Welcome to the April 9th 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:
Rangers #9 by MLB Pipeline
Burke To IL With Blister
Rangers lefty prospect Brock Burke, currently in AA Frisco, was placed on the 7-Day Injured List
— Reporting From The Diamond (@diamond_report) April 8, 2019
A rough beginning to the 2019 campaign for Burke, who was acquired by the Rangers this offseason as part of a 3-way deal that saw Jurickson Profar move to Oakland. Burke, 22, was voted Tampa Bay’s minor league pitcher of the year last season. The lefthander has mid-rotation upside if everything can come together for him. Hopefully, the blister issue will be resolved with a single IL stint and won’t linger this season for him. He should be one of the top pitchers in the Texas League when healthy.
Tigers #5 by MLB Pipeline
Meadows Given Day Off After Slow Start
Stop it. He'll be fine.
— Emily Waldon (@EmilyCWaldon) April 8, 2019
As noted by The Athletic’s Emily Waldon, Parker Meadows was given the day off yesterday after his 1-for-16 start to the 2019 season. Meadows, 19, was Detroit’s 2nd round pick in last year’s draft. His prospect pedigree is strong, as he’s the younger brother of Tampa Bay’s Austin Meadows. Look for Meadows to bounce back as it’s still very early as Emily notes. Meadows has potential 5-tool upside that few other OF prospects can boast.
Marlins #3 by MLB Pipeline
Harrison Dealing With Right Wrist Injury
NEW: Monte Harrison Injured In Minors https://t.co/ii20emJIMx
— RotoBaller MLB (@RotoBallerMLB) April 9, 2019
Miami Marlins CF prospect Monte Harrison is dealing with a right wrist injury and has yet to make his 2019 AAA debut, according to RotoBaller. However, the injury hasn’t landed Harrison on the IL yet, as the team is taking it slowly to see how his wrist reacts to live batting practice. Harrison, 23, was acquired by Miami in the trade that sent Christian Yelich to the Brewers. He’s arguably one of the top athletes in all of minor league baseball. He turned down a scholarship to play D1 football at the University of Nebraska in order to pursue his professional baseball career. If all goes well with his wrist, look for Harrison to make his 2019 debut sometime this week.
White Sox #4 by Baseball Farm
La Pantera Continues Scorching Start
Everyone…We have an announcement…
Luis Robert has homered again.
His solo shot puts us ahead 2-0 in the third at Wilmington. pic.twitter.com/kFYfbjJMQn
— Winston-Salem Dash (@WSDashBaseball) April 8, 2019
White Sox Cuban OF prospect Luis Robert has continued his sizzling start to the 2019 campaign, launching another HR in yesterday’s game for Winston-Salem. Robert, 21, is now hitting a robust .524 with 4 HR and 3 SB thru 5 games. He has the raw tools to be one of the most exciting prospects in all of baseball. It looks like, with his thumb finally healed, he’s tapping into that raw power potential as well. Just remember, his nickname is “La Pantera” not “LuBob”.
Indians Honorable Mention by Baseball Farm
Bradley Launches First HR of 2019
Columbus Clippers (1B) prospect Bobby Bradley had a heck of a game Monday crushing his 1st HR of the year & making a terrific game saving unassisted double play.@b_bradley_44 #Indians pic.twitter.com/dGIcbIrRzp
— Indians Prospective (@indiansPro) April 9, 2019
Indians Prospective provides a great look at Bobby Bradley’s first HR of 2019, a shot to deep CF. Bradley, 22, mashed 27 HR last season thanks to his 70-grade raw power. He’s also posted double-digit walk rates at nearly every minors stop thus far in his MiLB career, showing the type of power and patience profile that we love. If he continues to mash at the AAA level, there’s a real chance that the Indians might be able to use his bat in the MLB this season.