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Braves camp extras

We’re off and running with our Top 20 lists. And I’m back with my second Spring Training extras blog post, this time on the Braves (You can still feel free to check out my Mets extras at your leisure).

Here are the Braves extras. First, feel free to read the Spring Training report and peruse their Top 20. I’ve also included the video piece from camp here.

OK? Let’s start with a few more comments from Braves’ 2013 first-rounder Jason Hursh. Hursh had Tommy John surgery in college, so I asked him if, in retrospect, having to sit around and wait post-surgery, had some value.

Hursh: Definitely. I can always go back and remember watching guys and not being able to play, and let that fuel my fire. If I’m in the weight room, I go back to the days when I couldn’t do anything, lift a weight, it was all rehab. I use that to fuel my fire and work harder.

Then we talked about his repertoire and working as  a pro to mix his pitches more. The question was basically about how much he’s realized that he can’t just get away with his fastball only like he could at times in college.

Hursh: That’s one of the biggest things for me, getting into pro ball. Getting those secondary pitches down, the changeup, the curveball, whether it’s a cutter, working on all that to try and find what I’m most comfortable with. That’s what I’m really going to focus on here, just developing my changeup and my curveball and see if this year, it all clicks and we can get going a little bit.

What have you been able to glean from the big league arms here? Have you been able to pick their brains at all?

Hursh: Here and there, a little bit. Not so much pick their brains, but just observe from the side what they do in their bullpens, when they throw these pitches, how they work on this and that. I think from that aspect, it’s been really good to see how they go about their business.

Between your brief taste of professional ball and being here, what’s been the biggest surprise about pro ball you didn’t realize that you’re quickly gaining an understanding for?

Hursh: Just keeping the ball down and hitting your spots. In college, I could get away with it a little bit. Here, especially in big league camp, they’ll let you know if you didn’t execute a pitch to your spot. That was probably the biggest thing. All of your mistakes, they’ll let you know.

You’re a guy who lives down in the zone anyway, right? If you’re up, you’re going to get hit?

Hursh: Exactly. I know I’m on if I’m getting that sink to the fastball. That’s when I have my best days, for sure.

I also spent time talking to Braves assistant general manager John Coppolella. Much of that conversation is reflected in the Spring Training report, so there’s no need to get into too much more detail there.  But I did want to pass along the names of two very young recent international signees the Braves are very excited to get going this year.

Both are from Curacao.  Ozhaino Albies (signed for $350,000) and Kevin Josephina ($300,000) are both shortstops. They both looked very good at instructs last fall. They obviously have a long way to go, but sometimes players that young — both are 17 — can show a lot of progress quickly, just because of natural physical maturation.

Finally, here’s One More Guy from the Braves system:

Matt Lipka, OF: The Braves’ top pick in 2010, he’s dealt with adversity, he’s dealt with injury (hamstring tear), he’s dealt with a position switch (shortstop to outfield). His speed is still very much an exciting tool. He was healthy for all of 2013, a good first step. He’ll be just 22 for the 2014 season, so there’s time yet here. The bat does need to develop, but if it does, he could still be the top-of-the-lineup type catalyst  the Braves envisioned when they took him.

Mets camp extras

Now the fun really begins.

Over the course of March, we will be unveiling all of our team Top 20 lists. Today, we will have three (Mondays will be stacked like that as we wanted to avoid going live with these over the weekend): The Atlanta Braves, New York Mets and Miami Marlins.

Along with the Top 20s, we will have reports from Spring Training camps for each team. I’ve been running around Florida for the past week, Teddy Cahill will take the baton from me to finish off Florida and Jim Callis will handle the bulk of Arizona.

With each camp visit, I invariably ended up with way too much information, so I’m going to use this space to share some of the conversations I had with prospects and team executives.

I’m also going to include “One More Guy” — a prospect who didn’t crack the Top 20, but would likely be in the next group, say Nos. 21-25, and could be an in-season replacement when the need arises.

Here are the Mets extras. First, feel free to read the Spring Training report and peruse their Top 20. I’ve also included the video piece from camp here.

OK, ready for more? Here’s some more from my conversation with Brandon Nimmo:

Were you surprised you got the call to attend big league camp?

