Welcome to the April 8th 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 #3 by MLB Pipeline
Hampson Looks Like He’s Next In Line For Playing Time
— Today in MLB (@TodayintheMLB) April 7, 2019
With Ryan McMahon heading to the IL, it looks like the Rockies might finally be ready to let Garrett Hampson out as an everyday 2B. Hampson, 24, is a good bet to get on base, steal bags, and play solid defense at 2B if the Rockies are willing to give him an extended look. However, with this being the Rockies, don’t be surprised if they figure out a way to mess with Hampson’s playing time going forward.
Orioles #1 by MLB Pipeline
Diaz Launches First Home Run Of 2019
— Luke_Siler (@The_Luke_Siler) April 7, 2019
Yusniel was traded to Baltimore in the deal that saw Manny Machado move to the Dodgers last season. He popped up on our radar early in 2018 as he had changed his plate approach with great results. He has an excellent power and patience profile and he turned 22 this fall. If he hits well at AA/AAA this season, a 2019 cup of coffee is not out of the question. Worst case scenario, I’d imagine that Diaz will be in the hunt for a regular outfield spot in Baltimore to start the 2020 season.
Dodgers #11 by MLB Pipeline
Peters In Line For Quick Promotion To AAA
— Barry Lewis (@BarryLewisTW) April 7, 2019
Tulsa World sports reporter Barry Lewis is reporting that Dodgers slugger DJ Peters might be in line for a quick promotion to AAA Oklahoma City if he starts the year well for Tulsa. Peters, 23, is a big lad (6’6″, 225) who displays 80-grade raw power. He hit 29 home runs last season, which led all AA hitters. The biggest question is whether he can reign in the big whiff rate (34% last year) while still maintaining his power.
Red Sox #1 by MLB Pipeline
Chavis Makes Start At 2B
Michael Chavis started at 2B today for Pawtucket. This is something to monitor as his bat is nearly MLB ready & the #RedSox don't have a firm answer at 2B. Chavis has also played some 1B in addition to his normal spot at 3B. Expect to see him up this summer. #DirtyWater #MiLB pic.twitter.com/cBbISchAJx
— Eric Cross (@EricCross04) April 7, 2019
“Playa playa” Michael Chavis made a start at 2B for AAA Pawtucket yesterday. This is excellent news for Chavis owners, as his potential positional versatility should help him make the jump to the big club sooner than later. Chavis, 23, was Boston’s 1st round selection in the 2014 draft. He’s been a productive hitter throughout his minor league career. Don’t be surprised for him to see time at 3B, 1B, 2B, and LF in AAA as the Red Sox groom him to be the next man up should the need arise in Boston this summer.
White Sox Honorable Mention by Baseball Farm
Pilkington Very Solid In 2019 Debut
Pilkington warmups pic.twitter.com/F3x3EV6CAi
— Dan Victor (@slydanno70) April 7, 2019
Konnor Pilkington put in a solid performance for the A-Full Kannapolis Intimidators of the South Atlantic League yesterday. Pilkington went 5 2/3 shutout innings, punching out 6 while only walking 1. In even better news, his fastball sat between 88-90 during the outing. This is great to hear, as his fastball velocities were apparently down into the mid-80s this spring. If his fastball plays well, he’s got the ability with command and sequencing to become an effective back-end starter for the White Sox in the not too distant future.