Good morning everyone and welcome to the Tuesday, April 19th version of Minor League Ball daily notes. Here are some baseball news links and items for your edification, amusement, and entertainment.
****Yesterday, we asked "What to expect from Archie Bradley," The answer was, essentially, that I didn't know what to expect. The answer from his first start against the Giants: three walks in the first inning; two hits, a wild pitch, and two runs in the second inning; a nine-pitch, three groundouts third inning; three easy outs in the fourth; then a home run, a walk, a strikeout, and a single in the fifth before being removed.
That game is an exact representation of Archie Bradley's strengths and weaknesses.
In other news:
****Over at Fangraphs, August Fagerstrom looks at Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Domingo Santana's recent adjustments, notably some changes his swing, and compares him to former Astros teammate George Springer. Santana's early numbers aren't all that, hitting .245/.351/.388, but there is a notable rise in his walk rate. Santana is still just 23 years old and I think Fagerstrom is right about his enormous potential, potential that looks somewhat more likely to manifest these days.
****Another breakout candidate is Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy, according to Henry Druschel at Beyond the Boxscore.
****Seven scoreless innings from Philadelphia Phillies (and Shadow Twins) prospect Ben Lively for Double-A Reading yesterday.
****Dan Farnsworth's Toronto Blue Jays farm system assessment for Fangraphs is worth reading, especially for his personal take on Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
****At Baseball America, J.J. Cooper asks if moving to the bullpen temporarily will help Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer find success as a starter.
****The Lake Elsinore Storm will host a home run derby contest between the California and Carolina League All-Stars on June 20th, aboard an unusual venue: the USS Midway Museum. Midway, CV-41, was the largest aircraft carrier in the world when commissioned in September 1945. She was refitted several times and served in the Vietnam and First Gulf Wars. Decommissioned in 1992, she was converted to a museum in 2003.