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Updated: 2017-08-22T16:55:02-04:00


Minor League Ball Gameday: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017



Astros prospect A.J. Reed, Indians prospect Francisco Mejia, and Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis led Monday’s minor league performers. What will happen today?

Here’s the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017. Let’s get down to business!

****Today’s Minor League Scoreboard

****Today’s MLB scoreboard

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

****Analysis of all the deadline trades involving prospects can be found here.


****Houston Astros first base prospect A.J. Reed went 3-for-5 with two home runs and six RBI for Triple-A Fresno against Reno in Pacific Coast League play.

****Cleveland Indians catching prospect Francisco Mejia went 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored for Double-A Akron. He’s now hitting .307/.358/.509 in 316 at-bats.

****Boston Red Sox third base prospect Michael Chavis went 4-for-4 for Double-A Portland. He’s now hitting .280/.335/.540 in 200 at-bats since being promoted to the Eastern League from High-A on June 22nd.

****Milwaukee Brewers pitching prospect Corbin Burnes threw eight shutout innings for Double-A Biloxi against Mobile in Southern League play, giving up two hits and two walks while fanning eight. He now has a 1.97 ERA in 78 innings for the Shuckers with an 80/12 K/BB.

****Pittsburgh Pirates infield prospect Cole Tucker went 3-for-4 with a home run for Double-A Altoona.

Shallow Angels farm system has value at the top


At last, there’s youth to be excited about in Anaheim Almost 30 miles north of where Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels play, the Dodgers have built themselves a baseball empire. With endless dollars to spend, the superior L.A. club has nevertheless loaded up with young talent. Some of the team’s best players came from scouting and drafting, rather than the tilted open market that is free agency. Clayton Kershaw, Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger all arrived in Dodger blue via the draft. Their Los Angeles American League counterparts haven’t fared nearly as well. The Angels hit the jackpot in the 2009 MLB Draft. Through a comp pick via the loss of Mark Teixeira —who the Angels had only rented from the Braves for Casey Kotchman— the club selected Mike Trout 25th overall. Other than Trout, it’s been a serious wasteland of young talent in Anaheim. Since scooping up what has become baseball’s best talent in 2009, the draft has produced the likes of Kaleb Cowart (2010), C.J. Cron (2011) and Taylor Ward (2015). The former two have become semi-regulars while Ward has yet to materialize. The club did scoop up Mike Clevinger in 2011 and Sean Newcomb in 2014. Clevinger was dealt to Cleveland for reliever Vinnie Pestano and Newcomb to Atlanta for shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Photo Credit: Stephen A. Cirinna Jahmai Jones They didn’t pick in the first round in 2012 or 2013, forfeiting the selections to sign free agents Albert Pujols (in 2011) and Josh Hamilton (2012). They also surrendered their second-rounder in 2011 to sign C.J. Wilson. Jerry Dipoto (who now GM’s division foe Seattle) had a pretty rough go of things at the end of his Angels’ tenure. The injury bug did destroy some of his more promising ventures. Flipping Howie Hendrick for Andrew Heaney, who got hurt. Trading Mark Trumbo for Tyler Skaggs (who he had previously dealt to Arizona for Dan Haren), who got hurt. Snagging Nick Tropeano from the Astros (as well as once promising catcher Carlos Perez) for Hank Conger. Tropeano too would get hurt. Because of the free agent frenzy and missing on the picks they managed to keep, the Angels farm system has been one to ignore for several seasons. Last season marked a re-entry into the prospect game when outfielder Jahmai Jones started cracking Top 100 lists. Jones, a second round pick in 2015, has always been a high-ceiling guy with just as low of a floor. Such is prospect life. He’s fulfilled his potential thus far and since moving to High-A Inland Empire in late July has taken off. He’s played 30 games in High-A. He has hits in 29 of them. This includes a 23-game hit streak (as of August 22nd) and for the Empire he’s had three three-hit games and eight two-hit games. En fuego. If not Jones, the top prospect in the system is largely considered newcomer Jordon “Jo” Adell. Adell was selected 10th overall this past June and is the highest Angels draft pick since back, back, back in 2000 when the club selected lefty Joe Torres. Adell is an outfielder like Jones and the goal is obviously to see them as teammates in the bigs come 2020. Also similar to Jones is his makeup. They both have some pop and can absolutely run. Photo Credit: Twitter (@jordonadell) Jo Adell If it’s neither of these guys, perhaps it’s Matt Thaiss. The Angels’ top selection in 2016 topped John Sickels’ Angels list entering the year and has done little to jeopardize his spot there. After slashing .265/.353/.399 with eight homers and four steals at High-A, he made the key jump to Double-A Mobile. Like Jones, advancing levels only made him better. Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images Matt Thaiss Over a third of his 37 games for the BayBears have been multi-hit efforts, adding up to a .316 average and .416 OBP so far. A catcher in college, he now plays first base full-time and while that position is absolutely open at the big league level, he doesn’t profile as your stereotypical power bat at first. S[...]

