Prospect of the Day:

Trea Turner, SS, Washington Nationals (Triple-A Syracuse): 5-6, BB, R, RBI, SB.
The Nats opted for the extra year of club control with Turner by anointing Danny Espinosa their Opening Day shortstop, but Turner’s done his best through four games to make the club regret that decision. His five hits in yesterday’s doubleheader gave him six hits and four walks (to go along with three successful thieveries) in his first 13 plate appearances in the International League. At this rate, it won’t be long, my pretties.

Others of Note:

Dansby Swanson, SS, Atlanta Braves (High-A Carolina): 3-4, 2 BB, 3 R, 2B, SB. Our runner-up for Prospect of the Day status had himself a game. The Diamondbacks really appear to have found themselves a franchise cornerst- what’s that? They… really? Oh. Uh. Well, in other news, tragedy today as former president Gerald Ford was eaten by wolves…

Aaron Judge, RF, New York Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre): 4-6, 2 R, 2B, RBI, K. Judge has beaten up Pawtucket pitching for two straight days now, which Yankees fans hope is a harbinger for the next half-dozen years.

Lucas Giolito, RHP, Washington Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 4 IP, H, 3 BB, 4 K. Three walks? Cut him!

Blake Snell, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays (Triple-A Durham): 4.2 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 9 K. Snell emerged last year as one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, and he hasn’t missed a beat in a return engagement with International League hitters. He’s as good a bet as any to be one of the next top prospects called up to The Show.

Jorge Mateo, SS, New York Yankees (High-A Tampa): 3-4, 2B, 2 R, SB, RBI. Mateo’s top-of-the-scale speed is unquestioned, but the hit tool is still a work in progress. He’s balanced the ledger thus far: nine whiffs and nine hits in his first 25 plate appearances.

Eloy Jimenez, OF, Chicago Cubs (Low-A South Bend): 4-5, 2B, RBI, 2 SB. After homering yesterday, Jimenez followed up with this monster game today. I drooled about his upside in a recent Ten Pack, and this two-game set is what it may someday look like.

Michael Fulmer, RHP, Detroit Tigers (Triple-A Toledo): 5.2 IP, 4 H, BB, 7 K. Detroit’s top prospect (thanks Yoenis) acquitted himself well in his International League debut, building on a breakout 2015 campaign. Mark Anderson wrote nice things about him last summer.

Jorge Bonifacio, RF, Kansas City Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 2-4, HR, R, RBI. Bonifacio has evolved as he’s filled out from a guy who hits liners the opposite way into a guy with pop and contact issues. There’s a window in KC if he can figure out how to integrate both of those things into a present profile.

Miguel Almonte, RHP, Kansas City Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 4.2 IP, 3 R, 0 ER, H, 3 BB, 7 K. Almonte was cruising until a sloppy fifth lowlighted by three walks and a couple errors knocked him out. In addition to the seven whiffs he generated another seven outs on the ground to just two in the air.

Domingo Acevedo, RHP, New York Yankees (Low-A Charleston): 6.2 IP, ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 8 K. Acevedo has a cool backstory—he was literally signed off the street with no baseball-playing experience at 16—and the inexperience coupled with a long 6-foot-7 frame has led to a very slow burn. He can throw a hundred with plane, though, so he’ll be afforded all the time he needs.

Kyle Tucker, RF, Houston Astros (Low-A Quad Cities): 3-3 BB, HR, R, RBI, SB. The no. 5-overall pick last June, Tucker hasn’t posted the most statistically pretty professional debut to date, but this is the kind of offensive outburst he’s perfectly capable of producing on the more regular.

Andrew Knapp, C, Philadelphia Phillies (Triple-A Lehigh Valley): 3-3, BB, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI. Knapp crushed he Eastern League after a promotion last summer and he picked up right where he left off with yesterday’s outburst in his second game of the year.

