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Updated: 2017-05-26T17:10:02-04:00


Minor League Ball Gameday, Friday, May 26th, 2017



Dinelson Lamet shines in MLB debut for Padres, while Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter in Triple-A

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Friday, May 26th, 2017. Let’s get started.

****Today’s Minor League Scoreboard

****Today’s MLB scoreboard

****Yesterday’s Highlights can be found in the Thursday discussion thread.


****San Diego Padres rookie Dinelson Lamet was impressive in his major league debut against the New York Mets, going five innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks, while fanning eight. He was clocked as high as 98 MPH by PitchFx.

****Chicago White Sox pitching prospect Lucas Giolito threw a seven-inning no-hitter for Triple-A Charlotte in the International League on Thursday. He did give up three walks while fanning three. On the season Giolito now has a 5.44 ERA in 46 innings with a 43/25 K/BB. This is certainly disappointing given the hype and glowing scouting reports over the last few years, but he is still only 22 years old and it is much too soon to give up on him. I do wonder if he would be better off in the bullpen however.

****Atlanta Braves pitching prospect Ian Anderson fanned 11 with one walk, one hit, and no runs allowed in six innings yesterday for Rome in the Low-A South Atlantic League. The 2016 first-rounder now has a 3.73 ERA in 41 innings with a 59/22 K/BB and just 34 hits allowed over nine starts. He’s just 19, so no need for the Braves to rush him.

MLB Rookie Profile: Tyler Danish, RHP, Chicago White Sox



White Sox rookie Tyler Danish will start Game Two of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers. Here are tips on what to expect.

The Chicago White Sox have promoted right-handed pitching prospect Tyler Danish to the major league roster. He’s scheduled to start the second game of Saturday’s double-header against the Detroit Tigers. Here’s a quick take on what to expect.

Danish was drafted by the White Sox in the second round in 2013 from high school in Plant City, Florida. He dominated at the lower levels and was promoted quickly, reaching Double-A in 2015 at the age of 20.

He did not have a particularly effective 2016 season, posting a 4.82 ERA in 105 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. He walked just 26 but only fanned 68 while giving up 110 hits. He did appear briefly in the majors with the Sox, giving up six hits, three walks, and two runs in 1.2 innings.

Danish was rated as a Grade C prospect pre-season and was in the unranked category on the Chicago White Sox Top 20 prospects list for 2017. He’s been solid this year in Triple-A, posting a 3.15 ERA in 46 innings with a 23/13 K/BB, 45 hits allowed, and a 1.38 GO/AO ratio.

Listed at 6-0, 200, Danish is a right-handed hitter and thrower born September 12, 1994. His fastball tops out at 93 MPH and averages 91 but he locates it well. He also has a cutter, a more traditional slider, and a change-up. The change is probably his best pitch overall and in general he is not overpowering, relying on command and deception.

He had problems with control during his brief MLB trial last year but has done a good job throwing strikes in the minors. With more MLB adjustment time he could be a viable fifth starter, avoiding walks and relying on his defense.

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MLB Rookie Profile: Juan Minaya, RHP, Chicago White Sox



Here’s a quick look at the newest member of the White Sox bullpen, right-hander Juan Minaya.

This afternoon the Chicago White Sox promoted right-handed pitching prospect Juan Minaya to the major league roster. Here’s a quick look at what to expect.

Minaya is from the Dominican Republic and was originally signed by the Houston Astros as a free agent in 2009. A mediocre starting pitcher at the lower levels, he converted to relief in 2014 and improved, reaching Double-A for the first time.

He earned a spot on the 40-man roster late in 2015 but the Astros ultimately did not have room for him and he was claimed on waivers by the White Sox last June.

He posted a 3.63 ERA in 52 innings in Triple-A between the two organizations last year with a 47/20 K/BB. He also saw action in 10 major league innings for the White Sox, giving up six runs with a 6/5 K/BB.

