Dodgers prospect Joc Pederson is showing added thump in the early going.
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Timothy Berry, LHP, Orioles (High-A Frederick): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 11 K; Berry uses a three-pitch mix (fastball/curveball/changeup), and all three of the offerings could be solid-average; 21 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched.
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With a strong showing in Double-A, Jesse Biddle is inching closer to the majors.
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Jesse Biddle, LHP, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K; Biddle employs a four-pitch mix that includes an average fastball, a curveball and changeup that have plus potential, and a usable slider. He profiles as a very good back-of-the-rotation starter with a number-three ceiling.
The Red Sox' rotation has been solid to date, but if it needs reinforcement, Allen Webster could soon be ready to provide it.
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Allen Webster, RHP, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K; With a fastball up to 95, a plus changeup, and a usable slider, Webster is close to making the jump to the majors.
Orioles prospect Kevin Gausman continues to impress and might not be in the minors much longer.
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Kevin Gausman, RHP, Orioles (Double-A Bowie): 6.0, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K; 96-99 (T100); Gausman’s fastball has crazy life, and he’s willing to pound the pitch in on hitters’ hands. His 83-87 mph slider has sharp break and depth, giving it plus potential. Gausman’s changeup, which comes in at 82-85 mph, has fade, and he is able to throw it to both sides of the plate. This is a very impressive arm.
Diamondbacks righty Archie Bradley flashed the dominant stuff that gives him an ace-level ceiling.
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Archie Bradley, RHP, Diamondbacks (High-A Visalia): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K; Bradley has a potential plus-plus fastball-curveball tandem, and he could eventually develop a solid-average changeup. The righty is a physical monster (he could have played Div. I college football) and throws on a steep downhill plane. He is one of the few pitching prospects with the package to potentially blossom into a number-one starter. For more on Bradley, including a scouting video, see this post by Jason Cole from earlier this week.
Reds righty Robert Stephenson has blown batters away in both of his first two starts this year.
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Robert Stephenson, RHP, Reds (Low-A Dayton): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K; Stephenson has an elite fastball with the chance for two plus secondary offerings (slider/changeup). I talked with a scout about the Reds’ system, and he said, “Watch out for Stephenson. He might be the best prospect in the system, and I don’t care how fast Hamilton is.”
A missed flight resulted in David Dahl's demotion to extended spring training, landing the Rockies prospect in "The Ugly."
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Royals (Triple-A Durham): 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K; Odorizzi, acquired by the Rays in the James Shields trade, uses a fastball, curveball, slider, and changeup to attack hitters. Odorizzi combines excellent athleticism with a very smooth, repeatable delivery to consistently pound the strike zone. His fastball may be the only plus pitch in his arsenal, but I would still expect him to be a successful major-league pitcher when his number is called.
After a 14-strikeout debut in Triple-A, Tony Cingrani could soon be ready for a rotation role with the Reds.
Prospect of the Day: Tony Cingrani, LHP, Reds (Triple-A Louisville): 6.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 14 K: The former Rice University closer uses a plus fastball and plus changeup as his primary strikeout pitches. He has good deception, and his pitchability will allow him to achieve success at the highest level. Cingrani will continue to develop at Triple-A Louisville until the Reds call on him to pitch meaningful innings at some point in 2013.
Collin Cowgill made a splash in his Mets debut, hitting the team's first Opening Day grand slam since 1995.
Prospect of the Day: Collin Cowgill, CF, Mets: 2-5, HR, 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 K. Cowgill continued his hot-streak by hitting a grand slam off of Brad Brach. He offers slightly above-average power, and all his skills should play up due to his strong baseball instincts and grinder mentality.
Jedd Gyorko earned an everyday job in the Padres' infield with a strong spring.
Prospect of the Day for March 29: Jedd Gyorko, 2B, Padres (will start at second base for the Padres on Opening Day): 1-2, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB. Gyorko has made the move from third to second, and has won the starting job for the Padres, putting himself on track to shift full time once Chase Headley is healthy; .257/.286/.486 with four home runs and five doubles in 74 spring at-bats.