Good morning prospect watchers. I hope your weekend went well. It is Draft Week and it's going to get busy around here.
Here are my Projects in Progress:
***Alex Wood of the Atlanta Braves will be Prospect of the Day tomorrow. Cesar Hernandez of the Philadelphia Phillies will likely go on Wednesday. As always, if an important promotion occurs that could take precedence.
***My main project right now is working on my Draft Board. This has to be done by Wednesday for obvious reasons.
***Yesterday's Minor League Ball Gameday thread.
***Chicago Cubs prospect Albert Almora went 3-for-4 yesterday for Low-A Kane County, giving him a .475/.523/.625 line in his first 10 games since being activated from extended spring training.
***Oakland Athletics third base prospect Daniel Robertson went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a homer yesterday for Low-A Beloit. He's now hitting .292/.357/.451 in 29 games. He is also playing reasonably well on defense at shortstop, although in the long run I still think he's a third baseman. He was drafted in the supplemental first round last June from high school in Upland, California.
***Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Alex Dickerson went 3-for-4 with a double, two homers, and seven RBI yesterday for Double-A Altoona. A great game obviously, although overall his season has been disappointing, with a .226/.275/.421 line through 46 games. He has been hot lately, hitting .353/.410/.735 in his last ten games, so perhaps he's figured something out. The outfielder/first baseman was a third round pick in 2011 out of Indiana University.
***The Kansas City Royals have promoted right-hander Yordano Ventura to Triple-A Omaha. He didn't have much left to learn in Double-A, with a 2.34 ERA with a 74/20 K/BB in 57.2 innings for Northwest Arkansas, allowing a mere .189 batting average against. The Pacific Coast League environment will test his command, but reports on his stuff are excellent. Unfortunately even if he succeeds he's not going to help the Royals score runs.
***Today's slate of minor league games.
***Chris St. John looks at how well Baseball America identifies future stars with their Top 100 Prospects lists.
***WORST PERFORMANCES: My contribution includes Mike Laga, Terry Felton, and David Gilmour.