Good afternoon prospect watchers. I'm sure we are all paying more attention to the events in the Boston area than to baseball today, but perhaps the games can be a helpful distraction and de-stressor.
BASEBALL THINGS THAT HAPPENED APRIL 18
***Yesterday's Gameday thread.
***The Red Sox sent struggling rookie outfielder Jackie Bradley down to Triple-A Pawtucket. No question that Bradley will be back sometime this year, but there's also no question that his bat wasn't ready yet.
***FishStripes breaks down Jose Fernandez's first bad major league start. The Marlins rookie wasn't at his best against the Cincinnati Reds, but everyone is human.
***The Milwaukee Brewers sent Mike Fiers down to Triple-A and promoted Hiram Burgos. I'll profile Burgos tomorrow. Fiers has been one of my favorites as a sleeper type but he didn't pitch well this spring.
***San Francisco Giants prospect Kyle Crick left yesterday's game after two innings for High-A San Jose with a strained oblique.
***The Minnesota Twins have promoted right-handed starting pitcher prospect J.O. Berrios from extended spring training to Low-A Cedar Rapids.
***New York Yankees prospect JR Murphy hit three homers last night for Double-A Trenton, raising his season line to .364/.442/.682 with 15 RBI in 11 games.
***New York Mets prospect Aderlin Rodriguez has homered in three consecutive games for High-A St. Lucie, though his overall line of .173/.182/.385 with 12 strikeouts and zero walks leaves much to be desired.
THINGS TO WATCH TODAY
***Today's minor league baseball schedule.
***Dodgers prospect Zach Bird takes on Indians prospect Mitch Brown in the Low-A Midwest League contest between Great Lakes and Lake County.
***Pirates prospect Andy Oliver challenges Reds prospect Daniel Corcino in the Triple-A International League game between Indianapolis and Louisville.
ITEMS OF INTEREST
***SouthSideSox has an in-person scouting report on White Sox outfield prospect Courtney Hawkins. This report includes video and quotations from Hawkins. Check it out.
***Bleed Cubbie Blue has an in-person report from Tim Huwe about his experience attending a Low-A Midwest League game between Kane County and Beloit.
***Athletics Nation looks at Josh Reddick and the issue of plate discipline.
***David Laurila at Fangraphs looks at New York Yankees outfield prospects Tyler Austin and Slade Heathcott.
***Marc Hulet at Fangraphs looks at the prospect stock of Javier Baez, Hiram Burgos, Jesse Hahn, Tyler Naquin, and Joe Ross.
***Perfectgame.org does their first mock for the 2013 MLB Draft. It is behind the subscription wall, but PG is the best draft site in the business.