Minor League News
1.) Samir Duenez belongs on this list somewhere. You may get tired of seeing this, but I’m going to post it again because it’s impressive.
- At age 17 in the Rookie League, where the average age is 19.4, Duenez posted a 103 wRC+.
- At age 20 in Low-A, where the average age is 21.2, Duenez posted a 108 wRC+.
- At age 20 in High-A, where the average age is 22.4, Duenez posted a 132 wRC+.
- At age 21 in AA, where the average age is 23.8, Duenez posted a 95 wRC+.
Marte started the 2017 season with the Wilmington Blue Rocks before earning a promotion to AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals where he struggled a bit. He was a midseason Carolina League All-Star and even with his struggles he still struck out 80 batters in 72.1 innings with a 3.98 ERA between High-A and AA, though he did have a high walk rate.
One player who is already getting attention early on, however, is 28-year-old left-hander Tim Hill. Hill was drafted by the Royals out of Bacone College in Muscogee, Oklahoma in Round 32 of the 2014 draft. Since joining the Royals farm system he has consistently struck out more than a batter per-inning but also struggled with walks and home runs.
Major League News
Including this year, Perez is under contract for four more seasons. He’ll be just 31 when his current contract expires. That is a perfect age for players to exit their prime and enter more of a leadership role. Although that’s true, Perez is no ordinary player. Now 27 years old, Perez is the unquestioned leader of the franchise. I believe he’s up to the challenge.
In a rare media appearance of his own earlier this month, Porter said he would “love” to play a few games with the Tigers before the postseason and that he’s “feeling really good.” Many people took from that assessment that Porter maybe expects to be ready to play for Mizzou beginning either in the SEC Tournament or NCAA Tournament.