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.
Hitter of the Day
Trevor Story, SS, Rockies (Modesto, A+): 5-6, 2 R, 2B, 3B, HR, K, SB. In one of those crazy California League games that included 26 runs and 37 hits, Story took full advantage, hitting for the cycle and stealing a base. Story was expected to put up gaudy numbers in the Cal League last season, so perhaps this is him getting a late start on things.
Pitcher of the Day
Michael Lorenzen, RHP, Reds (Pensacola, AA): 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K. This was by far the best performance of Lorenzen’s short professional career, as he displayed the control that has eluded him thus far. His arm has never been in doubt, but as a two-way player in college, he has some catching up to do. This is a good start. If he can throw strikes like this, especially for extended periods of time and when seeing the same hitters multiple times in a game, he could move quickly.
Best of the Rest
Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Astros (Oklahoma City, AAA): 2-4, R, 2 2B, BB, 2 K. After struggling mightily in Triple-A last year, Singleton appears to be getting his footing at the minors’ most advanced level, showing good patience at the plate in the early going and now adding power into the mix.
Zach Borenstein, OF, Angels (Arkansas, AA): 3-4, 3 R, 4 SB. Borenstein isn’t a burner and had just five steals all of last season, but he must have seen something on Monday that gave him an opportunity.
Rougned Odor, 2B, Rangers (Frisco, AA): 1-3, R, HR. Odor was off to a rough start on the season, heading back to Double-A, where he finished up the 2013 season.
J.R. Graham, RHP, Braves (Mississippi, AA): 5 IP, 0 H, BB, 3 K. Graham’s first start of the season was a doozy, as he turned in a hitless performance before being removed.
Tyrone Taylor, OF, Brewers (Brevard County, A+): 3-5, R, 3 2B, K. Taylor put up big doubles numbers last season, and the hope is that some of them will eventually leave the yard. It hasn’t happened yet, but some power is better than none at all.
J.P. Crawford, SS, Phillies (Lakewod, A-): 4-6, 4 R, 2B, HR. Crawford struggled in 14 games of full-season ball toward the end of last year, but he appears to have gotten his footing now.
Fight Another Day
Christian Vazquez, C, Red Sox (Pawtucket, AAA): 0-5, R, 3 K. It wasn’t his day at the plate, but Vazquez did throw out a runner trying to steal and he picked off another. He’s probably not going to be a good enough hitter to be an everyday player, but his glove and arm are good enough that he’ll have a 15-year major-league career even if he never gets a hit.
Notable Pitching Performances*
- Grayson Garvin, RHP, Rays (Montgomery, AA): 3 IP, 2 H, R, BB, 3 K.
- Vincent Velasquez, RHP, Astros (Lancaster, A+): 4 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 5 K.
*The point of the Minor League Update is to keep you, the reader, up to speed on how prospects are doing throughout the minor league season with scouting reports and explanations along with a daily stat line. Sometimes, however, you just want to know the result, especially with pitchers who were neither spectacular nor terrible on a particular night. This is that section.
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