Welcome back, prospects. We missed you all terribly.
Jorge Mateo, SS, New York Yankees (High-A Tampa): 3-for-5, 3B, 2 R, 1 BB.
Some were surprised that Mateo wasn’t sent up to Double-A to start the 2016 campaign, and while the sample size is essentially as small as it can get, more games like this will boost him out of the Florida State League sooner than later. He’s as athletic as they come—an 80 runner with a plus arm with clean actions in the field—and he has pretty good feel for the barrel and “sneaky” pop from the right side. The speed and feel for hitting make him a high-floor prospect; the feel for the barrel and athleticism make him a high-ceiling one. That’s a pretty fun combination.
Others Of Note:
Steven Moya, OF, Detroit Tigers (Triple-A Toledo): 3-for-4, 2 HR. A massive start to the season for the massive (6-foot-7) prospect. It’s also nice to see a game with no strikeouts, considering that those are a recurring issue for Moya.
Joe Musgrove, RHP, Houston Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. One of the more underrated right-handed pitching prospects, Musgrove has four usable pitches and plus-plus control.
Jesse Winker, OF, Cincinnati Reds (Triple-A Louisville): 2-for-4. Winker’s feel for the barrel is on par with that of any left-handed hitter in baseball. You’re going to be seeing a lot of these sorts of games until he gets the call to Cincy.
Edwin Diaz, RHP, Seattle Mariners (Double-A Jackson): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB 9 K. The Mariners best pitching prospect struck out six in his first two innings. There are concerns about Diaz’s size and frame, but the stuff is legit.
Jacob Faria, RHP, Rays (Double-A Montgomery): 5.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB 8 K. Faria was outdueled by Diaz but was impressive nonetheless. He features a plus fastball, plus change, and improving curveball in his bag of tricks.
Dansby Swanson, SS, Braves (High-A Carolina): 2-for-4, 2B. The first-overall pick in 2015 is no long for High-A, and probably not long for minor-league baseball in general. He’s really good.
Yoan Moncada, 2B, Boston Red Sox (High-A Salem): 2-for-4, 2 BB, 2 R. The Red Sox are taking it slow and steady, but these types of skills are too good to be “wasted” in the Carolina League for long. Moncada is the best second-base prospect in all of baseball.
Andrew Benintendi, OF, Red Sox (High-A Salem) :4-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2 R. I was skeptical when the Red Sox took Benintendi with the seventh pick out of Arkansas. I’m an idiot.
Ryan Mountcastle, SS, Baltimore Orioles (Low-A Delmarva): 1-for-4, 1 HR. The bat-first supplemental-first-round pick is beginning to fill out his frame; there’s an outside shot of above-average power here at maturity.
Ronald Acuna, OF, Braves (Low-A Rome): 2-for-5, R. He’s as raw as they get, but Acuna’s talent is substantial: He’s a potential five-tool player when all is said and done.
Harrison Bader, OF, St. Louis Cardinals (Double-A Springfield): 2-for-4, K. There’s no plus tool in Hader’s chest, but there are no real weakness here, either. The former Florida Gator could move much quicker than your typical third-round selection.
Travis Demeritte, 2B, Rangers (High-A High Desert ): 3-for-4, 2 HR, 3 R. It’s a big year for the Rangers’ 2013 first-round pick. Maybe the (very) friendly confines of Heritage Field will build up some confidence for the talented infielder.