Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, April 16

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Joc Pederson went crazy against El Paso and George Springer made his last minor league game count.

Hello everyone and welcome back to the Gameday thread. Snow, rain and Mother Nature's worst wiped out one entire league's slate of games yesterday as well as a handful of others. Despite the shortened list of games, two top 100 position  players showed off their power. Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson went deep twice with five runs batted in as part of a 4-4 performance. He also walked, scored twice, and made a fielding error. Astros five tool phenom George Springer may have played his last game in the minors, going 3-4 with a grand slam, four runs scored and a walk before getting the call to Houston. Springer should make his major league debut against Kansas City in the next day or two. (UPDATE: Springer is in the starting lineup tonight.)

Two pitchers were very impressive throwing at the highest level, as Yordano Ventura and Erik Johnson each allowed just one earned run in at least 6.2 innings. Ventura squared off against Houston for the Royals and limited them to four hits and three walks in seven frames. He struck out seven, made a throwing error, allowed a bomb to Carlos Corporan, threw 66 strikes to 45 balls, and got eight ground outs to six fly outs for the win. White Sox right hander Erik Johnson lasted one less out than Ventura but struck out nine with only two walks and three hits allowed. One hit left the yard, compliments of Daniel Nava, and Johnson threw 63 strikes to 44 balls with three ground outs, eight fly outs, and a no decision.

As for the guys still toiling in the minors, Andrew Heaney was lights out. The southpaw and top Marlins prospect tossed six shutout innings with only two base runners allowed all game (one hit, one walk) and five punch outs. He filled the zone with 58 strikes to 26 balls with nine ground outs and two fly outs.

Take a look at the rest of the elite prospects along with the delicious Duel of the Day, other probables, and our injury list. Enjoy!

The Top 100

Position Players

Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
1 (1) A+ Byron Buxton, CF MIN - - - - - - Wrist injury
2 (2) MLB Xander Bogaerts, SS BOS 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 K, E (2 – T)
3 (3) AAA Oscar Taveras, RF STL 5 2 1 0 0 0
4 (5) AAA Javier Baez, SS CHC - - - - - - Ankle sprain
6 (7) A+ Carlos Correa, SS HOU 5 1 2 1 0 1 3B (1), SB (2)
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
7 (8) AA Kris Bryant, 3B CHC





PPD
8 (10) AAA Gregory Polanco, CF PIT





PPD
9 (13) AA Francisco Lindor, SS CLE





PPD
10 (14) AA Addison Russell, SS OAK - - - - - - Right hamstring injury
11 (17) AAA Maikel Franco, 3B PHI





PPD
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
12 (18) AAA George Springer, CF HOU 4 4 3 4 1 0 HR (3), BB
13 (25) MLB Nick Castellanos, 3B DET





PPD
14 (27) AA Austin Hedges, C SD





DNP
15 (29) MLB Jose Abreu, 1B CWS 3 0 0 0 0 0 BB, K
16 (34) AAA Joc Pederson, CF LAD 4 2 4 5 2 0 2 HR (5), BB, E (1 – F)
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
17 (35) AA Gary Sanchez, C NYY





PPD
18 (36) A+ Albert Almora, CF CHC





DNP
19 (37) A+ Corey Seager, SS LAD 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 K
20 (38) MLB Travis d'Arnaud, C NYM 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 BB, K
21 (41) AA Jorge Soler, RF CHC - - - - - - Leg injury
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
22 (42) AA Rougned Odor, 2B TEX 4 1 1 0 0 0 PO
23 (43) MLB Billy Hamilton, CF CIN 5 0 1 0 0 0 K, CS
24 (47) A+ Raul Mondesi, SS KC





PPD
25 (48) A Clint Frazier, CF CLE - - - - - - Hamstring injury
26 (49) A Austin Meadows, CF PIT - - - - - - Hamstring injury
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
27 (50) MLB Jackie Bradley, CF BOS 2 0 0 0 0 0 BB, K
28 (54) A+ Jorge Alfaro, C TEX





SUSPENDED
29 (58) MLB Kolten Wong, 2B STL





DNP
30 (60) A+ Joey Gallo, 3B TEX





SUSPENDED
31 (61) A Colin Moran, 3B MIA - - - - - - Minor knee injury
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
32 (66) MLB Chris Owings, SS AZ 2 0 1 0 0 0 BB, K
33 (69) AAA Christian Bethancourt, C ATL 4 2 1 1 0 0 2B (1), PB,
34 (70) AAA Stephen Piscotty, RF STL 2 0 0 0 0 0 K
35 (72) AAA Matt Davidson, 3B CWS 3 0 0 0 0 0 BB, 2 K
36 (73) AA Blake Swihart, C BOS





