Good day everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball morning report for Friday, July 6th, 2018.
***Nice start from Minnesota Twins rookie Aaron Slegers yesterday: one run over six innings against the Baltimore Orioles, three hits, one walk, two strikeouts. It fits his established pattern: not overpowering despite his 6-10, 245 size, but an efficient strike-thrower who could have a career as a four/five starter. He’s been successful in Triple-A for the last year and a half so I don’t see any reason not to give him an extended trial.
***He’s no longer a prospect in the regular sense having gone past rookie limits, but Cincinnati Reds right-hander Robert Stephenson is still an interesting arm. He’s been solid in Triple-A this year and had a terrific start last night for Louisville, throwing six shutout innings with just two hits and one walk allowed, while fanning 12. Stay tuned for a discussion thread on Stephenson later today.