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07-29

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 28th
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Jeff Moore

07-28

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, July 27th
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Jeff Moore

07-27

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Minor League Update: Games of July 24-26, 2015
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Jeff Moore

07-24

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 23rd
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07-23

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 22nd
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07-22

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 21st
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07-21

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, July 20th
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07-20

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Minor League Update: Games of July 17-19
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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 16th
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07-16

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 15th
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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 14th
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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, July 13th
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07-13

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Minor League Update: Games of July 10-12, 2015
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07-10

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 9th
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Jeff Moore

07-09

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Minor League Update: Games of July 7-8, 2015
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Jeff Moore

07-08

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Minor League Update: Games of July 7, 2017
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Mark Anderson and Mauricio Rubio

07-07

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Minor League Update: Games of July 3-6, 2015
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Jeff Moore

07-03

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 2nd
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07-02

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 1st
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07-01

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, June 30th
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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, June 29th
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Minor League Update: Games of June 26-28, 2015
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06-26

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, June 25th
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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, June 24th
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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, June 23rd
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Jeff Moore

06-23

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Minor League Update: Games of June 22, 2015
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06-22

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Minor League Update: Games on June 19-21, 2015
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Minor League Update: Games of June 18, 2015
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Minor League Update: Games of June 17, 2015
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Minor League Update: Games of June 16, 2015
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Minor League Update: Games of June 15, 2015
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06-15

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Minor League Update: Games of June 12-14, 2015
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06-12

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Minor League Update: Games of June 11, 2015
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Jeff Moore

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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06-10

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Minor League Update: Games of June 9, 2015
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06-09

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Minor League Update: Games of June 8, 2015
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06-08

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Minor League Update: Games of June 5-7, 2015
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Minor League Update: Games of June 4, 2015
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Minor League Update: Games of June 3, 2015
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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, June 2nd
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Jeff Moore

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Minor League Update: Games of June 1, 2015
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Mauricio Rubio

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Minor League Update: Games of May 29-31, 2015
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Brendan Gawlowski

05-29

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Brendan Gawlowski

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Brendan Gawlowski

05-27

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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Brendan Gawlowski

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Minor League Update: Games of May 22-25, 2015
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Mauricio Rubio and Tucker Blair

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Jeff Moore

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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Jeff Moore

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, May 19
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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, May 18, 2015
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July 29, 2015 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 28th

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Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Royals outfielder Bubba Starling and Reds righty Robert Stephenson.

Hitter of the Day: Bubba Starling, OF, Royals (NW Arkansas, AA): 4-5, 3 R, 2B, 3B, HR, SB.
Four years later, here we are with Starling. Soon to be 23, he’s in Double-A and having some moderate success, though still short of what the Royals once envisioned. The strikeouts are down somewhat, though only relative to their previously obscene levels. Getting him out of Wilmington really hasn’t helped his power production, however, at least not the way many believed it might, Tuesday night notwithstanding. He’s still got the tools, and his defense in center field combined with his name recognition and draft pedigree could get him to the big leagues, but there’s still little reason to believe he’ll ever hit consistently.


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July 28, 2015 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, July 27th

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Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including A's first baseman Matt Olson and Braves righty Tyrell Jenkins.

Hitter of the Day: Matt Olson, 1B, Athletics (Midland, AA): 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, BB.
I touched yesterday on the importance of Olson’s power and its absence this season up until the past few days. Following up a few home runs this week with a multi-homer game is an extremely positive sign (could it be anything else?) for a player in desperate need of one. The raw power has never really been questioned, though its utility at the upper levels has been in doubt thanks to average bat speed and holes in Olson’s long swing. The adjustment from Stockton to Midland has taken players more talented than Olson longer than four months to make, but Olson could be turning a corner just in time to salvage his season.


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July 27, 2015 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of July 24-26, 2015

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out over the weekend, including Hunter Renfroe, Luke Weaver, and Tyler Glasnow.

Friday

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July 24, 2015 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 23rd

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Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Nats outfielder Victor Robles and Jays righty Jeff Hoffman.

Hitter of the Day: Victor Robles, OF, Nationals (Auburn, SS): 4-5, R, 3B, HR, K.
Robles is a name that you’re going to be hearing about more and more over the next few years. Having just turned 18, he’s already worked his way out of the Gulf Coast League after torching it for a month. He’s immensely talented, with his only real flaws at this point being a general lack of pro experience and a need for the strength that comes with age. As an up-the-middle defender with plus bat speed and already-refined swing mechanics, he’d be atop my acquire list if I were a team talking trade deals with the Nationals, though I doubt they’d have any interest in parting with him.


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July 23, 2015 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 22nd

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Rays infielder Richie Shaffer and Reds lefty Amir Garrett.