Nimmo: It came as a little bit of a surprise, but I knew I was ready for it. I was ready for this opportunity. I’m just trying to take advantage of every opportunity that I get and enjoy this experience. I plan to be here a lot more often, so hopefully this isn’t the only big league Spring Training I go to and I don’t think that’s what they’re planning on, either. They’re just trying to get me around these guys and obviously, I can contribute to the team, too. I have everything I bring to the table, and I’m confident in that, but I’m very humbled to be here.

What’s the biggest thing you’ve been able to glean so far, where you can say, “Clearly, I’m not there yet.” What do you really need to work on to move yourself closer?

Nimmo: They’re very consistent in what they do. That has to do with the routine they get into to get ready for the days. They have specific things they need to do to get ready for the day. They know how to do them and do them very well. I think that’s the biggest difference between Major Leaguers and Minor Leaguers, is that consistency, an ability to perform on a consistent basis. I think that’s the biggest thing I have to improve on just from watching these guys right now.

I also spoke to catcher Anthony Recker about some of the young arms he’s been able to catch in camp. Here’s what he had to say:

Recker: I thought last year when I caught Rafael Montero, he was ready to make the next step. He looked really good. I really liked Jake DeGrom, his ability to spot up, ability to make adjustments. I’d say the same thing for Montero, his ability to make adjustments on the fly. You miss in a certain spot, or you miss up, to be able to make the adjustment and get it down with the very next pitch is really big, especially in Major League Baseball. We have several  young guys who have shown the ability to do that. There are a good handful that seem ready to compete for a job, whether its now or later in the season. They look really good.

I spoke at length with Dick Scott, the farm director, and he compared to the Mets system now to a few years ago.

Scott: Before, we had Matt Harvey here, so as far as specific players, we had guys here, guys going to the big leagues and contributing. Lucas Duda was in the minor leagues, you had Harvey in the minor leagues. Now, it’s the volume, it’s Montero, it’s Syndergaard, picking those two guys up in the trade. Plus we got Buccera here as well, a 20 year old who was in the GCL who’s athletic. I thnk our sheer volume has increased. We also have guys down through the younger levels. We have Nimmo, we have Amed Rosario, Ceccchini. We feel we have a long way to go. The other part of that is you do’t know how many of these guys are going to be able to perform at the Major League level.

On the cyclical nature of farm system strength:

Scott: I think that happens in every organization at some point. There are organizations that trade Minor League players to make a run at a big league playoff and you’re going to be thin at some point. You ‘re not going to have as deep a list as maybe you had three years ago. I think ours is getting deeper. It’s a work in progress, but compared to a couple of years ago, [we're improved].

And he had more to say about our breakout candidate, Gabriel Ynoa:

Scott: He’s a strike throwing machine. What’s amazing with him and Montero, they just pound the zone. Sometimes those guys come in and they just have it. He won a lot of games for us last year, so it’s not like nobody’s heard of him, but his stuff is improving. He has a great feel for pitching, he’s athletic,  probably 93-94 mph fastball, very good feel for a changeup. He just throws strikes. He’s always in the bottom of the zone, pitches to both sides of the plate. He’s one of those guys, the people who were in the SAL league last year know about him. He’s always thrown strikes, but his stuff has just gotten tighter, his breaking ball is a little tighter, the feel on his changeup. He throws a 2 and 4 seam fastball. He has great poise.

Finally, here’s One More Guy from the Mets system:

Jack Leathersich: It’s a sign of just how much deeper this system is that this lefty didn’t make the cut. He was No. 17 at season’s end last year. A one-time starter, he’s taken well to relief work as a pro. His strikeout rates are insane (15.2 K/9 in his Minor League career), using stuff and deception to miss bats. His command is just so-so, but he should impact the big league bullpen at some point this year.

Tri tri again with prospects

Our most recent Pipeline Perspectives is up on the now. Jim Callis and I debate which teams have the best trio of prospects in the game. I went for the Cubs combination of Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Albert Almora. Jim advocated for the Twins trio of Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano and Alex Meyer.

