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Minor League Update: Games of October 17-18, 2014
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Jeff Moore

10-17

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, October 17th
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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, October 15th
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Jeff Moore

10-15

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Minor League Update: Games of October 14th, 2014
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Jeff Moore

10-14

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, October 13th
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Jeff Moore

10-13

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Minor League Update: Games of October 10-11, 2014
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Jeff Moore

10-10

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Minor League Update: Arizona Fall League Games of October 9th, 2014
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Jeff Moore

10-09

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Minor League Update: Arizona Fall League Games of October 8th, 2014
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Jeff Moore

10-08

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Prospectus Feature: Aaron Judge and the Question of Long-Armed Hitting Prospects
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Jeff Moore

10-08

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Minor League Update: Arizona Fall League Games of October 7th, 2014
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Jeff Moore

09-23

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Prospectus Feature: Colin Moran and the Matter of Draft Status
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Jeff Moore

09-15

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Minor League Update: Games of September 12-14
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Jeff Moore

09-12

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, September 11
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Jeff Moore

09-11

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, September 10
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Jeff Moore

09-10

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, September 9
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Jeff Moore

09-09

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, September 8
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Jeff Moore

09-08

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Minor League Update: Games of September 5-7
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Jeff Moore

09-05

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Prospect Debate: Steven Moya's Feast or Famine
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Jeff Moore, Mark Anderson and Tucker Blair

09-05

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, September 4th
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Jeff Moore

09-04

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, September 3rd
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Jeff Moore

09-04

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The Call-Up: The Others
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Mauricio Rubio, Tucker Blair, Jordan Gorosh, Craig Goldstein, Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre and Jeff Moore

09-03

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Notes from the Field: Two Cubans Walk Onto A Field...
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Jeff Moore

09-03

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The Call-Up: Dalton Pompey
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Jeff Moore and Ben Carsley

09-02

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Minor League Update: Games of August 29-September 1
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Jeff Moore

08-29

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The Call-Up: Dilson Herrera
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Jeff Moore and Craig Goldstein

08-29

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 28th
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Jeff Moore

08-28

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 27th
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Jeff Moore

08-27

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AFL 2014
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Jeff Moore

08-27

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 26th
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Jeff Moore

08-26

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 25th
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Jeff Moore

08-25

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Minor League Update: Games of August 22-24
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Jeff Moore

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 21
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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 20
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Jeff Moore

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 19
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Jeff Moore

08-19

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 18
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Jeff Moore

08-18

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Minor League Update: Games of August 15-17
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Jeff Moore

08-15

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 14
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Jeff Moore

08-14

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 13
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Jeff Moore

08-13

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 12
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Jeff Moore

08-12

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 12
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Jeff Moore

08-11

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Minor League Update: Games of August 8-10
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Jeff Moore

08-08

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 7
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Jeff Moore

08-07

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 6
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Jeff Moore

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 5
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Jeff Moore

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 4
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Jeff Moore

08-04

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Minor League Update: Games of August 1-3
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Jeff Moore

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Astros, Marlins, Swap Sell-Low Guys
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Zachary Levine, Jeff Moore, J.P. Breen and Jason Parks

08-01

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 31
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Jeff Moore

07-31

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Notes from the Field: July 31, 2014
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Jeff Moore and Austin Diamond

07-31

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 30
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September 12, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, September 11

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Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Henry Owens and Rio Ruiz.

Austin Barnes, 2B, Marlins (Jacksonville, AA): 3-7, 2 R, 2B, HR, K. I love players who have strong K:BB rates, and I love players with positional versatility, so it’s no wonder that Barnes has become one of my favorite prospects. His tools don’t jump out at you and his ceiling isn’t terribly high, but there is some pop in his bat and he controls the strike zone incredibly well, walking more often this season than he struck out. He was blocked within the Marlins organization as a catcher (which is the only reason he started back in the Florida State League to begin with), so after a mid-season promotion, he’s seen time at both second and third base as well as behind the plate. He’s got just enough power to keep pitchers honest, good bat control, and positional flexibility that includes being able to catch, which is a combination that will have significant value on a major-league roster.

