Why is there a picture of the Eiffel Tower on Minor League Ball today?
Easy enough: literary journal The Paris Review is running a series of features called Bull City Summer, documenting the Triple-A Durham Bulls 2013 season in images and word. Adam Sobsey of Baseball Prospectus has the introductory post which is a quality piece of writing in its own right. The Bull City Summer project also has its own website. Check it out.
COOL STUFF THAT HAPPENED ON APRIL 17
***Yesterday's Minor League Ball Gameday thread.
***This isn't "cool" but it is news: New York Mets catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud fractured his foot yesterday. He could be out at least a month.
***Colorado Rockies outfield prospect Corey Dickerson almost hit for the cycle yesterday for Triple-A Colorado Springs.
***San Francisco Giants prospect Joan Gregorio fanned 10 in six innings of work for Low-A Augusta. This gives him a 23/1 K/BB ratio so far this season.
***Dodgers outfield prospect Joc Pederson hit two homers for Double-A Chattanooga. He's now hitting .308/.327/.712 with five homers on the season.
***Pirates outfield prospect Gregory Polanco went 3-for-3 for High-A Bradenton, lifting his season line to .327/.379/.442.
COOL STUFF TO WATCH FOR TODAY
***Miami Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez goes up against Cincinnati Reds rookie Tony Cingrani tonight. Marc Normandin has the breakdown.
***Phillies prospect Adam Morgan takes on Rubby De La Rosa of the Boston Red Sox in the Triple-A contest between Lehigh Valley and Pawtucket.
***Kansas City Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer takes the mound against White Sox prospect Christopher Beck in the High-A Carolina League game between Wilmington and Winston-Salem.
***Mariners prospect Jordan Shipers goes up against Dodgers prospect Ross Stripling in the High-A California League game between High Desert and Rancho Cucamonga.
ITEMS OF INTEREST
***Grant Brisbee wonders how the Dodgers will make room for Yasiel Puig in the outfield.
***Andrew Ball at Faketeams examines Cincinnati Reds prospect Robert Stephenson.
***Craig Goldstein looks at Cardinals prospect Kolten Wong and his potential fantasy value.
***Ted Warren at Camden Chat has a Q/A session with Orioles infield prospect Jonathan Schoop.