Welcome to the March 24th 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:
Orioles #4 by MLB Pipeline
Hays Injures Thumb Sliding In Minors Game
Potential bad news here. Outfield prospect Austin Hays injured his left thumb sliding into a base today in a minor league game. He has a guard on it now. The team is trying to set up MRI tomorrow. If not Sunday, then Monday. He doesn’t know extent, just the thumb snapped backward
— Dan Connolly (@danconnolly2016) March 23, 2019
Austin Hays suffered an injury to his left thumb while sliding into a base in a minor league game yesterday. The team will have Hays undergo an MRI either today or tomorrow to determine the extent of the injury. This news comes as an awful blow for Hays, who also missed significant time in 2018 dealing with lat, shoulder, and ankle issues.
Blue Jays #9 by MLB Pipeline
Borucki has sore elbow, will be evaluated. He'll miss at least one start and won't be ready for start of season. Pannone, Reid-Foley, Thornton and Gaviglio the four candidates to start. #BlueJays
— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) March 23, 2019
Blue Jays starting pitcher Ryan Borucki just went down with elbow discomfort, leaving a potential rotation spot open for Sean Reid-Foley. Reid-Foley, 23, made 7 starts with the big club at the tail end of last season, posting an impressive 11.4 K/9 ratio. Unfortunately, it also came with a 5.67 BB/9 ratio. If Reid-Foley can get his control in line this season, he can be a real weapon at the back end of the Blue Jays’ rotation.
Blue Jays #21 by MLB Pipeline
Tellez Still Pushing For Roster Spot
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) March 21, 2019
Toronto Blue Jays 1B prospect “Rowdy” Rowdy Tellez is still pushing for a 25-man roster spot after his strong performance this spring. Tellez, 24, is Baseball Farm’s #7 overall hitter among prospects this spring training. He’s slugging .600 with 5 home runs in 50 ABs. Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales stand in his way of regular playing time at the MLB level.
Pirates #4 by MLB Pipeline
Cruz Hits Moon Shot In Spring Training Game
"He has as much raw power as anyone in the system." 👀
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) March 23, 2019
Cruz is listed at 6’6″, probably stand more like 6’8″, plays shortstop, and possibly has more raw power than any other hitter in the Pirates organization. He just turned 20 this fall, and if everything falls right for him this season he might be the answer to one of the prospectsphere’s favorite questions: Who will be baseball’s Top-10 prospects heading into 2020?
Mets #4 by Baseball Farm
Ronny Mauricio Looks Like A Dude
17-years-old. Two hits. Have a day, Ronny Mauricio! pic.twitter.com/wnSJtNnbBR
— New York Mets (@Mets) March 23, 2019
17 year-old Ronny Mauricio had 2 hits, a stolen base, and a run scored in a big league spring training game for the Mets yesterday. Mauricio spent all of last season in Rookie ball, the majority of it stateside in the GCL. Look for him to make a big leap this season if he’s placed into full-season ball and produces out of the gate. Even if he doesn’t, this 6’3″ switch-hitting, physical specimen is so young that he’s got plenty of time to figure some things out. His upside is incredible. Buy now if you can.