2017 Minor League Ball MLB prospect index


A centralized index for 2017 MLB prospect reports and content from Minor League Ball. This will be updated as the season progresses. Top 205 MLB Prospects for 2017Index of Top 20 reports per teamPre-Season Farm System Rankings Mid-Season Organization Review Index Individual Reports for HITTERS Ronald Acuna, OF, Atlanta Braves (7/20/2017)Lane Adams, OF, Atlanta Braves (4/26/2017)Jo Adell, OF, Los Angeles Angels (8/7/2017)Jesus Aguilar, 1B, Milwaukee Brewers (4/10/2017)Ozzie Albies, 2B, Atlanta Braves (8/1/2017)Anthony Alford, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (5/19/2017)Albert Almora, OF, Chicago Cubs (4/6/2017)Brian Anderson, INF, Miami Marlins (8/18/2017)Miguel Andujar, 3B, New York Yankees (6/28/2017) (8/12/2017)Christian Arroyo, INF, San Francisco Giants (4/25/2017)Carlos Asuaje, INF, San Diego Padres (5/24/2017)Tyler Austin, 1B, New York Yankees (6/28/2017) Harrison Bader, OF, St. Louis Cardinals (7/26/2017)Austin Barnes, C-INF, Los Angeles Dodgers (4/5/2017)Franklin Barreto, INF, Oakland Athletics (5/27/2017) (UPDATE 6/24/2017)Rafael Bautista, OF, Washington Nationals (5/1/2017)Matt Beaty, 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers (6/16/2017 INTERVIEW)Cody Bellinger, 1B-OF, Los Angeles Dodgers (4/25/2017)Andrew Benintendi, OF, Boston Red Sox (4/5/2017)Bo Bichette, SS, Toronto Blue Jays (7/14/2017)Greg Bird, 1B, New York Yankees (3/3/2017)Jorge Bonifacio, OF, Kansas City Royals (4/21/2017)Chris Bostick, INF, Pittsburgh Pirates (5/10/2017)Lewis Brinson, OF, Milwaukee Brewers (6/12/2017)Jeimer Candelario, 3B, Chicago Cubs (5/10/2017)Johan Camargo, INF, Atlanta Braves (6/21/2017)Victor Caratini, C, Chicago Cubs (6/28/2017)Matt Chapman, 3B, Oakland Athletics (6/20/2017)William Contreras, C, Atlanta Braves (8/1/2017)Garrett Cooper, 1B, New York Yankees (7/17/2017)Franchy Cordero, OF, San Diego Padres (6/1/2017)Allen Cordoba, INF-OF, San Diego Padres (4/3/2017)Dylan Cozens, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (3/2/2017)Brett Cumberland, C, Atlanta Braves (6/15/2017) Matt Davidson, 3B, Chicago White Sox (4/13/2017)Nicky Delmonico, 3B-OF, Chicago White Sox (8/2/2017)Paul DeJong, INF, St. Louis Cardinals (5/30/2017)Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox (7/18/2017) (update 7/24/2017)Elias Diaz, C, Pittsburgh Pirates (5/2/2017)Yandy Diaz, INF, Cleveland Indians (2/22/2017)  (Update 3/27/2018)Chris DeVito, 1B, Kansas City Royals (5/1/2017)Samir Duenez, 1B, Kansas City Royals (7/6/2017) Adam Engel, OF, Chicago White Sox (5/27/2017)Sandro Fabian, OF, San Francisco Giants (5/12/2017)Derek Fisher, OF, Houston Astros (6/20/2017)Estevan Florial, OF, New York Yankees (6/30/2017)Nolan Fontana, INF, Los Angeles Angels (5/23/2017)Ti'Quan Forbes, 3B, Texas Rangers (6/5/2017)Dustin Fowler, OF, New York Yankees (6/30/2017)Clint Frazier, OF, New York Yankees (7/1/2017) Cam Gallagher, C, Kansas City Royals (8/9/2017)Willy Garcia, OF, Chicago White Sox (5/3/2017)Casey Gillaspie, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays (7/9/2017)Miguel Gomez, INF, San Francisco Giants (7/10/2017)Erik Gonzalez, INF-OF, Cleveland Indians (5/14/2017)Jacob Gonzalez, 3B-1B, San Francisco Giants (8/14/2017)Brian Goodwin, OF, Washington Nationals (5/9/2017)Zack Granite, OF, Minnesota Twins (7/10/2017)Yuli Gurriel, OF-1B, Houston Astros (8/4/2017) Ian Happ, OF, Chicago Cubs (5/13/2017) (More scouting details 5/13/2017)Mitch Haniger, OF, Seattle Mariners (3/28/2017)Alen Hanson, INF-OF, Pittsburgh Pirates (4/11/2017)Kyle Higashioka, C, New York Yankees (4/9/2017)Marco Hernandez, INF, Boston Red Sox (4/12/2017)Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Houston Astros (4/26/2017)John Hicks, C, Detroit Tigers (4/24/2017)Rhys Hoskins, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies (4/17/2017) (8/12/2017)Jared Hoying, OF, Texas Rangers (5/17/2017)Jae-Gyun Hwang, 3B, San Francisco Giants (6/29/2017) JaCoby Jones, INF-OF, Detroit Tigers (4/10/2017)Ryder Jones, 3B, San Francisco Giants (6/28/2017)Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees (3/30/2017) (5/12/2017) Scott Kingery, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies (6/3/2017)Patrick Kivlehan, OF, Cincinnati Reds (4/13/2017)Andrew Knapp, C, Philadelphia Phillies (4/6/2017) Ramon Laur[...]

