Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Rafael Devers, Hunter Dozier, Carson Fulmer, and Jose De Leon.
Prospect of the Day: Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox (High-A Salem): 4-for-8, 2 R, 3 2B, 3 K.
Most of the damage done by Devers was in game one of the doubleheader, as he went 3-for-4 with three doubles. You might look at his statline and say he’s struggled in 2016. That’d only be a half-truth. Sure, there have been ups and downs, but Devers’ offensive talent competes with anyone’s, and there have been plenty of games like this that suggest he’ll be just fine, especially when you keep in mind that he’s still only 19 years old. He’s going to be very, very good.
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Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Dawel Lugo, Yohander Mendez, Ryan McMahon, and Matt Strahm.
Prospect of the Day:
Dawel Lugo, 3B, Arizona Diamondbacks (High-A Visalia): 4-5, 3 R, 2B, 3B, HR, 4 RBI.
Yanno, I was supposed to go to this game before life interfered, and dag nabbit, I still haven’t seen a cycle in the flesh. Leyba continues to evolve for the better offensively, from a hitter who looked like he was waiting for a late bus in the box to one who takes some pitches and lets his natural hand-eye coordination produce line-drive contact.
Notes on prospects who stood out over the holiday weekend, including Dominic Smith, Ricardo Sanchez, Domingo Acevedo, and the recently promoted Bubba Starling.
Prospect of the Weekend:
Dominic Smith, 1B, New York Mets (Double-A Binghamton): 4-for-6, 3 R, 2 HR, BB, K. As many of you know, I am a fan of one Dominic David Rene Smith. As many of you also know, Mr. Smith has not exactly produced the kind of stats that you expect to see from a first-division first baseman. Quite frankly, I don’t care. I love the swing, and he’s certainly shown enough flashes of brilliance—particularly in the AFL last fall—to suggest he’ll be a middle-of-the-order guy in the coming years. It’s taken a little longer than I thought it would, but he’s still just 21 years old, and I’m still (pretty) sure he’s going to reach that level.
Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Tyler Beede, Josh Bell, Dwight Smith Jr., and Hunter Harvey.
Prospect of the Day: Tyler Beede, RHP, San Francisco Giants (Double-A Richmond): 7.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K.
Beede has frustrated many ever since he was a senior in high school with inconsistent stuff and results over his career. That has not been an issue in 2016. Not only is he missing bats with a plus fastball and change, but he’s throwing his solid-average curve for strikes, and he’s keeping the ball in the park. Maybe he’s not a future ace, but if he can continue to hit his spots—especially with the curveball—he could help the Giants rotation at some point next season.
Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Triston McKenzie, Jose Berrios, Charlie Tilson, and Wilmer Difo.
Prospect of the Day:
Triston McKenzie, RHP, Cleveland Indians (Short-Season Mahoning Valley): 6 IP, ER, 2 H, 8 K, HRA.
Well, McKenzie finally gave up his first professional run, but as of this writing it’s the only one he’s given up in his first three starts and 16 2/3 innings. It’s going to take forever and a day for Cleveland to really get a bead on just what they’ve got with McKenzie, who won’t turn 19 until August and still boasts a frame that would make Ric Ocasek blush. As career origin stories go, however, his first couple pages have featured quality prose.
Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Raimel Tapia, Josh Hader, Daz Cameron, and Adonis Medina.
Prospect of the Day: Raimel Tapia, OF, Colorado Rockies (Double-A Hartford): 4-for-5, 2 R, 2B, SB, CS.
After what would best be described as a forgettable April, in which he hit .214, Tapia has been white-hot with the bat, hitting .348./400/.485 since May 2nd. He’s not immune to the occasional poor at-bat, but this young man can really hit, and assuming his future is in the hitter’s utopia that is Coors Field, he’s capable of putting up gaudy numbers while playing a quality corner outfield.
Notes on prospects who stood out over the weekend, including Adrian Rondon, Jeff Hoffman, Francis Martes, and A.J. Cole.
Prospect of the Weekend:
Adrian Rondon, SS, Tampa Bay Rays (Short-Season Princeton): 3-for-4, 3 HR, 1 BB.
For those of you who find RBI to a predictive stat, Rondon also knocked in nine on Friday. Signed for close to $3 million out of the Dominican in July of 2014, Rondon has everything you’re looking for in a first-division shortstop, but to say those tools didn’t translate over to his 2015 season (.491 OPS in 164 at-bats) is an understatement. They sure did on Friday night, however, and again, the tools are really impressive. It’s just gonna take a long time before they show up on a consistent basis.
Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Thomas Szapucki, Josh Bell, Aaron Judge, and Nick Neidert.
Prospect of the Day:
Thomas Szapucki, LHP, New York Mets (Short-Season Kingsport): 6 IP, 2 H, 13 K. So there’s a right way to make your first professional start, and there’s probably a wrong way or 86, and there’s the next-level ballin’ than Szapucki did yesterday. A fifth-round prep arm last June, he dominated in ways Appy League lineups just aren’t accustomed to with a low-90s heater and 11-5 hook. Lauded for his projectability and arm strength heading into the draft, he’ll be a long burn on account of his age and customary mechanical rough edges, but that was one hell of an introduction.
Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Yoan Moncada, Charlie Tilson, Tyler Glasnow, and Christin Stewart.
Prospect of the Day: Yoan Moncada, 2B, Boston Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 3-for-5, 2 R.
As a guy who likes to see prospects challenged, was it frustrating to see Moncada in the Carolina League for 60 days? You betcha. Do the Red Sox give even a smidgen of a hoot about my concerns? They do not. Moncada has been sensational in 2016, and if for some reason you didn’t think 2015 established him as one of the best prospects in baseball, this should do it. I doubt you see him contribute in 2016 unless there’s an injury to a certain scrappy second baseman in Boston, but I don’t doubt that he’s ready to make said contribution.
Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Scott Schebler, Stephen Tarpley, Cody Bellinger, and Joe Jimenez.
Prospect of the Day: Scott Schebler, OF, Cincinnati Reds (Triple-A Louisville): 4-for-4, 2 R, 3 2B. Schebler struggled in his month with the Reds, but he’s probably earned a chance at another promotion. He’s been much better since his Triple-A return, and while that should be the case, it’s still a promising development. There’s a chance for solid-average power from the left side, and the feel for hitting is good enough that the hit tool may be average, too. It’s probably a bench profile, but it’s something every club needs. Schebler absolutely has a chance to be a contributor to a good team in the coming years.