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Updated: 2018-04-21T14:26:24-04:00


Minor League Ball Gameday: Saturday, April 21, 2018



Your daily spot for baseball prospect discussion

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Saturday, April 21st, 2018.

****Yesterday’s Gameday thread is here.

****Today’s Morning Discussion is here.

****Today’s probable starters and minor league baseball schedule is here. Several games are already underway.

****Today’s MLB probable starters are here. There are no scheduled rookie starting pitchers today.

Minor League Ball Morning Report: April 21st, 2018



Yesterday’s highlights

Good morning everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Morning Report for Saturday, April 21st, 2018.


****Lourdes Gurriel Jr. made his Major League Debut for the Toronto Blue Jays, going 2-for-5 with three RBI. He was hitting .347/.382/.510 in Double-A before his promotion to The Show.

****Milwaukee Brewers prospect Lucas Erceg went 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI for Double-A Biloxi against Mobile. He’s now hitting .362/.424/.500.

****Chicago White Sox pitching prospect Michael Kopech fanned 10 over five innings of work for Triple-A Charlotte, giving up six hits and three runs with one walk.

****Arizona Diamondbacks rookie Matt Koch gave up one run on two hits and two walks, fanning four, in six innings of work against the San Diego Padres.

****Los Angeles Angels outfield prospect Jo Adell went 4-for-6 with a home run and eight RBI for Burlington in the Low-A Midwest League, leading the Bees to a 28-7 stomping of Quad Cities.

****You can find additional highlights in yesterday’s Gameday Discussion thread.


****I will be answering questions on and off this weekend in the All Questions Answered comments section.

Minor League Ball Gameday: Friday, April 20th, 2018



Your daily spot for prospect discussion. . .

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Friday, April 20th, 2018. Let’s get down to business.

****Yesterday’s Gameday discussion thread is here.

****Today’s Morning Report is here.

****Today’s minor league baseball schedule and probable starters are here.

****Probable starters of interest today include Atlanta Braves prospect Ian Anderson for High-A Florida; Houston Astros prospect Brett Adcock for High-A Buies Creek; Kansas City Royals prospect Daniel Tillo for Low-A Lexington; Chicago White Sox prospect Ian Clarkin for Double-A Birmingham; Baltimore Orioles prospect Hunter Harvey for Double-A Bowie; and San Diego Padres lefty Eric Lauer for Triple-A El Paso.

****Today’s MLB schedule of probable pitchers is here. Miami Marlins right-hander Trevor Richards and Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Matt Koch are the only scheduled rookie starters.

All Questions Answered



Answers (some may be accurate!) to your prospect questions

Here’s an All Questions Answered thread. I will keep this open Friday evening and most of Saturday. Ask questions in the comments section and I will answer to the best of my ability in the coming days.

Ground rules:

****One question per poster please.

****Please do not disguise multiple questions as one question.

****This is rapid-fire format. If a question requires substantial research or is simply too broad, it may be punted or (sometimes) turned into an idea for a separate article.

Have at it!

2018 MLB Draft: Nick Madrigal, 2B, Oregon State University


OSU infielder returns from injury, should still go early in the ‘18 draft On Thursday, Oregon State University second baseman Nick Madrigal returned to action after missing seven weeks with a wrist injury, going 2-for-4 in OSU’s 5-2 victory over the University of Oregon Ducks. Madrigal entered the spring as one of the top prospects available for the 2018 MLB draft. Despite his long absence from the lineup, he is still expected to be picked very early. Madrigal played high school baseball in Elk Grove, California. He was well-known to scouts and was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 17th round of the 2015 draft. Madrigal didn’t sign (obviously) and honored his commitment to Oregon State. He got into 49 games as a freshman in ‘16, hitting .333/.380/.456 across 195 at-bats with eight steals in 10 attempts and a pleasant 15/14 BB/K ratio. He was even better as a sophomore, mashing at a .380/.449/.582 clip with 20 doubles, 16 steals in 20 attempts, 27 walks against just 16 strikeouts in 237 at-bats and putting him in line for the first round in ‘18. The wrist injury has limited Madrigal to 29 at-bats in 2018 but he’s been outstanding in that small sample, hitting .552/.581/.828 with a pair of home runs, three stolen bases, one walk, and zero strikeouts. The numbers are obviously gaudy but Madrigal has the tools to back them up. Speed is the best tool overall, with grades between 60 and 70 depending on the source. You can split the difference at 65 if you like, but everyone agrees that he’s an excellent baserunner with an ideal combination of instincts, athleticism, and aggression. Speed doesn’t matter much if you can’t get on base but Madrigal excels in that department, with a superior batting eye and contact ability. There’s plenty of bat speed and his power production has improved steadily. He should hit a substantial number of doubles and triples and has a shot at hitting double-digit homers down the line. He can bunt, too, if you’re interested in small ball. Madrigal plays second base for the Beavers due to the presence of Cadyn Grenier at shortstop. Madrigal is a tremendous second baseman, going so far as to say he could be a Gold Glover someday. His arm and range are good enough for him to be a plausible shortstop, too. To top it all off, his makeup is considered superb. The only negative here is size: Madrigal is listed at 5-7, 165. Not long ago that might have been enough to keep him out of the first round entirely, but the superior careers of Dustin Pedroia and Jose Altuve plus the increased emphasis on analytics when evaluating college players makes the size factor negligible at this point. Nobody holds his height against him, not with his overall balance of skills and tools. Barring a catastrophic injury (the wrist doesn’t count) or other unforeseen disaster, Madrigal is a certain first round pick, a virtual lock for the top ten, probably in the top five, and possibly in the top three. Baseball America video: src="" style="border: 0; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;" allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no"> Fangraphs video: src="" style="border: 0; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;" allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no"> [...]