As we’ve tried to get in the habit of doing, both of us are blogging about the subject as well. Jim ranked his favorites. By now, you know me… I like using our Prospect Points system to see how things shake out. So I took the top trio from every organization that had three or more prospects in the Top 100 (the Red Sox could have had three trios, for example, but I only took one) and ranked them using our points system. A quick refresher: 100 points for the No. 1 prospect, 99 for No. 2, all the way down to one point for the last prospect in the Top 100. Here’s what the “standings” look like:

Rank Trios Org Points
1 Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, Alex Meyer MIN 270
2 Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Albert Almora CHC 269
3 Carlos Correa, Mark Appel, George Springer HOU 257
4 Gregory Polanco, Jameson Taillon, Tyler Glasnow PIT 247
5 Xander Bogaerts, Henry Owens, Jackie Bradley BOS 238
6 Kyle Zimmer, Yordano Ventura, Raul Alberto Mondesi KC 205
7 Noah Syndergaard, Travis d’Arnaud, Rafael Montero NYM 185
8 Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman, Eduardo Rodriguez BAL 184
9 Jonathan Gray, Eddie Butler, David Dahl COL 177
10 Francisco Lindor, Clint Frazier, Trevor Bauer CLE 172
11 Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, Zach Lee LAD 170
12 Andrew Heaney, Colin Moran, Jake Marisnick MIA 158
13 Austin Hedges, Max Fried, Matt Wisler SD 158
14 Oscar Taveras, Kolten Wong, Stephen Piscotty STL 144
15 Archie Bradley, Chris Owings, Braden Shipley ARI 142
16 Jorge Alfaro, Rougned Odor, Michael Choice TEX 133
17 Aaron Sanchez, Marcus Stroman, Roberto Osuna TOR 132
18 Jake Odorizzi, Hak-Ju Lee, Taylor Guerrieri TB 69

More dynamic (pitching) duos

In today’s MLBPipeline Perspectives, Jim Callis and I debated which teams we thought had the best pitching prospects tandem in baseball. Jim went with Jon Gray and Eddie Butler of the Rockies. I opted for the right-handed combo of Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow from the Pirates.

Jim went on to blog his rankings for the top pitching prospect duos in the game over on Callis’ Corner. I must admit I’m a bit dismayed he put my Taillon-Glasnow third on his list, but I’ll get over it.

To extract some measure of revenge, however, I wanted to provide my own rankings, of a sort. I used it in my argument in picking Taillon and Glasnow: the Prospect Points. That’s the system we used to provide an organizational standings from the Top 100 list. I used the same idea — 100 points for the No.1 prospect, 99 for No. 2 (Jon Gray gets 87 points for being No. 14, as a result)., etc. Using this system, here’s how the top tandems in the Top 100 (only one pairing for an organization listed eve if they have more than two pitchers in the Top 100) stack up:

1. Taillon and Glasnow, Pirates: 165 points. I rest my case.

2. Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman, Orioles: 159 points. Jim’s not the only one who can put the O’s No. 2.

3. Gray and Butler, Rockies: 147 points. A distant third.

4. Kyle Zimmer and Yordano Ventura, Royals: 142 points. A lot of power coming towards KC.

5. Alex Meyer and Kohl Stewart, Twins: 134 points. Stewart’s development could raise their stock.

6. Mark Appel and Lance McCullers Jr.: 133 points. Even if McCullers ends up a reliever, this is a good tandem.

7. Henry Owens and Allen Webster, Red Sox: 126. First lefty mentioned on this list.

8. Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman, Blue Jays: 124. If you told me this duo would outperform some ahead, I wouldn’t argue.

9. Archie Bradley and Braden Shipley, D-backs: 118. Shipley is one of my picks for guys in the 51-100 range who could jump up the list in his first full seaosn.

10. Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero, Mets: 106. Music to Mets fans ears as both are close to contributing in New York.

11. Andrew Heaney and Justin Nicolino, Marlins: 92. The only double-lefty combo; both could be established in Miami’s rotation by 2015.

12. Lucas Giolito and A.J. Cole, Nationals: 89. I’d keep an eye on this pair, they could move up this ranking in a hurry.

13. Max Fried and Matt Wisler, Padres: 81. I think Fried could establish himself as top lefty by end of year.

14. Kyle Crick and Edwin Escobar, Giants: 75. Interesting combination of power (Crick) and more pitchability (Escobar).

15. Zach Lee and Julio Urias, Dodgers: 75. Urias is so young, but if the lefty keeps doing what he’s done so far, he’ll move up quickly.

16. C.J. Edwards and Pierce Johnson, Cubs: 60. Chicago known more for its hitting prospects right now, but this is still a solid duo.

