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July 28, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of July 25-27

by Jeff Moore


Friday, July 25

Matt Olson, 1B, Athletics (Stockton, A+): 1-3, 2 R, HR, 2 BB, 2 K. This is a very Matt Olson day, taking five plate appearances and achieving one of the three true outcomes each time. That’s Olson’s game, hitting home runs and drawing walks. The strikeouts will keep his average down, but as long as he’s walking in almost 20 percent of his at-bats and slugging over .500, no one will care. It will be interesting to see how his power holds up when he transitions to Double-A Midland, as that jump has been trouble for A’s power prospects in the past, but his power is more legitimate than many of his predecessors’.

Tyrone Taylor, OF, Brewers (Brevard County, A+): 3-5, 2 R, HR, SB. Taylor still flashes tools across the board, but his ceiling will depend on just how many of his doubles, of which there are a ton, turn into home runs. We won’t see it this year, as the FSL isn’t the best place to develop power, but next year will be a strong test to see if he’s going to be more of a leadoff-type hitter (which he doesn’t quite have the plate discipline for) or a middle-of-the-order hitter. Either way, it’s a nice potential package.

Addison Russell, SS, Cubs (Tennessee, AA): 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 K. It’s been a strange year for Russell, who was just getting his season going when he went down with an injury, then returned only to get traded and have to get going again. He’s finally settled down in one place now, and he’s heating up.

Kyle Crick, RHP, Giants (Richmond, AA): 6 IP, 5 H, R, 4 BB, 11 K. It’s taken most of the season, but Crick is beginning to figure out Double-A. He still walks far too many batters, but it doesn’t typically keep him from being effective, just from working deep into games. With high strikeout totals and extra baserunners, he’ll never eat many innings, but he’s trending in the right direction over his last seven starts toward at least being able to remain a starter.

Bradley Zimmer, OF, Indians (Mahoning Valley, SS): 3-5, R, 2 2B, SB. Zimmer likely won’t be a game-changer in a lineup, but he’s off to a good start in his professional career and profiles as an everyday player down the road.

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