Welcome to the March 26th 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:
Padres #5 by MLB Pipeline
Chris Paddack To Make MLB Debut Sunday
Here's presumably a look at the moment Andy Green told Chris Paddack through Eric Hosmer, per @sdutKevinAcee, he officially made the @Padres. Starting Sunday against the Giants at Petco Park. What a story, what a player. pic.twitter.com/rKztKGLgpm
— Lance Brozdowski (@LanceBroz) March 26, 2019
When Padres manager Andy Green lifted Paddack from his final spring training start yesterday, he let the young right-hander know that he’d be starting the season in the MLB rotation. Paddack will face the Giants on Sunday at Petco. Paddack has been excellent this spring, and in his final spring training appearance his fastball was excellent, generating 10 swinging strikes on 34 pitches. If the curveball comes along this season, Paddack can be a dominant starter in the MLB.
Reds #1 by MLB Pipeline
Nick Senzel left a minor league game with an ankle injury and the #Reds day they are awaiting the results of an examination
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) March 26, 2019
Senzel was sent down to minor league camp as the team wasn’t sold on letting him start the season as their big league CF over Scott Schebler. Now it is reported that his foot is in a walking boot. Senzel has been prone to picking up ailments over the last calendar year: he’s dealt with vertigo, fractured his index finger requiring surgery, underwent offseason surgery to remove bone chips from his left elbow, and now this ankle injury. Look for an update on his condition sometime today, but hopefully the ankle injury is nothing serious.
Marlins #5 by MLB Pipeline
Alcantara Earns Rotation Spot
Unofficial #Marlins Rotation
Thursday – Ureña
Friday – Richards
Saturday – Lopez
Sunday – Alcantara
Monday – Caleb Smith
— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) March 25, 2019
Miami Marlins RHP prospect Sandy Alcantara has earned a rotation spot to start the season. Alcantara, 23, made 6 starts for Miami last season, posting a 3.44 ERA and holding opponents to a .214 batting average against. He’s got to work on his control, and you can’t count on him for many wins, but Alcantara is a fine $1 end-game flier even in redraft leagues if you’re drafting this week.
Padres #13 by MLB Pipeline
Espinoza Looks Healthy This Spring
ICYMI: I got a look at two innings of work from #Padres Anderson Espinoza last week. Fastball sat 93-95 MPH with clean arm action.
Offspeed was effective, but not thrown with as much confidence, as one would expect from the downtime. Looked healthy.https://t.co/jDZosL1BC0
— Emily Waldon (@EmilyCWaldon) March 25, 2019
The Athletic’s Emily Waldon caught Padres pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza in a minor league complex game yesterday. Waldon noted that Espinoza looked healthy with clean arm action, and his fastball was sitting in the 93-95 mph band. Espinoza is working his way back from TJS after suffering a UCL tear in late July, 2017. He will be on an innings cap this year, but look to see if his control and trust in secondaries returns to form this season.
Diamondbacks, unranked by MLB Pipeline
Socrates Brito Unceremoniously Dumped
#Dbacks have placed Socrates Brito on waivers. He can be traded or claimed off waivers. If he clears waivers he can be assigned to Triple-A. With the loss of Steven Souza Jr. to injury tonight, Brito can become important again.
— Bernie Pleskoff (@BerniePleskoff) March 26, 2019
The Diamondbacks placed the 26-year-old OF on waivers yesterday, but that was before Steven Souza Jr. got injured in a spring training game last night. Brito was our #61 overall hitter in all of minor league baseball last season. Despite his penchant for punishing AAA pitching, Brito hasn’t been able to force his way into regular playing time with the big club. Maybe the Souza injury or another organization’s waiver claim will open a path to playing time for this Dominican slugger.