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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, April 16
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Jeff Moore

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, April 15
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04-15

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, April 14
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04-14

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Minor League Update: Weekend Games of April 11-13
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04-11

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, April 10
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04-10

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, April 9
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04-09

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, April 8
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Minor League Update: Games of April 7, 2014
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04-07

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Minor League Update: Games of April 4-6
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Minor League Update: Games of April 3
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03-31

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 28-29
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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 27
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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 26
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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 25
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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 24
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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 21-23
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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 20
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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 19
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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 18
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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 17
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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of April 14-16
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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 13
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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 12
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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 11
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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 10
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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 7-9
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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 6
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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 5
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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 4
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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 3
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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of February 28-March 2
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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of February 27
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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of February 26
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Minor League Update: Caribbean Series Final
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Minor League Update: Caribbean Series Game of February 6
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Minor League Update: Caribbean Series Games of February 5
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Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of February 4
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Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of February 3
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Minor League Update: Caribbean Series Games of February 1-2
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Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of January 28
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Minor League Update: International Winter League Game of January 27
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Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of January 24-26
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Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of January 23
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Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of January 22
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Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of January 21
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Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of January 17-20
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Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of January 16
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Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of January 15
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Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of January 14
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Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of January 13
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April 17, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, April 16

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Astros first baseman Jonathan Singleton and Blue Jays righty Marcus Stroman.

Hitter of the Night: Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Astros (Oklahoma City, AAA): 3-5, 2 R, 2B, 3B, HR, K.
Apparently the mantle of “best hitter in Oklahoma City” isn’t too much for Singleton to handle now that George Springer is in the big leagues. He won’t be too far behind Springer, though the Astros will probably wait until June to promote him.

Pitcher of the Night: Marcus Stroman, RHP, Blue Jays (Buffalo, AAA): 5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K.
Remember when Stroman struggled badly this spring and everyone worried about whether a short pitcher would be able to generate enough downward plane to miss bats? Well, he’s still short. When Stroman keeps the ball down, he’s lights out, thanks to a plus change-up. He can get hurt when he misses up, but who doesn’t?



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April 16, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, April 15

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson and Marlins lefty Andrew Heaney.

Hitter of the Night: Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers (Albuquerque, AAA): 4-4, 2 R, 2B, 2 HR, BB.
This is the kind of power production the Dodgers are going to need from Pederson if/when he shifts to a corner outfield position, though barring injuries, that won’t be happening in L.A. any time soon. Pederson looks like he’s close to being ready to help a major-league team right now, which could make him among the most sought-after prospects this July.

Pitcher of the Night: Andrew Heaney, LHP, Marlins (Jacksonville, AA): 6 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 5 K.
The Marlins are still searching for a minor-league level that will provide Heaney with a challenge, but it doesn’t look thus far like they’ve found it in the Southern League. He could continue to move quickly, even by Marlins standards.



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April 15, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, April 14

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Astros outfielder George Springer and Royals lefty Sean Manaea.

Hitter of the Night: George Springer, OF, Astros (Oklahoma City, AAA): 2-3, R, HR
There’s not much left for me to say about Springer, who is clearly ready for a big-league challenge, but I’m going to continue to include him in the MLU when he does well to point out the absurdity of a system that encourages a team to keep an obviously superior player in the minors while putting an inferior major-league product on the field.

Pitcher of the Night: Sean Manaea, LHP, Royals (Wilmington, A+): 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K.
Manaea sat between 90-92 with his fastball on Monday and hit 95, and he missed bats with his slider. He’s still learning to be consistent with his stuff and how to use all of it, but his power arm is one that can’t be taught. (H/t to @CJWittJr for the velos).



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April 14, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Weekend Games of April 11-13

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Notes on prospects who stood out during the past three days, including Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo and Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco.

Friday, April 11

Mike Montgomery, LHP, Rays (Durham, AAA): 5 IP, 3 H, R, BB, 5 K. It should tell us something about where Montgomery stands within the Rays organization that, even after two solid starts to begin this season and with a rash of injuries to their majo- league pitching staff, Montgomery is still in Triple-A. He’s off to a good start, missing bats and throwing strikes, but his inconsistent mechanics and fringy off-speed stuff still have him destined for a bullpen role.

