Hello everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Morning Report for Monday, June 11th, 2018. Here are a few tidbits worthy of your attention as a new week begins.
****Toronto Blue Jays ultramegasuperduperprospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will miss at least four weeks due to a strained left knee patella tendon. I find this depressing, occuring at the same time that Ronald Acuna’s ACL sprain and the high likelihood that Shohei Ohtani will need Tommy John surgery. It’s not good for baseball.
****San Francisco Giants first base/outfield prospect Gio Brusa had the game of his life yesterday, going 3-for-5 with three homers, six RBI, and five runs scored for High-A San Jose. He also drew a walk and stole a base. Drafted in the sixth round in 2016 from the University of the Pacific, Brusa is a powerfully-built switch-hitter with contact issues and a reputation for streakiness, though when he’s hot he’s very hot including .342 in his last 10 games with five homers.
****Cincinnati Reds prospect Hunter Greene had his fourth-straight strong starts for Low-A Dayton on Saturday. He’s pitched 28.1 innings over his last seven starts with a 30/11 K/BB and 25 hits allowed with a 3.17 ERA. Redsminorleagues.com has some notes from his last start, with Greene topping at 101 MPH with the heater while showing an improved slider. There’s some nice video too.