17. Jake Odorizzi and Taylor Guerrieri, Rays: 52. Guerrieri’s suspension and injury hurt their standing.

Other Hitting/Pitching Prospect Duos

Jim Callis and I just duked it out in our most recent Pipeline Perspectives (I hope you guys are enjoying this series as much as we are writing them). The topic: The best hitting/pitching prospect duo in baseball. In case you missed it, I picked the Twins’ combination of Byron Buxton and Alex Meyer. Jim chose the Astros’ Carlos Correa and Mark Appel.

Here’s the video version of our debate:

Obviously, I’m right.

In all seriousness, that’s a very close call. And there are a number of other very interesting duos around baseball that should be exciting to watch in the future:

Gregory Polanco (OF) and Jameson Taillon (RHP), Pirates: Polanco is No. 13 on the Top 100; Taillon is No. 16. They’re the only other tandem in the Top 20.

Travis d’Arnaud (C) and Noah Syndergaard (RHP), Mets: d’Arnaud is the highest rated catcher, at No. 22; Syndergaard is No. 11 overall.

Xander Bogaerts (SS) and Henry Owens (LHP), Red Sox: Bogaerts, complete with his World Series experience, is No. 2. Owens is the 2nd-highest rated lefty on the list at No. 30.

Others in the Top 100 (taking the top hitting and pitching prospect from each organization, and only listing one pairing per system):

Chris Owings, SS (77) and Archie Bradley, RHP (5), D-backs
D.J. Peterson, 3B (88) and Taijuan Walker, RHP (6), Mariners
Javier Baez, SS (7) and C.J. Edwards, RHP (42), Cubs
Francisco Lindor, SS (10) and Trevor Bauer, RHP (73), Indians
David Dahl, OF (71) and Jon Gray, RHP (14), Rockies
Nick Castellanos, 3B (15) and Robbie Ray, LHP (97), Tigers
Billy Hamilton, OF (37) and Robert Stephenson, RHP (19), Reds
Austin Hedges, C (24) and Max Fried, LHP (43), Padres
Adalberto Raul Mondesi, SS (38) and Kyle Zimmer, RHP (25), Royals
Maikel Franco, 3B (26) and Jesse Biddle, LHP (53), Phillies
Colin Moran, 3B (51) and Andrew Heaney, LHP (29), Marlins
Corey Seager, SS (34) and Zach Lee, RHP (63), Dodgers
Hak-Ju Lee, SS (84) and Jake Odorizzi, RHP (56), Rays
Christian Bethancourt, C (82) and Lucas Sims, RHP (60), Braves
Matt Davidson, 3B (80) and Erik Johnson, RHP (70), White Sox


AFL favorites: Non-Top 20 edition

My colleagues Jim Callis (@JimCallisMLB) and Bernie Pleskoff (@BerniePleskoff) have already weighed in on players they liked in the Arizona Fall League who didn’t make’s Top 20 list.  Jim mentioned five players in his blog while Bernie filed two reports, one on outfielder Henry Urrutia and one on lefty Eduardo Rodriguez, both from the Orioles organization.

Teddy Cahill (@tedcahill), who also helped out with the Top 20 along with Jim and Bernie, listed these names when asked who were his non-Top 20 favorites: Eduardo Rodriguez, Andrew Susac, Brian Goodwin and Mason Williams. He also liked Richie Shaffer as a bit of a sleeper pick, not a guy who belongs on a Top 20, but one who “seemed to rebound from a so-so season” and who walked as much as he struck out in Arizona.

Where does that leave me? I, too, like Rodriguez and Susac, but I wanted to find a few players not mentioned by anyone else (a benefit of being late in posting this). So I’m definitely going more of the “sleeper pick” route, though all of these guys are prospects in their own right. In no particular order:

Chris Taylor, SS/2B, Mariners: Not saying he’s going to be a superstar or anything, but he’s hit everywhere he’s been, reaching Double-A this past year. He has good on-base skills and can play second and short. He’s the type of utlity guy (maybe an every-day 2B?) who helps teams win and I’m becoming a firm believer in University of Virginia guys hitting at the next level.

Yorman Rodriguez, OF, Reds: There were signs that the 21-year-old corner outfielder was starting to figure things out during the 2013 season as he reached Double-A for the first time. Yes, there’s swing and miss aplenty, but the tools are very much still there and he’s starting to use them. Oh, and he won’t turn 22 until mid-August.

Mike Montgomery, LHP, Rays: Yeah, I know what you’re going to say. Him again? Been there, done that. But he’s still big and left-handed, and he threw pretty well this fall. He’s still only 24 and has decent stuff. It’s all about command, and it was pretty good in the AFL.

