Prospect of the Day:
Sean Manaea, LHP, Oakland Athletics (Triple-A Nashville): 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K.
Ben Zobrist is a tremendous player, and he was a huge part of the Royals’ championship run. Oakland fans shouldn’t feel too bad about losing him and getting this kind of talent, though. Manaea has two legit swing-and-miss pitches in his fastball and slider, both of which grade out as plus, along with a change that’s certainly good enough to keep hitters honest. The command keeps getting better, and more results like Monday night’s will see him in Oakland this summer.
Others of Note:
Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre): 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, 2 K. Because of the size, everyone talks about the power, but the feel for hitting is the real selling point here.
Rob Kaminsky, LHP, Cleveland (Double-A Akron): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K. The former Cardinals first-round pick could be a fast-mover because of his advanced feel.
Bradley Zimmer, OF, Cleveland (Double-A Akron): 2-for-3, 2 HR, 2 BB. There is no weakness in this young man’s game.
Bubba Derby, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers (High-A Brevard County): 5.2 IP, 5 H 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K. Not just a fantastic name, Derby shows two 55-grade pitches in his fastball and change, with an average slider for good measure.
Andrew Benintendi, OF, Red Sox (High-A Salem): 2-for-3, 3B (3), R. No one could keep up this triples pace, but as a plus runner who can put the ball in the gaps, he’s going to hit a lot of them.
James Kaprielian, RHP, Yankees (High-A Tampa): 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K. The UCLA product dominated one of the best lineups in High-A (Bradenton) while touching 97 mph and showing a wipeout slider.
Ryan Castellani, RHP, Rockies (High-A Modesto): 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K. The Rockies’ 2014 second-rounder has been coddled, but he shows a plus fastball and two useable secondaries.
Eddy Martinez, OF, Cubs (Low-A South Bend): 2-for-4, HR, 2 K. The first of many professional homers this young man will be hitting. His upside is immense.
Andy Ibanez, 2B, Texas Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 3-for-4, 2 4, 2 2B (4) K. As a 23-year-old, he has no business being at such a low level, but it’s nice to see he’s dominating it (.571/.625/1.000 over his first five games).
Francisco Mejia, C, Cleveland (Low-A Lake County): 3-for-4, R, 3B, BB. It’s super early, but it’s awesome to see the results starting to show just how talented he is.