Minaya was rated as a Grade C prospect pre-season, unranked on the Chicago White Sox Top 20 prospects for 2017 list. He had a 1.23 ERA in 15 innings in Triple-A this year with an 11/4 K/BB.

Listed at 6-4, 210, Minaya is a right-handed hitter and thrower born September 18th, 1990. He’s got a pretty good fastball at 91-96 MPH, averaging 94. He can mix in a low-to-mid-80s change-up and has a breaking ball that can go as low as 78 MPH but is usually around 83.

Minaya shuts down right-handed hitters but has more difficulty with lefties. He will fit best in short/middle relief but won’t get a chance to close unless his ability to deal with southpaw hitters improves.

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2017 MLB Draft Profile: Nick Allen, SS, San Diego, California



California prep infielder Nick Allen features an outstanding glove and a chance to hit

Earlier today we looked at Jeter Downs, a Florida high school shortstop projected to be an early pick in the upcoming 2017 MLB Draft. On the other side of the country is Nick Allen, prep shortstop from San Diego, California, and another projected early pick. Let’s take a look.


Nick Allen attends Francis W. Parker high school in San Diego. He has been a fixture on the showcase circuit for years, his Perfect Game profile showing his presence at key events all the way back to 2012. Scouts are obviously extremely familiar with him and have a comfortable read on both his strengths and weaknesses.

Listed at 5-9, 160, Allen is a right-handed hitter and thrower born October, 8th, 1998. He has a college commitment to the University of Southern California but should be signable if drafted where his talent warrants.


Allen draws constant praise for his speed, arm strength, and defensive skills. While he’s not physically imposing on the field, there’s tremendous athleticism and wiry strength in his body. He draws 60-65 grades for his speed, 55 grades for his arm, and 65-70 grades for his baseball instincts and feel for fielding. There’s no question he can remain at shortstop and many observers see Gold Glove ability.

His offensive game revolves around speed and aggression on the bases combined with line drive hitting. His pure hitting ability is respected and his bat is relatively polished. His makeup and general baseball acumen are superb.


Allen’s power is the weakest tool by far: pessimists give him a 30 for raw power. He doesn’t have to hit homers to be a valuable hitter, of course, but some worry that he won’t be able to handle advanced pitching and could get the bat knocked out of his hands too often.

That said, there are fewer doubters than there were six months ago and the general idea is that he should at least hit for a decent average.


The consensus is that Allen could go anywhere from the back half of the first round to early in the second. Quality defensive shortstops with a chance to hit are rare. That factor, combined with the love that scouts have for his makeup, could result in an earlier selection than most currently project. It is plausible he could sneak into the middle of the round.


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2017 MLB Draft Profile: Jeter Downs, SS, Miami, Florida



Fast-rising shortstop Jeter Downs has more than just a terrific baseball name

“Jeter Downs” is probably the best pure baseball name in the 2017 MLB Draft. That said, Downs would interest major league clubs even if he was named “John Smith” due to his broad range of physical tools and improving skills. Let’s take a look.


Jeter Downs is a shortstop from Monsignor Pace high school in Miami, Florida. A showcase player as early as 2013, he has been renowned for his athleticism and defense and has taken steps forward offensively this spring.

Downs is committed to his hometown University of Miami Hurricanes for baseball. A year ago it looked likely that he’d head to college, but with his stock rising this spring the chances that he gets into pro ball are increasing.

Listed at 6-0, 180, Downs is a right-handed hitter and thrower born July 27th, 1998. He is a native of San Andres, an island in the Caribbean, but moved to Florida when he was a young child. And yes, he was named for Derek Jeter.


Downs has a perfect shortstop toolset, with above-average range at shortstop, a 55-60 arm, all combined with solid reliability and instincts for his age. He has a good chance to stick at the position. His running speed is above average (55 or 60 depending on the source) in pure timing terms but he is an effective and aggressive baserunner which helps the speed play up. He could steal 20 bases per year.