Nick Wittgren, RHP, Marlins: OK, I have to admit. I’m kind of stealing this from Bernie Pleskoff, who really likes Wittgren. So do I, though maybe not quite as much as Bernie does. Wittgren put up video game numbers during the 2013 season (0.77 ERA, .198 BAA, 9.5 K/9, 1.5 BB/9), then did it some more in a much more hostile pitching environment in the AFL (0.66 ERA, .130 BAA, 19 K, 2 BB in 13 2/3 IP). He had 26 saves during the regular season, but he’s likely not a closer in the big leagues. But he could be pitching there in 2014.

All-Prospect, 2nd Team

On Monday, Jim Callis and I unveiled our All-Prospect Teams. For a refresher, you can take a look at mine and Jim’s at your leisure.

Not surprisingly, the stories generated considerable discussion and debate. And, truthfully, we both had a hard time making decisions in some cases.

So we decided we’d come up with a 2nd team, All-Prospect. Mine is below. You can find Jim’s over at Callis’ Corner. We decided only to go for the positional assignments and not the “biggest jump,” or “most to prove” categories.

1B C.J. Cron, Angels — Not a deep position, I decided not to cave to Yankee fans bugging me about Greg Bird (who had a very nice year). Cron had a solid, if unspectacular, season in the Texas League.

2B Rougned Odor, Rangers — Some great choices, even for the 2nd team, from Delino DeShields Jr. to Eddie Rosario. But Odor’s still a teenager, made it to (and raked in) the Double-A Texas League, finishing with a combined .305/.365/.474 line to go along with 32 steals.

SS Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox — Just edges other fine choices like Javier Baez or Carlos Correa. Holding his own in the big leagues is just icing on the cake.

3B Miguel Sano, Twins — I went off the board a bit by taking Maikel Franco for my first team, so there’s no question Sano is the best choice here.

C Austin Hedges, Padres — Yes, Evan Gattis has had a solid offensive year, but is he really a catcher? Hedges was just so-so with the bat, but has the chance to be special defensively.

OF Wil Myers, Rays — It was hard to leave him off the first team. Watching him help the Rays in the Wild Card race has been great fun.

OF Joc Pederson, Dodgers — Twenty-two homers and 31 steals all while playing a good center field in Double-A. Could help in 2014.

OF Gregory Polanco, Pirates — He was my “biggest jump” selection on the 1st team. Tons of speed (38 steals), power is coming (12 HR, 30 doubles). Right field in PNC Park will be calling soon.

RHP Archie Bradley, D-backs — Need to give a shout out to Taijuan Walker of the Mariners, but Bradley finished with a 1.84 ERA, .215 BAA while striking out 9.6 per nine innings across two levels.

LHP Andrew Heaney, Marlins — Jim’s 1st team choice, the 2012 first-rounder only threw 95 1/3 innings, but did reach Double-A and finished with a combined 1.60 ERA and .211 BAA.

Top 100 pitchers throw well second time around

We’re starting to see pitching prospects head out for their second starts of the season and, so far, they’ve thrown very well in outing No. 2. Case in point (Read about all Top 100 on Prospect Watch and/or are the following… even the so-so outings weren’t too shabby:

No. 8 Zack Wheeler, Mets (AAA): 5 1/3 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
No. 18 Danny Hultzen, Mariners (AAA): 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
No. 51 Robert Stephenson, Reds (A): 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
No. 64 Wily Peralta, Brewers (MLB): 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
No. 66 Tony Cingrani, Reds (AAA): 6 1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Cingrani gets bolded as the “Pitcher of the second start,” and also because that’s his second straight really good outing. his overall line now:

12 1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 21 K, .079 BAA

Pretty good, right?

Pitching today (some underway already)

No. 9 Gerrit Cole, Pirates (AAA)
No. 24 Archie Bradley, D-backs (A+)
No. 46 Chris Archer, Rays (AAA)
No. 49 Kyle Gibson, Twins (AAA)
No. 60 Jesse Biddle, Phillies (AA)
No. 71 Allen Webster, Red Sox (AAA)
No. 72 Justin Nicolino, Marlins (A+)
No. 78 Zach Lee, Dodgers (AA)
No. 89 Jarred Cosart, Astros (AAA)

A Top 100 update

Since the Opening Day post about how the Top 100 in the Minors did seemed to go over so well, I thought I’d do it again, updating all 100 players, at all levels, and how they’ve fared heading into Monday’s action. As always, you can check out all 100 guys, or the top 20 for every team, over on Prospect Watch. And MLBPipeline is an excellent one-stop shopping destination for your Prospect needs.

