Pitching Prospect of the Day: Alec Asher, RHP, Rangers (High-A Myrtle Beach): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K; big frame; fastball can reach plus velocity; will need to locate because it can straighten out on him; slider with plus potential; curveball and changeup both developing into major-league-quality pitches; thanks to my good friend Jason Cole for the info.
Position Prospect of the Day: Christian Yelich, OF, Marlins (Double-A Jacksonville): 5-6, 2 3B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI; sweetest swing in the minors; plus-plus potential hit tool; excellent plate discipline; solid-average power potential; solid average runner; will profile better in left field; not far from big-league ready; .281/.339/.481 with 5 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR in 58 at-bats.
Other notable prospect performances from April 7:
- Jorge Alfaro, C, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 2-3, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB; five-tool catcher if that is even possible; arm has elite strength but plays down because of footwork; plus-plus raw power; plus runner; potential plus glove behind the plate; hit tool has a chance to be solid average. “The Legend” has the potential to be a top-shelf prospect, but he still needs to mature and polish his tools in Low-A.
- Miguel Almonte, RHP, Royals (Low-A Lexington): 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; can run fastball up to 95; slider has a chance to be a usable major-league pitch; some see the changeup as a plus-plus offering; 30.2 IP, 29 H, 12 ER, 10 BB, 29 K in six starts.
- Lewis Brinson, CF, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI, K; shows all five tools; easy plus raw power; plus arm; plus run; plus ability with the glove in center; hit tool still needs development; potential to be a 7 overall player.
- Tyler Chatwood, RHP, Rockies (Triple-A Colorado Springs): 9.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K; plus fastball; plus curveball; average changeup; shoving in Triple-A to start the season; 23.2 IP, 21 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 25 K in four starts.
- Jarred Cosart, RHP, Astros (Triple-A Oklahoma City): 5.2 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K; plus-plus fastball; plus curveball; inconsistent changeup; mechanics better suited to relief role; 33.0 IP, 25 H, 8 ER, 14 BB, 39 K in seven appearances.
- David Dahl, CF, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 2-2, 2B, R, 3 RBI; he’s back! Potential for a plus-plus hit tool; mixed reviews on power potential from below average to solid average; solid-average defensive ability in center; plus runner.
- Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pirates (Low-A West Virginia); 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 K; fastball can touch plus velocity; curveball is an easy plus pitch; changeup is development; command still developing; in process of smoothing out mechanics; 25.0 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 17 BB, 33 K in six starts.
- Nathan Karns, RHP, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 5.0, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K; plus fastball; easy plus curveball; developing changeup; stock on the rise; will be a valuable piece for the Nationals whether it’s with them or as a trade chip; 32.2 IP, 22 H, 11 ER, 14 BB, 40 K in six starts.
- Tommy La Stella, 2B, Braves (Double-A Mississippi): 3-6, 2 2B, 3B, 2 R, 4 RBI; solid-average potential for hit tool; gap power; excellent plate discipline; solid second-base profile defensively; injury history; getting his first taste of Double-A at age 24.
- Rafael Montero, RHP, Mets (Double-A Binghamton): 6.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K; plus fastball; slider and changeup will both be usable major-league pitches; plus command; not far from being major-league ready; 40.2 IP, 32 H, 16 ER, 6 BB, 48 K in seven starts.
- Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Blue Jays (High-A Dunedin): 5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K; fastball up to 95; starting to throw a slider which works at 88-89; good life; changeup has plus potential; liked what I saw from the curveball this spring; easy plus potential; 34.2 IP, 20 H, 10 ER, 10 BB, 34 K in seven starts this season.
- Joey Terdoslavich, 1B/3B/OF, Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett): 2-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, K; solid-average power potential; average major-league hit tool; diversifying himself defensively; below-average runner; a lot of pressure will be put on the bat; currently blocked in Atlanta; .341/.353/.605 with 14 2B, 1 3B, and 6 HR in 129 at-bats this season.
- Alex Torres, LHP, Rays (Triple-A Durham): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; low-90s fastball with good life; slider and changeup both have bat missing ability; deceptive delivery; small frame; jury still out on whether he is a back-end starter or reliever; 32.0 IP, 19 H, 6 ER, 11 BB, 41 K in six starts.
- Mike Zunino, C, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 3-4; hit tool will grade around average, but can be exploited by quality pitching; should provide average power; still developing ability to receive; got into an awful slump; expect to see him in the big leagues at some point this summer.
- Alex Liddi, 3B, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 0-4, 3 K; significant swing and miss in his offensive game; good power source; blocked in Seattle.
- Hudson Randall, RHP, Tigers (High-A Lakeland): 2.0 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 0 K; the former weekend starter for the University of Florida has had a tough transition to High-A; will receive fringy prospect grades at best, but as we approach college baseball playoff time, it speaks to how different the pro game is.
- Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pirates (Double-A Altoona): 3.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K; best curveball in the minor leagues; plus fastball; still developing the changeup. Starts like this show that Taillon still has to improve his command before he is ready to show off his stuff in the big leagues.