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Minor League Ball Gameday, July 24

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Kole Calhoun
Kole Calhoun
Otto Greule Jr

Good morning prospect watchers.

***Items in my current work queue: Prospects of the Day features on Drake Britton and Michael Choice, unless something more timely is necessary, plus Prospect Retrospectives on Chris Davis, Marco Scutaro, and Jeff Kent. I will continue to bang away at the Pre-Season Top 20 prospect list reviews, concentrating on teams that are likely to be active at the deadline and teams about which there are specific rumors afloat, while keeping a balance between geographical regions and leagues so I can finish the whole project in a timely manner by early August. When time crunches, this will have a higher priority over Retros and any other features except an actual trade.

***Yesterday's Minor League Ball Gameday thread.

***Los Angeles Angels outfield prospect Kole Calhoun hit three homers for Triple-A Salt Lake last night, pushing his season line to .349/.417/.604 with 12 homers and 10 steals. Yeah, it's the PCL. Yeah, he's old for a prospect at age 25. And yeah, he doesn't have great tools and is small for an outfielder (5-11, 190, but looks smaller). He's also hit everywhere he's played dating back to his days at Arizona State, and I wouldn't underestimate his ability to surprise us at some point.

***Tyler Glasnow continues to roll along, the Pirates prospect throwing six strong innings for Low-A West Virginia last night, allowing one hit, two walks, no runs, fanning six.

***Miguel Sano is heating up for Double-A New Britain. He homered again last night and has added 40 points to his batting average in the last week, now up to .231/.333/.562 overall in 37 games since being promoted.

***Another ultra-hot player is Yankees outfielder Mason Williams, 4-for-6 with three runs scored last night, adding 40 points to his batting average in the last three weeks, now up to .282/.350/.390 for High-A Tampa.

***Marlins pitching prospect Brian Flynn threw 7.2 shutout innings for Triple-A New Orleans yesterday, fanning nine. Acquired in the Anibal Sanchez trade last summer, he's quietly had a very good season with a 3.36 ERA with a 98/32 K/BB in 99 innings. He has a 3-10 record due to poor run support, but he's pitching very credibly for the PCL, is a big lefty (6-8, 240) who works in the low-90s, and has a good changeup and breaking ball. He seems like a good candidate to sneak up on us. The 23 year old was drafted by the Tigers out of Wichita State in the seventh round in 2011.

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