Welcome to the April 1st 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:
Rockies #5 by MLB Pipeline
Lavigne Leads A Strong Contingent For A-Full Asheville
Asheville will be very good this year
Love the Pitching
Ryan Rolison, Riley Pint, Ryan Feltner, Jake Bird. As well as 2015 1st rounder Mike Nikorak
The offense has most of my targets
Grant Lavigne, Terrin Vavra, Daniel Montano and Daniel Jipping
Biggest omission- Niko Decolati https://t.co/C1fufVwgcW
— John Calvagno (@SALNotes) March 31, 2019
Grant Lavigne, the 42nd overall pick of the 2018 draft, will be starting the season with the Asheville Tourists, the team’s A-Full Season affiliate. Lavigne, 19, had an excellent pro debut in Rookie ball last summer, even stealing a surprising 12 bases. He’s big, athletic, and has a great feel to hit for a young kid. One thing to watch is whether the team will give him some time in the OF in addition to 1B.
Orioles #2 by MLB Pipeline
Mountcastle Set To Try 1B In AAA
Shortstop-turned-third baseman Ryan Mountcastle will start the 2019 season with @NorfolkTides, getting reps at first. The #Orioles' No. 2 prospect makes the jump after batting .297 with 13 HR in '18. More: https://t.co/kidZsWdUho pic.twitter.com/LDBNRVHM0q
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) March 30, 2019
The Orioles #2 prospect, who has seen time at both SS and 3B in his pro career thus far, will be spending time at 1B for AAA Norfolk this season, according to the team. We are hoping that this news means that Mountcastle, 22, has a quicker path to MLB time. If he shifts over to 1B permanently, he’s really going to have to hit to keep himself in the lineup.
Blue Jays #9 by MLB Pipeline
Sean Reid-Foley Starting Today
Clayton Richard is injured so Sean Reid-Foley will pitch on Monday https://t.co/fQGOpnolV1
— Blue Jays Nation (@thejaysnation) March 31, 2019
Clayton Richard injured his knee and isn’t ready to start the season in the rotation, so Blue Jays’ prospect Sean Reid-Foley will be making his first start of 2019 today. Reid-Foley, 23, still has mid-rotation upside if everything can click for him. Maybe he will take this opportunity and turn it into a regular spot in the starting rotation.
Blue Jays #15 by MLB Pipeline
Thornton Makes Stellar Debut
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) March 31, 2019
Trent Thornton, who was traded to the Blue Jays from Houston in the Aldemys Diaz deal, made his first MLB start yesterday for Toronto. He did not disappoint. Thornton posted 8 strikeouts and 0 walks through 5 innings of work. The curveball in particular was especially devastating. There’s a chance Thornton is out there in shallower leagues, so pick him up if you can!