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July 21, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of July 18-20

by Jeff Moore


Friday, July 18

James Ramsey, OF, Cardinals (Springfield, AA): 2-4, R, HR, BB, K. As though the Cardinals needed more well-developed hitting prospects, they are beginning to see yet another former first-round pick develop into something on which they can rely. Ramsey, once thought to be more of a fourth outfielder, is seeing his power production increase in Double-A this season without any diminishing effects on the rest of his offensive output.

Javier Baez, 2B, Cubs (Iowa, AAA): 2-5, 2 R, HR. Anytime Baez homers, it’s noteworthy, but the most notable thing about this game was his position on the other side of second base. The Cubs are looking for ways to get all of their young talents into the lineup together, and using Baez at second base is an idea they toyed with this spring. At the very least, it gives them more flexibility and options going forward. At the risk of being incomplete, Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber also homered on Friday, but I can’t do an entire Cubs section of the Update twice in a row. It’s getting ridiculous what the Cubs have to offer these days.

Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers (Albuquerque, AAA): 2-4, 2 R, HR, BB, SB. Even high-priced teams like the Dodgers need cheap production from young players, and Pederson is the best, and one of the few, internal options who could provide such production. Still, it’s going to take at least one, and possibly two, salary-dump moves to create room for him. If the Dodgers want to add to their lineup down the stretch this season, the major league-ready Pederson is by far their best trade chip. Pederson also homered on Saturday as well, just to put to rest any lingering doubts about his shoulder injury from a few weeks ago.

Hunter Harvey, RHP, Orioles (Delmarva, A-): 5 IP, 2 H, R, 0 BB, 8 K. The Orioles knew Harvey was a top talent, but even they probably didn’t expect the level of refinement that he’s shown in his game this season. His fearlessness on the mound allows him to attack hitters and helps his already-plus stuff to play up even further.

Alex Gonzalez, RHP, Rangers (Frisco, AA): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K. Chi Chi doesn’t have the highest ceiling, but the Rangers have yet to find a level challenging enough for him in professional baseball, as he cruises through the Texas League with the same amount of ease as his time in the Carolina League.

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oakiegu007

Chi chi doesn't have the highest ceiling, as noted, but does he seem like a back of the rotation guy or more?

Jul 21, 2014 04:43 AM
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ttt

Have you considered doing a separate "Cubs Minor League Hitting Update" article?

Jul 21, 2014 05:11 AM
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joseconsuervo

I know that this sort of hyberbole isn't all that constructive, but if you could entertain me. Do you think Giolito could be a #4 on most teams if he were called up to the majors right now?

Jul 21, 2014 06:13 AM
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BP staff member Jeff Moore
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No though he'd be closer to pulling it off than just about any other Low-A pitcher. Giolito is fantastic but there's still work to be done. The fastball command isn't quite there yet and, while the change up works against A ball hitters, it's not good enough yet to do anything against major league competition. His curveball is major leage ready, but that's about it and that's not enough. Not to mention his lack of endurance, which is still being built up. Despite how much praise we throw at Giolito, it's extremely important to remember just how big the gap is from the Sally League to the majors. It's absolutely huge.

Jul 21, 2014 06:27 AM
 
Leg4206

Or the gap from the Sally league to the Futures Game.

Jul 21, 2014 10:09 AM
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jayhashop

Yefrey Ramirez of the AZL D-backs took a no-hitter into the 7th last night and finished with a 7/1/0/0/9 line plus a hit-by-pitch. Probably never going to be a household name, but it was an excellent and enjoyable performance (in spite of a delivery that violates my core sense of aesthetics regarding throwing motions) nonetheless.

Jul 21, 2014 07:12 AM
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hvaughn

Jeff, how far are Baez and Bryant from being able to play better at the MLB level than the Cub incumbents?

Jul 21, 2014 11:41 AM
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jkaflagg

Regarding the Astros asking for Dylan Bundy in the Bud Norris negotiations - why not ? How the other team responds might tell you something - "No way in hell" probably means just that; but if they come back with "you'll have to throw in this guy and that guy" - even if's it's not a feasible deal it could tell you that he's not untouchable. I have to wonder how Trevor Bauer's name came up in the Arizona-Cleveland trade talks a few years ago; most people would not bother to ask about a guy you just drafted #3, but obviously Arizona was ready to deal.....

Jul 21, 2014 15:55 PM
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