Daily Farm Report (3/11)

Welcome to the March 11th installment of The Daily Farm Report! We rake the news for each organization’s top farmhands and give you a digest with some commentary for you greedy prospectors to enjoy. Here’s some recent news and highlights:

Triston McKenzie
Indians #1 by MLB Pipeline

McKenzie To Miss Start Of Season With Injury

According to MLB.com, Indians RHP prospect Triston McKenzie has been shut down indefinitely with an upper back strain. McKenzie will miss the start of the season. This is unfortunate news for McKenzie, who also missed the start of the 2018 season due to injury. When he gets back to action, McKenzie will try to re-capture the lightning in a bottle that was his 2017 performance.

Austin Hays
Orioles #4 by MLB Pipeline

Hays Making Noise On Healthy Ankle

Austin Hays is back and his ankle is now feeling 100% healthy, according to yesterday’s Baltimore Sun article. After making a brief MLB debut in 2017, Hays struggled through injuries in all of 2018. If he’s healthy for 2019, look for Hays to see plenty of time in the OF for the rebuilding Orioles.

Royce Lewis
Twins #1 by MLB Pipeline

Royce Learning From The Greats

Minnesota Twins’ top prospect has yet to make his spring training debut due to injury, but this hasn’t stopped him from learning from two of baseball’s all-time greats this offseason. Lewis has been breaking down games with Rod Carew and Tony Oliva while he returns from his oblique injury. Look for Lewis to build on an excellent 2018 campaign once he returns fully healthy.

Jo Adell
Angels #1 by MLB Pipeline

Adell Out 10-12 Weeks With Lower Body Injuries

Jo Adell, one of the most impressive athletes in minor league baseball, went down with lower body injuries that he suffered in a game on Saturday. Adell, 19, suffered both a grade 2+ right ankle sprain and a grade 1+ left hamstring strain, according to the organization. Adell might miss 3 full months of development time early in the season due to these injuries. When healthy, Adell has the tools and the talent to push for a spot as the #1 overall prospect in baseball.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Blue Jays #1 by MLB Pipeline

Vlad Jr. To Miss At Least 3 Weeks With Oblique Issue

We learned this weekend that Vlad Guerrero Jr. suffered an oblique strain in a game on March 8. He’s likely to remain on the shelf for the remainder of the month, if not longer. Oblique issues can be notorious for lingering, and we already know that the Blue Jays aren’t in a rush to bring Vlad Jr. up to the majors until they can secure another year of service time control over baseball’s top prospect. Vlad has scuffled a little bit this spring, only posting a .211/.250/.316 slash line through 6 games.

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