Good morning everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Morning Report for Monday, April 23rd, 2018.
****Miami Marlins rookie Caleb Smith threw six strong innings against the Milwaukee Brewers, giving up two hits and two runs, zero walks, while fanning 10. Through five starts he has a 5.82 ERA with a 32/15 K/BB in 21.2 innings.
****Marlins outfield prospect Austin Dean went 3-for-5 with two homers for Double-A Jacksonville. He is an incredible 30-for-56 on the season, hitting .556 through 16 games.
****Minnesota Twins pitching prospect Fernando Romero gave up one run over 6.2 innings for Triple-A Rochester in International League action, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out 10.
****Luis Torres has an intriguing article at Beyond the Boxscore about how increased aggression at the plate has helped the Boston Red Sox offense. He notes the difference here is less passivity, not less selectivity.