Prospect of the Day:
Isan Diaz, SS, Milwaukee Brewers (Single-A Wisconsin): 4-for-5, 3 R, 3 2B, 1 BB.
Well, this qualifies as a pretty good day. Diaz was the Pioneer League MVP last season, and he’s shown in the first seven games that it wasn’t a fluke, hitting .381/.519/.714 to begin the season. Both the hit and power tools have a chance to be above-average, and while he’s not a lock to stick at shortstop, there’s a realistic chance he stays in the middle infield. Even a move to third base would not a deathblow to his chances of becoming a regular.
Others of Note:
Jose Peraza, SS, Cincinnati Reds (Triple-A Louisville) 4-for-7, 2 R, BB, K. Be it at shortstop, second base, or in the outfield, Peraza is going to be a regular who hits at or near the top of the Cincinnati lineup.
Austin Voth, RHP, Washington Nationals (Triple-A Syracuse): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K. Voth gets overshadowed by other righties in the system, but plus command and solid stuff give him mid-rotation potential.
Jarlin Garcia, LHP, Miami Marlins (Double-A Jacksonville): 5.2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 6 K. The Marlins southpaw has given up just one run on the year while striking out more than a batter per inning. That’s good.
Bobby Bradley, 1B, Cleveland (High-A Lynchburg): 2-for-4, HR, 2 K. There are contact issues aplenty here, but also a chance for plus-plus power from the left side.
Yohander Mendez, LHP, Rangers (High-A High Desert): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. Mendez struggled in his first start, but with a plus change and improving velocity, he’s a legit mid-rotation prospect.
Josh Staumont, RHP, Kansas City Royals (High-A Wilmington)::4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. It’s very unlikely that he starts long term, but he could be a dominant reliever with an 80 fastball and plus slider.
Derek Hill, OF, Detroit Tigers (Low-A West Michigan): 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, SB (5). The only thing missing from Hill’s game is power. When you can run like he can, that doesn’t matter so much.
Michael Santos (Low-A Augusta): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. This projectable right-hander will show four usable pitches and his control should be good enough to start.
Corey Zangari, 1B, Chicago White Sox (Low-A Kannapolis): 2-for-4,HR, 2 K. Zangari’s a massive first baseman with double-plus raw power and a 70 arm, but that comes with 20 speed and loads of swing-and-miss.