Welcome to the April 2nd 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:
Diamondbacks #2 by MLB Pipeline
Duplantier Makes MLB Debut, Earns Save
Jon Duplantier and Merrill Kelly made history tonight:
There has not been an instance in MLB history of two pitchers making their MLB debuts in the same game, with one pitcher earning the win and the other pitcher earning the save according to Elias Sports Bureau via @Dbacks. pic.twitter.com/a55E3yhqNx
— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) April 2, 2019
Duplantier, a native of Katy, TX, skipped AAA and was called up to work out of the bullpen for the Diamondbacks in yesterday’s game. He pitched 3 innings, striking out 2, and earning the save (3-inning variety) in his big league debut. The D’backs figure to follow the Earl Weaver approach and let Duplantier work as a long man out of the bullpen to start his MLB career. A 3rd round pick in 2016, Duplantier’s ascent up prospect lists in 2017 was a joy to watch.
Reds #3 by MLB Pipeline
No Such Thing As A Pitching Prospect? Greene Undergoes TJS
"He felt some discomfort. We shut him down. We had the MRIs done, and there was new damage that occurred to the ligament.”#Reds' No. 3 prospect Hunter Greene will have Tommy John surgery next week: https://t.co/YyEdJ2OENb pic.twitter.com/OzlA09t4Bd
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 2, 2019
When news broke over the summer that Greene was getting shut down with a forearm strain, I figured the young fireballer would undergo surgery and get shelved. But the team and player sought to manage the injury conservatively, taking the “Ohtani” approach of PRP injections and rest. This offseason, Greene’s arm had reportedly quieted down and I was cautiously optimistic, even spending a draft pick in our Harvest draft and hold prospect draft on him. But his UCL just couldn’t hold up. And I have another reminder that “there is no such thing as a pitching prospect”.
Mariners #13 by MLB Pipeline
Raleigh Starting The Year At A+
Raleigh, the Mariners 3rd round choice in the 2018 draft, will open the season with Modesto of the A+ California League. He bullied A-Short Season ball in his pro debut, posting a .902 OPS in 38 games. He’s a switch-hitting catcher who already appears to have an advanced offensive profile. If the glove comes along for the ride, he might be in the conversation among the best catching prospects in baseball in 2020.
Twins #2 by Baseball Farm
Kirilloff To Start Season On IL
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) April 1, 2019
Kirilloff is on the shelf with what the club is calling a “minor wrist injury” which happened somewhere near the end of spring training. There’s no doubt that Kirilloff can hit. Hopefully, the wrist injury has nothing to do with his hamate and he will be on track to punish baseballs in AA very soon.
Dodgers #15 by MLB Pipeline
Grove To Start In High-A
Notable Dodgers High-A assignments: Jeter Downs, Jeren Kendall, Connor Wong, Michael Grove, Gerardo Carrillo, Carlos Rincon, Edwin Uceta, Jordan Sheffield, and Starling Heredia
— Jesse Roche (@jaroche6) April 1, 2019
Yesterday provided us with a smorgasbord of minor league assignments, but one that really stuck out to me was that the Dodgers have assigned RHP Michael Grove to the A+ California League to start 2019. Grove was my #17 overall pitcher for FYPD this past offseason, and in hindsight, even that ranking might look pretty low when all is said and done. He’s very athletic, has a plus curveball, and his fastball was reportedly up to 98 during workouts over the summer. The big hitters in the Dodgers front office watched his final start in instructs at Camelback Ranch this spring, and you can bet they liked what they saw based on his initial professional placement. Buy if you can.