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  1. You need to make posts like this, to wake up other slumping studs.
  2. I also think people tend to underestimate how tough of an assignment the Midwest League is for a teenage Latin American player or an American player in his first full year out of high school. Those early games are played in cold weather cities, some at night. Wander Franco probably has never seen snow or been in weather below 40 until this year. He was at the Florida complex until summer last year.
  3. Royce Lewis, SS, high Single-A Ft. Myers (MIN) 2-for-5, R, K, CS Wander Franco, SS, low Single-A Bowling Green (TB) 1-for-4 Vidal Brujan, 2B, high Single-A Charlotte (TB) 1-for-4, BB, CS Nolan Gorman, 3B, low Single-A Peoria (STL) 2-for-5, R, 2 K Anthony Kay, LHP, Double-A Binghamton (NYM) 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (NYM) 2-for-6, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R, 2 K Tanner Houck, RHP, Double-A Portland (BOS) 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K Ryan Weathers, RHP, low Single-A Fort Wayne (SD) 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K Travis Swaggerty, OF, high Single-A Bradenton (PIT) 2-for-4, HR, RBI, R
  4. Dustin May, RHP, Double-A Tulsa (LAD) 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 78 pitches, 42 strikes, 8 1st-pitch strikes, 2 swinging strikes, 21 batters faced Contact allowed: 9 ground balls, 3 line drives, 3 fly balls FB (94-97) Pros: Heavy fastball is legit. It generated weak, soft ground ball contact all night. Cons: His secondaries are definitely a work in progress. No swings-and-misses on the curve or the changeup. His two swinging strikes were on fastballs. Maybe I caught him on an off night. He fell behind a lot.
  5. Young for the level is an understatement. Context is a big part of evaluating prospects.
  6. Wander Franco, SS, low Single-A Bowling Green (TB) 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI Nate Lowe, 1B, Triple-A Durham (TB) 0-for-2, 3 BB, SB, R Vidal Brujan, 2B, high Single-A Charlotte (TB) 0-for-4, BB Drew Waters, OF, Double-A Mississippi (ATL) 0-for-3, R, BB, 2 K MacKenzie Gore, LHP, high Single-A Lake Elsinore (SD) 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 75 pitches, 45 strikes, 4 groundouts, 6 flyouts Andres Munoz, RHP, Double-A Amarillo (SD) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 21 pitches, 12 strikes Nolan Gorman, 3B, low Single-A Peoria (STL) 1-for-3, RBI, BB, K Victor Victor Mesa, OF, high Single-A Jupiter (MIA) 1-for-4, SB Royce Lewis, SS, high Single-A Fort Myers (MIN) 0-for-5, 3 K Kyle Tucker, OF, Triple-A Round Rock (HOU) 1-for-4, 2B, R, K Yordan Alvarez, OF, Triple-A Round Rock (HOU) 2-for-4, 2 RBI, R, K Issac Paredes, 3B, Double-A Erie (DET) 1-for-5, RBI, K
  7. The Royals call up lefty Richard Lovelady. He could be a factor in the back end of their shaky 'pen real soon. He closed games going up the ladder for several Royal affiliates despite his lefty status. Even though he's only 6-foot tall, he reportedly uses a low arm slot and extension to create deception. Slider is his out-pitch and has sweeping action. Not lights out, but a good arm in a really weak bullpen.
  8. Last summer I rated Peter Alonso and Nathaniel Lowe pretty similarly. In a Baseball America mailbag, J.J. Cooper said it was close, but that he preferred Lowe. That's why I love Lowe. Alonso might be better and he's certainly legit but his price tag in drafts/auctions has been so much more exorbitant from what one can get Lowe for.
  9. Lowe plays his share of OF and the Rays have used him as a DH this year. I don't think he slows down Brujan's timeline at all. The Rays are creative. They find ways to get players on the field and maximize utility.
  10. Bart also walked in this game. I think the OBP is the important stat for him. If he brings up the OBP, he's an elite hitting catcher.
  11. I think the hit tool issues are overblown. Gorman hit so well in his 2018 professional debut that he forced the Cardinals to advance him to full-season ball and he struck out a bunch of times against advanced pitching. But it's unheard of in the first place that a high school draftee makes it to full season in his first year! I felt last year some prospect people were a little too hard on Jo Adell when he struggled against Double-A pitching when it's unheard of for a high school draftee to make it that far in his first full season. Even high Single-A is considered a jump for a player of that experience level.
  12. Vidal Brujan, 2B, high Single-A Charlotte (TB) 1-for-4, R, 2 SB, SO Nate Lowe, 1B, Triple-A Durham (TB) 0-for-3, R, BB, SO Julio Rodriguez, OF, low Single-A West Virginia (SEA) 2-for-4, CS Royce Lewis, SS, high Single-A Fort Myers (MIN) 1-for-4, 2 SB Ronny Mauricio, SS, low Single-A Columbia (NYM) 2-for-5, 2 R, SO Seuly Matias, OF, high Single-A Wilmington (KC) 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 0 SO!!!
  13. Royce Lewis, SS, high Single-A Fort Myers (MIN) 1-for-2, 3B, 2 R, 2 BB Bo Bichette, SS, Triple-A Buffalo (TOR) 2-for-4, 2B, 2 K McKenzie Gore, LHP, high Single-A Lake Elsinore (SD) 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K, 90 pitches, 54 strikes, 3 groundouts, 0 flyouts, 18 batters faced Ronny Mauricio, SS, low Single-A Columbia (NYM) 2-for-2, BB, CS (17 years old!)
  14. Julio Rodriguez, OF, low Single-A West Virginia (SEA) 2-for-4, 2B in his full season debut Wander Franco, SS, low Single-A Bowling Green (TB) 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, SO in his full season debut Nolan Gorman, 3B, low Single-A Peoria (STL) 1-for-5, RBI, 2 R, 2 SO, BB
  15. Good development since Robert failed to homer last season.