May 19, 2017
May 19, 2017
To the DL
Late last week, Cleveland Indians catching prospect Francisco Mejia hit the DL with a groin strain. In Double-A Akron as a 21-year-old, with his plus bat control and plus bat speed, he is slashing .293/.333/.451. He has also thrown out 41 percent of would-be base stealers. Per Chris Mellen’s eyewitness report on Mejia, he has the kind of arm that stymies the running game. Let’s all go back in time and relish in his record-breaking 50-game hit streak.
Garrett Whitley has been placed on the DL retroactive to May 8. The 13th overall pick in 2015 from Niskayuna, New York is in A-ball, and is striking out in nearly 33 percent of his PAs, which in part explain his meager .227 batting average. Not a huge deal since Whitley is rated to have outstanding defensive abilities for CF, and that plays in the big leagues. The bigger obstacle is the stellar defender Kevin Kiermaier, the Rays’s centerfielder who this past offseason signed a six-year extension with a 2023 club option.
The day after starring in a MiLB article, Washington Nationals shortstop prospect Carter Kieboom was placed on the DL with a right hamstring strain. The 2016 first-rounder was legging out an infield hit for the Hagerstown Suns (A-Ball). Through 29 games, he has hit .333/.398/.586 with 37 hits, 10 doubles and 6 home runs.
With similar bad luck, on May 10th Atlanta Braves 1B/DH prospect Carlos Castro went 5-5 with 3 HR and 8 RBI. For this performance he received recognition on MiLB and even here on our Minor League Update. The next day, he was hit in the face with a pitch while at-bat, suffering a minor cheek bone fracture, per an Atlanta Braves source. His stint will be brief.