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:
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.
Orioles #4 by MLB Pipeline
Hays Making Noise On Healthy Ankle
After learning how to run again to take pressure off his injured ankle, outfielder Austin Hays is making people take notice during Orioles spring training. https://t.co/FBH535Sqmb
— The Baltimore Sun (@baltimoresun) March 10, 2019
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.
Twins #1 by MLB Pipeline
Royce Learning From The Greats
Royce Lewis still hasn’t played this spring because of an injury. But he’s gotten plenty out of it, including time spent breaking down games with Rod Carew and Tony Oliva.@DanHayesMLB on the spring training experience for the #MNTwins‘ youngsters:https://t.co/eiH89ifJnN
— The Athletic (@TheAthleticMIN) March 10, 2019
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.
Angels #1 by MLB Pipeline
Adell Out 10-12 Weeks With Lower Body Injuries
Jo Adell underwent imaging today on his right ankle and left hamstring. Results confirm grade 2+ right ankle sprain and grade 1+ left hamstring strain. A general timeline for return to play is 10-12 weeks.
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) March 11, 2019
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.
Blue Jays #1 by MLB Pipeline
Vlad Jr. To Miss At Least 3 Weeks With Oblique Issue
Breaking news from the #Bluejays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. suffered a grade 1 strain of the left oblique in his last game on Friday March 8 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Estimated three weeks until resuming game activity.
— Rob Longley (@longleysunsport) March 10, 2019
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.