Welcome to the March 21st 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 are some recent news and highlights:
Twins #2 by Baseball Farm
Kirilloff Moving to First Base
According to CBSSports.com, Twins slugger Alex Kirilloff will begin seeing reps at 1B moving forward. Kirilloff, 21, was one of the best hitters in all of the minor leagues last season. This move should help his bat get into Minnesota’s lineup quicker, which should be a benefit to his fantasy owners. Look for Kirilloff to make his MLB debut this season, especially if the Twins are in the hunt for the AL Central.
Athletics #1 by MLB Pipeline
Luzardo Sidelined 4-6 Weeks With Shoulder Injury
Jesus Luzardo will be shut down for 4-6 weeks with a muscle strain in his shoulder.
— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) March 21, 2019
Jesus Luzardo, who was pushing for a rotation spot out of spring training, is going to be shut down for 4-6 weeks due to a shoulder strain, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. There was some speculation that Luzardo’s rotator cuff is involved. Once he’s rested, he will need a throwing/rehab program to work his way back up to being MLB ready. We are hoping for a full and speedy recovery for one of baseball’s top starting pitching prospects.
Royals #1 by Baseball Farm
Lynch Fastball Up to 96 MPH
Lynch hitting 96 in first inning of today’s outing vs Texas. Looked great in first inning. @RoyalsFarm
— Jon Mitchell (@huskerjon00) March 19, 2019
The Royals pick in Round 1C in the 2018 draft continues to look like a steal. Fans are reporting that Lynch worked his fastball up to 96 mph in a minor league spring training game on March 19. Paired with a plus slider and a developing change and curve, Lynch looks like he’s got future top of the rotation upside. Alex Jensen and Brenden Gorzelski ranked him as the Royals #1 overall prospect in their organizational Top-20 report.
Padres #19 by MLB Pipeline
Nix Diagnosed With UCL Injury
#Padres RHP Jacob Nix has a tear in his UCL. He will be evaluated by renowned orthopedist Dr. Neal ElAttrache before deciding if surgery is best course.
Nix, who made his first nine big-league starts last year, had promising spring.
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) March 19, 2019
Jacob Nix, who was in the hunt for a spot in the Padres rotation this spring, has been diagnosed with a UCL injury. Nix will undergo further evaluation before deciding whether Tommy John surgery is needed. This is a tough setback for the big righty, who was 2015’s 3rd round choice out of Florida’s IMG Academy.
White Sox #5 by Baseball Farm
Dane Dunning Undergoes Tommy John Surgery
3/18/19 new chapter begins🙏🏽📖 pic.twitter.com/FfPmCuFNjc
— Dane Dunning (@Ddunning33) March 19, 2019
White Sox top pitching prospect Dane Dunning underwent Tommy John surgery on Monday, ending his 2019 campaign. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews. Dunning, 24, was the Nationals 1st round pick out of the University of Florida in the 2016 draft. He was traded to the White Sox in the Adam Eaton deal. Look for a mid-2020 return to action for Dunning, who should still be held in the minors of deep dynasty formats.