What happens when you take a 250-pound beast with the best raw power in the system and put him in the California League? This. The No. 7 prospect in the system and your early minor league leader in home runs, Nash is certainly a one dimensional slugger, but to go with the strength, there's also an approach and a surprising knack for contact. The numbers this year could be tremendous.
Others Of Note:
Trevor Bauer, RHP, Diamondbacks (Double-A Mobile): 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 11 K. Again, the only real knock against him is one of efficiency, as this took 100 pitches to accomplish.
Engel Beltre, OF, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 3-for-5, 2 HR (6), 3 R, 6 RBI, 2 K. Progress or your annual tease of his tools? In his third straight year at Double-A, he's not exactly super young for his level anymore.
Jorge Bonifacio, OF, Royals (Low-A Kane County): 2-for-4, R, RBI. Fourth straight multi-hit game (8-for-14); more on him in today's feature.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, Indians (Triple-A Columbus): 3-for-5, HR (2), R, RBI, K. Trying to earn way back to the big leagues after being almost forced there last year. Approach is biggest issue.
Jeff Clement, 1B, Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis): 4-for-5, K. 28-year-old former monster prospect is 10-for-21 with five doubles.
C.J. Cron, 1B, Angels (High-A Inland Empire): 5-for-5, 2 2B, HR (2), 2 R, 4 RBI. Won't be at this level for long, but might be the most bat-only prospect in the game.
Glynn Davis, OF, Orioles (Low-A Delmarva): 3-for-3, 2 R, 2 SB. Athletic burner is raw, but worth keeping an eye on.
Gauntlett Eldemire, OF, Phillies (Low-A Lakewood): 2-for-3, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB. 2010 draftee is behind the eight ball after missing all of last season; 23 years old and just getting started, but tremendous tools.
Christian Friedrich, LHP, Rockies (Triple-A Colorado Springs): 7.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K. Trying to avoid becoming a member of the “remember me” files; still a power lefty with stuff.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, Brewers (Double-A Huntsville): 3-for-6, 2B, R. Starting to get going with five hits in his last two games.
Grant Green, OF, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento): 2-for-5, HR (2), 2 R, 6 RBI, BB, 2 K. Only concern is that he's playing more corner than center, so bat really needs to step up.
A.J. Griffin, RHP, Athletics (Double-A Midland): 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K. 13th-round pick in 2010 went from Low-A to Triple-A last year; doesn't have crazy stuff, but really knows how to pitch.
Billy Hamilton, SS, Reds (High-A Bakersfield): 2-for-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI, K, 2 SB. For those hoping for another 100, that's five stolen bases in six games.
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, Blue Jays (Triple-A Las Vegas): 3-for-5, 3B, R, 2 RBI, 2 K. 10-for-23 in five games, hard to see a future for him in Toronto.
Austin Hedges, C, Padres (Low-A Fort Wayne): 2-for-5, 2B, HR (1), R, RBI, 2 K. Known more for his glove but 6-for-14 with 11 total bases so far at the plate.
Aaron Hicks, OF, Twins (Double-A New Britain): 2-for-4, HR (2), 2 R, RBI, K. Home runs to consecutive games after hitting just five all of last year.
David Holmberg, LHP, Diamondbacks (High-A Visalia): 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 9 K. Buried in a system loaded with high-ceiling arms, but highly polished with easy No. 4 projection.
Drew Hutchinson, RHP, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 6 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K. Your strange line of the night.
Jiwan James, OF, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 2-for-4, HR (2), R, RBI, K. 0-for-5 in first two games, 8-for-15 since.
Jason Martinson, SS, Nationals (Low-A Hagerstown): 3-for-3, 2B, 2 HR (2), 5 R, 6 RBI. 2010 fifth-round pick is 23 and repeating Low-A, but that's one helluva game.
Tyler Matzek, RHP, Rockies (High-A Modesto): 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 8 K. There's reason to be optimistic here.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket): 2-for-4, HR (1), 2 R, RBI. 8-for-22 in six games, but has yet to draw a walk.
Jarrett Parker, OF, Giants (High-A San Jose): 4-for-6, 3B, HR (3), 2 R, 2 RBI, K. 2010 second-round pick is repeating the level; has classic corner outfield tools and might finally be unlocking them.
Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Rockies (Double-A Tulsa): 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K. 77-pitch warmup for move up to big leagues.
J.T. Realmuto, C, Marlins (High-A Jupiter): 2-for-4, HR (1), R, RBI, 2 BB, SB. If you have one of those crazy deep fantasy leagues, grab this guy. Tell 'em KG sent you.
Garrett Richards, RHP, Angels (Triple-A Salt Lake): 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K. Your new No. 5 starter in the big leagues?
Miguel Sano, 3B, Twins (Low-A Beloit): 2-for-4, 3B, RBI, K. His first two non-home run hits of the year; see today's feature for more.
Donavan Tate, OF, Padres (Low-A Fort Wayne): 3-for-4, R, RBI, K. Make or break season for former top pick; more than anything he just needs to stay healthy.
Michael Taylor, OF, Athletics (Triple-A Sacrameno): 3-for-5, 2 2B, R, 3 RBI, BB. Third three-hit effort in six games.
Michael Taylor, OF, Nationals (High-A Potomac): 2-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI, BB, K, CS. Outstanding tools but a long way to go.
