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Prospect of the Day:

Julio Urias, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers (Triple-A Oklahoma City): 6 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K.
Urias left after having only thrown 77 pitches, and could have easily pulled off the ever-so-rare no-no under 100 pitches. You can’t blame the Dodgers for being extremely careful with a teenager. I’m not sure about his major-league role in 2016, but with how dominant he’s been, I’d be surprised if he’s not pitching for Los Angeles at some point this season. This young man is special.

Others of Note:

Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees (Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre): 3-for-5, R, SB. You won’t see him steal too many bases, but after a shaky start it’s nice to see Sanchez start to see some hits dropping.

Willson Contreras, C, Chicago Cubs (Triple-A Iowa): 0-for-0, 2 R, 4 BB, CS. I’ve never typed 0-for-0 in one of these updates. It’s oddly unsettling. Oh, Contreras is good.

Adam Brett Walker, OF, Minnesota Twins (Triple-A Rochester): 2-for-3, 2 R, HR, BB, K, SB, CS. Walker is on pace to hit right around 30 homers, which is great. He’s also on pace to strike out well over 200 times. That’s not gonna work.

Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Cubs (Triple-A Iowa): 3-for-5, 2 R, HR. I’ll just warn everyone that Vogelbach got off to a start like this last year, as well. I’ll stop being a negative nellie now, he’s crushing the ball.

Chih-Wei Hu, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays (Double-A Montgomery): 6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K. Hu has four competent pitches that he throws for strikes, and one of them is a palmball, which is a lot of fun.

Dansby Swanson, SS, Atlanta Braves (Double-A Mississippi): 4-for-5, 2 R, 2B, E. Shelby Miller has an ERA of 8.49. Just saying.

Harrison Musgrave, RHP, Colorado Rockies (Double-A Hartford): 7 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. That’s five straight dominant starts from the former West Virginia Mountaineers ace. There’s a ton of deception here, and the change might be double-plus.

Tyler Danish, RHP, Chicago White Sox (Double-A Birmingham): 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. He’s throwing strikes with all three pitches, and he’s still showing two 60 pitches in his fastball and change.

Casey Gillaspie, 1B, Rays (Double-A Montgomery): 3-for-3, 2B, HR. The Rays 2014 first-rounder has an outstanding approach from both sides of the plate, and there’s some power here from both sides of the plate as well.

Sal Romano, RHP, Cincinnati Reds (Double-A Pensacola): 6 IP 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K. A 23rd-round pick in the 2011 draft, Romano is massive (6-foot-5, 260 pounds), and he can blow a 94-97 mph fastball by hitters with good enough secondary offerings to maybe allow him to start.

Bobby Bradley, 1B, Cleveland (High-A Lynchburg): 3-for-5, 3 R, HR, 3 BB (Doubleheader). The homer was of the grand-slam variety. The strikeouts will frustrate, but there aren’t many corner infielders with a better power profile.

Tyler Jay, LHP, Minnesota Twins (High-A Fort Myers): 6.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. He’s battled some command issues over the first month, but there’s been more good than bad in his first season as a starter so far.

Yoan Moncada, 2B, Boston Red Sox (High-A Salem): 3-for-4, 4 R, 2 2B, BB, K, SB. I realize Boston has a crapton of quality middle infielders, but come on, get this guy into Double-A.

Andrew Benintendi, OF, Red Sox (High-A Salem): 2-for-4, 3B. I’ve Benintendi-ng to tell you that this is another guy who is ready for a promotion as well. I’d also like to tell you that I’m sorry for this but I’m not.

Dinelson Lamet, RHP, San Diego Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore): 5 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. He’s a bit old for the level (23), but it doesn’t really matter how old you are—being dominant in the Cal League is impressive, and that’s what Lamet has been.

Brendan Rodgers, SS, Rockies (Low-A Asheville):3-for-4, R, 3 2B, K. If you’re not impressed by what Rodgers, Swanson, and Alex Bregman have done in their first full professional seasons, you can’t come to my birthday party.

Freddy Peralta, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers (Low-A Wisconsin): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. Acquired in the Adam Lind trade, Peralta has a 92-94 mph fastball and shows two average secondary offerings as well.

Mitch Keller, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates (Low-A West Virginia): 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. It’s taken a little longer than anticipated, but Keller is finally showing the stuff that made him so highly touted in the 2014 draft on a consistent basis.

Edmundo Sosa, SS, St. Louis Cardinals (Low-A Peoria): 4-for-5, 2B. The glove is slightly ahead of the bat, but the bat is pretty good, too, and there’s a chance for four above-average tools when all’s said and done.

D.J. Stewart, OF, Baltimore Orioles (Low-A Delmarva): 3-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, SB. I was baffled by this pick (and still am), but the approach has been solid and now the hits are starting to drop in as well.

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paulallen
5/05
Not quite sure I understand the warning for Vogelbach - he got hurt last year. He didn't just get off to a hot start and then start underperforming.
teaaker
5/05
Harison Bader keeps raking in AA, going 4-5 yesterday, putting him at .388 for the year, which is tops in the Texas League.
GBSimons
5/05
Urias is in his 4th professional season. I hope this is the year he finally tops 100 IP. I understand wanting to keep him healthy, but at some point he has to be conditioned to be a full-time starting pitcher.
delatopia
5/05
He's a teenager. What's the rush?
GBSimons
5/05
He's a step away from the big leagues. I have no desire to see him throw a bunch of starts over 100 pitches, but if he's going to contribute as a starter in the big leagues - and that seems like it will be happening pretty soon - he needs to ramp up his innings to the point where he can handle a starter's workload.
oldbopper
5/05
I hope that Benintendi and Moncada are in Portland by the time the Sea Dogs are scheduled to open the new park in Hartford. The ongoing magical mystery tour of the Hartford Yard Goats just took another turn. I think I have tickets to the June 3-6 series with Portland, but the team just announced that 3 series in May are going to be played at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, which, of course, should have been the temporary home for the Yard Goats from the beginning of the season. What idiots are running this franchise? I can understand why the management would not want to use New Britain as a temporary home, after stiffing that city, but there was an excellent Double-A stadium 35 minutes from Hartford that was not in use but instead sent the team on a never ending road trip. Insanity reigns supreme!