Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Thursday, May 25th, 2017. Let’s get started.
COOL STUFF THAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY
Jose Berrios just fanned Caleb Joseph with this absurd breaking ball pic.twitter.com/L1XGrmjygf— Pitcher List (@ThePitcherList) May 24, 2017
Jose Berrios. Breaking ball. Filthy. pic.twitter.com/CXrEajmnZH— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 24, 2017
****Seven shutout innings from Philadelphia Phillies pitching prospect Ranger Suarez for Low-A Lakewood in the South Atlantic League, with 10 strikeouts, four hits, and one walk. The Venezuelan lefty now has a 2.01 ERA in 45 innings with a 56/13 K/BB.
****St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Jose Adolis Garcia went 4-for-7 in a doubleheader for Springfield in the Double-A Texas League. He’s now hitting .280/.344/.441 in 143 at-bats. The Cardinals spent $2,500,000 to sign the 24-year-old Cuban back in February.
****Baltimore Orioles outfield prospect Austin Hays hit three homers yesterday for the Frederick Keys in the High-A Carolina League. A third round pick in 2016 from Jacksonville University, Hays is now hitting .321/.358/.552 on the season. A caution flag is a 7/25 BB/K ratio in 165 at-bats but so far his aggressive approach hasn’t hurt him at all. He mashed the New York-Penn League last summer too (.336/.386/.514) and his excellent bat speed is perhaps too much for A-ball pitching. At this point I doubt he’s challenged until he reaches Double-A and sees better breaking stuff.