Daily Farm Report (3/27)

Welcome to the March 27th 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:

Fernando Tatis Jr.
Padres #1 by MLB Pipeline

Fernando Tatis Jr. Makes Opening Day Roster

Padres GM A.J. Preller cares not for your service time manipulations. The club determined that playing Fernando Tatis Jr. at SS every day gave them the best chance to win games this year, so that’s what they are doing. Chris Paddack is up too. They threw the necessary money at Manny Machado. They might not get to the playoffs this year, but I love what this team is doing, and I’ll be watching the Padres as often as I can.

In related news, I will be muting the word ‘Shields’ on Twitter until the end of time.

Nick Senzel
Reds #1 by MLB Pipeline

UPDATE: Senzel In Boot For A Couple Weeks

After spraining his ankle in a minor league contest yesterday, the Reds have announced that Senzel is expected to be in a walking boot for the next 7-14 days. I’d expect him to have some complex time to test the ankle out after getting the boot off before he reports to AAA Louisville. The team wants Senzel to play CF this year, so they have to make sure that he can handle playing as an everyday OF. The timetable doesn’t hurt their service time shenanigans either. Senzel might not be up with the big club until June this year.

Daz Cameron
Tigers #7 by Baseball Farm

Daz Cameron Makes Strong Impression This Spring

While the team wasn’t prepared to call Daz Cameron up to be a fill-in while JaCoby Jones is out with injury, the kid really left a great impression with the organization this spring. Cameron batted .357 and played great OF defense for the club this spring. He will report to AAA Toledo to start 2019, but I would not be surprised in the slightest if he forces the issue and is manning CF in Comerica Park this summer.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Blue Jays #1 by MLB Pipeline

Vlad Jr. Progressing Well In Recovery From Oblique Injury

It sounds like Toronto’s wunderkid Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is ahead of schedule in his recovery from the oblique injury he suffered this spring. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo noted that Vlad is already hitting in the cage again. Vlad will stay in Florida and work his way back into baseball shape in extended spring training camp before reporting to AAA Buffalo (for some reason) to start his season.

Franklin Perez
Tigers #3 by Baseball Farm

Franklin Perez Looking Healthy

There have been a couple good reports coming out of Tigers’ camp this past week regarding Franklin Perez, which is great to hear as this top pitching prospect works his way back from injury. Perez, 21, has topped his fastball out in the 94-96 mph band this spring without any negative side effects. Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic notes that Perez might start out with A+ Lakeland of the Florida State League if he keeps feeling good over the next couple weeks.

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