Hitter of the Day:
Brian Miller, OF, Miami Marlins (Low-A, Greensboro): 4-4, 3 R, 4 2B, 4 RBI, BB
Chosen 36th overall in the 2017 draft, Miller looks like an everyday player in center field, which would be big for the team. While the only tool that stands out is plus speed, he has a knack for making contact, getting balls in the outfield, and getting on base.
Pitcher of the Day:
Brock Burke, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays (High-A, Port Charlotte): 8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 12 K
Our own Javier Barragan was at this gem. While he's working on a longer report, he did offer me this: “87-92, T93, throws strikes, manipulates fastball. Good curve, average change, deceptive. Good to be left-handed.”
Other Notable Performances:
Eric Skoglund, LHP, Kansas City Royals (Triple-A, Omaha): 5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, BB, 9 K
While he did make his major-league debut this season, Skoglund has given up a lot of contact. His fastball lacks life, and can be hittable when he is working 88-90, instead of 90-93.
Stephen Gonsalves, LHP, Minnesota Twins (Triple-A, Rochester): 6 IP, 4 H, R, ER, 2 BB, 8 K
The results this year have been very promising for the young lefty. He might even shoot past my swingman/longman prediction for him.
Luis Medina, RHP, New York Yankees (Rookie, Pulaski): 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K
The largest signing for the Yankees in the 2015-2016 international free agent period, Medina signed for $280,000 and has skipped the GCL to head straight to Pulaski. The fastball can be a monster, touching 96, and he is still 18 years old and growing into his wiry body.
Brock Stewart, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers (Triple-A, Oklahoma City): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K
Wilson Karaman’s love child will be back in the majors soon. I just hope the Stewarts don’t end up getting a restraining order against Wilson.
Dakota Hudson, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals (Triple-A, Memphis): 7 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Hudson has performed well, especially considering that this is his first full season in pro ball. If you were to go to the “Baseball Pitching Factory Machine” and request a starting pitcher, you would get Dakota Hudson. He has size (6-foot-5, 215 pounds), a big fastball, a swing-and-miss breaking ball, and enough strikes to make it all work.
Nicky Lopez, SS, Kansas City Royals (Double-A, NW Arkansas): 4-6, RBI, K
While the power spike he showed in High-A hasn’t manifested over to Double-A, the rest of the game is still going well. This includes his plus defense, arm strength, and contact ability.
Devin Davis, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays (Rookie, Princeton): 4-5, 3 R, 3 2B, HR, 2 RBI
Signed for $100,000 in the 25th round in 2015, Davis is a big boy with big power. While it took a few years to put it all together, Davis is slugging .596. Which is good, because he is a righty first base-only prospect, which means he needs to keep slugging.
Nick Solak, 2B, New York Yankees (Double-A, Trenton): 4-6, 2 R, 2 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, K
One of the most advanced bats in the Yankees organization, Solak is hitting in Double-A, even after an initial struggle. While he can hit and run (he’s a plus runner), his lack of arm strength limits him to second base, where he profiles as a bat-first player.
Derek Hill, OF, Detroit Tigers (Low-A, West Michigan): 3-5, 2 R, 2B, 3B, K
Constantly beset by injuries, Hill has missed most of the past year recovering from Tommy John surgery. But when healthy, he shows plus defensive skills, plus run, and some feel for the barrel.
Tyler Marlette, C, Seattle Mariners (Double-A, Arkansas): 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
Always known for his plus arm and raw power, Marlette has never quite figured out how to put it all together. But catchers with plus arm strength and raw power stay around in organizations forever.
Stuart Fairchild, OF, Cincinnati Reds (Rookie, Billings): 3-4, R, 3B, 3 RBI
A rare up-the-middle talent with both speed and power, Fairchild has a lot going for him. While there are concerns about how much power he can tap into while hitting for average, Fairchild looks the part of an everyday regular.
Fight Another Day:
Tristen Lutz, OF, Milwuakee Brewers (Rookie, Helena): 0-4, 4 K
This system is stacked with outfielders. It was stacked even before the Brewers selected Lutz 34th overall in this past draft. Featuring massive right-handed power, a plus arm, and solid defensive skills, days like this happen and you just move on to the next day.
Jordan Sheffield, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers (High-A, Rancho Cucamonga): 3 2/3 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 3 K
Sometimes, when you are watching the big-league club and wonder “will they ever lose another game?” you lose the game on the mound.