Minor League Report: August 20-26, 2012

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Matthew Szczur – Szczur has begun to adapt to AA pitching, slowly but surely increasing his post-promotion numbers, but they are still far from where one would want them to be, with an OPS of just .666.  However, in just over a third as many games, Szczur has matched his Home Run and Triple totals from Daytona, with 2 and 4 respectively.

Javier Baez – After emerging as part of the MLB’s group of elite prospects after his performance in Peoria, Baez has struggled mightily following a promotion to Daytona, with a dismal .473 OPS, although it has been a better-but-still-not-even-remotely-good ,641 over his last 10 games.

Jorge Soler – Another semi-recently promoted prospect is Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler, who unlike the aforementioned prospects, is not struggling much at all.  In fact, Soler has outperformed his Arizona League numbers while in Peoria.  Soler has posted an .851 OPS with Peoria, and a .783 combined between AZL and Peoria.

Albert Almora – In just ten games since being promoted to Boise, 2012 first-round draft pick Almora has posted a .818 OPS, along with a homer and five doubles, which match his numbers from the Arizona League.

Playoffs – The Boise Hawks clinched the second-half Northwest League Eastern Division title on Saturday in a win over Vancouver.  The AZL Cubs clinched a wild card berth on Sunday.  The Chicago Cubs, on the other hand, will not being going to the post-season unless something of apocalyptic proportions occurs, although they have not been officially eliminated, a status held only by the Houston Astros.

About Jackson Scofield

I cover the minor leagues for World Series Dreaming. You probably don't read my articles. Also have been doing Chicago Fire coverage, press pass and all, for ChiCitySports. Studying Journalism with a focus in sports at Columbia College Chicago. Go Hawks (The hockey team, but go Boise too)!

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