Offensively, he is a line drive hitter who has started to show more power this spring, enough to quell concerns that he needed to develop his bat in college. His makeup, work ethic, and presence on the field are all positives.


Power was the main question four months ago but scouts report an increase in bat speed and production from Downs this spring. There’s still some question about how this will all play at higher levels and of course like all young hitters we’ll have to see if he manages wood bats and pro pitching as well as he’s handled high school. We’ll also have to see if his plate discipline and OBP skills are good enough for him to be an ideal leadoff hitter.

He turns 19 in July, making him one of the older top high school prospects, although that’s hardly his fault.


Downs was viewed as a fourth or fifth round talent a year ago and someone who could end up in college. His stock has risen to around the second round now, with some chance he could get into the supplemental round. That would probably be enough to keep him from the Hurricanes, although only Downs and his advisors know for sure.

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MLB Rookie Profile: Sam Travis, 1B, Boston Red Sox



Red Sox rookie Sam Travis brings his right-handed bat to Fenway Park.

This afternoon the Boston Red Sox promoted first base prospect Sam Travis to the major league roster. Here’s a quick look at what to expect.

The Red Sox drafted Travis in the second round in 2014 from Indiana University. He was a potent bat for three seasons in the Hoosiers lineup, hitting a combined .327/.410/.544 in 721 at-bats, and also had an excellent track record in wooden-bat college summer ball.

He got his pro career off to a strong debut after signing, hitting .316/.351/.467 between the New York-Penn and South Atlantic Leagues, then continued to rip up the Carolina and Eastern Leagues in 2015 with a .307/.381/.452 line. A torn ACL cut short his 2016 season in Triple-A but he’s rebounded this year, hitting 286/.353/.452 in Triple-A.

Travis ranked fifth on the pre-season Boston Red Sox Top 20 prospects list for 2017 with the following comment:

5) Sam Travis, 1B, Grade B-: Age 23, second round pick in 2014 from Indiana University; hit .272/.332/.434 with six homers in 173 at-bats in Triple-A until season ended early with knee injury; scouts love the bat and they aren’t easily impressed with right-handed hitting first baseman; projects as .280ish hitter with moderate power; defensively limited to first base due to lack of speed or plus arm strength; should be ready soon if healthy. ETA late 2017.

Listed at 6-0, 205, Travis is a right-handed hitter and thrower born August 27, 1993. His glove at first base is adequate at best; he catches what he get to, but lacks range and agility and doesn’t run or throw well enough to be attractive as a potential outfielder.

What he does is hit: his combination of plate discipline and bat speed should play well at the major league level. His swing is more of a line drive producer than a loft stroke but his pop should not be underestimated. He can mash homers to left field or line doubles the opposite way and has shown few weaknesses in the minors, able to handle both fastballs and breaking stuff.

Long-term he projects as a first baseman/DH and I’ll stick with my pre-season projection that he can hit .280 with moderate power, with more possible eventually. Here’s a look at what he can do when he gets a hold of something.

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2017 MLB Draft: player profile index


