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Speaking of Alvarez, he’s expected to return by the end of this month after a high-ankle sprain. Sosa, on the other hand, might miss the rest of the season after hamate bone surgery. Two candidates for the Fall League?
My latest feature on Cuban defector Randy Arozarena:
Check that, Ellis will start for Springfield tonight. Looks Gallen’s turn to be skipped for rest.
Nice couple nuggets from BA on Sierra and Flaherty in today’s Top 100 chat:
John Manuel: We definitely talked Magneuris Sierra in our top 100 meeting. I think the question again was the impact; how much power is this guy going to have? He might wind up being a guy we were light on, because he can really run, can really defend and is showing bat-to-ball skills. He’s the kind of athlete that the game is trending toward, all-around guys. I hope that trend continues.
J.J. Cooper on Flaherty: His stuff has gotten a lot better. In the past, scouts have been concerned about the quality of his fastball, but he’s gotten stronger and has steadily added velocity, which has made everything play up. He’s a good mid-rotation starting prospect.His stuff keeps getting better. What was once a below-average fastball is now at least average to above-average.
Not doubting he has power. For reference, Bader had 14 home runs in his first 304 at-bats last year (April 7 to July 10, .283 average) compared to 17 in 304 at-bats right now. From July 11 and on, he would finish the season with exactly five in his final 161 at-bats with a .236 average. My point is he is a peaks and valleys player, and average game power is not nearly as intriguing in a run-producing position like left or right field than in center where Sierra is atop the depth chart.
Not surprised to see those mentioned above left off. Too many question marks surrounding Weaver’s durability as a starter in the long-term. Bader is a bit of a tweener; his power potential is far less intriguing in a corner outfield spot. Flaherty still doesn’t quite have overpowering stuff to enter that elite conversation. Hudson is the most interesting for me. He should be a definite top 5 prospect in the system.
Confirmed on Hicks:
CHIEFS will skip All-Star RHP Jordan Hicks turn tomorrow at Cedar Rapids. All is well. Just yearly strategy to manage IP for younger arms
— Dave Eminian (@icetimecleve) July 7, 2017
The Cardinals organization agreed with my selections – Arozarena and Mayers named Player and Pitcher of the Month for them.
I try to be objective as possible, but I was sure to highlight Ryan Helsley this month.
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The Cardinals ninth reported signee on the opening day of the international signing period: https://twitter.com/JesseSanchezMLB/status/881606132455718912