Rays lefty Blake Snell is beginning to turn heads for Low-A Bowling Green.
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Blake Snell, LHP, Rays (Low-A Bowling Green): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K; fastball has easy plus potential; slider and changeup both have plus potential; command is developing; get on board, the stock has two arrows pointing up; 25.2 IP, 23 H, 8 ER, 16 BB, 34 K in six starts.
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Buckel has been fantastic all year, and after his best start of the season he has a 1.14 ERA with 59 strikeouts in 47.1 innings and just 23 hits allowed. Those are some of the loudest numbers in the minors, but this is not a pitcher with a profile that screams ace. He's undersized, but extremely athletic, and his fastball, which sits at
At some point it's a hot start, and at some point it's talent, and in Hanson's case it's both. Just 19 years old, Hanson was expected to play in the short season leagues this year after a good showing in the Gulf Coast League earned him the No. 17 ranking in the system, but he earned a full-season assignment and hit .410/.441/.695 during the season's first month. Hansen's raw hitting ability is impressive, but he also shows surprising pop for his size, profiling as a future doubles machine, and he's a 60-65 runner as evidenced by his ten stolen bases. He doesn't have the instincts or arm to stay on the left side of the infield, but even as a second baseman, he's a intriguing player with top-of-the-order potential.
A Jekyll and Hyde righty in the Yankees system and notes from around the day in the minors.
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Mitchell is not the best prospect on the Yankees Triple-A staff, but don't be surprised if he's the first to the majors. Scouts think he could be effective as either a back-end starter or middle reliever, as while he's on the small side, he's ultra-athletic and features a fastball that has slightly above-average velocity and plenty of movement. He's not going to be a star, but he should have big league value, even on a championship-level roster.