Daily Farm Report (3/22)

Welcome to the March 22nd 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:

Casey Mize
Tigers #1 by Baseball Farm

Mize To Start Season With A+ Lakeland

The Tigers announced that top prospect Casey Mize will start the 2019 minor league season with the Lakeland Flying Tigers of the A+ Florida State League. This should be a good place for Mize to start 2019, as the FSL is notoriously pitcher-friendly and Mize is probably more advanced than the A+ competition anyway. If Mize gets out of the gate fast, look for him to get pushed to AA and even possibly AAA this season. Mize was the #1 draft choice out of Auburn in the 2018 draft.

Eloy Jimenez
White Sox #1 by Baseball Farm

Eloy Jimenez Signs Largest Ever Deal For Player Yet To Make MLB Debut

White Sox top prospect Eloy Jimenez, who has yet to make his MLB debut, signed a contract with the White Sox which sees him get a guaranteed 6 years and $43 million. The deal also includes two club options for Eloy’s 7th and 8th years of service, with the total amount of the deal potentially reaching $77 million if the club exercises it’s options. The good news is that this should remove any further objection to starting Eloy on the White Sox opening day roster. For a deeper look at the implications of Eloy’s deal, I’d refer you to Jeffrey Paternostro’s excellent (and free) article for Baseball Prospectus.

Brandon Lowe
Rays #9 by MLB Pipeline

Brandon Lowe Signs Extension

A little lost in the extension shuffle this week was the news that Tampa Bay Rays’ 2B/OF Brandon Lowe signed a 6 year, $24 million extension with the team. Lowe, 24, posted a solid .334 wOBA in a 43 game MLB debut last season. The former University of Maryland Terrapin figures to be a fixture in Tampa’s lineup this season.

Estevan Florial
Yankees #1 by MLB Pipeline

Florial To Miss Significant Time With Wrist Fracture

Florial, who broke his right wrist attempting to make a catch at the wall in centerfield last week, underwent imaging on Monday which confirmed he suffered a non-displaced wrist fracture. Because of the nature of the fracture, Florial will not have to undergo surgery. Whoever, the team has confirmed that he will be in a hard cast for “a few weeks” and then will be re-examined. A tough blow for the Yankees top prospect.

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