Mid-Season organization prospect list review index


Here’s a centralized index for our mid-season prospect list reviews How did our pre-season organization prospect lists turn out? We check the lists every July to find out. Here’s what we have found for 2017; this index will be updated as each team review is complete. NATIONAL LEAGUE EASTAtlanta Braves (reviewed 7/14/2017)Miami Marlins (reviewed 8/14/2017)New York Mets (reviewed 7/25/2017)Philadelphia Phillies (reviewed 7/16/2017)Washington Nationals (reviewed 8/20/2017) AMERICAN LEAGUE EASTBaltimore Orioles (reviewed 8/16/2017)Boston Red Sox (reviewed 7/30/2017)New York Yankees (reviewed 8/13/2017) Tampa Bay Rays (reviewed 8/22/2017)Toronto Blue Jays (reviewed 7/21/2017) NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRALChicago Cubs (reviewed 8/8/2017)Cincinnati Reds (reviewed 8/15/2017)Milwaukee Brewers (reviewed 8/21/2017)Pittsburgh Pirates (reviewed 7/20/2017)St. Louis Cardinals (reviewed 7/29/2017) AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRALChicago White Sox (reviewed 7/24/2017)Cleveland Indians (reviewed 8/4/2017)Detroit Tigers (reviewed 8/19/2017)Kansas City Royals (reviewed 7/15/2017)Minnesota Twins (reviewed 7/12/2017) NATIONAL LEAGUE WESTArizona Diamondbacks (reviewed 7/23/2017)Colorado Rockies (reviewed 8/17/2017)Los Angeles Dodgers (reviewed 7/30/2017)San Diego Padres (reviewed 8/3/2017)San Francisco Giants (reviewed 8/22/2017) AMERICAN LEAGUE WESTHouston Astros (reviewed 8/2/2017)Los Angeles Angels (reviewed 8/14/2017)Oakland Athletics (reviewed 7/18/2017)Seattle Mariners (reviewed 8/21/2017)Texas Rangers (reviewed 7/28/2017) [...]