PPD
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
37 (74) AAA Garin Cecchini, 3B BOS





PPD
38 (75) AA Mookie Betts, 2B BOS





PPD
39 (76) AA Alen Hanson, SS PIT





PPD
40 (78) A JP Crawford, SS PHI





PPD
41 (79) AAA Jake Marisnick, CF MIA





DNP
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
42 (80) A+ Hunter Renfroe, RF SD 5 1 1 2 1 0 HR (4), 2 K
43 (81) A Reese McGuire, C PIT





PPD
44 (82) AAA Jon Singleton, 1B HOU 5 1 2 0 0 0 2B (5), 2 K
45 (84) AA Devon Travis, 2B DET - - - - - - Right oblique strain
46 (85) A+ DJ Peterson, 3B SEA 4 2 2 0 0 0
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
47 (86) A+ Rosell Herrera, 3B COL 4 0 0 1 0 0 K
48 (90) AA Jorge Bonifacio, RF KC 2 0 0 0 0 0 BB, K
49 (91) MLB Marcus Semien, 2B CWS 5 0 0 0 0 0
50 (92) A Dominic Smith, 1B NYM 7 0 1 0 0 0
51 (93) AAA Taylor Lindsey, 2B LAA 5 0 0 0 0 0 K
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
52 (94) A David Dahl, CF COL





PPD
53 (97) A+ Nick Williams, LF TEX





SUSPENDED
54 (98) MLB Michael Choice, CF TEX 1 0 0 0 0 0 K
55 (100) AAA Arismendy Alcantara, 2B CHC 4 0 0 0 0 0 K

Pitchers

Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
1 (4) MLB Masahiro Tanaka, RHP NYY






2 (9) AAA Archie Bradley, RHP AZ






3 (11) MLB Taijuan Walker, RHP SEA






4 (12) AA Jon Gray, RHP COL






5 (15) MLB Dylan Bundy, RHP BAL - - - - - - TJ recovery
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
6 (16) AAA Noah Syndergaard, RHP NYM






7 (19) AA Robert Stephenson, RHP CIN






8 (20) AAA Kevin Gausman, RHP BAL 3 7 4 4 3 1 HR (Edward Salcedo), 40 S, 27 B, 5 GO, 1 FO, L (0-1)
9 (21) A Lucas Giolito, RHP WAS






10 (22) EST Jameson Taillon, RHP PIT - - - - - - TJS
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
11 (23) AA Kyle Zimmer, RHP KC - - - - - - Will begin 5/20
12 (24) AA Eddie Butler, RHP COL






13 (26) MLB Yordano Ventura, RHP KC 7 4 2 1 3 7 HR (Carlos Corporan), E (1 – T), 66 S, 45 B, 8 GO, 6 FO, W (1-0)
14 (28) AA CJ Edwards, RHP CHC






15 (30) AA Andrew Heaney, LHP MIA 6 1 0 0 1 5 WP, 58 S, 26 B, 9 GO, 2 FO, W (2-0)
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
16 (31) MLB Carlos Martinez, RHP STL






17 (32) AA Aaron Sanchez, RHP TOR






18 (33) AA Kyle Crick, RHP SF






19 (39) A+ Mark Appel, RHP HOU






20 (40) AA Henry Owens, LHP BOS






Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
21 (44) AA Matt Wisler, RHP SD






22 (45) AAA Alex Meyer, RHP MIN






23 (46) A+ Tyler Glasnow, RHP PIT - - - - - - Back stiffness
24 (51) A+ Julio Urias, LHP LAD






25 (52) A Kohl Stewart, RHP MIN






Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
26 (53) EST Max Fried, LHP SD - - - - - - Left forarm soreness
27 (55) AAA Marcus Stroman, RHP TOR






28 (56) AAA Edwin Escobar, LHP SF 4 7 6 5 1 6 WP, 2 HBP, 58 S, 33 B, 3 GO, 1 FO,
29 (57) A+ Lucas Sims, RHP ATL






30 (59) AAA Mike Foltynewicz, RHP HOU 5 4 1 1 2 6 51 S, 29 B, 4 GO, 5 FO, W (1-1)
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
31 (62) A Braden Shipley, RHP AZ - - - - - - Right bicep tendinitis
32 (63) MLB Erik Johnson RHP CWS 6.2 3 1 1 2 9 HR (Daniel Nava), 63 S, 44 B, 3 GO, 8 FO
33 (64) AA Nick Kingham, RHP PIT






34 (65) AA Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP BAL






35 (67) MLB Jake Odorizzi, RHP TB






Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
36 (68) AAA Rafael Montero, RHP NYM






