What’s the point of all the pre-season prospect coverage if you aren’t up to date on what they’re actually doing in the games, right?
Well that’s what this regular (semi-regular :o) Down On The Farm update will be for. And right off the bat, we got five days worth of stuff to get to.
Hitter Of The Day: Justin Chigbogu (A) is already stuck playing first base, but he showed the pop necessary for the position today, going 2-for-5 with a double and a homer. Dustin has him ranked at #23.
Pitcher Of The Day: Jonathan Martinez (A) went six outstanding innings, striking out 11 while walking none and surrendering no runs. He managed to limit the opposition to just two hits on the day. Martinez was not impressive at all last year, but he’s young enough where a strong performance while repeating the league could raise his prospect status to ‘noteworthy’.
Darnell Sweeney (AA) went 2-for-5 with a strikeout, walk, and stolen base. The walk and stolen base parts will be a key aspect of his successful development, but so will limiting the swings and misses. Worth noting that he’s playing second base and not shortstop.
Scott Schebler (AA) went 2-for-6 and bombed a homer to get his season off on the right foot. He’ll need to hit in AA to continue his climb up the system.
Pedro Baez (AA) pitched a scoreless inning, striking out one and sitting 92-96 mph with his fastball. Baez’s ascension will likely depend on the progress of his slider.
Corey Seager (A+) had a rough go of it, finishing 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Chris Anderson (A+) couldn’t make it through the first inning, only recording two outs while giving up three hits, two walks, three runs, a wild pitch, and hitting a batter. Not … a great day.
Alex Santana (A) went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. Just one of them days. A bit concerned that he’s playing in the outfield now, as I think that cuts into his value, and it’s not like Paul Hoenecke is a better prospect that’s blocking him from playing the position.
Jesmuel Valentin (A) is already playing second base, but he should be able to play it well given his defensive tools. The question has always been on his bat, and he got off to a solid start, going 2-for-4 with a double.
Hitter Of The Day: Joc Pederson (AAA) only went 1-for-6 in the doubleheader, but that one hit was a homer. He also walked once and stole two bases.
Pitcher Of The Day: Duke von Schamann (AA) was recently traded, but not before he turned in a scoreless seven-inning start in which he two-hit the opposition.
Matt Magill (AAA) went four innings, gave up four hits and a run, and stuck out three batters. Yes, he walked two guys, but that actually marks improvement from last year.
Corey Seager (A+) went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Patience … patience.
Josh Beckett (A+) left his rehab start with an ankle injury, but he wasn’t exactly excelling prior to that. In four innings, he gave up five hits, three walks, two homers, and three runs while striking out five.
Julio Urias (A+) pitched in relief to close out the game Beckett started, and he was uncharacteristically wild, walking four in four innings of scoreless, one-hit ball while striking out five. Urias’ stuff certainly wasn’t the issue though, and he flashed his ability to work out of trouble.
Zachary Bird (A) didn’t begin to put the results together to match his stuff, giving up four runs in four innings of work. He allowed six hits and two walks while striking out three. I have my hopes, but he’s going to have to show something this year besides stuff.
Victor Arano (A) finished Bird’s game in impressive fashion, striking out three and allowing just a hit in two scoreless innings.
Hitter Of The Day: Jesmuel Valentin (A) is supposed to be a glove-first prospect, but he had another multi-hit game, going 2-for-5, this time with a homer.
Pitcher Of The Day: Brian Wilson (A+) went one scoreless inning and struck out one in his rehab start. No update on his beard’s status.
O’Koyea Dickson (AA) needs a big season against advanced pitching to prove he still has big league potential, and a 3-for-4 showing with two doubles certainly doesn’t hurt.
Chris Reed (AA) went 5.2 innings, giving up three runs (unearned but still) via four hits and four walks. He struck out four, but personally I’m just waiting for him to convert to relief.
Corey Seager (A+) is alive! He went 2-for-4 with a double and didn’t strike out! See, it’s possible.
Jacob Scavuzzo (A) had two hits in five trips to the plate, including a double. Looking forward to big things from him in full-season ball, even if he ends up with a lot of swings and misses.
Joey Curletta (A) smoked three doubles in five at-bats, flashing the pop that everybody’s expecting to see.
Hitter Of The Day: Carlos Triunfel (AAA) went 2-for-4 with two doubles. He’s a blast from the past, but is somehow still in his age-24 season. If you’re not familiar, Triunfel was twice ranked in the top 100 prospects by Baseball America, but he simply couldn’t hit.
Pitcher Of The Day: Tom Windle (A+) got lost in the Chad Billingsley injury rehab stuff, but he looked great in relief of him. Windle went five innings, striking out six, walking none, and allowing just one run via six hits.
Joc Pederson (AAA) collected three hits in five trips. Nothing he can do at this point except rake at AAA and be ready.
Zach Lee (AAA) pitched a solid five innings, allowing two hits, two runs, and a walk while striking out three.
Chad Billingsley (A+) went only 1.1 innings, being removed for precautionary reasons after elbow discomfort. He was examined and they said he was fine, so I’m hoping for the best, but this can’t be looked at any other way than as a setback.
Jacob Rhame (A) pitched a scoreless inning, surrendering just a hit. Of course, that’s not noteworthy, but he’s worth following as a relief prospect. He sits 92-93, touches 95, and he could still add a tick or two in the future. A former starter, he has a two usable off-speed pitches in a change and curve.
Hitter Of The Day: Joc Pederson (AAA) went 2-for-3 with two walks and a homer. His OPS is now 1.387 on the year, and while it’s early, I feel like he’s gonna enjoy Albuquerque.
Pitcher Of The Day: Brian Wilson (A+) pitched a scoreless inning, striking out one and allowing a hit. The results don’t matter as much as his rehab does, and no news is good news at this point.
Corey Seager (A+) collected three hits in five trips to the plate and is starting to heat up (.300 BA) a bit after a slow start to the week.