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 prospects who stood out yesterday, including Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson and Marlins lefty Andrew Heaney.
Hitter of the Night: Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers (Albuquerque, AAA): 4-4, 2 R, 2B, 2 HR, BB.
This is the kind of power production the Dodgers are going to need from Pederson if/when he shifts to a corner outfield position, though barring injuries, that won’t be happening in L.A. any time soon. Pederson looks like he’s close to being ready to help a major-league team right now, which could make him among the most sought-after prospects this July.
Pitcher of the Night: Andrew Heaney, LHP, Marlins (Jacksonville, AA): 6 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 5 K.
The Marlins are still searching for a minor-league level that will provide Heaney with a challenge, but it doesn’t look thus far like they’ve found it in the Southern League. He could continue to move quickly, even by Marlins standards.
Notes on prospects who stood out in Cactus and Grapefruit League play, including Mets infielder Wilmer Flores.
With most teams making their first round of roster cuts already, a round that typically includes those prospects that are far from the majors, there are fewer prospects seeing playing time in spring training than there were last week. But many are still on the main fields, and some are even realistically competing for roster spots.
Notes on prospects playing abroad, including Mets infielder Wilmer Flores and Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco.
Prospect of the Night: Wilmer Flores, 2B/3B, Mets (Bravos de Margarita, VWL): 3-4, 2 R, 2 HR, BB, K. Flores is already making his case to stick in the majors with the Mets this spring, and if he hits anything like he has this winter, the Mets will find a way to get his bat in the lineup and will be able to ignore his poor defense at second base. Flores is hitting .352/.438/.481 for the Bravos this winter.
A look at eight widely available players who could help your fantasy team down the stretch, depending on the format of the league in which you play.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, New York Yankees I couldn’t resist. In ESPN, A-Rod is only owned in 21.3 percent of all leagues. While there are certainly questions about how long A-Rod can play before the inevitable arbitration hearing takes place and the possible suspension goes down, A-Rod is a must start even in mixed formats. He has 20 HR potential at third base and if completely healthy could exceed that. Moral qualms are fine in real life, but in fantasy baseball you have to take the opportunities where they might come. —Mike Gianella
Notes on 15 prospects, including Royals righty Christian Binford and Mets second baseman Wilmer Flores.
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Christian Binford, RHP, Royals (Low-A Lexington): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 12 K. Binford has an extremely tall frame, standing 6-foot-6, and he utilizes it to create good plane on his low-90s fastball. Earlier this season, Binford showed a curveball that flashed solid average and a changeup that was very inconsistent. He still had some mechanical issues that he needed to iron out, but the recent performance may suggest that Binford is ready to step onto the prospect radar; 45.0 IP, 37 H, 5 ER, 7 BB, 51 K in last seven starts.
Position Prospect of the Day: Wilmer Flores, 2B, Mets (Triple-A Las Vegas): 3-4, 2B, 2 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI. Flores continues to play second base in Triple-A, and it looks like the Mets are going to give him a shot to prove that he can handle it in The Show. Flores makes solid contact and has the potential to have a solid-average hit tool with plus power. After a rollercoaster prospect journey, Flores profiles as a solid-average regular going forward.