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Prospect of the Day:

Matt Chapman, 3B, Oakland Athletics (Double-A Midland): 2-for-4, 2 HR, K.
There was never a doubt in this guy’s mind that Chapman had pop, but after slugging .566 in the cozy confines of the Cal League, it’s nice to see that he’s carrying that over in the less-friendly Texas League. There are serious contact issues here, but he compensates by taking his walks, and, of course, dingers. He’s also an above-average defender at third with a howitzer of an arm at the hot corner, and he should be able to stay at third despite his lack of speed. It shouldn’t surprise anyone if this guy is the Athletics third baseman by the end of the 2017 season.

Others of Note:

Carlos Asuaje, IF, San Diego Padres (Triple-A El Paso): 4-for-4, 2 R, 2B. He’s the “other” infielder acquired in the Craig Kimbrel trade, but Asuaje is a nice player—with average tools everywhere but power—and he can hold his own anywhere in the infield.

Joe Musgrove, RHP, Houston Astros (Triple-A Fresno): 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K. I severely underrated this guy during list formation time. In fact, you could probably say he’s the best pitching prospect in their system right now.

Clayton Blackburn, RHP, San Francisco Giants (Triple-A Sacramento): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. Easily his best start of the 2016 season. I am not a huge fan of Blackburn’s upside, but I have been surprised by his struggles because of his advanced stuff.

Josh Bell, 1B, Pittsburgh Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis): 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B. Even without big power numbers, Bell has been impressive, as his approach just gets better and better with each passing season.

Jorge Bonifacio, OF, Kansas City Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 2-for-3, 2 HR, 2 BB. Bonifacio’s stock was at an all-time low coming into the season, but he’s crushed PCL pitching to the tune of .320/.386/.562 over this first two months, which can only help.

Alex Bregman, SS, Houston Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 3-for-4. He can beat you in so many ways. The kid is just good.

Lucas Giolito, RHP, Washington Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. He seems to follow games where the control is bad with games like this, which isn’t surprising given the changes he made to the delivery. He’s still the best pitching prospect in baseball by a substantial margin.

Andrew Suarez, LHP, Giants (Double-A Reading): 7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. Suarez has advanced feel for his secondary stuff, and he can give you an uncomfortable at-bat with four average to a tick-above-average pitches.

Dustin Fowler, OF, New York Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 3-for-4, 2 R. The month of May has not been kind to Fowler, so hopefully for Fowler/Yankee fans this is the start of good things to come.

Harold Ramirez, OF, Pirates (Double-A Altoona): 3-for-5, 2 R, HR, K. There’s no doubt Ramirez can hit, it’s just a case of him tapping into the raw power he’ll show during batting practice in games.

Gleyber Torres, SS, Chicago Cubs (High-A Myrtle Beach): 3-for-5, 1 HR, 2 SB. A scout told me that Torres has been much more assertive over the past couple of weeks, and it’s showing up in the stats. He’s really good.

Nick Ciuffo, C, Tampa Bay Rays (High-A Charlotte): 4-for-4, 2 R, 2B. The power hasn’t come for Ciuffo at all, but he’s gotten better with the glove, and the hit tool may be good enough to allow him to be a competent backup.

Joe Jimenez, RHP, Detroit Tigers (High-A Lakeland): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. Because relievers deserve love too, dang it. Especially when they’re as good as Jimenez is.

Richie Martin, SS, Athletics (High-A Stockton):2-for-4, 2 R, HR, BB. Martin is better known for his glove, but the 2015 first-round pick does have some offensive talent, and he should enjoy hitting in the Cal League for the next couple of months.

Raudy Read, C, Nationals (High-A Potomac): 3-for-4, 2 2B. In addition to having a fantastic name, Read has above-average power potential from the right side, and he’s showing better feel for the barrel. The glove has a long, long way to go, however.

Alex Murphy, C, Baltimore Orioles (Low-A Delmarva): 2-for-4, 2 HR. Murphy is repeating the level, but he’s repeating it well, showing pop from the right side and some improved receiving skills.

Ryan Borucki, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays (Low-A Lansing): 6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. Alright, we know he can handle the Midwest League. Let’s give that Florida State League another try, shall we?

Anfernee Seymour, SS/OF, Miami Marlins (Low-A Greensboro): 3-for-5, R, 2 3B. If he can play every day, he’s gonna hit a lot of those triple things, just based on being a lot faster than pretty much everyone else.

LaMonte Wade, OF, Minnesota Twins (Low-A Cedar Rapids): 3-for-5, R, HR. Wade has destroyed Midwest League pitching in 2016, and he’s shown more power than anticipated in the process.

Anderson Espinoza, RHP, Boston Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. Anderson Espinoza is five months older than Jason Groome, and more than a year younger than Blake Rutherford. Keep that in mind when you see what he’s doing. It’s pretty neat.

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heterodude
5/26
Can we talk about Joey Gallo's 0-0 with 0 Plate Appearances? He's been up for three games and gotten one at-bat. What's the point in the Rangers even calling Gallo up if they aren't intending to use him?
bigchiefbc
5/26
Tim Anderson went 2/4 with an RBI, but most importantly, he now has walked in 3 of the last 4 games. If he gets even a smidge of plate discipline, watch out.
Deadheadbrewer
5/26
Sorry (see below)--we must have been typing simultaneously! :)
Deadheadbrewer
5/26
Tim Anderson had two hits, giving him seven multi-hit games in his past eight. He also had a walk(!), and now has three walks in his last four games.
jfranco77
5/26
I believe Carlos Asuaje is a client of BP contributor and awesome guy Joshua Kusnick .. if you need any more reason to root for him.
jsdspud
5/26
Any idea why Giolito changed his delivery?
chapmantime
5/26
I can't wait until Blake Rutherford is facing Espinoza in the majors so people can stop talking about how old they are...
Theman3983
5/27
One of several reasons to look forward to 2019.
chapmantime
5/27
Giolito made reference to "bad habits" in a recent interview. One noticeable difference between last year and this is his glove on the finish. It used to end up down by his tjigh, and now he's keeping it up and tucked into his chest, as is conventional. It's cost him some tempo and feel early on, but hopefully he'll revert to form as he gains comfort.
dloomer
5/28
Musgrove a better prospect than Martes, then?