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Minor League Ball Gameday, Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

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Indians infielder Yandy Diaz rips Triple-A pitching, while Royals prospect Josh Staumont fans 12; other highlights from yesterday plus discussion for today

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Yandy Diaz
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Tuesday May 2nd, 2017. And away we go.

****Today’s Minor League Scoreboard

****Today’s MLB scoreboard

****Highlights from yesterday can be found in the Monday comments thread.

COOL STUFF THAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY

****Cleveland Indians infield prospect Yandy Diaz went 3-for-5 with a home run and 5 RBI yesterday. Since being demoted from the major leagues to Triple-A Columbus on April 21st, he’s hitting .382/.488/.559 in 34 at-bats with seven walks and just two strikeouts.

****Houston Astros first base prospect A.J. Reed went 4-for-5 with two runs scored for Triple-A Fresno. He’s now hitting .306/.433/.482.

****Chicaco Cubs prospect Jeimer Candelario had another good game for Triple-A Iowa, going 2-for-4 with a home run. He’s now hitting .316/.435/.671 for the I-Cubs and is just 23 years old. He’d make excellent trade bait if the Cubs can’t figure out how to use him.

****Miami Marlins infield prospect Brian Anderson went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI for Double-A Jacksonville, moving his season line to .258/.343/.419. He’s been playing well defensively at third base and should reach Triple-A later this season.

****Kansas City Royals right-hander Josh Staumont struck out 12 men in 6.2 innings of work for Triple-A Omaha against Oklahoma City. He now has a 3.81 ERA with 38 strikeouts against 16 walks and just 18 hits in 26 innings on the season. The Ks and the Hs aren’t lying; his stuff is exceptional, but the walks aren’t lying either.

RECOMMENDED READING

****Ryan Romano at Beyond the Boxscore believes that Texas Rangers rookie Jose Leclerc could be a savior for the bullpen.

****At Fangraphs, Travis Sawchik looks at Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge and his very fast start.