Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Thursday, April 13th, 2017. Let’s hit the diamond.
****New York Yankees southpaw Jordan Montgomery made his major league debut yesterday against the Tampa Bay Rays, going 4.2 innings, giving up five hits and two runs with two walks, but fanning seven. He topped out at 94 MPH with the fastball but also made extensive use of his curve, slider, and change-up. I think he’s well-positioned for success as a fourth starter.
****19-year-old Washington Nationals outfield prospect Victor Robles picked up two more hits for High-A Potomac, giving him a .370/.414/.667 line in his first six games. 19 years old, folks, in High-A.
****18-year-old Washington Nationals outfield prospect Juan Soto went 3-for-5 for Low-A Hagerstown, giving him a .464/.516/.607 mark through seven games, with zero strikeouts in 28 at-bats. 18 years old everyone, in full-season ball. I’d say the Nationals Latin American scouts know what they are doing.
****Two hit for Yankees prospect Gleyber Torres for Double-A Trenton yesterday, moving him up to .318/.464/.500 through 22 at-bats. Of particular note: five walks with just two strikeouts.
****Kansas City Royals prospect Eric Skoglund made his Triple-A debut for the Omaha Stormchasers, throwing five shutout innings against Round Rock with four strikeouts.
****Los Angeles Dodgers farmhand Wilmer Font fanned 11 for Triple-A Oklahoma City yesterday.
****Check yesterday’s Gameday discussion thread for additional highlights.
****Ben Badler at Baseball America has finished up his international prospect reviews for 2016. That means it is time to finalize the Shadow Twins international class for 2016, my main project tomorrow.
****Let Mike Conforto play, says Travis Sawchik at Fangraphs. I quite agree.