Here’s the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Monday, August 28th, 2017. Let’s get down to business!
****Yesterday’s Highlights can be found in the Sunday discussion thread.
COOL STUFF THAT HAPPENED SUNDAY
****He’s not a rookie or a prospect of course, but Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton is still a young player and deserves some discussion after hitting three homers yesterday against the Toronto Blue Jays. He’s hitting .310 in his last 10 games and .286/.315/.517 in August. Buxton has been on my mind lately following Michael Cook’s “don’t give up on him” article back on August 8th.
****Chicago White Sox rookie Lucas Giolito threw seven shutout innings against the Detroit Tigers yesterday, with three hits, three walks, and four strikeouts. Another “too soon to give up on him” guy despite his inconsistency.
****Along the same lines: Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Tyler Glasnow, who continues to mow down International League hitters with ease. Yesterday it was nine strikeouts over six innings of work for Indianapolis against Columbus.
****Cincinnati Reds 2017 first-round pick Hunter Greene made his pitching debut for the Billings Mustangs of the Pioneer League, throwing just one inning. It was an impressive inning however: 15 pitches, 12 strikes, and hitting 100 MPH. The Reds are easing him in slowly.
****This article is from back on August 23rd but it is worth reading: MinorLeagueBaseball.com’s article by Sam Dykstra on Washington Nationals outfield prospect Daniel Johnson. A fifth round pick out of New Mexico State University in 2016, Johnson is hitting .301/.361/.517 with 22 homers and 21 steals between Low-A and High-A this season. He’s got the physical tools to back those numbers up.