Good afternoon prospect watchers. I apologize for being behind schedule today. Let's get to it.
***We have a new contributor here at Minor League Ball, Lee Warren. Lee lives in Omaha and sees a lot of Triple-A Pacific Coast League action. He's been posting material in the fanposts section, but he'll be doing some articles for us about what he sees in the PCL. His first article today discusses San Diego Padres prospects Robbie Erlin and Brad Boxberger. Check it out if you haven't done so already, and be sure to say hello to Lee.
***NCAA baseball tournament action is in full swing this weekend as we move forward towards the College World Series. Brendon Booth has a good preview of what you need to know for this Memorial Day holiday weekend.
***I wrote up a couple of 2013 MLB draft pieces for the main SBNation.com site, one discussing "Pitchers to Know" and one summarizing "Hitters to Know." The articles are Rated G for General Audiences and I'm sure most of you are familiar with the players mentioned, but it is still (I hope) a useful summary. My next big piece will be another Mock Draft Version, and of course we have the Minor League Ball Community Mock Draft coming up next weekend, June 1st, and 12 noon CDT.
***Yesterday's Minor League Ball Gameday thread.
***Yesterday I predicted that Kevin Gausman of the Orioles would go 5.1 innings in his debut against the Blue Jays, giving up six hits, three runs, two walks, with six strikeouts and a no-decision in a 6-5 loss for Baltimore. The actual results: five innings, seven hits, four runs, two walks, five strikeouts, taking the loss in a 12-6 defeat for the Orioles. Gausman has some stuff to learn, but I think he will.
***In other Orioles prospect news, infielder Jonathan Schoop is out 6-8 weeks with a stress fracture in his back.
***Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow fanned 12 in five innings for Low-A West Virginia. He now has 62 strikeouts in just 39 innings with only 16 hits allowed; they are hitting .122 against him. 23 walks elevates his ERA to 2.31, but the breakout that some observers expected appears to be in progress.
***Today's schedule of minor league games.