Minor League News RoundupBy
We actually have ourselves some minor league stuff to talk about, so let’s round it up in one post, bullet point style…
- The Yanks signed Dominican outfielder Eladio Moronta, a soon to be 21-year-old righty with “plus-plus speed, a strong arm and projectable power.” MLB had suspended Moronta earlier this year for lying about his age, and prior to the suspension it was believed he would receive a seven figure bonus. Instead, he settled for $570,000. One scout dropped a Raul Mondesi comp on him, which would be amazing. 30-30 guys don’t grow on trees.
- Baseball America took a look at best individual and average fastballs from the Arizona Fall League. Mike Dunn had the hardest individual pitch (96.6 mph) and best average velocity (93.85) among lefthanders this year, while Ian Kennedy averaged 90.66 with his heater, topping out 93.4.
- MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo named Jesus Montero and Zach McAllister the organization’s Hitter and Pitcher of the Year. I went with Manny Banuelos for Pitcher of the Year, but to each his own.