With the draft still in full effect, we'll keep things brief and resume the full-sized version of these reports on Thursday.

  • Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis): 2-for-3, 2 R, RBI, CS. .383 in last 13 games, up to .278/.367/.519 overall and finally doing damage against LHPs.  The call could come soon.
  • Bryan Anderson, C, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis): 2-for-5, 2B, HR (7), 2 R, RBI, K.  That's already a career-high in home runs; having a bounce back year that nobody seems to talk about.
  • Aroldis Chapman, LHP, Reds (Triple-A Louisville): 2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 6 BB, 1 K.  First bomb of a start, only 33 of 72 pitches for strikes.
  • Chris Davis, 1B/3B, Rangers (Triple-A Oklahoma City: 4-for-4, 2B, HR (6), R, 2 RBI, BB.  .329/.395/.523 since demotion; whether he's trade bait or bench help is yet to be determined.
  • Slade Heathcott, OF, Yankees (Low-A Charleston): 2-for-5, 3B, RBI.  Added to roster last week, 2009 first-round pick is 9-for-26 and showing all kinds of tools.
  • Desmond Jennings, OF, Rays (Triple-A Durham): 3-for-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI, BB, 2 SB.  Needs to get going; seems to hit another slump every time he looks like he turned things around.
  • Cory Luebke, LHP, Padres (Double-A San Antonio): 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K.  Highly polished lefty is finally healthy; has allowed five hits over 18.1 innings.
  • Tim Melville, RHP, Royals (High-A Wilmington): Pitching much better of late; 25 IP, 14 H, 5 BB, 23 K in last four starts.
  • Michael Pineda, RHP, Mariners (Double-A West Tenn): 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K.  2.10 ERA in 11 starts with 70 Ks in 64.1 IP; fewer scouts projecting him as a reliever.
  • Mark Trumbo, 1B/OF, Angels (Triple-A Salt Lake): 3-for-4, 2B, 2 HR (14), 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, K.  Up to .281/.326/.543 and suddenly playing some outfield recently; just sayin' …
  • Sebastian Valle, C, Phillies (Low-A Lakewood): 2-for-4, 2 HR (6), 2 R, 5 RBI, K.  Recovering from slow start; five home runs in last nine games.
  • Arodys Vizcaino, RHP, Braves (Low-A Rome): The hottest pitcher in the minors?  Last five starts: 33.2 IP, 18 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 31 K.
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Help me out here, KG. After Teheran, I'm not sure which Braves pitcher I should be most excited about. Delgado and Vizcaino are putting up sick numbers, while Minor is leading the minors in strikeouts after adding some velocity, is substantially further ahead development-wise, and is a lefty. So which of those three do you like the most?
Kudos for doing this while being swamped by draft stuff. Hope you get to sleep at some point this week.
Is Trumbo good enough to get a call to play first while there is a need?
Does this season call Jennings power ceiling into question? Is 12-15 HRs a year a reasonable expectation?
Kevin, Not like Dexter Fowler is a finished product, but how does Jennings & Fowler compare? Thanks
Actually that was Chapman's second or third bomb start.
Has Matsui ever played Firstbase for the Angels before?
Vizcaino was promoted to the Carolina league.