Good Saturday morning everyone and welcome to the weekend edition of Minor League Ball daily notes. Here are some baseball links for your amusement and edification.
****I will be away from my computer for much of the weekend but Nick Melotte's Gameday posts will be up as usual. On Monday we will start hitting the 2016 MLB draft profiles hard, beginning with pieces on high school outfielder Blake Rutherford and Mercer University outfielder Kyle Lewis. Other pieces in the short-term pipeline include University of Tennessee third baseman Nick Senzel and Vanderbilt right-hander Jordan Sheffield. Ultimately we will have all of the potential first-round picks plus some sleeper types profiled before draft day, and we'll have a first edition of a mock draft up by the end of this coming week. Also note the yearly Minor League Ball Community Mock Draft will start organizing in early May!
****August Fagerstram at Fangraphs makes the case that Jake Arrieta's no-hitter for the Cubs on Thursday was saved by use of advanced defensive metrics.
****Also at Fangraphs, Owen Watson takes a look at Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and his swing percentages. Arenado seems like a great target for a Prospect Retrospective. I will add him to the list along with Dexter Fowler and Jake Arrieta.
****Pirates prospect Josh Bell hit for the cycle yesterday, shortly after I wrote the article questioning his power development. Perhaps we should turn Byron Buxton around with a similar article this coming week.