Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017. Have fun!
COOL THINGS THAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY
****Philadelphia Phillies prospect Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-3 with three RBI for Triple-A Lehigh Valley yesterday, setting an Iron Pigs franchise record by reaching base in his 23rd straight game. Hoskins is now hitting a robust .350/.447/.675 in the International League with an excellent 13/15 BB/K ratio in 80 at-bats, giving all indications that he has little left to learn in the minors.
****Boston Red Sox prospect Rafael Devers went 5-for-5 with two homers, four runs scored, and four RBI for Double-A Portland, raising his season line to .324/.351/.606 in 71 at-bats.
****Milwaukee Brewers prospect Isan Diaz went 3-for-4 with a home run for High-A Carolina. He’s hit .421 in his last 10 contests and is now hitting .299/.358/.515, not shabby for a 20-year-old in the Carolina League!
****Minnesota Twins first base prospect Lewin Diaz hit a pair of homers for Low-A Cedar Rapids in the Midwest League yesterday. He’s now hitting .267/.304/.465 with signs of heating up recently.
****Keep an eye on Baltimore Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle, who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored yesterday for High-A Frederick and is now hitting .340/.374/.590 as a 20-year-old shortstop. I’m not sure he has the range to stay at short but the bat looks excellent right now.
****Is Hunter Greene the best high school right-hander ever? Jim Callis considers the question at Milb.com, comparing him to past prep greats such as Josh Beckett, Dwight Gooden, and Bob Feller.