Brad Peacock's strong outing was one more step toward securing a spot in the Astros' rotation.
Prospect of the Day: Brad Peacock, RHP, Astros (expected to start the season in the Astros rotation): 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. Acquired from the Athletics earlier this offseason for Jed Lowrie, Peacock is looking to right the ship after a rough 2012. Peacock throws three major-league-caliber pitcher—a fastball, curveball, and changeup—and as long as he keeps them down in the zone, he should be one of the bright spots on Houston’s roster; 14 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings this spring.
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Although Collin Cowgill lacks the tools to be a first-division regular, he could see significant time with the Mets this year.
Prospect of the Day: Collin Cowgill, OF, Mets (competing for a starting outfield job): 2-3, HR, R, 2 RBI. Acquired from the Athletics earlier this offseason for Jefry Marte, Cowgill lacks outstanding physical tools and instead relies on his baseball instincts and abilities to provide value on both sides of the ball. His overall profile would fit better in a fourth-outfielder role, but since the Mets’ outfield is a wasteland, he could earn regular at-bats for at least part of the season; .293/.370/.512 with three doubles, two home runs, and three stolen bases in 41 at-bats.
The Dodgers' $42 million man is impressing evaluators and fans in spring training.
Prospect of the Day: Yasiel Puig, OF, Dodgers (expected to start the year in Double-A Chattanooga): 4-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3B, HR, SB. Puig has turned heads this spring with his football-esque frame and jaw-dropping power. Many in the industry stuck their noses up at the Dodgers for spending $42 million on Puig, at that point an unproven commodity, but all signs now suggest that it will be a worthwhile investment; .500/.489/.804 with three home runs, 13 runs scored, and 10 RBI in 46 at-bats.
The Marlins' top prospect is flashing his offensive potential in Grapefruit League play.
Prospect of the Day: Christian Yelich, OF, Marlins: 2-3 HR, R, RBI, CS. Elite hitting prospect may be pinned to a left-field defensive profile, but the bat has a chance to be special. Yelich has a potential 7 hit tool and is making leaps in the power department as he develops; .359/.457/.795 with four home runs, 12 runs scored, and 12 RBI in 39 spring at-bats.
Baseball has finally arrived! And so has the much-anticipated Top 101 prospects list put together by Professor Parks and BP's minor league crew. With the opening of Spring Training, we get a mix of prospects from this list, less talented minor leaguers who still could have a big league future, and established veterans and superstars showing up in the same box score on a daily basis. I'll be keeping you updated on the performances of the more notable minor leaguers. By mid-March, many of the best prospects will be back in minor league camp getting much-needed at-bats. Some, however, have a legitimate shot at breaking camp with the big league club, a few will open some eyes before starting the season in the minors, and some could disappoint. Here's what's happened so far through the first four days worth of games ...
When we talk about "impact" rookies, it's important to note that several rookies will be getting the call to the majors and failing to help their team in any way, shape, or form. Coming up with a few big hits or making a couple of quality starts, however, could make a big difference at the end of a 162-game season. Here are some NL Central rookies who I think can make an impact on their team's success in 2013. Click HERE for my NL East picks and HERE for the AL East..
When we talk about "impact" rookies, it's important to note that several rookies will be getting the call to the majors and will fail to help their team in any way, shape, or form. Coming up with a few big hits or making a couple of quality starts, however, could make a big difference at the end of a 162-game season. Here are some AL East rookies who I think can make an impact on their team's success in 2013. Click HERE for my NL East picks.