37 (71) AA Jesse Biddle, LHP PHI






38 (77) A+ Lance McCullers, RHP HOU






39 (83) AAA Trevor Bauer, RHP CLE






40 (87) EST Pierce Johnson, RHP CHC - - - - - - Minor leg injury
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
41 (88) AAA Allen Webster, RHP BOS






42 (89) EST Trey Ball, LHP BOS - - - - - - Awaiting assignment
43 (95) AAA Zach Lee, RHP LAD






44 (96) AAA Jimmy Nelson, RHP MIL






45 (99) MLB James Paxton, LHP SEA - - - - - - Left lat strain

Duel of the Day

Org Rank BA (JS) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
9 (9) A Luis Severino, RHP NYY 3.2 1 1 0 3 4 40 S, 27 B, 4 GO, 3 FO
19 (18) A Jamie Callahan, RHP BOS 3.1 8 5 5 3 1 39 S, 35 S, 3 GO, 5 FO, L (0-2)

Probable Starters

AAA - IL

  • Chase Whitley (RHP - NYY) vs Marcus Stroman (RHP - TOR)
  • Trevor Bauer (RHP - CLE) vs TBD (DET)
  • Brandon Workman (RHP - BOS) v Scott Diamond (LHP - MIN)
  • Eddie Gamboa (RHP - BAL) vs Mike Montgomery (LHP - TB)
  • Jeff Locke (LHP - PIT) vs Tim Crabbe (RHP - CIN)
  • David Buchanan (RHP - PHI) vs Danny Rosenbaum (LHP - WAS)
  • Daniel Rodriguez (LHP - ATL) vs Dylan Axelrod (RHP - CWS)


AAA - PCL

  • Logan Verrett (RHP - NYM) v Archie Bradley (RHP - AZ)
  • Tyler Lyons (LHP - STL) vs Jimmy Nelson (RHP - MIL)
  • Jason Lane (LHP - SD) vs Zach Lee (RHP - LAD)
  • Elih Villanueva (RHP - MIA) vs Kyle Hendricks (RHP - CHC)
  • Scott Baker (RHP - TEX) vs John Lamb (LHP - KC)
  • Wade Leblanc (LHP - SD) vs TBD (SEA)
  • TBD (HOU) vs Christian Bergman (RHP - COL)
  • Jason Berken (RHP - SF) vs TBD (OAK)


AA - EL

  • Jeremy Bleich (LHP - NYY) vs Cody Anderson (RHP - CLE) GAME 1
  • Brody Colvin (RHP - PHI) vs Ty Blach (LHP - SF)
  • Adrian Sampson (RHP - PIT) vs Felipe Rivero (LHP - WAS)
  • DJ Baxendale (RHP - MIN) vs Austin Bibens-Dirkx (RHP - TOR)
  • Tyler Wilson (RHP - BAL) vs Tommy Collier (RHP - DET)
  • Matthew Bowman (RHP - NYM) vs Keith Couch (BOS)
  • Joel De La Cruz (RHP - NYY) vs Joseph Colon (CLE) GAME 2


AA - SL

  • Jared Mortensen (RHP - TB) vs Robert Stephenson (RHP - CIN)
  • Angel Sanchez (RHP - MIA) vs Chris Reed (LHP - LAD)
  • Trevor Miler (RHP - SEA) vs Jake Arrieta (RHP - CHC)
  • Taylor Jungmann (RHP - MIL) vs Wiliams Perez (RHP - ATL)
  • Myles Jaye (RHP - CWS) vs Michael Lee (RHP - AZ)


AA - TL

  • Sam Selman (LHP - KC) vs Jon Gray (RHP - COL)



A+ - CAL

  • Ruben Mejia (RHP - SD) vs Tom Windle (LHP - LAD)
  • Alex Keudell (RHP - LAA) vs Joan Gregorio (RHP - SF)
  • Ben Lively (RHP - CIN) vs Shawn Haviland (RHP - OAK)
  • Kyle Smith (RHP - HOU) vs Andrew Kitteridge (RHP - SEA)
  • Hector Hernandez (LHP - AZ) vs Jayson Aquino (LHP - COL)


A+ - CAR

  • Brett Mooneyham (LHP - WAS) vs Chi Chi Gonzalez (RHP - TEX)
  • Miguel Almonte (RHP - KC) vs Greg Ross (RHP - ATL) GAME 2
  • Yender Caramo (RHP - KC) vs Wes Parsons (RHP - ATL) GAME 1
  • Ronald Pena (RHP - WAS) vs Cody Buckel (RHP -TEX)
  • Matt Taylor (LHP - BAL) vs Brad Goldberg (RHP - CWS) GAME 1
  • Luis Diaz (RHP - BOS) vs Michael Peoples (RHP - CLE) GAME 1
  • Jesse Beal (RHP - BAL) vs Bryan Blough (RHP - CWS) GAME 2
  • Justin Haley (RHP - BOS) vs Ryan Merritt (LHP - CLE) GAME 2

