Welcome to the April 5th 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:
White Sox #4 by Baseball Farm
La Pantera Launches Two Bombs In Opening Day Combo Meal
— Carolina League Prospects (@league_carolina) April 5, 2019
Combo meal alert! White Sox OF Luis Robert hit home runs in his first two at bats and later stole a base in his 2019 debut. When healthy, Robert has looked like one of baseball’s top prospects. However, he dealt with recurring thumb injuries all of 2018 and also tweaked his hamstring in the AFL. Robert was nicknamed “La Pantera” by teammates Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada because he looked like a panther running around in CF.
Angels #1 by MLB Pipeline
Adell Added To Mobile BayBears Roster
Jo Adell, the top prospect in the @Angels system & No. 14 overall, begins the season on the @Mobile_BayBears injured list. That’s a good indication he’ll be with Mobile when he’s healthy (he’s expected to return some time in May).
— Creg Stephenson (@CregStephenson) April 4, 2019
Jo Adell, currently on the IL dealing with ankle and hamstring injuries suffered this spring, has been added to the AA Mobile BayBears roster to start 2019. As Creg Stephenson notes, this is likely good news and suggests that Adell is coming along well in his injury rehab. Look for Adell to return in mid-to-late May. He’s one of baseball’s top prospects and should start making up for lost time right away.
Blue Jays #10 by MLB Pipeline
Biggio Hits 2019’s First MiLB Homerun
— Buffalo Bisons (@BuffaloBisons) April 4, 2019
Picking up right where he left off in 2018, Blue Jays 2B prospect Cavan Biggio launched his first AAA homerun in the Buffalo Bisons opener yesterday. Biggio, 23, hit 26 HRs in AA ball last season. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is blocking him from being the everyday 2B at the major league level right now, but Biggio saw time at 1B, 2B, 3B, LF, and RF last season. Don’t be surprised if he’s the next bat up from AAA if the Jays experience an injury to one of their infielders. Most scouting reports project him as a future utility player, but Biggio showed a knack for getting on base and hitting the ball hard last year.
Phillies #3 by MLB Pipeline
Bohm Struggles At 3B In Debut
Grounder finds Alec Bohm at 3B in first inning that in-between hops and gets by him. Defense one of the question marks w Bohm as he opens season #Phillies
— Brent Hershey (@BrentHQ) April 4, 2019
Alec Bohm, the #3 overall pick in the 2018 draft, is opening the season as the starting 3B for the Lakewood BlueClaws. His bat profiles to have potential middle of the order impact at the MLB level. However, there are questions about his glove at 3B. Even if Bohm slides over to 1B, his bat will bring plenty of value along for the ride. But his dynasty owners and Phillies’ fans are both rooting for him to stick at the hot corner.
Tigers #18 by Baseball Farm
Deatherage With A “Fast” Start To 2019
First look opinion from an AL scout on #Tigers Brock Deatherage:
— Emily Waldon (@EmilyCWaldon) April 4, 2019
Deatherage burst on the scene in 2018 by hitting 4 HR in 2 games with the rookie-level GCL Tigers. He was promoted all the way up to A+ ball. A dual-sport athlete, Deatherage possesses true 70-grade wheels which can impact the game on both sides of the ball. The hit tool, however, has a lot of question marks. Still, he’s a great prospect follow for 2019 to see how things come together for him at higher levels.