August 13, 2014
Minor League Update
Games of Tuesday, August 12
Hitter of the Night: Scott Schebler, OF, Dodgers (Chattanooga, AA): 3-3, 3 R, 3 HR, BB.
Pitcher of the Night: Alex Reyes, RHP, Cardinals (Peoria, A-): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K.
Best of the Rest
Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs (Iowa, AAA): 3-5, R, HR. This was the 39th home run of the year for Bryant, who is officially out of ways to impress me at this point. Yes, he’s going put up some big strikeout numbers, but they’re not slowing him down the way it does for most prospects. We can confidently predict tremendous power and strong plate discipline numbers, which means that, regardless of where his average ends up and what glove he wears, he should be a high-impact hitter in the middle of the Cubs order from the day he’s promoted.
Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers (Albuquerque, AAA): 2-3, 2 R, HR, BB. Pederson, much like Bryant, is a prospect we can confidently pencil in for strong on-base skills and strong power numbers. That alone makes him a strong big leaguer, whether he ends up in center or in a corner, with the Dodgers or someone else.
Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians (Columbus, AAA): 2-5, R, HR. With the return of LeBron and the relevance of the Browns thanks to Johnny Manziel, it’s a good time to be a Cleveland sports fan. It will only get better once Lindor arrives, as he’s a prospect whose fluidity fielding ground balls is on par with LeBron’s force to the basket and Manziel’s improvisational abilities. The Indians want to give him some time in Triple-A before jumping him to the majors, but the door is open for his arrival.
Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pirates (Bradenton, A+): 6 1/3 IP, 4 H, R (0 ER), 3 BB, 10 K. I wanted to see more strikes out of Glasnow before a promotion, but it’s clear that this is just who he is, at least for the time being. He’s going to put more runners on base than we’d like, but no one hits their way on against him or drives the ball with any authority, so he can get away with it. Until he gets to a level where hitters can punish him for that (which may still be a while), it’s probably not going to change. In the meantime, he’s still been remarkably successful for a pitcher who walks a batter every other inning. His next step is learning to work deeper into games.
Fight Another Day
Rafael De Paula, RHP, Padres (Lake Elsinore, A+): 2 2/3 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 3 K. De Paula throws a fair amount of strikes (though he could stand to improve slightly), but he doesn’t throw enough good ones, frequently missing within the strike zone with his fastball and falling behind in counts thanks to poor command of his secondary pitches. That’s a lot easier to get away with in the Florida State League than it is in the California League, and De Paula learned that the hard way on Tuesday night.
Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers (Frisco, AA): 0-5, 2 K. Ninety-one strikeouts in 53 Double-A games is really a lot, and they’re limiting Gallo offensively, but not by all that much. He’s still hitting for a ton of power and drawing plenty of walks, which means there’s still value in his game even when he’s striking out. Those kinds of swing-and-miss issues make him more of the three-true-outcome hitter we thought he might become last year, but he also forced the aggressive promotion that put him in this situation by making adjustments this off-season and working his way out of that pigeon-hole. Don’t be shocked if he makes more adjustments this winter.
Notable Pitching Performances