Here’s a centralized index for Minor League Ball’s 2017 MLB Draft coverage. COLLEGE HITTERSJake Burger, 3B, Missouri State University (posted February 19, 2017)Greg Deichmann, OF, Louisiana State University (5/19/2017)Stuart Fairchild, OF, Wake Forest University (5/25/2017)Adam Haseley, OF, University of Virginia (posted 5/8/2017)Keston Hiura, OF-DH, University of California-Irvine (5/17/2017)Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt University (3/6/2017)Brent Rooker, 1B-OF, Mississippi State University (5/5/2017)Pavin Smith, 1B, University of Virginia (4/17/2017)Logan Warmoth, SS, University of North Carolina (4/14/2017)Evan White, 1B, University of Kentucky (5/16/2017) COLLEGE PITCHERSJ.B. Bukauskas, RHP, University of North Carolina (3/12/2017)Griffin Canning, RHP, UCLA (May 1, 2017)Garrett Cave, RHP, University of Tampa (posted February 20, 2017)Wil Crowe, RHP, University of South Carolina (5/25/2017)Alex Faedo, RHP, University of Florida (posted March 3, 2017)Tanner Houck, RHP, University of Missouri (5/15/2017)Garett King, RHP, Cal Baptist (March 5, 2017)Alex Lange, RHP, Louisiana State University (March 2, 2017)Corbin Martin, RHP, Texas A&M University (5/22/2017)Brendan McKay, LHP-1B, University of Louisville (March 30, 2017)Matt Minnick, LHP, Mercyhurst (4/1/2017)Glenn Otto, RHP, Rice University (March 29, 2017)David Peterson, LHP, University of Oregon (5/3/2017)Jared Poche, LHP, Louisiana State University (3/11/2017)Seth Romero, LHP, University of Houston (3/7/2017)Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt University (5/2/2017) HIGH SCHOOL HITTERSJordon Adell, OF, Louisville, Kentucky (4/28/2017)Austin Beck, OF, Arcadia, North Carolina (4/18/2017)Royce Lewis, SS-OF, JSerra High School, San Juan Capistrano, California (3/24/2017)Nick Pratto, 1B, Huntington Beach, California (5/12/2017)Bubba Thompson, OF, Mobile, Alabama (5/8/2017) HIGH SCHOOL PITCHERS Shane Baz, RHP, Concordia Lutheran High School, Texas (2/23/2017)Sam Carlson, RHP, Burnsville, Minnesota (5/15/2017)Hans Crouse, RHP, Dana Point, California (5/23/2017)Blayne Enlow, RHP, St. Amant, Louisiana (5/22/2017)MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Whiteville, North Carolina (5/12/2017)Hunter Greene, RHP, Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, California (3/1/2017)D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta, Georgia (5/15/2017)Jacob Heatherly, LHP, Cullman High School, Alabama (3/2/2017)Trevor Rogers, LHP, Carlsbad, New Mexico (5/18/2017) [...]

Minor League Ball Gameday, Thursday, May 25th, 2017



Jose Berrios continues rolling for the Twins, while Phillies prospect Ranger Suarez, Cardinals outfielder Jose Adolis Garcia, and Orioles prospect Austin Hays highlight yesterday’s minor league action

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Thursday, May 25th, 2017. Let’s get started.

****Today’s Minor League Scoreboard

****Today’s MLB scoreboard

****Yesterday’s Highlights can be found in the Wednesday discussion thread.


****Minnesota Twins right-hander Jose Berrios threw 6.1 innings against the Baltimore Orioles, allowing four hits, two walks, and three runs but fanning seven and breaking off pitches like this:

****Seven shutout innings from Philadelphia Phillies pitching prospect Ranger Suarez for Low-A Lakewood in the South Atlantic League, with 10 strikeouts, four hits, and one walk. The Venezuelan lefty now has a 2.01 ERA in 45 innings with a 56/13 K/BB.

****St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Jose Adolis Garcia went 4-for-7 in a doubleheader for Springfield in the Double-A Texas League. He’s now hitting .280/.344/.441 in 143 at-bats. The Cardinals spent $2,500,000 to sign the 24-year-old Cuban back in February.

****Baltimore Orioles outfield prospect Austin Hays hit three homers yesterday for the Frederick Keys in the High-A Carolina League. A third round pick in 2016 from Jacksonville University, Hays is now hitting .321/.358/.552 on the season. A caution flag is a 7/25 BB/K ratio in 165 at-bats but so far his aggressive approach hasn’t hurt him at all. He mashed the New York-Penn League last summer too (.336/.386/.514) and his excellent bat speed is perhaps too much for A-ball pitching. At this point I doubt he’s challenged until he reaches Double-A and sees better breaking stuff.