Spring Training Prospect Report: Red Sox, Pirates and more

I was at Jet Blue Park yesterday to watch the Pirates-Red Sox — it was a little light on Top 20 prospects, but a pair from the Red Sox’ list did see action. Again, rankings in parentheses.

Jackie Bradley Jr. (2) went 0-for-1 with two walks. Our own Ian Browne did an outstanding job in his feature on JBJR.

Jose Iglesias (6) went 0-for-2 with a walk. But the guy can play a little shortstop.

The Pirates didn’t have any Top 20 guys in action, though I did get to glimpse Gregory Polanco (4), who made the trip. He didn’t play, but he did take BP. The young man is big. When he fills out, watch out. I’ll be talking to Polanco and fellow Pirates prospect Alen Hanson in the next couple of days. I also was impressed by Phillip Irwin (even wrote a note about him). He’s an under-the-radar type who’s been impressive this spring.

You can see all of MLB.com’s coverage of prospects (and there’s plenty this time of year) on MLBPipeline.com.

Recently, I talked to several scouts about who has stood out in big league camp in the early going. Some quick notes, keeping in mind that this is just a smattering and not comprehensive (so don’t get made there isn’t a note about how good Oscar Taveras is):

  • Twins’ prospects Eddie Rosario and Aaron Hicks were playing extremely well. Hicks “looked like a big leaguer” and Rosario was swinging a very good bat for Team Puerto Rico.
  • Phillies lefty Adam Morgan didn’t have good results in his first outing, but did in his second. In both, his stuff was good across the board.
  • The Royals’ Yordano Ventura was creating a lot of early buzz in Arizona.
  • Addison Russell of the A’s looked like he belonged in big league camp
  • The D-backs’ Adam Eaton had his tools on display as he continues to exceed expectations.
  • Javier Baez of the Cubs may have learned a thing or two over the offeason in terms of staying in control. He appears to have calmed down his game a bit, for hte better.
  • Michael Wacha of the Cardinals is impressing with his secondary stuff and his command.
  • The Angels’ Kaleb Cowart has played well in his first big league camp, showing nice poise at the plate and strong defensive skills at third.
  • The Tigers’ Avisail Garcia is a big kid that can run and has man strength.
  • The Pirates’ Gerritt Cole (and this was before his six K’s against Spain) has a gig power arm with life through the zone.
  • The Rays’ Wil Myers keeps you  on the edge of your seat.  Exudes confidence in the box with 80 batspeed.
  • Chris Archer of the Rays has always had dominant frontline type stuff, and continues to show it. He also has good poise on the mound.  Even stronger physically than last year.

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