Prospect of the Day: Aaron Hicks, CF, Twins (will start the season as the Twins’ regular center fielder): 3-5, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI. Hicks has stood out throughout this spring training season, showcasing his running ability while hitting for power and exhibiting solid bat-to-ball skills. And all of this has come just a year after some wondered whether Hicks would have to transition back to the mound to showcase his plus-plus arm strength; .379/.419/.682 in 66 spring at-bats.
Other notable prospect performances from March 26:
- Michael Choice, OF, Athletics (anticipated to start the season in Double-A Midland): Built like a bowling ball, Choice displays plus-plus raw power, but it comes with a tendency to swing and miss; .313/.346/.458 in 48 spring at-bats.
- Kevin Gausman, RHP, Orioles (anticipated to start the season in Double-A Bowie): 3.2 IP 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. Gausman has turned scouts’ heads this spring, leaving some evaluators wondering whether he, and not Dylan Bundy, is the top arm in the system; 17 strikeouts in 16 spring innings pitched.
- Sugar Ray Marimon, RHP, Royals (anticipated to start the season in Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. The Colombian with arguably the best name in the minors has a three-pitch mix (fastball/curveball/changeup) and a bulldog mentality on the mound.
- Miguel Sano, 3B, Twins (anticipated to start the season in High-A Fort Myers): 1-5, R, RBI. The top slugger in the minor leagues will take his talents—80-grade raw power and 70-grade arm—just northwest of South Beach in 2013.
- Marcus Stroman, RHP, Blue Jays (anticipated to start the season in High-A Dunedin): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. “Height can’t measure heart!” was the phrase written on the shirt that I saw Stroman wearing the other day. The small-framed righty sure does not have small stuff. He features a plus fastball, a potential plus-plus slider, and a major-league average changeup.
- Bruce Rondon, RHP, Tigers (expected to pitch in the late innings for the Tigers): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2K. The fire-balling Venezuelan has always been able to miss bats, but he also misses the strike zone too much; 16 strikeouts and seven walks in 10 2/3 innings pitched.
- Drew Vettleson, OF, Rays (anticipated to start the season in High-A Port Charlotte): 1-3, K. A 2010 supplemental first-round pick, Vettleson has a short stroke with good bat speed and projects to be at least an above-average major-league hitter.
- Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Cubs (anticipated to start the season in Low-A Kane County): 0-0, BB. The 20-year-old hefty lefty shows advanced plate discipline and the potential for plus power.
- Kenny Wilson, CF, Blue Jays (anticipated to start the season in Double-A New Hampshire): 0-1. Wilson, a former second-round pick, has always had plus-plus speed, but he has failed to make consistent contact in the minors; 1-for-6 this spring.
Note: The Minor League Update will take a one-day break tomorrow as Zach travels home from Florida, where he has been scouting prospects. It will return on Friday with notes from both Wednesday's and Thursday's games.