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Kaminsky Bests Moya in Top Prospect Showdown

On Thursday night in Lakeland, the Palm Beach Cardinals blanked the Flying Tigers to complete a four-game sweep of Detroit’s Florida State League affiliate.

Leading the three Cardinals pitchers who combined on a four-hitter was 20-year-old starter Rob Kaminsky. The lefty struck out four in two innings, giving up three hits and a walk. A rain delay of almost three hours then knocked Kaminsky from the game.

Before he exited, however, The Cardinal Nation’s third-ranked prospect twice faced right fielder Steven Moya, Detroit’s number two prospect according to our peers at

Scouting analyst James Chipman of Tigs Town was at the game, noting that Kaminsky “carved up Moya twice.” In both at-bats, the left-handed hitter watched strike three being called.

Chipman’s scouting report of Kaminsky is summed up here: “LHP Rob Kaminsky H 3/4 slot; quick arm; max effort delivery w/ LOUD grunting; FB 88-91 T94 explodes. Tight power curveball 79-81.”

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3 Responses to “Kaminsky Bests Moya in Top Prospect Showdown”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Moya slugged 35 HEs at AA in 2014. He should be at AAA, so maybe he is on a rehab assignment.

    Moya also struck out 161 times last season. He is 6’6″, with a big strike-zone to try to defend. He may be neutralized by many southpaws. Kaminsky on Moya looks like a mismatch in favor of Rob.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Moya is a good example that players develop and grow into their tools. He signed in 2008 and repeated the Midwest league. Hit 12 HRs in the Florida State League in 2013, then soared to 35 at AA, taking advantage of his huge frame.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      2015 is a good year for Kaminskys. Rob is pitching well, while tall Frank led the Wisconsin Badgers into the finals of the NCAA basketball.
      Reminds me of the movie, Twins, Governor PED Schwartznegger and Danny DeVito.

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