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April 11, 2014 6:13 am

Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, April 10

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo and Marlins lefty Andrew Heaney.

Hitter of the Night: Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers (Myrtle Beach, A+): 4-4, 4 R, 2B, 2 HR.
Gallo features the best raw power in the minor leagues, and it translated into game power on Thursday night in a big way. It’s hard enough to hit a ball out of Wilmington’s Frawley Stadium, but Gallo managed to put one of his over the scoreboard in left-center field.

Pitcher of the Night: Andrew Heaney, LHP, Marlins (Jacksonville, AA): 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, BB, 8 K.
Heaney was expected to be on the fast track this season if he got off to a hot start, and that’s exactly what he’s done. With two plus pitches (fastball, slider), he’d probably be able to hold his own in the majors right now, but if his changeup catches up with the rest of his stuff, he’ll fit in as a solid no. 2 behind Jose Fernandez.



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April 10, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, April 9

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Royals outfielder Brett Eibner and Red Sox lefty Henry Owens.

Hitter of the Night: Brett Eibner, OF, Royals (Ohama, AAA): 5-5, 3 R, 2B, 2 HR.
Eibner is on the fringes of prospect territory these days as a 25-year-old who hit .243 in Double-A last year, but what he can do is hit for power, and when he cuts down on the swings and misses, he can really be an impact player. It just hasn’t happened nearly enough at the upper levels of the minors to this point.

Pitcher of the Night: Henry Owens, LHP, Red Sox (Portland, AA): 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K.
The 21-year-old Owens kept his ERA at 0.00 on the young season with his second straight nine-strikeout performance. When he’s being consistent with his mechanics, Owens generates tremendous downward plane that is difficult to square up and features two potential plus off-speed pitches.



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April 9, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, April 8

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including outfielders Courtney Hawkins, Billy McKinney, and Joc Pederson.

Best of the Day

Jesus Aguilar, 1B, Indians (Columbus, AAA): 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, K. The general consensus on Aguilar over the years has been that his hit tool is going to hold his power back enough to keep him from being an everyday player, and that as a right-handed-hitting first-base-only player, he doesn’t fit well on the bench. If that’s going to be wrong, he needs to put up really great offensive numbers, because his defense and baserunning will provide little to no value. If Aguilar keeps hitting like he did this winter and is thus far this season (now hitting .563), he’s going to prove us all wrong.

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April 8, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of April 7, 2014

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Notes on the prospects who stood out on a day when rain washed away action in half of the country.

A typically light Monday schedule and rain throughout the East and limited the amount of minor-league action we have to choose from, but that doesn’t mean I can’t give you something to read at your desk this morning.

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April 7, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of April 4-6

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Jeff Moore

Notes on the prospects who stood out over the weekend, including Reds right-hander Robert Stephenson and four top shortstops.

Friday, April 4

Kevin Gausman, RHP, Orioles (Norfolk, AAA): 4 2/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K. Gausman was on a strict pitch count, leaving the game after 71 pitches, and it’s likely that the Orioles are going to build his endurance up early in the minor-league season so that he has something left in the tank for when he’s in the majors down the stretch, hopefully in meaningful games.

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April 4, 2014 6:45 am

Minor League Update: Games of April 3

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Jeff Moore

The season's first batch of prospecty goodness.

The minor-league season is upon us. After the pageantry of major-league Opening Day (and opening series, opening night, and more home openers to come), the minor-league season kicked off with a bang on Thursday night all across the country. With radar guns and rug rats in tow, scouts and parents alike descended on all levels of minor league parks to catch a glimpse of the stars of tomorrow.

Hitter of the Day
Mookie Betts, 2B, Red Sox (Portland, AA): 4-4, 3 R, HR. The only tool in which Betts is not above average is power, so when that’s on display, it’s really fun to watch.


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March 31, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 28-29

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out as play in Arizona and Florida wound down.

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March 28, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 27

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out in Cactus and Grapefruit League play, including Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty.

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