A+ - FSL

  • Jake Thompson (RHP - DET) vs Jed Bradley (LHP - MIL)
  • Miguel Nunez (RHP - PHI) vs Rafael De Paula (RHP - NYY)
  • Jake Esch (RHP - MIA) vs Gabriel Ynoa (RHP - NYM)
  • John Kuchno (RHP - PIT) vs Mike Mayers (RHP - STL)
  • Tayler Scott (RHP - CHC) vs Ben White (RHP - TOR)
  • Tyler Duffey (RHP - MIN) vs Reinaldo Lopez (RHP - TB)


A - MWL

  • Jairo Labourt (RHP - TOR) vs Taylor Williams (RHP - MIL) GAME 1
  • Chase DeJong (RHP - TOR) vs Barrett Astin (RHP - MIL) GAME 2
  • TBD (DET) vs Michael Feliz (LHP - HOU)
  • Tyler Skulina (RHP - CHC) vs Jacob Faria (RHP - TB)
  • Nick Petree (RHP - STL) vs Dace Kime (RHP - CLE) GAME 1
  • Ryan Etsell (RHP - LAA) vs Payton Baskette (LHP - SD)
  • Eddie Campbell (LHP - SEA) vs Ismael Guillon (LHP - CIN)
  • James Campbell (RHP - LAD) vs Lou Trivino (RHP - OAK)
  • Arturo Reyes (RHP - STL) vs Jordan Milbrath (RHP - CLE) GAME 2
  • TBD (AZ) vs Ethan Mildren (RHP - MIN)


A - SAL

  • Lucas Giolito (RHP - WAS) vs Hunter Harvey (RHP - BAL) *****DotD*****
  • Austin Voth (RHP - WAS) vs Steven Brault (LHP - BAL)
  • TBD (CWS) vs Akeem Bostick (RHP - TEX)
  • Zach Jemiola (RHP - COL) vs Buddy Borden (RHP - PIT)
  • TBD (COL) vs Cody Dickson (LHP - PIT)
  • TBD (MIA) vs Tyler Viza (RHP - PHI)
  • Matt Tenuta (LHP - KC) vs Carlos Salazar (RHP - ATL)
  • Giovanny Gallegos (RHP - NYY) vs Pat Light (RHP - BOS)
  • Miller Diaz (RHP - NYM) vs Luis Ysla (LHP - SF)

Duel of the Day

RHP Lucas Giolito (WAS - A) vs RHP Hunter Harvey (BAL - A)

Injuries

  • Cubs SS Javier Baez (7 day DL; left ankle sprain) - 4/11
  • Tigers 2B Devon Travis (7 day DL; right oblique strain) - 4/10
  • Mariners LHP James Paxton (15 day DL; left lat strain) - 4/8
  • Athletics SS Addison Russell (7 day DL; torn right hamstring) - 4/6
  • Cubs RF Jorge Soler (7 day DL; leg injury) - 4/4
  • Indians CF Clint Frazier (7 day DL; right hamstring strain) - 4/3
  • Pirates CF Austin Meadows (7 day DL; right hamstring strain) - 4/3
  • Marlins 3B Colin Moran (7 day DL: minor knee injury) - 4/3
  • Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy (60 day DL; TJS recovery) - 4/3
  • Padres LHP Max Fried (7 day DL; left forearm soreness) - 4/3
  • Diamondbacks RHP Braden Shipley (7 day DL; right bicep tendinitis) - 4/3
  • Cubs RHP Pierce Johnson (7 day DL; minor leg injury) - 4/3
  • Rays SS Hak-Ju Lee (three to four weeks; left calf strain) - 3/24
  • Pirates RHP Tyler Glasnow (7 day DL; tight lower back) - 3/23
  • Twins CF Byron Buxton ("a couple of weeks"; left wrist sprain) - 3/16
  • Rays 2B Tim Beckham (season; torn right ACL) - 3/30
  • Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon (season; right elbow - TJS) - 3/23
  • Tigers RHP Bruce Rondon (season; right elbow - TJS) - 3/21
  • Dodgers RHP Ross Stripling (season; right elbow - TJS) - 3/14
  • Twins 3B Miguel Sano (season; right elbow - TJS) - 3/12

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