Minor League Ball Gameday, April 5

Tony Cingrani - USA TODAY Sports

Good morning prospect watchers! Minor League Baseball got cranking yesterday and I think everyone had a good time in the Gameday Discussion thread. For you newcomers, the Gameday thread is posted every day and is a great place to share observations and minor league news as it happens.

***Cincinnati Reds prospect Tony Cingrani fanned 14 over six hitless innings for Triple-A Louisville in a 4-3 victory of Toledo. Cingrani relied almost entirely on his fastball, which is interesting because his breaking ball is the thing he needs to work on to ensure major league success.

***New York Mets catching prospect Travis D'Arnaud went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and four runs scored for Triple-A Las Vegas in their 10-5 triumph over Sacramento.

***Houston Astros shortstop prospect Carlos Correa went 2-for-5 with three RBI as the Low-A Quad Cities River Bandits defeated Kane County in Midwest League action.

***San Francisco Giants prospect Clayton Blackburn, often dissed as a prospect because he doesn't throw 97 MPH, threw five shutout innings for High-A San Jose yesterday, fanning six and allowing two hits.

***Minnesota Twins prospect Kyle Gibson takes the mound for Triple-A Rochester in afternoon action against Buffalo.

***Cuban lefty and Seattle Mariners prospect Roenis Elias takes the mound for Double-A Jackson, challenging Marlins prospect and Jacksonville mounsdman Matthew Montgomery, who missed almost all of 2012 with injuries.

***Kansas City Royals top pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer goes up against Texas Rangers pitching prospect Luke Jackson in the match between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach in the High-A Carolina League.

***There are a whole slew of interesting matches today. Other prospects taking the mound include Nick Tropeano, Gerrit Cole, Zach Lee, Lance McCullers, Nick Kingham, Max Fried, and Starling Peralta.


***Yesterday, April 4th, Gameday Discussion.

***Charlie Drysdale at PurpleRow has a detailed look at the new Dominican Academy built by the Colorado Rockies. That's a must-read if you have any interest in player development. Take a look.

***Lots of DH talk today. Rob Neyer looks at the Ten Best Designated Hitters in History. Grant Brisbee says the DH is coming, like it or not. Personally, I grew up with the DH and have never been a purist about it.

***Scott Kazmir is injured (big surprise) and the Cleveland Indians are promoting Trevor Bauer to take his spot in the rotation.

***Don't forget Brendon Booth's Weekend College Baseball Preview.

***If you are a fan of animated .gifs, you should check this out.

***My main goal this afternoon is to finish the Index of 2013 Baseball Prospect Lists.

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