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Pitching Prospect of the Day: Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Diamondbacks (Triple-A Reno): 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K; potential solid-average fastball; easy plus curveball; average changeup; early-season struggles in the PCL; profiles as a very good number-three starter.

Position Prospect of the Day: Christian Vazquez, C, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 4-4, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB; changed swing mechanics to shorten up; making consistent loud contact; line-drive stroke; plus defensive profile; most scouts I talk to believe he has the ability to play every day; .375/.444/.625 with 3 2B, 3B, and HR in last 32 at-bats.

Other notable prospect performances from May 22:

“The Good”

  • Andrew Burns, 3B, Blue Jays (High-A Dunedin): 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB; ability to barrel premium velocity; still developing defensively; average power potential; solid-average runner; destroying High-A pitching; the test will come at Double-A; .333/.413/.558 with 9 2B, 4 3B, and 6 HR in 156 at-bats.
  • Angelo Gumbs 2B, Yankees (High-A Tampa): 3-4, 2 2B, R, BB; major-league bat speed; aggressive player; plus power potential; potential solid-average hit tool; plus runner; I really like this guy, and my gut says he is going to be something special; .400/.471/.633 with 5 2B, 1 3B, and 2 SB in 30 May at-bats.
  • Alen Hanson, SS, Pirates (High-A Bradenton): 4-5, 2B, 2 3B, 3 R, RBI, K; plus runner; plus bat speed; plays the game with a bit of swagger; will eventually have to move to the right side of the infield; I want to see him against Double-A pitching; .400/.429/.700 and 5 2B, 2 3B, and HR in last 40 at-bats.
  • Dorssys Paulino, SS, Indians (Low-A Lake County): 3-5, 2B, 3B, 2 R, RBI; potential plus hit tool; at least average power; plus runner; will move off of shortstop at some point; hopefully this big night will get him out of an early-season funk.
  • Gregory Polanco, CF, Pirtaes (High-A Bradenton): 4-5, 2B, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, K; easy plus runner; loud contact; solid-average power; plus defensive profile; .333/.395/.590 with 4 2B, 2 HR, and 6 SB in last 39 at-bats.
  • Roman Quinn, SS, Phillies (Low-A Lakewood): 2-5, R, K, 2 SB; elite speed; good bat speed from both sides of the plate; more power than frame would suggest; ceiling on power could be a 5; plus arm; plus first-step quickness; iffy glove at short leads me to believe he will move to the outfield; tearing it up after struggling in the cold month of April; .350/.458/.500 with 2B, 3B, HR, and 8 SB in last 40 at-bats.
  • Kolten Wong, 2B, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis): 4-5, 2 2B, 3B, 4 R, RBI, BB; plus hit tool; solid-average runner; fringy power potential; plus defender at second; high baseball IQ; just waiting patiently for his call to the big leagues; .463/.511/.854 with 6 2B, 2 3B,  and 2 HR in 41 at-bats.

“The Bad”

  • Brett Eibner, CF, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 0-4, 3 K; thought I saw someone mention that Eibner was back on prospect radars, and then I checked his stat line and saw a lot of the same struggles; .216/.313/.371 with 3 2B, 4 HR and 32 K in 97 at-bats.
  • Miguel Sano, 3B, Twins (High-A Fort Myers): 0-4; No hit Miguel?  
  • Richie Shaffer, 3B, Rays (High-A Charlotte): 1-4, 3 K; college bat; struggling a little bit in his first full professional season; 41 K in 154 at-bats.
  • Jose Ramirez, RHP, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, K; the command can get away from him at any point in any outing.
  • Yordano Ventura, RHP, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 4.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K; a clunker unlike any of his previous starts this season.

“He’s Back!”

Albert Almora, CF, Cubs (Low-A Kane County): 3-4, 2B; returning from broken hamate bone; potential plus hit tool; potential plus power projections; average runner; developing defensive ability in center field; special potential. 

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rawagman
5/23
Thanks for the write-up on Andrew Burns. One of the few (statistical) bright spots in the Blue Jays org in the early going. Any idea why so many of their young prospects are in extended spring? I would have thought someone like D.J. Davis would have been ready for Lansing...
mort10
5/23
Actually DJ Davis was not close to being ready for full season ball when I saw him this spring. He showed tools, but needs a lot of work at the plate.
juice133
5/24
Davis was the same way in Instructs as well. Doesn't sound like there was much progress in that time...not that I would have expected much.
Scott44
5/23
Zach - Have you had an opportunity to see Micah Johnson with the White Sox? How is his speed compared to Quinn. Does he have a good chance to stick at 2B?
MaineSkin
5/25
I've been contemplating selling Taillon for Polanco. This is year 2 of Polanco playing above his compitition and sustained AA success might bring the hype way up. What's his ceiling? Polanco just seems to be folowing the Taveres "hit my way to fame route", lol. True/False: Marte, McCutchen and Polanco OF has the potential of the best OF in baseball?