Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Tuesday, April 11th, 2017. Let’s get down to business.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM YESTERDAY
****Colorado Rockies outfield prospect Raimel Tapia went 3-for-5 for Triple-A Albuquerque, giving him a .500 average in 22 at-bats with three walks to boot. Six of his 11 hits have been doubles.
****Los Angeles Dodgers first base prospect Cody Bellinger is also tearing up the Pacific Coast League, going 3-for-4 yesterday and hitting .476 through five games for Oklahoma City.
****Atlanta Braves pitching prospect Mike Soroka is only 19 years old. He made his debut for Double-A Mississippi yesterday, throwing five shutout innings, allowing just two hits, not walking anyone, and fanning seven. Age 19.
****Oakland Athletics 2016 first round pick A.J. Puk made his debut for High-A Stockton in the California League, throwing 4.2 scoreless innings on a pitch count, giving up two hits and one walk, while fanning six.
****Five shutout innings for Milwaukee Brewers pitching prospect Marcos Diplan, fanning five with no hits but three walks for High-A Carolina.
****Doug Bruzzone at McCovey Chronicles looks at former San Francisco Giants players hanging around Triple-A in other organizations.
****If you have any interest in minor league ballparks, and if you are reading this you probably do, check out this article in Baseball America about the busiest minor league parks of 2017.
****Another article in the ballpark vein: Roger Cheng at The Hardball Times examines home field advantage in the playoffs.
****At Fangraphs, Craig Edwards says that George Springer of the Houston Astros is more valuable than ever.