Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday thread for May 27th, 2016. Items on the agenda for your attention today:
****Happy Julio Urias Day; he'll make his debut tonight for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the New York Mets. My prediction: five innings, 93 pitches, six hits, two runs, two walks, four strikeouts, no decision in 6-5 Dodgers loss. Your prediction?
****More Dodgers prospect news: two homers last night for Cody Bellinger, now hitting .256/.362/.489 with six long balls for Double-A Tulsa in the Texas League.
****Rob Parker at Faketeams looks at potential fantasy pitching risers and fallers using ERA and xFIP.
****Components don't always work out the way we assume though, at least over short stretches. At Fishstripes, Michael Jong looks at Marcell Ozuna's recent hot streak and the fact that there were no evident underlying improvements in his hitting approach.
****Carson Cistulli's Fringe Five Prospects is always worth a read each Friday at Fangraphs.