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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.

Position Prospect of the Day: Mike Zunino, C, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 3-4, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI; Zunino has come out of the gates determined to show that his power is real. He has a shot to move into the major-league picture before the All-Star break.

Other notable prospect performances from April 8:

 “The Good”

  • Tyler Austin,RF, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, K; Austin, a 13th-round selection in 2010, has a short, compact swing, in which he maintains solid balance and creates loud contact. The major question about Austin is his future power projection, which ranges from fringe-average to solid-average, according to the scouts with which I have spoken.
  • Adam Duvall, 3B, Giants (Double-A Richmond): 2-3, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, BB; Duvall had a monster 2012 season, launching 30 home runs in the California League. In 2013, Duvall will look to prove that his power numbers were not a “California League mirage” and demonstrate adequate defensive skills at third base.
  • Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI; Gallo, a supplemental first-round selection in 2012, has top-notch raw power and an easy plus-plus arm. Gallo will need to minimize the amount of swing and miss in his game and prove that he can stay at the hot corner in 2013.
  • Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pirates (Low-A West Virginia): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K; Glasnow has a huge frame, which allows him to throw a heavy, downhill fastball that can touch 94 mph. He also employs a mid-to-upper 70s curveball with serious downward bite that could develop into a plus offering.
  • Billy Hamilton, CF, Reds (Triple-A): 4-5, 2 RBI, 3 SB; Hamilton has made the switch to center field and is trying to force the Reds’ hand by hitting well to start the season; 8-for-16 with two doubles, a triple, and six stolen bases so far.
  • Tommy Joseph, C, Phillies (Triple-A Lehigh Valley): 2-5, HR, R, 4 RBI, K; Joseph shows plus power and a plus arm, and he is just about ready to take his talents to the big leagues.
  • Chris McGuiness, 1B, Texas (Triple-A Round Rock): 3-4, 2B, 2 HR, 2 R, 6 RBI; McGuiness has plus power, which plays up in the friendly confines of Round Rock, but he is limited to first base and will have to continue mashing to earn a promotion to the majors.
  • Adalberto Mondesi, SS, Royals (Low-A Lexington: 3-4, 2B, RBI; Mondesi proved to the Royals that he has the chops to handle full-season baseball at the age of 17. He combines a plus defensive package with an advanced approach (that could develop into a plus hit tool) and plus running ability, which could lead to an extreme jump in the prospect ranks in 2014. (Side note: At some point, the people at Milb.com will realize that Raul has retired, and that the Mondesi that plays for Lexington is Adalberto.)
  • Francellis Montas, RHP, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K; Montas, a $75,000 Dominican signee in 2009, features a fastball that can touch triple digits in short bursts, a slider that needs to gain consistency, and a changeup that is still a work in progress.
  • Deven Marrero, SS, Red Sox (High-A Salem): 3-5, 3 2B, R, K; Marrero was not the sexiest name in the 2012 draft, but he has the polish and ability to move through the minors quickly.
  • Melky Mesa, CF, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre): 2-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, 2 K; Mesa has the potential to be a power/speed threat at the highest level, but plate-discipline and make-up questions have clouded what once was a bright future.
  • Yasiel Puig, RF, Dodgers (Double-A Chattanooga): 2-3, 2B, R, BB; The Dodgers paid Puig $42 million, and he has done little to disappoint them since then. Puig shows plus-plus power potential, a plus arm, plus running ability, and a frame similar to those of NFL middle linebackers. Once Puig proves to the industry that he is going to make consistent contact, the Dodgers will have a tough decision to make when it comes to clearing a spot for him in their outfield.
  • Ronny Rodriguez, SS, Indians (Double-A Akron): 2-4, 3B, R, RBI, K; Rodriguez has a wiry-strong frame, which produces good bat-speed and plus power potential, to go with a plus-plus arm. Unfortunately, his shaky footwork may eventually force a move to second base.
  • Jake Thompson, RHP, Rays (Double-A Montgomery): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K; The Rays sent Thompson—whose three-pitch arsenal (fastball/slider/changeup) gives him the potential to develop into a back-end starter—back to Double-A. Hopefully, this is a sign that he has turned things around after a poor 2012.
  • Kolten Wong, 2B, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis): 3-5, 3B, 3 R, RBI; Wong, a high-floor, low-ceiling prospect, shows the ability to one day be a .300 hitter, but the rest of his skillset is only average.

“The Bad”

  • Brett Eibner, CF, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 0-4, 4 K; “Sometimes you don’t want to, but you’ve got to.” Eibner’s golden sombrero earned him a spot on this list for the second time in as many days.
  • Nate Karns, RHP, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 3.2 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; Karns jumped from a fringe prospect all the way into the top 10 after a 2012 in which he showed that he had the stuff to miss bats consistently. In 2013, Karns is tasked with proving that he can induce whiffs in the upper minors.
  • Daniel Norris, LHP, Blue Jays (Low-A Lansing): 3.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K; Not a good sign for Norris, a $2 million, second-round selection in 2011, who also struggled throughout 2012.
  • Julio Rodriguez, LHP, Orioles (Double-A Bowie): 2.2 IP, 2 H, 6 ER, 7 BB, 2 K; After moving to his second organization, Rodriguez, who is only two years removed from being a top 10 prospect in the Phillies system, has suffered from reduced velocity and fringy command.
  • Corey Seager, SS, Dodgers (Low-A Great Lakes): 0-4, K; Seager, a 2012 first-round pick who is only 18 years old, has had difficulty making contact early in his professional career; 1-for-17 with six strikeouts to date.
  • Bubba Starling, CF, Royals (Low-A Lexington): 0-4, K; The Royals selected the “hometown superstar” (Starling) ahead of Francisco Lindor, Archie Bradley, Javier Baez, and Jose Fernandez. Bubba is an outstanding talent and still has the potential to be a star, but he needs a lot of seasoning to get there; 1-for-16 with eight strikeouts.
  • Matthew Tracy, RHP, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 0.1 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 K; After a 2012 season that put him on most prospect radars, Tracy struggled mightily in his 2013 debut. Tracy succeeded in 2012 despite a mediocre 5.8 K/9 by relying on ground balls, and he’ll try to do so again in 2013.

“The Ugly”

David Dahl, CF, Rockies (Low-A Ashville/extended spring training): 0-0; Let me make this simple: We will not be seeing Dahl’s name in the Asheville box scores any time in the near future. Just one game into the 2013 season, Dahl missed a flight, prompting the Rockies to demote him to extended spring training. After watching him enjoy a monster 2012, this is certainly not the way Rockies fans wanted to see one of their top prospects begin the year.