Some general thoughts on a Monday.
**Blue Jays outfield prospect Eric Thames, one of my sleepers for 2009, is 4-for-11 (.364) with two walks, two doubles, and a steal in his first three games for Class A Dunedin. I really liked him last year at Pepperdine, and thought he was a second-round talent before a late-season quad injury knocked his stock back. He ended up going in the seventh round, but if he can produce like he did last year in college, showing power, speed, and plate discipline, he's a huge bargain. Obviously we need to see more than just three games, but a fast start is better than a slow one.
**Milwaukee's Brett Lawrie is 1-for-9 in three games for Wisconsin in the Midwest League, though that one hit was a three-run homer and he's also stolen two bases. He is on my "try to see this guy in May" list.
**San Francisco third base prospect Conor Gillaspie is 5-for-14 (.357) with three walks in four games for Class A San Jose. Again, miniscule sample size and all, but it is exactly in keeping with what we are supposed to expect out of him. . .batting average, OBP, but not much power yet.
**Mets second baseman Josh Satin at Class A Savannah is off to a hot start, 6-for-12 (.500) with two walks. He had a terrific season at the University of California last year, earning a spot in the sixth round, but he was a senior and an old one at that: he's already 24. He's polished and could make short work of A-ball, but lacks physical projection and doesn't excite scouts. Let's see what happens at higher levels.
**Off Topic: Comedy Interlude: As someone who despises most celebrities, I love the series of Celebrity Jeopardy sketches Saturday Night Live did back in the late 90s and early '00s.