Joey Terdoslavich, 3B, Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett): 2-for-3, HR (1), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, K. First multi-hit game and first home run; has whiffed nine times in 21 at-bats and made three errors in five games at third base.
LeVon Washington, OF, Indians (Low-A Lake County): 3-for-5, 2 R, K, CS. Back-to-back three hit games after just three three-hit games in 79 contests last year.
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Dylan Bundy fired three perfect innings in his pro debut. Archie Bradley was the buzz of the spring and Trevor Bauer nearly began the year in the big leagues. With all of that, suddenly the top pick in the 2011 draft seems like a forgotten man in some ways. Someone asked me recently on Twitter if the Pirates made a mistake in taking Cole, and that was before he even made his official pro debut. Gerrit Cole has monster stuff, with Baseball America reporting that he touched 100 mph last night, and should not be forgotten, or written off, or anything close to that. He has better stuff than any pitcher taken after him, and not enough people seem to realize that.
Others Of Note:
Joaquin Arias, SS, Giants (Triple-A Fresno): 3-for-4, 2 HR (2), 2 R, 6 RBI. Should be in the Where Are They Now files, but then one considers the Giants shortstop situation.
Jorge Bonifacio, OF, Royals (Low-A Kane County): 2-for-2, 2B, 3 BB. Thoughts on in-person look coming tomorrow.
Chris Carter, 1B/DH, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento): 2-for-4, 2 2B, R, 3 RBI, K. Call me a fool, but I still believe; 8-for-19 w/ four doubles.
Nick Castellanos, 3B, Tigers (High-A Lakeland): 2-for-5, HR (1), R, RBI, K. Breakout candidate is starting to drive balls more; 7-for-17 with 12 total bases.
Vinnie Catricala, 3B, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 3-for-4, R, 3 RBI, K. Snaps 2-for-15 slump; needs to prove bat is for real and that he can handle third base.
Brett Cecil, LHP, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 6.2 IP, 11 H, 5 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 7 K. Not sure I'd call this progress.
Darrell Ceciliani, OF, Mets (High-A St. Lucie): 4-for-5, 3B, HR (1), 2 R, 2 RB. Mets would love to get a bounce back campaign after ugly 2011; the tools are certainly there.
Delino DeShields, 2B, Astros (Low-A Lexington): 2-for-5, 2B, 3 R, BB, K, SB. 2010 first-round pick has reached base 11 times in five games after ugly year here in 2011.
Brian Dozier, SS, Twins (Triple-A Rochester): 2-for-4, 2B, HR (1), R, 3 RBI. 9-for-19 on the season with 15 total bases; not the solution to all that ails the Twins, but deserves a shot to be part of it.
Tyson Gillies, OF, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 3-for-5, HR (1), 3 R, 2 RBI. Hard to call him a prospect after missing most of the last two years, but is just 23 and can still fly.
Christopher Hawkins, OF, Blue Jays (Low-A Lansing): 3-for-4, HR (1), R, RBI, BB. Broke out with the bat last year; has plenty of athleticism.
Aaron Hicks, OF, Twins (Double-A New Britain): 2-for-4, HR (1), 2 R, 4 RBI, K. The bad news is that he was 1-for-14 going into yesterday's game.
Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians (Low-A Lake County): 2-for-5, 3B, R, RBI. 6-for-18 with three stolen bases in four games.
Manny Machado, SS, Orioles (Double-A Bowie): 2-for-5, HR (2), R, 3 RBI, 2 K. Handling Double-A at 19 just fine; 14 total bases in five games.
Jake Marisnick, OF, Blue Jays (High-A Dunedin): 2-for-5, 2B, 2 R, BB, K, SB. Third straight multi-hit game and third straight game with a double as tools continue to transform into skills.
Starling Marte, OF, Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis): 2-for-4, HR (1), R, RBI, SB. Clearly on way to September look, if not earlier, but where does he fit in a Pittsburgh outfield? You can't have two center fielders, and his value diminishes in a corner.
Leonys Martin, OF, Rangers (Triple-A Round Rock): 3-for-5, 2B, HR (1), R, 2 RBI, K, SB. 9-for-18 in last four games; proving he's big league ready would be huge for Rangers, not only in terms of performance, but in moving Hamilton back to a corner.
Mike Montgomery, LHP, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 4.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K. Yes it's only one start, but at some point the fact that he's struggled for more than a year has to become a concern.
Charlie Morton, RHP, Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis): 7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K. Should be back in big leagues soon.
Justin Nicolino, LHP, Blue Jays (Low-A Lansing): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K. Good-not-great stuff, but insane polish for age; of all the pitching studs at Lansing, he could be on the fastest track.
Luis Sardinas, SS, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 K, SB. Overshadowed in system by Profar, but doesn't turn 19 until May, has big-time tools and burner level speed as evidenced by five stolen bases in four games.
Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Diamondbacks (Double-A Mobile): 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K. Almost seems to be forgotten in Bauer-mania; one scout sees a chance for him to turn into a No. 1 starter.
Mike Trout, OF, Angels (Triple-A Salt Lake): 2-for-4, HR (1), R, 2 RBI, 2 K. It's pretty clear he's feeling just fine; 10-for-20 in five games.