Duane Underwood, RHP, Cubs (Kane County, A-): 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 8 K. Right now, Underwood features a mid-90s fastball and not a whole lot else, but there’s a lot there to dream on. He’s got good size, but he needs to take major steps forward with the command of his fastball and the development of his secondary pitches. He’s still a high-risk prospect because of the gap between his present abilities and his ceiling, but as a potential mid-rotation starter, he’s a guy the Cubs will be patient with.

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September 11, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, September 10

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Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Corey Seager and Adalberto Mejia.

Jeimer Candelario, 3B, Cubs (Kane County, A-): 2-4. As if it weren’t tough enough to make a name for oneself in the Cubs system, Candelario laid an egg in the Florida State League to begin the year, then rebounded only slightly after being demoted back to Kane Country, performing on par with his previous stint in the league. The good news is that he’s only 20, so there’s plenty of time to take another hack at the FSL and move quickly, but the obstacles in between him and Wrigley seem a lot less surmountable than they did at this time last year, and Candelario didn’t make things any easier on himself with a disappointing season.

Corey Seager, SS, Dodgers (Chattanooga, AA): 2-4, HR, 2 K. Will he stick at shortstop or shift over to third base? That’s really the only question left for Seager, who has hit at every level and gives no indication that he will stop any time soon. It’s not just the home-run totals that are impressive, but the doubles power as well, which indicates a more balanced approach and the potential for even more power down the road.

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September 10, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, September 9

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Wilmer Difo, Edwin Escobar, and Clayton Blackburn.

Wilmer Difo, SS, Nationals (Hagerstown, A-): 3-5, 2 R, 2B, 2 HR, K. The South Atlantic League player of the year didn’t impress me in a short two-game stint earlier this year, but that alone should tell you why it’s important to see a player for a longer period of time. As word spread throughout the Sally League about Difo’s performance early in the season (five home runs in May), the league began to avoid him more frequently, and he took what they gave him. That wasn’t the best strategy, because, with plus speed, he made them pay quite often (49 steals on the season). I still don’t see him as a power threat long term, and his performance did come as a 22-year-old in Low-A ball, but it was a breakout performance nonetheless. He also features a plus arm at shortstop, giving him an interesting package of tools on which to build.

Danny Diekroeger, 3B, Cardinals (State College, SS): 3-5, 3 R, 3B, BB. Drafted in the 10th round this past summer out of Stanford, Diekroeger offers a solid skill set and tools to carve out a major-league career. He saw time at second base as well, though he primarily played third, and offered moderate pop and plate discipline while helping the Spikes to a title.

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September 9, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, September 8

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Jeff Moore

Notes on a handful of prospects who stood out yesterday, including the Rockies' Raimel Tapia, David Dahl, and Ryan McMahon.

Viosergy Rosa, 1B, Marlins (Jacksonville, AA): 2-5, 2B. Rosa isn’t much of a prospect, but the playoffs make for a slow time for the Update, and I saw Rosa about 20 times this year, so this seems like a good time to talk about him. He’s old for a prospect and is limited to first base, but he lacks the massive power production required out of the spot. Power is his calling card: He has some, but not enough to profile as an everyday first baseman. He’s limited defensively, so the bat will have to carry him, but it’s probably not going to be able to carry him far enough.

Rob Zastryzny, LHP, Cubs (Daytona, A+): 3 1/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, BB, 3 K. Coming from the left side with a little cross-fire delivers, Zastryzny brings some deception and a changeup with some diving action that gives him a chance. The offspeed pitch needs become more consistent, and he needs a breaking ball that he can trust, but Zastryzny has a chance to be a back-end starter if it all comes together. That ceiling, however, is still quite far from being a reality.

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September 8, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of September 5-7

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out over the weekend, including Eduardo Rodriguez, Vince Velazquez, and Paul Blackburn.

The minor-league playoffs are winding down, but the weekend still saw some big names in action.

Friday, September 5th

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September 5, 2014 6:00 am

Prospect Debate: Steven Moya's Feast or Famine

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Jeff Moore, Mark Anderson and Tucker Blair

In Steven Moya's first big test, he showed massive raw power and a terrifying K:BB ratio. Which indicator will win out?