San Francisco Giants Top 20 prospects for 2017: Mid-season review


Finishing up our organization review series, we look at the San Francisco Giants. We continue our mid-season organization reviews with a look at the San Francisco Giants Top 20 Prospects from the beginning of 2017. The index for other team reviews can be found here. THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE OLD LIST. THIS IS NOT A NEW LIST. THESE ARE NOT NEW GRADES. This list was originally published December 20th, 2016. 1) Christian Arroyo, INF, Grade B+/B: Age 22, first round pick in 2013; hit .396/.461/.604 in 91 Triple-A at-bats, but just .192/.244/.304 in 125 major league at-bats; will obviously get more chances; on DL since July 3rd with broken hand. Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports Tyler Beede 2) Tyler Beede, RHP, Grade B/B+: Age 24, first round pick in 2014 out of Vanderbilt; 4.79 ERA in 109 innings in Triple-A, 83/39 K/BB, 121 hits; on disabled list with groin injury since July 25th and not expected back until fall; Pacific Coast League observers found him enigmatic, erratic from start to start with both stuff and command. 3) Bryan Reynolds, OF, Grade B-/B: Age 22, second round pick in 2016 out of Vanderbilt, good year in California League with .307/.359/.442 line in 443 at-bats; more game power would be nice but hard to complain overall. Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports Ty Blach 4) Ty Blach, LHP, Grade B-/B: Age 26, fifth round pick in 2012 from Creighton University in Omaha; 4.59 ERA in 139 major league innings, 67/32 K/BB, 155 hits; I think he’s capable of better. 5) Andrew Suarez, LHP, Grade B-/B: Age 24, second round pick in 2015 from University of Miami; 3.11 ERA in 142 innings between Double-A and Triple-A with 123/37 K/BB, 147 hits; the Ty Blach of 2018 and I don’t mean that in a bad way. 6) Steven Okert, LHP, Grade B-: Age 26, fourth round pick in 2012 from University of Oklahoma; solid in Triple-A (3.80 ERA in 21 innings, 18/6 K/BB) but still trying to lock down the majors (6.75 in 21 innings, 16/9 K/BB); I think he figures it out eventually. 7) Joan Gregorio, RHP, Grade B-: Age 25, 3.04 ERA in 74 innings in Triple-A, 61/35 K/BB; close to major league promotion until suspended on July 1st for PED use; will miss rest of season. 8) C.J. Hinojosa, SS, Grade B-: Age 23, 11th round pick in 2015 from University of Texas; hitting .279/.333/.352 in Double-A; should be very useful utility man due to glove. 9) Chris Shaw, 1B, Grade B-: Age 23, first round pick in 2015 from Boston College; hitting .290/.346/.526 between Double-A and Triple-A with 22 homers, 35 walks, 118 strikeouts in 420 at-bats; stock up, power is genuine. 10) Heath Quinn, OF, Grade B-: Age 22, third round pick in 2016 out of Samford; hitting .230/.288/.333 in High-A, 16 walks, 72 strikeouts in 230 at-bats; has the tools to be much better. 11) Steven Duggar, OF, Grade B-: Age 23, sixth round pick in 2015 out of Clemson; hitting .260/.371/.470 in High-A but limited to 115 at-bats by injuries; seven steals in seven attempts; easy to overlook but a typical Giants prospect who could overperform his press clippings eventually. Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports Austin Slater 12) Austin Slater, OF-2B, Grade B-/C+: Age 24, eighth round pick in 2014 out of Stanford; hit .290/.343/.430 in 100 major league at-bats until going on disabled list in July with groin injury; seems legit to me. 13) Chris Stratton, RHP, Grade C+/B-: Age 26, first round pick in 2012 from Mississippi State, 5.11 ERA in 79 innings in Triple-A, 71/22 K/BB; promoted to majors, 4.91 in 26 innings, 22/13 K/BB, fanned 10 in his start against the Nationals on August 13th; sleeper for ‘18. 14) Clayton Blackburn, RHP, Grade C+/B-: Age 24; traded to Texas Rangers on April 16th, has not had a good year in Triple-A; 5.33 ERA in 81 innings, 66/23 K/BB; was much better at this level in ‘15 and somewhat better in ‘16; I remain irrationally attached to him but not by enough to retain this grade head[...]

