Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant and Twins righty Jose Berrios.
Hitter of the Night: Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs (Tennessee, AA): 3-4, 4 R, 2B, 2 HR, BB, K. Remember when there were teams that had fellow college third baseman Colin Moran rated ahead of Bryant on their draft boards? The next time you want to berate the Cubs for their decision-making, let’s remember the one they most definitely got correct.
Pitcher of the Night: Jose Berrios, RHP, Twins (Fort Myers, A+): 5 IP, H, 0 R, 4 BB, 7 K.
Berrios still has a ways to go with his fastball command, but the life on it is electric, and he’s pairing it with a plus changeup that was dominant on this night.
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Notes on 10 prospects, including Rockies outfielder Tim Wheeler and Nationals lefty Matt Purke.
Hitter of the Day: Tim Wheeler, RF, Rockies (Salt River Rafters): 2-3, R, HR, BB. Seeing the once-powerful Wheeler connect on a home run is a good sign for the Rockies. Wheeler has combined to hit just seven home runs over the past two seasons after hitting 33 in 2011 His power has yet to fully come back after surgery on his hamate bone.
Pitcher of the Day: Matt Purke, LHP, Nationals (Mesa Solar Sox): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Purke has been fantastic this fall and has now made three starts without allowing an earned run. More importantly, he’s fanned a batter per inning, perhaps signaling a return of some of the impact stuff that he had in college.
Another strong outing for Nationals pitcher Matt Purke and a power display from Yankees catcher Peter O'Brien.
Hitter of the Day: Peter O’Brien, C, Yankees (Scottsdale Scorpions): 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR. Two days ago, O”Brien appeared on the bad part of this list, and I speculated that perhaps the difficulty of seeing time at third base was affecting him at the plate. He was back behind the plate on Thursday and hit two home runs, which proves exactly nothing other than what we already knew about him—that he has above-average power for a catcher.
Pitcher of the Day: Matt Purke, LHP, Nationals (Mesa Solar Sox): 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K. Purke battled injury, had an inconsistent season and struggled after a promotion to High-A ball, but he appears to be coming on strong in the AFL. After striking out just six batters per nine innings for Potomac, Purke is once again missing bats in the AFL. He’s now given up just an unearned run in two starts.
The debut AFL edition highlights Reds outfielder Yorman Rodriguez, Nationals pitcher Matt Purke, and 10 other prospects.
Hitter of the Day: Yorman Rodriguez, RF, Reds (Glendale Desert Dogs): 2-5, 2 R, 2B, HR. It feels like Rodriguez has been around forever, mainly because he has, but he’s still just 20 and quite raw. He’s used to facing older competition, so the AFL shouldn’t faze him too much. His power potential finally began to translate into power production for the first time in 2013, and he’s off to a good start in carrying that over to the AFL this fall.
Pitcher of the Day: Matt Purke, SP, Nationals (Mesa Solar Sox): 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 2 K. Any time you can make it though an AFL start without allowing an earned run, it’s a moral victory. Of course, for Purke, any time he’s healthy enough to take the field given his injury history, it’s a victory as well. Purke’s stuff has diminished since his dominant early college days, but he’s showing the ability to get by with a lesser arsenal.
Dodgers Low-A shortstop Corey Seager slugged two homers on Friday, kicking off a weekend with tons of exciting prospect action.
Games of Friday, June 21
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Kyle Crick, RHP, Giants (High-A San Jose): 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K. Crick entered the year as the Giants’ top prospect. He excelled in his return from the disabled list. Crick uses a potentially plus-plus fastball, an easy plus curveball, and a solid-average cutter. He has an athletic delivery and a front-of-the-rotation ceiling.