Notes on players who stood out abroad, including Padres outfielder Rymer Liriano.
Prospect of the Day: Rymer Liriano, RF, Padres (Tigres del Licey, DWL): 1-4, R, HR. You may have forgotten about Liriano because he missed the entire 2013 season after having Tommy John surgery in Feburary. The time off was a big blow for the super-toolsy but raw Liriano, who needed all the minor-league at-bats he could get. TJ for position players is different than it is for pitchers, so there’s not too much concern about his plus arm coming back, but the missed at-bats could hurt his hit tool, which was his weak link anyway. He just joined the Tigres to help make up for lost time and should return to Double-A where he struggled in 2012.
Notes on prospects who stood out abroad yesterday, including Jorge Polanco and C.J. Cron.
Prospect of the Day: Jorge Polanco, 2B, Twins (Leones del Escogido, DWL): 3-5, R 2 2B. Doubles power is probably the best the Twins are going to consistently get out of Polanco, but he has the bat speed to hit a lot of them. If he hits close to .300 and hits the spacious gaps at Target Field, he could be an above-average offensive player at a key defensive position. That’s a nice player.
Notes on prospects playing abroad, including Maikel Franco, Jonathan Singleton, and Eddie Rosario.
Prospect of the Day: Maikel Franco, 1B, Phillies (Gigantes del Cibao, DWL): 2-4, R HR. The beauty of power-hitting prospects with questionable hit tools is that every time you start to doubt them a little bit, they run into one and remind you why you like them in the first place. Franco got his first home run of the winter on Tuesday while playing first base for the Gigantes, something he’s expected to do more of this season.
Notes on several near-ready prospects, including Christian Colon and Jonathan Singleton.
Prospect of the Day: Christian Colon, 2B, Royals (Leones de Ponce, PRWL): 2-5, 2 R, 2 2B, K. Colon was back at his most likely major league position (second base) on Monday after stints all over the infield this winter. With six doubles in 19 games this winter, he’s showing just enough power that his bat could play as a fringe-everyday option at second base, where the Royals have a hole.
Notes on the prospects who stood out abroad, and on a handful who were protected from the Rule Five Draft.
Prospect of the Day:Billy Hamilton, CF, Reds (Cangrejeros de Santurce, PRWL): 3-6, K, 3 SB. Now that’s a Billy Hamilton-esque game. The Reds speedster has struggled to get on base this winter, thus negating his speed, but he’s still a game-changer when he does. He also threw a runner out at second base from the outfield.
Notes on eight prospects, including Braves outfielder Joey Terdoslavich and Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco.
Prospect of the Day: Joey Terdoslavich, LF, Braves (Toros del Este, DWL): 3-4, 2B, 3B, K. International league rosters are in constant flux, and Terdoslavich was a late addition to the Toros. He went 3-4 in his first game, showing the extra-base power that makes him an attractive bench option for the Braves. He won’t be playing first base (his natural position) for them any time soon, but he’s playing the outfield this winter to gain more experience at his new secondary position.
Notes on seven prospects, including Jonathan Singleton, Billy Hamilton, and Gregory Polanco.
Prospect of the Day:Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Astros (Cangrejeros de Santurce, PRWL) 1-3, R, HR, 2 BB. Singleton has homered in two of his past three games with a three-strikeout game sandwiched in between. Still, he’s controlling the strike zone this winter, which is a good sign for his development.
Notes on the prospects who stood out in a limited slate.
With the AFL season over, the lone Dominican Winter League game postponed, and just one game each in the Puerto Rican and Venezuelan Winter Leagues, the bar wasn’t set real high to get on today’s update. There are no fancy categories—good, bad, or indifferent. Basically, just be a prospect and you got mentioned below.