Hitter of the Day

Nick Tanielu, INF, Houston Astros (Glendale Desert Dogs) 2-5, 2B, HR. He’s crushing the AFL so far this year to the tune of a .340 batting average, but Tanielu profiles best as a depth piece. He’s stiff athletically, limiting his future to an infield corner, which places a ton of pressure on the bat to perform. His approach is below average and he doesn’t show corner power in game. Nice AFL performance, but he’s a limited prospect.

Pitcher of the Day

Austin Gomber, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals (Glendale Desert Dogs) 6 IP, 2 H, 0 RA, 0 BB, 7 SO. He has average stuff, a downhill fastball, and an ugly looking delivery, but he makes it work. Gomber pounds the lower half of the zone, generating plenty of grounders and keeping the ball in the park. It’s not pretty, but it is effective.

Best of the Rest

Zach Vincej, SS, Cincinnati Reds (Peoria Javelinas) 2-5, 2 SO. The hits are nice; the strikeouts are still a concern.

Gleyber Torres, SS, New York Yankees (Scottsdale Scorpions) 3-3, 2B. Torres can sting the baseball. There won’t be much over-the-fence power to back it up, but he can make solid, hard contact and hit for doubles.

James Kaprielian, RHP, New York Yankees (Scottsdale Scorpions) 4.1 IP, 1 H, 0 RA, 2 BB, 4 SO. He has a load of upside and can command his pitches; he just needs to stay healthy.

Parker Bridwell, RHP, Baltimore Orioles (Peoria Javelinas) 3 IP, 1 H, 0 RA, 0 BB, 1 SO. His command has always been an issue, as he’s posted double-digit walk rates at almost every professional stop he’s been at. Bridwell has interesting stuff, but he has to reign it in.

Andrew Stevenson, OF, Washington Nationals (Glendale Desert Dogs) 1-4, 2 BB, 3 R. Sam Fuld has built a nice, solid fourth-outfielder career out of the same skill set Andrew Stevenson has.

Trey Michalczewski, 3B, Chicago White Sox (Glendale Desert Dogs) 2-3, 2B. The power has yet to actualize and I’m losing faith that it ever will.

Carson Kelly, C, St. Louis Cardinals (Glendale Desert Dogs) 1-4, 2B. Kelly can get stiff in his swing at times, but even if his bat plays to below average he’s going to have a major-league role as his defense is very good. I’m in.

Fight Another Day

Anthony Alford, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (Mesa Solar Sox) 0-3, 2 SO. There’s going to be swing and miss here, but Alford stings the ball well and he has a plethora of secondary skills to augment his profile.

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Trey 'Mike Wazowski'.
Sam Fuld. The Todd Gack of baseball.
Based on physical type and 2016 performance, I don't know that I'd preclude Torres' having decent OTF power at maturity. I don't see a swing path that rules it out.
Dalton Pompey or Anthony Alford? Both make it, neither are ever more than organizational depth or where in between?
How do you factor in Alford's lack of experience? The knee and then concussion seem to have driven down the results if we go off of his surge at the end of the year. Obviously, I didn't see him and cannot find a hint of evidence claiming he made an adjustment.
His swing look awfully like JD's on the parent club and in just wondering if he's worrying to much about the power results rather than just letting that come as he matures. Thanks.