Just about everybody has played at this point, with some exceptions:

Disabled List:

Dylan Bundy (elbow and forearm stiffness, expected back by end of month)
Christian Yelich (plantar fasciitis, expected back within 2 weeks)
Rymer Liriano (out for season, elbow surgery)
Didi Gregorius (elbow, should start rehab games soon)
Casey Kelly (out for season, elbow surgery)
Jake Marisnick (hand fracture, back end of April/beginning of May)
Lucas Giolito (out for season, elbow surgery)
Andrew Heaney (strained lat, will start throwing program in about a week)
Martin Perez (fractured wrist, out until June)
Adam Eaton (elbow, out at least 6-8 weeks)

Jonathan Singleton is serving his suspension. Albert Almora is in extended Spring Training. A few pitchers are making debuts today: Matt Barnes (Portland, AA), Taylor Guerrieri (Bowling Green, A), Jake Odorizzi (Durham, AAA).

Oscar Taveras was back home attending to a personal matter, but is expected to be in Triple-A Memphis’ lineup today.

Organization-mate Carlos Martinez is on the Temporary Inactive List. He missed nearly all of Spring Training because of visa issues. He’ll catch up in Extended Spring Training and join Double-A Springfield eventually.

A couple of notes:

* Trevor Bauer is listed as with Triple-A Columbus, but his stats are from the big league start he made before being sent back down.

**David Dahl played one game for Class A Asheville in the Rockies system, but was then sent to Extended Spring Training for disciplinary reasons.

