Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Saturday, May 27th, 2017. Let’s get started.
COOL STUFF THAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY
****New York Yankees prospect Clint Frazier went 2-for-3 with a home run for Triple-A Scranton. He has now homered in three consecutive games and has steadily improved his slash line over the last two weeks, now standing at .261/.346/.528 with 16 doubles, nine homers, 21 walks, and 40 strikeouts in 161 at-bats for a solid +129 wRC+ in the International League.
****Baltimore Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle hit three homers for High-A Frederick in Carolina League action last night. He’s now hitting .342/.370/.620 with 11 homers. A caution flag is a 7/32 BB/K; I’d like more walks, but right now he’s so good that Carolina League pitchers have been unable to exploit his aggressiveness. He’s only 20 years old. It is possible he has nothing left to learn in A-ball in which case a promotion to Double-A must be on tap for the second half.
****Another 20-year-old making mincemeat of High-A is Colorado Rockies prospect Brendan Rodgers, who went 2-for-5 with a pair of homers for Lancaster in the California League last night and now has a .369/.388/.648 line. Like Mountcastle, Rodgers is aggressive and has a cautionary 5/22 BB/K, but he is so far ahead of the league in general baseball talent that it hasn’t mattered. Double-A should be on the agenda soon although the Rockies are generally rather conservative about promoting players.