Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017. On to baseball!
COOL STUFF THAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY
****Colorado Rockies right-hander Jeff Hoffman threw 7.1 strong innings against the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday, fanning seven with only three hits, no walks, and one run allowed. He’s got nothing left to prove in the minors.
****St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Harrison Bader went 4-for-5 for Triple-A Memphis, raising his season line to .299/.372/.476. He’s on a tear recently, hitting .378 in his last 10 contests for the Redbirds.
****Another hot bat belongs to Milwaukee Brewers prospect Corey Ray, hitting .342 over his last 10 games including a 3-for-5 night yesterday for the High-A Carolina Mudcats. The first-round pick in 2015 from the University of Louisville has just one homer on the season, hitting .271/.345/.411 overall, not a terrible line but far from dominant. 41 whiffs in 129 at-bats are another caution flag.
****Detroit Tigers farmhand Gabriel Quintana hit three homers for Double-A Erie yesterday, part of a 4-for-5 night. Age 24, he is hitting .264/.295/.527 on the season. Quintana has legitimate power but is hampered by a very aggressive approach (five walks, 34 whiffs in 129 at-bats) and below-average defense at third base.