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Minor League Ball Gameday, April 19

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Good afternoon prospect watchers. I'm sure we are all paying more attention to the events in the Boston area than to baseball today, but perhaps the games can be a helpful distraction and de-stressor.


***Yesterday's Gameday thread.

***The Red Sox sent struggling rookie outfielder Jackie Bradley down to Triple-A Pawtucket. No question that Bradley will be back sometime this year, but there's also no question that his bat wasn't ready yet.

***FishStripes breaks down Jose Fernandez's first bad major league start. The Marlins rookie wasn't at his best against the Cincinnati Reds, but everyone is human.

***The Milwaukee Brewers sent Mike Fiers down to Triple-A and promoted Hiram Burgos. I'll profile Burgos tomorrow. Fiers has been one of my favorites as a sleeper type but he didn't pitch well this spring.

***San Francisco Giants prospect Kyle Crick left yesterday's game after two innings for High-A San Jose with a strained oblique.

***The Minnesota Twins have promoted right-handed starting pitcher prospect J.O. Berrios from extended spring training to Low-A Cedar Rapids.

***New York Yankees prospect JR Murphy hit three homers last night for Double-A Trenton, raising his season line to .364/.442/.682 with 15 RBI in 11 games.

***New York Mets prospect Aderlin Rodriguez has homered in three consecutive games for High-A St. Lucie, though his overall line of .173/.182/.385 with 12 strikeouts and zero walks leaves much to be desired.


***Today's minor league baseball schedule.

***Dodgers prospect Zach Bird takes on Indians prospect Mitch Brown in the Low-A Midwest League contest between Great Lakes and Lake County.

***Pirates prospect Andy Oliver challenges Reds prospect Daniel Corcino in the Triple-A International League game between Indianapolis and Louisville.


***SouthSideSox has an in-person scouting report on White Sox outfield prospect Courtney Hawkins. This report includes video and quotations from Hawkins. Check it out.

***Bleed Cubbie Blue has an in-person report from Tim Huwe about his experience attending a Low-A Midwest League game between Kane County and Beloit.

***Athletics Nation looks at Josh Reddick and the issue of plate discipline.

***David Laurila at Fangraphs looks at New York Yankees outfield prospects Tyler Austin and Slade Heathcott.

***Marc Hulet at Fangraphs looks at the prospect stock of Javier Baez, Hiram Burgos, Jesse Hahn, Tyler Naquin, and Joe Ross.

*** does their first mock for the 2013 MLB Draft. It is behind the subscription wall, but PG is the best draft site in the business.