Good afternoon prospect watchers. Let's get right to it.
***Yesterday's gameday thread has all the relevant highlights from yesterday's minor league action.
***Minnesota Twins prospect Alex Meyer fanned eight in six innings for Double-A New Britain yesterday. He now has a 1.64 ERA with a 26/8 K/BB ratio in 22 innings of work.
***Tampa Bay Rays prospect Wil Myers went 2-for-4 yesterday with a home run and is now hitting .338/.440/.515 for Triple-A Durham. A week ago, people were commenting on his slow start and wondering if his track record in the Royals system was just a Texas League/Pacific Coast League fluke. It's April, people. Things change very quickly.
***San Francisco Giants prospect Chris Stratton fanned 11 in six innings for Low-A Augusta. He now has a 28/8 K/BB ratio in 23 innings with a 2.38 ERA. Given his pedigree as a first-round draft choice and former top college pitcher, he probably won't be hanging around the South Atlantic League much longer.
***Toronto Blue Jays prospect Roberto Osuna fanned eight over five innings of work for Low-A Lansing. He currently holds a 26/3 K/BB in 18 innings with a 2.95 ERA. Keep in mind that he turned 18 in February.
***Mariners prospect Taijuan Walker fanned seven over seven innings for Double-A Jackson, allowing one run on two hits but walking four. He now has a 1.55 ERA and has allowed just 15 hits in 29 innings with a 32/18 K/BB ratio. You have to love the "dominance" stats, but at higher levels the walks will need to come down.
***Look out Steven Wright, here comes another knuckleball conversion: Eddie Gamboa of the Baltimore Orioles.
***The Chicago Cubs will select either Jonathan Gray of Oklahoma or Mark Appel of Stanford with their first pick in the 2013 draft, depending on what the Astros (who pick first) do. This makes perfect sense given the needs of their farm system: they are reasonably rich in position players, but need more high-ceiling arms.
***Today's slate of minor league games.