Brent Honeywell, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays (High-A Charlotte): 6 IP, 4 H, BB, 6 K. Honeywell sat 93-95 all night with his trademark screwball doing its namesake to hitters’ timing. A scout comped him to Kenny Powers last summer (in a good way).

Kyle Freeland, LHP, Colorado Rockies (Double-A Hartford): 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, BB, 3 K. After a rocky (hey oh!), injury-interrupted Cal campaign last year the org jumped their number nine prospect aggressively to Double-A, and he’s responded with consecutive solid starts to begin his campaign.

David Dahl, CF, Colorado Rockies (Double-A Hartford): 0-4, 2 K. Dahl has left the yard three times in his first half-dozen games, but he’s also whiffed in 12 times in his first 23 plate appearances.

Bobby Bradley, 1B, Cleveland Indians (High-A Lynchburg): 0-3, SF, 3 K. The whiffs will always be a big part of the big man’s profile, and yesterday was an example of “bad” Bradley. He’s 3-for-16 to begin the year at High-A.

Justus Sheffield, LHP, Cleveland Indians (High-A Lynchburg): 6 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 K. An efficient outing saw Cleveland’s fourth-best prospect peel through six shutout on just 80 pitches. His advanced feel of a quality three-pitch mix makes him a candidate to move as quickly as any prep arm in the minors.

Kyle McGowin, RHP, Angels of Anaheim (Double-A Arkansas): 7 IP, ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K. A former fifth-rounder, McGowin took some time to get back into things last year after losing time to an elbow injury in 2014. Now healthy, he’ll show a solid fastball-slider combo, and if he can continue developing the change and command he could enter the Orange County rotation mix if any further injury attrition strikes the big club.

Nate Smith, LHP, Angels of Anaheim (Triple-A Salt Lake): 5 IP, R (0 ER), 5 H, 2 BB, 9 K. Don’t be fooled by the gaudy whiff total, for the next Clayton Kershaw he is not. But Smith has put together a couple nice starts off the jump, and will battle McGowin and others for depth-chart supremacy throughout the season.

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Since Trea Turner was called up last year when do the Nationals have to wait to until they can call him up and still get him for the extra year before free agency? What constitutes a year of service time? Is it a certain number of calendar days on the MLB roster or a certain number of games?
I believe that a year of service time is 172 calendar days on a major-league roster. According to BRef, he got 45 days of service time last year. So I believe they will have to wait until May 18 or so if they want to delay his service time clock another year.
Still no stash list!?!?!?! Waaaaaaahhhhhhh
Thursdays, dear reader. One more day.
Thanks for the update on Pres. Ford. Any news on Generalissimo Francesco Franco?
I'm doing well, thanks ;)
Joey Gallo is starting off pretty nice in AAA: 318/407/727/1135

He's K'd exactly once every game so far. I actually think the Rangers would take that, 160 Ks per year is pretty acceptable fine for a guy with his power.
Another one from yesterday: Mike Soroka pitched 6IP/1H/0ER/1BB/5K
Please help a very conflicted fantasy GM...

I get AJ Reed, I give up Benintendi and Volquez.

I'm practically overflowing with OF prospects already, with Mazara, Brinson, Zimmer, Williams, Robles, Bell, and Phillips, so I can afford to trade Benintendi. It's just that his stats and his SSS leaves a lot to dream on. I can't help but think I might be trading away a future stud...any thoughts?
You may be trading one away, but you're getting one right back. I'd make that deal, especially given your absurd prospect depth in the outfield. Just a shift of resources, and a fine one to make.
also, Dixon Machado stole home in the first inning last night
Personally, I would greatly appreciate less of the attempted humor. I know this isn't my personal article and I only get one vote but, I don't think it adds anything at all.
You complain about this a lot. You're the only one.
SSS and all, but seeing Eddy and Eloy here the last couple of days is exciting.
Happ had three hits last night as well. One of my last cuts from this, but he's also out of the gate strong.