Cardinals pitching staff. There’s not much room left for growth, as he’s mostly a finished product, with some refinement on the fastball command the last step he’ll need to be ready for the big leagues.

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