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March 10, 2014

Minor League Update

Spring Training Games of March 7-9

by Jeff Moore

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Friday, March 7th

Saturday, March 8th

  • Henry Owens, LHP, Red Sox: 2 1/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, K. Owens put on a clinic on Saturday of what happens to a pitcher when he can’t command his fastball. Hint: It isn’t good. Owens can be very good, but when he struggles to repeat his mechanics, he doesn’t put the ball where he wants it and gets hit hard.
  • Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP, Orioles: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, BB, 4 K. Some have been calling for Rodriguez to be in the Orioles plans for their rotation, but he’s been bad this spring and still needs more time to learn to handle the upper minors.
  • Byron Buxton, OF, Twins: 1-5, R, HR, K. The least-polished of Buxton’s tools is his power, but scouts believe that there is plus-power potential in his bat, like he showed on Saturday.
  • Manny Banuelos, LHP, Yankees: 2/3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, BB, K. Proof that the road back from Tommy John surgery isn’t always paved with gold, even 18 months out.
  • A.J. Cole, RHP, Nationals: 2 2/3, 2 H, 3 K. Cole has always had the arm, but the Nationals are hoping he can find the consistency that he has lacked in the past.
  • Archie Bradley, RHP, Diamondbacks: 3 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K. Because of his mechanics and upper-echelon stuff, most scouts aren’t too concerned with the additional walks Bradley has made a habit of offering up, but it would be nice if he’d begin to limit them.
  • Christian Vazquez, C, Red Sox: 1-2, R, HR. Vazquez is known for his defense, but his bat is no slouch either. His power dropped off after a breakout in 2011, but even without it, he could hit enough to play everyday.
  • Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers: 2-3, R, 2B, HR. Pederson is going to be an everyday outfielder and could be ready by the end of this year. Unfortunately, with the Dodgers’ already crowded outfield, he likely won’t get a chance to prove it.

Sunday, March 9th

  • Matt Purke, LHP, Nationals: 2 IP, H. After a few rough outings to begin the spring, Purke was able to throw effectively on Sunday, though his ERA remains above 11.00.
  • Kyle Parker, OF, Rockies: 2-2, 2 R, 2 2B. Parker is known for his home-run power, but he racks up doubles by the bunches, as well, giving him the potemtial for some big-time extra-base-hit totals each season.
  • Jesus Aguilar, 1B, Indians: 0-1, K. After the best winter on the planet, Aguilar remains 0-for-the-spring while getting around an at-bat per game thus far.
  • Edwin Escobar, LHP, Giants: 3 IP, H, R, 4 BB. Escobar typically misses a lot of bats and doesn’t struggle missing the strike zone, but on Sunday he got away with just the opposite. He should begin the season in Triple-A and could be ready if/when the Giants need additional starting pitching help this year.

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