Rank Club Player Team Level Performance
1 TEX Jurickson Profar Round Rock AAA 4-12, 1 RBI, 3 SB
2 BAL Dylan Bundy Bowie AA DL
3 STL Oscar Taveras Memphis AAA Personal matter – back today
4 TB Wil Myers Durham AAA 4-12, 2 2B, 3 RBI
5 SEA Taijuan Walker Jackson AA 5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 8 K
6 NYM Travis d’Arnaud Las Vegas AAA 3-8, 2 2B, 2 RBI
7 MIA Jose Fernandez Miami MLB 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
8 NYM Zack Wheeler Las Vegas AAA 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
9 PIT Gerrit Cole Indianapolis AAA 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
10 ARI Tyler Skaggs Reno AAA 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, W
11 CIN Billy Hamilton Louisville AAA 4-11, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 SB
12 MIN Miguel Sano Fort Myers A+ 7-16, 2 2B
13 MIA Christian Yelich DL
14 CLE Francisco Lindor Carolina A+ 6-11, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 SB
15 PIT Jameson Taillon Altoona AA 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, W
16 CHC Javier Baez Daytona A+ 3-16, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB
17 CLE Trevor Bauer Columbus AAA 5 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 7 BB, 2 K, L*
18 SEA Danny Hultzen Tacoma AAA 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, W
19 MIN Byron Buxton Cedar Rapids A 9-16, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB
20 BOS Xander Bogaerts Portland AA 3-14, 1 RBI
21 DET Nick Castellanos Toledo AAA 5-18, 2 2B, 1 RBI
22 TEX Mike Olt Round Rock AAA 1-16, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 10 K
23 SEA Mike Zunino Tacoma AAA 5-12, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI
24 ARI Archie Bradley Visalia A+ 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K
25 STL Shelby Miller St. Louis MLB 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, W
26 KC Bubba Starling Lexington A 1-12, 2 R
27 HOU Jonathan Singleton Suspended
28 WSH Anthony Rendon Harrisburg AA 3-15, 3 R
29 NYM Noah Syndergaard St. Lucie A+ 4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
30 HOU Carlos Correa Quad Cities A 6-20, 2 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 1 SB
31 ATL Julio Teheran Atlanta MLB 5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
32 BOS Jackie Bradley Boston MLB 3-21, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 5 BB
33 STL Carlos Martinez Springfield AA Temporary Inactive List
34 KC Kyle Zimmer Wilmington A+ 5 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
35 TOR Aaron Sanchez Dunedin A+ 5 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
36 NYY Gary Sanchez Tampa A+ 7-17, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 SB
37 BAL Kevin Gausman Bowie AA 4 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, L
38 BOS Matt Barnes Portland AA Makes debut today
39 CHC Albert Almora Extended ST TBD
40 MIN Alex Meyer New Britain AA 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 8 K
41 NYY Mason Williams Tampa A+ 6-16, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB
42 CHC Jorge Soler Daytona A+ 7-16, 2 HR, 3 RBI
43 STL Trevor Rosenthal St. Louis MLB 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
44 TB Taylor Guerrieri Bowling Green A Makes debut today
45 TB Jake Odorizzi Durham AAA Makes debut today
46 TB Chris Archer Durham AAA 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, W
47 SEA Nick Franklin Tacoma AAA Flu-like symptoms
48 OAK Addison Russell Stockton A+ 2-8, 2 BB
49 MIN Kyle Gibson Rochester AAA 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 4 K
50 SD Jedd Gyorko San Diego MLB 6-23, 3 2B, 3 RBI
51 CIN Robert Stephenson Dayton A 5 IP,
52 WSH Brian Goodwin Harrisburg AA 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
53 SD Max Fried Fort Wayne A 4 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
54 PIT Alen Hanson Bradenton A+ 4-19, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 SB
55 SD Rymer Liriano DL
56 TB Hak-Ju Lee Durham AAA 4-11, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 3 SB
57 HOU George Springer Corpus Christi AA 3-14, 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI
58 COL David Dahl Extended ST TBD 0-4**
59 KC Yordano Ventura NW Arkansas AA 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
60 PHI Jesse Biddle Reading AA 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
61 SEA James Paxton Jackson AAA 4 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
62 COL Nolan Arenado Colorado Springs AAA 7-13, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI
63 CIN Didi Gregorius DL
64 MIL Wily Peralta Milwaukee MLB 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, L
65 PIT Gregory Polanco Bradenton A+ 4-15, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB
66 CIN Tony Cingrani Louisville AAA 6 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 14 K
67 LAA Kaleb Cowart Arkansas AA 1-12, 1 SB
68 CWS Courtney Hawkins Winston-Salem A+ 1-10, 1 SB
69 SD Casey Kelly DL
70 MIA Jake Marisnick DL
71 BOS Allen Webster Pawtucket AAA 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
72 MIA Justin Nicolino Jupiter A+ 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, L
73 SD Austin Hedges Lake Elsinore A+ 1-14, 1 SB
74 WSH Lucas Giolito DL
75 NYY Tyler Austin Trenton AA 4-13, 2 2B, 1 RBI
76 LAD Yasiel Puig Chattanooga AA 5-10, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB
77 ARI Matt Davidson Tucson AAA 7-18, 1 HR, 4 RBI
78 LAD Zach Lee Chattanooga AA 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
79 STL Kolten Wong Memphis AAA 4-16, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 SB
80 PHI Ethan Martin Lehigh Valley AAA 4.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
81 MIA Andrew Heaney DL
82 MIA Adeiny Hechavarria Miami MLB 6-20, 1 R
83 STL Michael Wacha Memphis AAA 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
84 TEX Luis Sardinas Myrtle Beach A+ 4-12, 1 RBI
85 LAD Joc Pederson Chattanooga AA 3-14, 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB
86 SF Kyle Crick San Jose A+ 4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
87 TEX Cody Buckel Frisco AA 2.2 IP, 5 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, 2 K
88 TEX Jorge Alfaro Hickory A 3-10, 1 2B, 1 RBI
89 HOU Jarred Cosart Oklahoma City AAA 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
90 TOR Roberto Osuna Lansing A 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, W
91 WSH A.J. Cole Potomac A+ 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
92 DET Bruce Rondon Toledo AAA 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
93 MIN Oswaldo Arcia Rochester AAA 6-15, 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI
94 BOS Henry Owens Salem A+ 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
95 TEX Martin Perez DL
96 BOS Jose Iglesias Boston MLB 9-17, 2 2B, 1 RBI
97 SD Adam Eaton DL
98 MIN Aaron Hicks Minnesota MLB 2-26, 3 RBI
99 COL Trevor Story Modesto A+ 1-15, 1 R
100 SF Gary Brown Fresno AAA 4-18, 1 3B, 1 RBI

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’s coverage of prospects (and there’s plenty this time of year) on

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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