Good morning everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Tuesday, March 28th, 2017. Let’s get down to business.
****MLB Spring Training Scoreboard
****Baltimore Orioles prospect Trey Mancini went 3-for-3 yesterday with two runs scored in an 11-9 loss to the Boston Red Sox. This raises his spring line to .357 in 56 at-bats with three homers and 13 RBI.
****Atlanta Braves shortstop prospect Dansby Swanson went 3-for-3 yesterday in an 11-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers, scoring three of Atlanta’s runs. He is now hitting .313 in 32 at-bats on the spring.
****Another good game yesterday from Chicago Cubs outfield prospect Albert Almora, going 2-for-4 with a run scored in a 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians. He’s now hitting .322 on the spring.
****Mike Petriello at MLB.com has an article up this morning about Statcast and Miguel Cabrera. Could Cabrera actually be under-rated?
****Julien Assouline at Beyond the Boxscore points out the historical uniqueness of Houston Astros star Jose Altuve. “Baseball has never had anyone of Altuve’s height perform the way he does.”
****The Chicago White Sox have sold outfielder Peter Bourjos to the Tampa Bay Rays. Jim Margalus at South Side Sox writes that this will open up a spot for outfield prospect Jacob May.
****We’ve sung the praises of New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird more than once per spring. Nicolas Stellini at Fangraphs adds another voice to the chorus.