Tampa Bay Rays Top 20 prospects for 2017: Mid-season review


Checking in on the Tampa Bay Rays pre-season prospect list. We continue our mid-season organization reviews with a look at the Tampa Bay Rays Top 20 Prospects from the beginning of 2017. The index for other team reviews can be found here. THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE OLD LIST. THIS IS NOT A NEW LIST. THESE ARE NOT NEW GRADES. This list was originally published December 19th, 2016, and revised on February 13th, 2017. 1) Jose De Leon, RHP, Grade A/A-: Age 25, 24th round pick in 2013 by Dodgers from Southern University, traded to Rays on January 23rd for Logan Forsythe; 3.05 ERA in 38 innings between Triple-A and rehab work, 44/16 K/BB; has made three trips to the disabled list and is sidelined right now with elbow problems; I over-rated him here, should have been lower if only because of durability worries. 2) Willy Adames, SS, Grade B+/A-: Age 21, hitting .274/.366/.418 in Triple-A, nine homers, 63 walks, 112 whiffs in 445 at-bats, very steady player, has been on a hot streak lately however, don’t underestimate. 3) Brent Honeywell, RHP, Grade B+/A-: Age 22, 3.50 ERA in 131 innings between Double-A and Triple-A with excellent 167/32 K/BB, 128 hits, nothing left to prove in the minors, ready for a trial, has 73/14 K/BB in last 10 starts. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Jake Bauers 4) Jake Bauers, OF-1B, Grade B+: Age 21, hitting .265/.367/.418 with 12 homers, 68 walks, 15 steals in 431 at-bats in Triple-A; continues to demonstrate polished approach, OBP skills, but marginal home run game power for a corner guy. 5) Casey Gillaspie, 1B, Grade B/B+: Age 24, first round pick in 2014 from Wichita State; traded to Chicago White Sox for Dan Jennings on July 27th; hitting .222/.296/.395 in Triple-A with 11 homers, 44 walks, 88 strikeouts in 409 at-bats; quite disappointing. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Jacob Faria 6) Jake Faria, RHP, Grade B-/B: Age 24, strong major league debut with 3.32 ERA in 79 innings, 77/29 K/BB, 65 hits, does not look like a fluke to me, seems like his real level of ability; just placed on DL with abdominal strain. 7) Chih-Wei Hu, RHP, Grade B-/B: Age 23, signed by Twins out of Taiwan in 2013; stolen by Rays in Kevin Jepsen trade in ’15; has converted to relief with fine results, 3.14 ERA in 57 innings in Triple-A, 51/11 K/BB, and has allowed just two runs over eight major league innings. He’s good. 8) Jaime Schultz, RHP, Grade B-/B: Age 26, 14th round pick in 2013; missed much of season with groin injury but back in action now, 2.20 ERA in 16 innings between Triple-A and rehab work, 27/5 K/BB, ready for an MLB trial. 9) Jesus Sanchez, OF, Grade B-: Age 19, signed out of Dominican Republic in 2014 for $400,000; one of the favorites of the Minor League Ball community and for good reason, hitting .306/.348/.491 with 15 homers in Low-A Midwest League, hitting for average and power just as he did in the lower minors, has tools to go with the numbers. Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images Daniel Robertson 10) Daniel Robertson, SS, Grade B-: Age 23, hitting .214/.306/.344 in 192 major league at-bats; steady/solid infield glove; type of player who could have an offensive surge in his late 20s as he gets stronger. 11) Joshua Lowe, 3B, Grade B-: Age 19, first round pick in 2016 from high school in Georgia; hitting .269/.326/.392 with 22 steals, eight homers, 37 walks, 120 strikeouts in 413 at-bats in Low-A; an outfielder now and has adapted quickly to center field; still learning to tap power and manage zone. 12) Garrett Whitley, OF, Grade B-/C+: Age 20, first round pick in 2015 from high school in New York; hitting .255/.369/.435 with 12 homers, 16 steals in Low-A, part of an exciting outfield for Bowling Green this year with Sanchez and Lowe; Whitley has made progress refining his swing for power. 13) Kevin Padlo, 3B, Grade B-/C+: Age 21, fifth round pick in ’14 by Rockies, [...]

Minor League Ball Gameday: Monday, August 21st, 2017



Blake Snell has a strong game for the Rays, while Yankees prospect Miguel Andujar, Athletics prospect Max Schrock, and Reds farmhand Brandon Dixon thrived in Sunday’s minor league set. What will happen today?

Here’s the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Monday, August 21st, 2017. Let’s get down to business!

****Today’s Minor League Scoreboard

****Today’s MLB scoreboard

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

****Analysis of all the deadline trades involving prospects can be found here.


****Tampa Bay Rays lefty Blake Snell (not a rookie of course but still a young player establishing himself) went seven strong innings against the Seattle Mariners yesterday, giving up two hits and two walks while fanning eight.

****New York Yankees third base prospect Miguel Andujar went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run for Triple-A Scranton in International League action against Durham.

****Oakland Athletics infield prospect Max Schrock went 3-for-5 for Double-A Midland and is now hitting .323/.383/.432 on the season.

