Because of the major league All-Star Game, just two full-season leagues were in action, the Texas and South Atlantic leagues. To compensate, we've added video for all players involved in the Roundup, picking three instead of the usual one for the SAL. Today's Roundup features a grand night for an Athletics first baseman, a fine return for a Phillies prospect and one Rockies prospect leapfrogging another.
Rules Are Rules
The Pacific Coast League made an unusual ruling on Tuesday when it decided to award a victory by forfeit to El Paso against Albuquerque. The Isotopes had originally triumphed in a game that was suspended by rain and then completed the next night. The problem, however, came when the league determined that Albuquerque was playing with 26 players, one more than the league-mandated 25. Thus, a rule was broken and the league was left no choice other than to award a forfeit and change the score to 9-0 for El Paso.
A snippet from the league's press release explains the ruling in further detail:
Major League Rule 2(c)(2)(b) stipulates the active roster limit for Triple-A teams is 25 players. The violation occurred as a result of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Isotopes major league affiliate, activating an Albuquerque player from the Disabled List without making a corresponding transaction to remove a player from the Triple-A club's Active List, which was already at the 25-player limit.
Texas League • AA
Max Muncy, 1b, Midland (Athletics): A converted catcher who passed on the Indians in 2009 to attend Baylor, Muncy has moved to first base. He doesn't quite have the prototype power for a corner, but his on-base skills have proved excellent this season and throughout his career. He's slashing .275/.389/.420 this season, and on Wednesday went 2-for-4 with a grand slam that gave the Rockhounds all the offense they needed in their win against Corpus Christi. It was Muncy's fifth homer of the season.
South Atlantic League • Lo A
Yoel Mecias, rhp, Lakewood (Phillies): After midseason 2013 Tommy John surgery, Mecias returned to Lakewood on Wednesday in fine form. The lefty, who signed in 2010 but still has just 121 pro innings under his belt, blanked Kannapolis for five innings on two hits and three walks. He struck out seven. He combines a low-90s fastball with a changeup that flashes plus and a pair of breaking pitches that show average. He had 70 punchouts in 57 innings at low Class Lakewood last season before needing the surgery.
Dylan Cozens, rf, Lakewood (Phillies): One of the BlueClaws' premier purveyors of power, Cozen showed off his best tool plenty on Wednesday night to back Mecias. The hulking lefthanded hitter smashed his 14th and 15th homers on Wednesday as part of a 4-for-5 night with two runs scored and three RBIs. He's obviously got the pop, but his 26-percent strikeout rate is among the highest in the South Atlantic League. The power potential is far too enticing to be anything but patient with Cozens.
David Dahl, cf, Asheville (Rockies): Take that, Ryan McMahon! With three doubles on Wednesday night against Savannah, Dahl usurped his teammate for the South Atlantic League lead. Dahl, as toolsy an outfielder as they come, is equipped with a slasher's swing and doubles power. He's a solid player in every aspect with no standout tool, but there are doubts about whether command of the strike zone will dog him as he moves up the ladder.