Good afternoon prospect watchers. SB Nation's hard-working technical team is continuing to hammer at the glitches that have been hampering the network over the last 24 hours. Performance is steadily improving and should continue to do so; things will be back to normal here before long. Again, thanks for your patience.
I got the 2013 Mock Draft Version Two up this morning. Draft coverage is the main focus for the next few weeks,and don't forget the Minor League Ball Community Mock Draft coming up on June 1st.
***Yesterday's Minor League Ball gameday thread. Major kudos and hearty thanks to community member melotticus, who has been posting frequent updates on linescores and performances in the thread every evening. All Hail melotticus!
***Possibly the biggest news today is the announcement that Kansas City Royals prospect Bubba Starling has been suffering from vision problems and will have Lasik eye surgery soon. Starling was hitting .215/.286/.354 in 127 at-bats for Low-A Lexington, with 10 walks and 41 strikeouts. Scouting reports continue to praise the tools and athleticism that made him a first round pick in 2011, but opinion on his bat remains mixed and so far his performance has been uninspiring. A vision problem would explain much, and there is powder blue precedent for this: Eric Hosmer got off to a slow start in his pro career until having laser surgery.
***There is nothing wrong with the eyesight of Miami Marlins prospect Christian Yelich, who went 3-for-6 with two homers yesterday for Double-A Jacksonville and is now hitting .319/.390/.659 on the season. Anyone remember when people wondered how much power he would develop?
***Seattle Mariners prospect Julio Morban went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a triple for Double-A Jackson. He's hitting .377/.415/.610 on the season, although his BB/K ratio of 4/22 in 77 at-bats is weak. The numbers fit reports that he possesses plenty of bat speed and power, but his approach remains very aggressive and may be problematic against better pitching. At age 21 he has time to correct this of course. He was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2008 for $1,100,000.
***Today's minor league schedule.