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Hitter of the Day:

Sam Hilliard, OF, Colorado Rockies (High-A, Lancaster): 3-6, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI
Hilliard is a toolshed, as he features plus run, a plus to better arm, plus to better raw power, and above-average defensive skills. But, just like with other players with this skillset it always comes down to how well they hit. Hilliard has been doing a good job of hitting thus far.

Pitcher of the Day:

Triston McKenzie, RHP, Cleveland Indians (High-A, Lynchburg): 6 IP, H, BB, 0 ER, 14 K
In case you wondered what a dominant minor league line-score would look like, there you go.

Other Notable Performances:

Trey Supak, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers (Low-A, Wisconsin): 5 2/3 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 11 K
Just keep on chugging Treyson. James Fisher has everything you need to know right here.

Vladimir Gutierrez, RHP, Cincinnati Reds (High-A, Daytona): 5 1/3 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 10 K
Gutierrez signed for a lot of money, and performances like this justify every penny of that money he signed for.

Aaron Civale, RHP, Cleveland Indians (Low-A, Lake County): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K
A third-rounder from the 2016 draft, Civale attacks hitters with an above-average fastball/curveball combination and isn’t afraid to attack hitters. Given his success and his college pedigree, expect to see Civale challenged later this season.

Junior Fernandez, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals (High-A, Palm Beach): 9 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 6 K
A young Latin arm, Fernandez was beat around in his initial foray into High-A last season as a 19-year old. But now as a 20-year old and one of the youngest pitchers in the league, Fernandez has been putting together quality outings. His premium fastball/changeup has been working so far, but his lack of spin might not be enough for a starting rotation role.

Duncan Robinson, RHP, Chicago Cubs (Low-A, South Bend): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K
A ninth-round senior sign in the 2016 draft, the former Dartmouth grad is big (6-foot-6) and can locate his fastball for strikes, but lacks any sort of out pitch for higher levels.

Eudis Idrogo, LHP, Detroit Tigers (Low-A, West Michigan): 7 IP, 6 H, ER, 0 BB, 3 K
According to this website, Eudis encourages “the expression of leadership and organizational skills, shrewdness, and analytical ability”. Sounds like Eudis has a sweet front office job waiting for him once hitters figure out his upper-80s fastball and lack of secondary offerings.

Travis Lakins, RHP, Boston Red Sox (High-A, Salem): 6 2/3 IP, 2 H, ER, 4 BB, 8 K
After missing time with various injuries, this former fifth-rounder shows a fastball in the mid 90s and pairs it with an above-average curveball and a changeup.

Victor Caratini, C/1B, Chicago Cubs (Triple-A, Iowa): 4-4, 2B, 2 RBI
I am just going to include my writeup of Caratini from yesterday since it still applies.

“Can Caratini catch? Eh…let’s talk about how well he hits! A switch-hitter, Caratini has bat speed from both sides with some pop. He uses the whole field, which helps him avoid the shift and can work counts. What position does he play? Maybe C? Maybe go back to 3B?”

Ronald Acuna, OF, Atlanta Braves (Double-A, Mississippi): 3-4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, K
Double-A, meet Ronald, Ronald meet Double-A. Time to see what you got.

Drew Jackson, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers (High-A, Rancho Cucamonga): 3-3, 2 R, HR, RBI
A slick defender, Jackson can stay at short as he is a 7 runner with a 7 arm. Like other guys though, it will be a matter of if he can hit enough to warrant more than defensive-replacement/pinch-runner status.

Dominic Smith, 1B, New York Mets (Triple-A, Las Vegas): 4-5, 3 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, K
Yes, he is hitting for some more pop. Yes, he has been pulling the ball more as well. But this is also Las Vegas. I am still not a believer in Smith as an everyday regular.

Fight Another Day:

Franklyn Kilome, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies (High-A, Clearwater): 2/3 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
Baseball is going to baseball you, right?