Minor League Ball Morning Report: April 20th, 2018



Prospect highlights and recommended reading

Good morning everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Morning Report for Friday, April 20th, 2018. Let’s get started.


****Yesterday I wrote a piece about Miami Marlins rookies Lewis Brinson and Brian Anderson, discussing Brinson’s early struggles in 2018 and noting that he had yet to produce an extra-base hit. Brinson responded by hitting two homers against the Milwaukee Brewers.

****Chicago White Sox prospect Blake Rutherford went 4-for-5 with four RBI for High-A Winson-Salem and is now hitting .404/.442/.553 in 47 at-bats over 11 games.

****Philadelphia Phillies outfield prospect and 2016 first-round pick Mickey Moniak went 3-for-5 for High-A Clearwater. He hasn’t had a good year overall, hitting .200/.228/.236 in 55 at-bats over 13 contests.

****St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Jack Flaherty continues mowing down Triple-A hitters, throwing seven innings for the Memphis Redbirds against Omaha with two hits, one walk, one run, and six strikeouts.

****Baltimore Orioles lefty pitching prospect Keegan Akin fired six innings for Double-A Bowie with four hits and one run allowed, zero walks, and seven strikeouts.

****Milwaukee Brewers prospect Corbin Burnes threw 6.1 shutout innings for Triple-A Colorado Springs, giving up three hits and one walk with nine strikeouts.

****More highlights can be found in yesterday’s Gameday discussion thread.


****The mandatory Ben Badler link.

****Kiley McDaniel and Eric Longerhagen at Fangraphs did a top ten pick Mock Draft.

Minor League Ball Gameday: Thursday, April 19th, 2018



Your daily spot for baseball prospect talk. . .

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Thursday, April 19th, 2018. I was busy with family matters this morning and haven’t yet reviewed yesterday’s prospect highlights, but since today’s minor league slate has already started, I wanted to get this posted now.

Morning Report will return as normal tomorrow.

****Yesterday’s Gameday discussion thread is here.

****Today’s minor league baseball schedule is here.

****Probable starters of interest today include Atlanta Braves prospect Joey Wentz for High-A Florida; Boston Red Sox prospect Tanner Houck for High-A Salem; and Houston Astros prospect Rogelio Armenteros dueling against New York Mets prospect Corey Oswalt in the Fresno/Las Vegas Pacific Coast League game.

****Today’s probable major league starters are here. The only scheduled rookie starter is Dillon Peters of the Miami Marlins.

Thoughts on Marlins rookies Lewis Brinson and Brian Anderson


A reader asks how long the Marlins should be patient I’ve got two related questions in the mailbag about Miami Marlins prospects Lewis Brinson and Brian Anderson. First, this one from back on April 5th: “If Lewis Brinson gets off to a slow start, how long should the Marlins stay with him?”—-John R. from Alabama Then this one came in a couple of days ago: “Two questions: Lewis Brinson is sinking my team, time to cut bait? And will Brian Anderson show more power eventually?”—-C.T., Augusta, GA If you’re not keeping close track, Brinson is off to a very slow start, hitting .131/.185/.131 through 16 games, 61 at-bats. He has zero extra base hits and has fanned 20 times against three walks. Anderson has been much better, hitting .246/.387/.361 with 11 walks and 10 strikeouts in 61 at-bats. Answering the questions in reverse order: A) Yes, I think Anderson will eventually show more power. He hit 22 homers in the high minors last season and while I don’t think he will be a huge power masher, he should eventually provide double-digit home run production, say 15ish, with a high OBP and reasonable defense. He could exceed that especially when he gets into his late 20s. Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images B) Fantasy-wise, what you should do with Brinson depends on the way your league is structured. In a long-term keeper context, I think he’s worth holding onto given the “don’t sell low” principle, though shuffling him to the reserve roster for the moment seems wise. In a shorter-term situation or in a league without a farm roster, if you need Brinson to produce now, trading or cutting him is probably the right thing. C) As for what the real-life Marlins will do, right now they seem committed to letting Brinson work out his problems with a bit of time off from regular duty and more work in the batting cage. Joe Frisaro at noted last week that the Marlins want to make sure he stays on-track emotionally while making adjustments, noting that “. . .as long as he’s working hard and adjusting, and not showing signs of losing confidence, he likely will stay. . .” on the roster. I think that’s the right move. Brinson crushed Triple-A last year and there isn’t really much left for him to learn in the Pacific Coast League. The only reason to send him down would be to restore his confidence if it starts to slip. That may be necessary at some point but I don’t think we’re there yet. [...]