Pitching Prospect of the Day: Robert Stephenson, RHP, Reds (Low-A Dayton): 6.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K; elite fastball; plus curveball; developing changeup that has a solid-average ceiling; athletic frame; carving up Low-A competition; frontline starter potential; 59.2 IP, 49 H, 22 ER, 16 BB, 77 K in 11 starts.
Position Prospect of the Day: Jake Marisnick, CF, Marlins (Double-A Jacksonville): 3-5, 2B, 2 HR, 2 R, 9 RBI, 2 K; five-tool potential; plus power ceiling; plus runner; plus arm; potential plus hit tool. Marisnick has a hitch in his swing that causes him to struggle to make consistent contact. I’m a believer, though, and think that he is a future All-Star.
Other notable prospect performances on May 30:
- Jason Adam, RHP, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 7.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 11 K; solid-average fastball; solid-average curveball; developing changeup with a solid-average ceiling; big frame built to eat innings; creates good plane. Adam has gotten things back together after starting off the season in a little bit of a rut, and he profiles best as a back-of-the-rotation starter.
- Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Twins (Triple-A Rochester): 4-5, 2B, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI; potential plus hit tool; developing power that could eventually be plus; fringy runner; crushes fastballs; solid-average arm; will find himself back in the bigs at some point this summer.
- Lewis Brinson, CF, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 1-1, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB. Well, a line like this has to encourage Brinson fans. I saw him play a few weeks ago, and I see why Brinson is such a polarizing prospect. Personally, I liked him. The bat speed is real, he has easy plus potential power, he is a plus runner, and he is developing into a plus defensive outfielder. The swing and miss will always be an aspect of his game, but for me the positives outweigh the risk in the hit tool.
- Corey Dickerson, RF, Rockies (Triple-A Colorado Springs): 3-4, 2 3B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, BB, K; plus hit tool; gap power; enjoying the friendly confines of Colorado Springs; future extra outfielder in the big leagues.
- Kelly Dugan, OF, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 2-4, 2B, HR, R, 3 RBI, K. good bat speed; solid-average power; solid-average runner; stuck in a corner defensively; stock on the rise.
- Cory Mazzoni, RHP, Mets (Double-A Binghamton): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K; potential plus fastball; potential solid-average slider; developing splitter; delivery has effort which may eventually force a move to the bullpen; back-end ceiling; middle-relief floor.
- Tom Murphy, C, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 2-5, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, K; potential solid-average hit tool; plus power potential; developing ability behind the plate; in line for a promotion in the near future.
- Eury Perez, CF, Nationals (Triple-A Syracuse): 2-4, HR, R, RBI; plus defensive profile in center; easy plus-plus runner; fringy hit tool; aggressive on bases; will find a role in the big leagues at some point in the near future; .307/.321/.387 with 6 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, and 8 SB in 137 at-bats.
- Yasiel Puig, RF, Dodgers (Double-A Chattanooga): 3-4, 2B, 3B, 2 R, RBI, K; Puig has the ability to become an All-Star. Most in the industry were leery when the Dodgers gave Puig a massive contract, but all signs now suggest that was a smart move.
- Roman Quinn, SS, Phillies (Low-A Lakewood): 2-3, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB; potential solid-average hit tool; developing power which has an average ceiling; elite runner; plus arm; will fit better defensively in center field; .342/.468/.632 with 1 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, and 5 SB in last 38 at-bats.
- Lucas Sims, RHP, Braves (Low-A Rome): 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K; plus fastball; potential plus curveball; potential solid-average changeup; developing command; mid-rotation profile.
Jorge Alfaro, C, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 0-5, 3 K. “The Legend” is still learning to harness his ability.
This will be the first time I really focus on the entire NCAA baseball postseason. I am extremely excited to watch a lot of good college baseball. It is very different than the professional game, but I love the intensity that the players bring to the field. If you have a chance, you should take a few hours to take in the top teams in the country.
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Plus the skill level of the players generally makes it hard for me to watch. I applaud them for making it as far as they have - to play baseball at the college level means you're better than 90% (I have no idea, but some high number anyway) of the baseball players in the world, and that's something to be proud of. But the difference in overall player skill level between a good college team and any pro team, even Low-A, is significant and for me, puts college baseball on the "unwatchable" side of the ledger.