Prospect of the Day:
Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre): 4-5, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, K.
It’s almost like Judge has been a bit of a forgotten prospect this season, when in reality, he’s the exact prospect we should have expected him to be. There’s massive raw power in the game, much of which will make it into games despite the swing-and-miss, and he can help in right field. That’s a big-leaguer, and a pretty good one at that, despite the low batting average and high whiff rate.
Others of Note:
Conner Greene, RHP, Blue Jays (High-A Dunedin): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 7 K. I feel like I consistently get to write about Greene’s strong outings, despite a rocky 2016 season back in High-A. While I recognize the warts, I’m still a big believer in the skillset and the potential for Greene to become a mid-rotation starter.
Clint Frazier, OF, Indians (Double-A Akron): 2-4, R, HR, 2 RBI. Frazier continues to show significant progress while taking on the challenge of Double-A pitching. He consistently looks like the player the Indians popped in the first round, and he should be helping in Cleveland next summer.
Victor Arano, RHP, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 2 IP, H, 0 R/ER, 4 K. Acquired from the Dodgers a couple of years ago, Arano has shifted to the bullpen and shows a mid-90s fastball with the potential to be a versatile reliever.
Kevin Newman, SS, Pirates (Double-A Altoona): 2-5, R, 2B, CS. Just promoted to Double-A, Newman keeps doing what he does best: hitting the baseball where there are no defenders. Christopher Crawford is proud.
Reese McGuire, C, Pirates (Double-A Altoona): 3-3, 2 R, 2B, 3B, RBI, K. As if the Pirates need more talented young players, McGuire has begun to realize some of the promise that made him such a highly ranked player—namely the bat is beginning to catch up to the glove. It may still take until 2018 before McGuire is ready to help in the big leagues, but he’s starting to look more and more like a really good everyday catcher.
Nick Senzel, 3B, Reds (Rookie Billings): 1-3, R, 2B, SB. Signing quickly, Senzel has wasted no time beginning to fill the stat sheet as the most polished and fast-moving college hitter in the 2016 draft.
Yoan Moncada, 2B, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 1-5, R, RBI, 2 K. This isn’t the typical Moncada line that folks have become accustomed to, but as he acclimates to Double-A, you take what you can get. Expect some growing pains for a few weeks—much like Andrew Benintendi experienced—but Moncada will ultimately rake here as well.
David Dahl, OF, Rockies (Double-A Hartford): 2-3, R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB. David Dahl continues doing David Dahl things. I know I’m the high man on the BP staff, and I feel pretty good about that position right now.
Harold Castro, 2B, Tigers (Double-A Erie): 3-5, 2B, 3B. Castro has garnered some recognition from prospect watchers in the past, but he’s never really put it together on the field. He’s having a solid season at Double-A in 2016, and while few scouts see an everyday player, he’s making a case that he could be an interesting bench option.
Cavan Biggio, 2B, Blue Jays (Short-Season Vancouver): 4-4, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI. Doubles are about all the power you can expect from Biggio, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see him pick up plenty of base knocks in his short-season debut. Biggio has a limited ceiling long term, but his polish should allow him to approach the big leagues quickly.
Ozhaino Albies, SS/2B, Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett): 3-5, 2 R, BB, SB. As you might expect for such a young player in Triple-A, Albies has struggled out of the gate. Tuesday’s line represents what could be a pretty typical game for the young middle infielder, and as he acclimates fans should see more games like this one.
Gilbert Lara, SS, Brewers (Rookie Helena): 2-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, K. The Brewers paid a pretty penny to nab Lara as part of their international signing class, and this type of game is exactly why they made that decision.
Darick Hall, 1B, Phillies (Short-Season Williamsport): 3-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI. Hall has above-average to plus raw power in his bat and he could torture the NYPL this summer, but his approach and hit tool will likely hold him back and relegate him to org-player status.
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