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Minor League Ball Morning Report: Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

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What happened yesterday in the world of prospects and rookies?

MLB: Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays
Isiah Kiner-Falefa
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Good morning everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Morning Report for Wednesday, April 18th, 2018.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM YESTERDAY

*****In major league action, Texas Rangers rookie infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa went 4-for-5 against the Tampa Bay Rays. We first mentioned IKF back on March 27th in the “Don’t overlook these prospects” article.

*****Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect T.J. Zeuch threw six shutout innings for High-A Dunedin, giving up five hits and two walks while fanning eight.

*****Los Angeles Dodgers pitching prospect Caleb Ferguson fired five shutout innings for Double-A Tulsa against Midland, giving up two hits and one walk while striking out nine.\

*****Oakland Athletics pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo, a favorite here at Minor League Ball with both staff and readership, threw five hitless/scoreless innings for High-A Stockton against Modesto in California League play, giving up one walk while striking out nine.

*****Another Minor League Ball favorite, Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto, continued his destruction of the South Atlantic League by going 4-for-5 in a doubleheader for Hagerstown. He’s hitting .413/.537/.902 with 12 walks against just seven strikeouts in 41 at-bats.

*****Additional information can be found in yesterday’s Gameday discussion thread.

RECOMMENDED READING

*****Luis Torres at Beyond the Boxscore looks at the New York Mets catching situation with an eye on options to replace the injured Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki.

*****The mandatory daily reminder to check out Ben Badler’s international prospect reviews at Baseball America.

*****Burke Granger at 2080Baseball writes excellent scouting reports on draft prospects.