Hitter of the Day: Richie Shaffer, 3B, Rays (Durham, AAA): 2-2, R, 2B, HR, 2 BB, SB.
That’s a great all-around game from a player who’s not all that well rounded. You can ignore the stolen base, as that’s an anomaly: Shaffer is not a very good runner. Power and patience are his calling cards, and the combination helps make up for a long swing that leads to high strikeout totals and will likely be exposed further at the major-league level. Still, Shaffer can put a charge into the ball and should do some damage between the swings and misses.


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July 22, 2015 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 21st

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Phillies shortstop J.P. Crawford and Nats righty Jefry Rodriguez.

Hitter of the Day: J.P. Crawford, SS, Phillies (Reading, AA): 2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, BB.
On the day that fellow Phillies prospect Aaron Nola made his major-league debut, Crawford continued to show that he’s hot on his heels to the big city. He’s not there yet, but he’s closer than perhaps any other shortstop who can’t legally order an adult beverage. The refinement is what stands out about Crawford. In today’s game, we simply don’t see players who walk more than they strike out very often, yet Crawford has done it for his entire minor-league career. Even without significant power, bats like that are rare, and ones that can play a plus defensive shortstop simply don’t exist.


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July 21, 2015 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, July 20th

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon and Braves righty Touki Toussaint.

Hitter of the Day: Ryan McMahon, 3B, Rockies (Modesto, A+): 2-2, R, HR.
Power masks a lot of flaws, and while McMahon’s overall game doesn’t have too many gaping ones, it alleviates some of the concern that comes with his exceedingly high strikeout rate. There’s more swing and miss in his game than many would like, though his walk, strikeout, and power rates have all stayed relatively stable in the hitter-friendly California League from the year before, suggesting that there’s nothing fluky about his production. Still, his ability to punish fastballs will have to continue to outweigh his inability to track and lay off of offspeed pitches outside the strike zone.


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July 20, 2015 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of July 17-19

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out over the weekend, including Luke Weaver, Brent Honeywell, and Greg Bird.

Friday

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July 17, 2015 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 16th

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Rangers outfielder Nick Williams and Pirates righty Tyler Glasnow.

Hitter of the Day: Nick Williams, OF, Rangers (Frisco, AA): 3-5, 2 R, 2 HR, K, SB.
Say what you will about the small sample size that has been Williams’ season thus far, but hitters as talented as Williams don’t double their walk rate four months into their Double-A campaigns by accident. No one has been harder on Williams than I had been entering this season, and with just cause. He swung at everything, and that held him back. I’ll admit, I didn’t ever think he’d adjust. Once you get to this point in the minors, it’s rare to see hitters adapt their approaches significantly. But Williams appears to have done it, and that’s a testament to his efforts. Whether he can keep it up remains to be seen. The pitching will only get better, and he’s still not exactly patient. But with his ability, he doesn’t have to draw a ton of walks to be successful; he only needs enough of them to keep pitchers honest. Williams has shown the ability to draw an adequate volume this year for the first time, and the dividends have been impressive.


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July 16, 2015 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 15th

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Pirates infielder Jacoby Jones and Rays righty Jacob Faria.

Hitter of the Day: JaCoby Jones, SS, Pirates (Bradenton, A+): 3-5, 2 R, 2 2B, HR.
Jones is going to find a place on a big-league roster in some capacity, the only question is what that capacity will be. He’s probably not an everyday shortstop, though he’s better at the position than his somewhat-awkward actions would suggest. He’s got some funk to his swing, too, which leads to lots of swings and misses, but when he finds the barrel, he has the ability to do some real damage. I don’t know if there’s a spot for him in the lineup every day, but he has enough athletic ability to play multiple positions and enough power to do damage if put in the right spots. Those signs point to an oft-used utility player, who could excel with a smart manager who deploys him properly. He has his flaws, but he does enough things well to carve out a very productive niche.


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July 15, 2015 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 14th

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Yoan Moncada and Aramis Garcia stand out with only a couple of leagues in action.

It’s a light Update today, with only the South Atlantic and complex leagues in action…

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July 14, 2015 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, July 13th

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including the Mets' Amed Rosario and Gabriel Ynoa.

Hitter of the Day: Amed Rosario, SS, Mets (St. Lucie, A+): 3-4, R, 2B, 3B, SB.
Rosario's glove still leads the way, but we see glimpses of improvement in the bat from time to time. He's still inconsistent on a daily basis, which has led to stretches of improved play (like May, when he hit .318) followed by stretches in which he looks lost (like June, when he hit .214). These are the perils of promoting a 19-year-old player from short-season ball to the pitcher-friendly Florida State League. The good news is that Rosario hasn't let the fluctuations affect his defense, which continues to be a plus tool and will carry him to the big leagues.


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