Good morning everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Morning Report for Friday, May 11th, 2018. Here are some items of interest.
****Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Walker Buehler had another successful start, going six innings against the Cincinnati Reds, allowing two runs on five hits with zero walks while fanning eight. He took the loss however as the Reds came back to win 4-1.
****Atlanta Braves prospect Lucas Sims allowed one run over 6.2 innings for Triple-A Gwinnett, giving up seven hits but zero walks while fanning six.
****After a slow start (.198 in April) Nationals shortstop prospect Carter Kieboom has been heating up for High-A Potomac. Hitting .243/.360/.412 overall, he went 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBI yesterday and is hitting .350 over his last 10 games.
****Tampa Bay Rays outfield prospect (and another Minor League Ball favorite) Jesus Sanchez went 3-for-5 for High-A Charlotte. He’s hitting .363/.378/.573 overall including .409 over his last 10 games. At this point I don’t think his lack of walks is especially relevant. Right now Florida State League pitchers are unable to exploit his aggressiveness and I doubt that’s going to change. We won’t know if the approach is a real problem or not until he gets to Double-A.