Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Thursday, March 16th, 2017. Here are some baseball reading items worthy of your attention today:
****MLB Spring Training Scoreboard
****World Baseball Classic Scoreboard
****World Baseball Classic schedule, brackets and primer from Talking Chop
****Baseball America released a mock draft for the Top 10 picks in the 2017 MLB draft.
****At MinorLeagueBaseball.com, Tyler Maun has a fascinating article about minor league baseball in Cuba as the Revolution told hold in the late 1950s.
****Chicago White Sox prospect Yoan Moncada hit two homers yesterday. He is now 8-for-33 (.242) on the spring with the pair of homers, five walks, and 13 strikeouts. Observers remain impressed with his tools but it seems clear he could use some Triple-A time, not exactly a surprise at age 21.
****Rob Rogacki at Beyond the Boxscore believes that Baltimore Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy would benefit from throwing more high fastballs.
****Also at Beyond the Boxscore, Zach Crizer makes the case for pitchers to take an aggressive approach at the plate.
****At Fangraphs, Randy Holt takes a close look at Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco and concludes that there is still hope for a major breakout.
****At Baseball Prospectus, Jarrett Seidler examines spring training performances and when they do, and do not, matter.