****Cincinnati Reds farmhand Brandon Dixon went 4-for-5 with three home runs and seven RBI for Triple-A Louisville against Rochester.

****Texas Rangers prospect Kyle Cody threw seven shutout innings for the High-A Down East Wood Ducks in Carolina League play against Buies Creek, giving up one hit and two walks while fanning eight.

Milwaukee Brewers Top 20 prospects for 2017: Mid-season review


Checking on the results from the pre-season 2017 Milwaukee Brewers prospect list. We continue our mid-season organization reviews with a look at the Milwaukee Brewers Top 20 Prospects from the beginning of 2017. The index for other team reviews can be found here. THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE OLD LIST. THIS IS NOT A NEW LIST. THESE ARE NOT NEW GRADES. This list was originally published January 17th, 2017, and revised February 13th, 2017. 1) Lewis Brinson, OF, Grade B+: Age 23, first round pick by the Rangers in 2012, acquired in 2016 Jonathan Lucroy deal; strong in Triple-A at .331/.400/.562, 13 homers, 11 steals; had problems in the majors at .106/.236/.277 in 47 at-bats but will obviously get more chances; currently on DL with hamstring injury and will miss rest of minor league season, may or may not be ready in September. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images Josh Hader 2) Josh Hader, LHP, Grade B+: Age 23, originally drafted by Orioles in 19th round in 2012, traded to Astros, then traded to Brewers; moved into major league bullpen in June and has performed well, 1.33 ERA in 27 innings, 34/19 K/BB, just 14 hits; walks need to come down long-term. 3) Corey Ray, OF, Grade B+: Age 22, first round pick in 2016 from University of Louisville; hitting .239/.312/.368 in High-A, seven homers, 23 steals, 43/142 BB/K ratio in 402 at-bats; a disappointing season, tools are here but less polish than expected. 4) Isan Diaz, INF, Grade B/B+: Age 21, comp round pick in 2014 by Diamondbacks, traded to Brewers in Jean Segura deal; hitting .225/.339/.374 with 12 homers, 62 walk, 116 strikeouts in 374 at-bats in High-A; not a great year but based on age and past track record I think he can adapt. 5) Mauricio Dubon, SS, Grade B: Age 23, drafted by Red Sox in 26th round in 2013, born in Honduras but went to high school in California, came to Milwaukee in 2016 Tyler Thornburg deal; hitting combined .273/.327/.378 between Double-A and Triple-A, 38 steals; may fit better at second base long-term, might show more power eventually. 6) Luis Ortiz, RHP, Grade B: Age 21, first round pick by Rangers in 2014, traded to Brewers in Lucroy package; 4.08 ERA with 73/32 K/BB in 83 innings in Double-A, 67 hits; not a great year but not terrible and pretty young for the level. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images Brandon Woodruff 7) Brandon Woodruff, RHP, Grade B: Age 24, 11th round pick in 2014 out of Mississippi State; 4.46 ERA in 73 innings in Triple-A, 71/25 K/BB, very credible for Colorado Springs; three major league starts with 1.62 ERA, 12/8 K/BB in 17 innings, ready for a full trial. 8) Phil Bickford, RHP, Grade B: Age 22, first round pick by Giants in 2015, traded to Brewers in August 2016; opened season on suspension list for drug of abuse, just now getting back into action with nine innings of rookie ball rehab work, a lost season basically. 9) Marcos Diplan, RHP, Grade B-: Age 20, signed by Rangers in 2013, traded to Brewers in Yovani Gallardo deal; mediocre season in High-A with 5.23 ERA in 108 innings, 108/63 K/BB; good arm strength, still learning how to pitch and still very young, strikeouts a positive. 10) Lucas Erceg, 3B, Grade B-: Age 22, second round pick in 2016 from NAIA school Menlo College; hitting .246/.289/.397 with 13 homers, 27 walks, 88 strikeouts in 464 at-bats in High-A, a bit disappointing considering massive hype he received in spring training. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Brett Phillips 11) Brett Phillips, OF, Grade B-/C+: Age 23, sixth round pick by Astros in 2012, acquired in Carlos Gomez trade; hitting .316/.386/.595 in Triple-A with 19 homers, 42 walks, 115 strikeouts in 358 at-bats; hit .229/.289/.429 in 35 major league at-bats and ready for a larger trial. 12) Trent Clark, OF, Grade B-/C+: Age 20, first round pick in 2015, age 20, hi[...]