Prospect of the Day: Collin Cowgill, CF, Mets: 2-5, HR, 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 K. Cowgill continued his hot-streak by hitting a grand slam off of Brad Brach. He offers slightly above-average power, and all his skills should play up due to his strong baseball instincts and grinder mentality.
Other notable prospect-turned-major leaguer performances from April 1:
- Jackie Bradley, LF, Red Sox: 0-2, 2 R, RBI, 3 BB, K. Bradley showed great plate discipline, drawing three walks, and made a spectacular play in the outfield. This is a typical Bradley stat line, and highlights his ability to impact a game without collecting a hit.
- Rob Brantly, C, Marlins: 0-3. Two ground outs and a lazy fly ball to left field is not the type of day Brantly would have liked to have to open the 2013 season. He should see plenty of quality pitches hitting in the fifth slot of the Marlins’ lineup, where number-three hitter Giancarlo Stanton is the only significant threat.
- Kyuji Fujikawa, RHP, Cubs: 0.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K. Fujikawa, a Japanese veteran, cleaned up the mess left by Carlos Marmol in his major-league debut, earning the first save of the Cubs season.
- Jedd Gyorko, 2B/3B, Padres: 1-4 2B, K. Gyorko hit a double to left field and played both second and third in his first major-league game.
- Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, Marlins: 0-3, 2 K. Hechavarria is limited offensively, but he profiles as a plus defensive shortstop and should benefit Miami’s pitchers.
- Aaron Hicks, CF, Twins: 0-4, 3 K, BB. Hicks had the pleasure of facing Justin Verlander in his debut, but he was my pick for AL Rookie of the Year, because of his plus raw power and running ability.
- Jose Iglesias, SS, Red Sox: 3-5, R, RBI. Two infield singles and a bunt single are the type of offensive production that is tough to sustain. Look for Iglesias to keep playing elite-level defense and occasionally sprinkling in offense production.
- A.J. Pollock, CF, Diamondbacks: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, K. The 2009 first-rounder from Notre Dame shows four average tools (hit,,run,,glove, arm), but he has only minimal game power. Pollock was the odd man out of a crowded outfield in Arizona, but the injury bug has given him an opportunity to play regularly for now.