Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Monday, April 24th, 2017. Let’s get down to business.
SELECTED YESTERDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS
****Young New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto looks locked in: he went 3-for-4 with a homer yesterday and is now hitting .361/.432/.722 through 36 at-bats for the Mets.
****Another product of the Houston Astros secret Latin American pitching cloning facility: Jorge Alcala, RHP, Quad Cities Bandits: eight strikeouts in six innings, five hits, two runs, one walk, has given up just eight hits in 15.2 innings so far.
****Toronto Blue Jays third base prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr went 2-for-3 for Low-A Lansing yesterday, giving him a .309/.441/.491 line through 55 at-bats, with a notably excellent 12/8 BB/K. His range factor at third base is a mere 1.50, but he hasn’t made an error yet. It will be interesting to read the scouting reports on his glove once they start to come in. I don’t think there’s any real doubt about the hitting.
****Texas Rangers prospect Clayton Blackburn made his first start for Triple-A Round Rock since coming over from the Giants system. It went well: five shutout innings for the Iowa Cubs, two hits, one walk, four strikeouts.
****Travis Sawchik at Fangraphs is not a fan of the new generation of MLB ballparks, feeling that, in their own way, they are just as flawed as the cookie-cutter designs from the early 70s.