Travis Blankenhorn, INF, Minnesota Twins (Low-A, Cedar Rapids): 0-4, 4 K
Blankenhorn was drafted more so for his bat than anything else. His smooth left-handed swing barreled balls up consistently and loudly. Although today that wasn’t the case.

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You got almost all of the fun ones. Here are a few more:

California League:
Cal Quantirll: 6 IP, 4 H, 5 SO, 2 BB, 0 ER
Mitchell White: 4 IP, 1 H, 8 SO, 2 BB, 1 ER
Logan Shore: 5 IP, 0 H, 4 SO, 2 BB, 0 ER
Jaime Barria: 6 IP, 3 H, 6 SO, 0 BB, 2 ER
Ryan Atkinson: 6 IP, 1 H, 5 SO, 2 BB, 0 ER
Brendan Rodgers: 3-5, 1 HR, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SO
Ricky Eusebio: 3-4, 1 HR, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 SO

Carolina League:
Foster Griffin: 8 IP, 3 H, 6 SO, 3 BB, 2 ER
Martin Cervenka: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 SO

Florida State League:
Luiz Gohara: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 9 SO, 3 BB, 2 ER
Andrew Church: 7 IP, 4 H, 4 SO, 2 BB, 1 HR, 1 ER
Jordan Romero: 7 IP, 8 H, 7 SO, 2 BB, 1 ER
Erik Swanson: 5 IP, 2 H, 6 SO, 2 BB
Pedro Vasquez: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 SO, 0 BB, 1 ER
Ryan Brett: 3-5, 1 HR, 1 SO
Jhoan Urena: 3-4, 1 2B

Midwest League:
Logan Allen: 5 IP, 4 H, 5 SO, 3 BB, 3 ER
Mitchell Jordan: 4 IP, 7 H, 2 SO, 2 BB, 1 ER
Dustin Hunt: 4 IP, 5 H, 5 SO, 1 BB, 2 ER
JD Busfield: 5 IP, 6 H, 6 SO, 0 BB, 2 ER
Leo Crawford: 6 IP, 4 H, 5 SO, 0 BB, 1 ER
Scott Moss: 5 IP, 3 H, 5 SO, 0 BB, 1 ER
Sam McWIlliams: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 SO, 1 BB, 1 ER
Mike O’Reilly: 5 IP, 2 H, 6 SO, 0 BB, 1 ER
Edward Olivares: 3-6, 2 2B
Bo Bichette: 3-4, 1 BB, 1 SO
Josh Lowe: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB
Ronnie Dawson: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 SO
Andy Young: 3-4, 1 HR
Chuckie Robinson: 3-4, 2 2B

South Atlantic League:
No games scheduled

Here's one: Raimel Tapia, 4-5, 1 2B, 3 R. Now hitting 405/436/595 with a crazy 474 BABIP. Also sports a 13.7 K%.
When will the Super-Two players start coming up this year?
The Super Two deadline is usually in June.
If you're thinking of the "gain an extra year before free agency but doesn't have a catchy name like Super-Two" deadline, it's right about now. Moncada's would be May 13, including last year's service time.
I love Acuna.
I drafted Acuna.
He K'd 40 times in 115 AB (126 PA) in high-A (FSL)
What's the hurry to promote him to AA? I don't get it.
Florida Fire Frogs wanted to clear a spot for Tebow?

Honestly, I think aside from the better quality pitchers he'd likely face in Mississippi, I wonder how much experience he has in cooler weather ballparks. A quick glance at his player page shows a whole lot of Florida, and not much else. It's possible they feel it's better for his development to get more accustomed to other temperate zones. He was in Virginia briefly, but he didn't play at Danville for too long.

I'm grasping for straws here, but I always wonder if teams will purposely put a prospect out of his comfort zone, weather-wise, because they don't want his first taste of a cold weather game to be in the Majors.
And I hope nobody checks mlbtraderumors to see if the Braves are trying to acquire a terrible player from the Mets.