Some prospects inspire a strong consensus among scouts. The tools and projection are easy to see; we know a player is going to be good, so it’s only a matter of how good. With other prospects, however, there can be a much wider range of opinions. Two scouts can see the same thing from the same player and come up with two totally different sets of opinions. It happens in the seats behind the plate, in meeting rooms before the draft, and in many of the discussions behind the scenes here at BP. To me, this is one of the best parts about scouting. Sometimes there are no right or wrong answers, or at least not ones we’ll know for a few years.

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September 5, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, September 4th

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Garin Cecchini, Kyle Crick, and Adam Brett Walker.

Garin Cecchini, 3B, Red Sox (Pawtucket, AAA): 4-4, 2 R, 3B. The biggest knock, and really the only knock, is that Cecchini doesn’t profile as your typical third baseman because he doesn’t have the kind of power usually associated with a corner infielder. What he lacks in power, however, he makes up for in plate discipline. No, it’s not the same, but it does allow him to produce value nonetheless.

Matt Barnes, RHP, Red Sox (Pawtucket, AAA): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K. Barnes has never quite put it all together this year, but that doesn’t mean he can’t end up being the mid-rotation starter everyone has projected him to be for some time. His strikeout rate dipped this season in Triple-A, yet he remained effective.

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September 4, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, September 3rd

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Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday—plus a couple from Tuesday, too.

It’s playoff time, which means the talent pool is watered down and there are only a few games to work with each night. Never fear, however, as the Update carries on.

Matt Olson, 1B, Athletics (Stockton, A+): 3-4, R, 2 2B, BB. MLU mainstay Matt Olson is having far too much fun this season hitting in the California League to let things end. It should be noted also that despite his three-true-outcome tendencies, Olson also had 30 doubles on the season.

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Scouting and fantasy takes on this week's second-tier, but still intriguing, call-ups.

We’ve devoted full articles to the most promising prospects promoted to the majors late this season, but we're offering scouting and fantasy takes on the best of the rest here.

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, RHP, Phillies
Scouting Take:
The Cuban import entered 2014 having not thrown a competitive pitch since he left his home country. Gonzalez’s medicals revealed some injury concerns that prompted the Phillies to rework his deal and turn him into a reliever this year. He worked in the low 90s as a starter but can work in the mid-90s as a reliever. He also has a splitter and a spotty breaking ball. The Phillies still have plans to convert him back into a starter next year but he’ll have to tighten up the command and work on the breaking ball. —Mauricio Rubio


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September 3, 2014 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: Two Cubans Walk Onto A Field...

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Twenty big-league scouts and our own Jeff Moore watched Jozzen Cuesta and Misael Siverio try out in Florida last week.

There are innumerable adjustments players must make when defecting from Cuba in search of their major-league dream, but on Friday morning, on the back fields in the shadows of Roger Dean Stadium in south Florida, the weather was not one of them. The balmy heat and stifling humidity couldn’t have been much different from what Jozzen Cuesta and Misael Siverio were used to back in their native Cuba. The setting, however, was different, with more than 20 scouts in attendance who were eager to see the newest free agent talent but, after two hours, slightly disappointed by the pedestrian performances they saw.

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September 3, 2014 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Dalton Pompey

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Jeff Moore and Ben Carsley

The Blue Jays bring up a prospect who has been hot. Molten hot.

The Situation: With Colby Rasmus slated to hit free agency after this season, Dalton Pompey's rise through the Blue Jays farm system coincides with the team's potential need this offseason.

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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of August 29-September 1

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out during the long weekend.

Friday, August 29th

Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Cubs (Daytona, A+): 2-4, R, HR, 2 K. The Florida State League is a tough place to develop as a power hitter, so it shouldn’t be too much of a concern that his home run total actually dropped from 19 last year to 16 this year. In fact, Vogelbach’s total tied for the league lead. Vogelbach’s raw power is very real, and he’s a good enough hitter to allow it to play in game action. He could explode next year, and that’s a comment on his power potential and not his waistline.

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