Good morning everyone and welcome to Minor League Ball daily notes for Monday, April 4th, 2016. Here are some baseball news links and items for your consideration, edification, and amusement.
****The Pittsburgh Pirates signed outfielder Gregory Polanco to a five-year contract extension worth at least $35 million with another $25 million in potential option values. Charlie Wilmuth at Bucksdugout believes this is a great deal for the Pirates:
The upside here is great. The risk is small. And a deal that keeps Polanco in Pittsburgh longer makes the Pirates' future that much brighter. Let's hope this deal goes half as well as McCutchen's and Marte's have.
****The Reds have put right-hander Homer Bailey on the disabled list and have promoted right-hander Robert Stephenson to replace him. Stephenson is expected to make his major league debut on Thursday and we will have a "What to Expect from Robert Stephenson" article posted before he pitches.
****At FakeTeams, Jason Hunt provides a useful preview and guide to the 2016 Pacific Coast League.
****Dan Farnsworth at Fangraphs reviews the Tampa Bay Rays system. His commentary on prospects Jake Bauers and Casey Gillaspie are particularly notable.
****Hard-throwing Minnesota Twins relief pitcher prospect Nick Burdi is out at least two weeks with a minor forearm injury of some type, though reports are a bit contradictory as to exactly what's wrong. He's already done some flat ground throwing and it is possible the Twins were just being very careful.
****The crew at Baseball Prospectus has a list of Top 175 players age 25 or younger.