Saturday, May 3 - Augusta 4, Greenville 2
Ball's pitch selection and command were about as expected. You can tell the Red Sox are building him up slowly by throwing majority fastballs right now, and it's probably affecting the command of his secondaries when he does throw them. But the fact that he threw so many fastballs and still totaled a Lake Olmstead high for swinging strikes this season (16) tells you how legitimate the kid is.
Saturday, May 3 - 7 p.m.
Greenville Drive (14-11)
LHP Trey Ball (2014 A: 5 IP, 9 H, 3 R/ER, BB, 2 K)
Augusta GreenJackets (14-14)
LHP Matt Lujan (2014 A: 24.2 IP, 2.19 ERA, 2.75 FIP, 20.4 K%, 6.8 BB%, .347 BABIP)
Friday, May 2 - 7 p.m.
Greenville Drive (14-10)
RHP Ty Buttrey (2013 A-: 61 IP, 2.21 ERA, 3.23 FIP, 13.8 K%, 8.3 BB%, .280 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (13-14)
LHP Carlos Diaz (2014 A: 20.2 IP, 2.61 ERA, 2.75 FIP, 19.3 K%, 6 BB%, .307 BABIP)
It's odd to say the rich get richer when it involves the Miami Marlins, but their starting rotation could easily get better with the eventual promotion of perhaps the best left-handed starter in the minor leagues.
There have been discussions since spring training that Andrew Heaney could reach the majors soon in 2014, especially after the aggressive promotion of Jose Fernandez last year that turned out better than could be expected. Along with Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez, the Marlins could soon have a very strong rotation that will be around for years.
Games of May 1:
Maikel Franco, Phillies AAA: 3-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI. Franco is slowly showing signs of breaking out of a horrid April slump. He has at least one hit in four of the past six games, three of those being multi-hit games. His first two home runs this season have come in the past two weeks.
The Colorado Rockies received a gift in Ryan McMahon in the second round of the 2013 draft.
The third baseman flashes nearly every tool in the book at 19 years old. He's more than holding his own in the South Atlantic League with a league-leading nine home runs despite being nearly three years younger than average.
McMahon gets it. He has a strong competitive desire and the makeup to succeed. It helps that he was a quarterback for powerhouse Mater Dei High School in California.
Games of April 30:
Joc Pederson, Dodgers AAA: 3-4, HR, RBI, BB. I don't know how Pederson plays into the Dodgers' future, but he should play in some team's future. He's hitting .398/.504/.663 with six home runs, nine stolen bases and 21 walks in 119 plate appearances. I think it's safe to say his batting eye has passed the upper-levels test. He walked 14% of the time last year in Double-A and it's 18% so far this year.
Games of April 29:
Mookie Betts, Red Sox AA: 3-4, HR, 3 RBI. Betts is destroying the Eastern League to the tune of a .422/.471/.689 line with 15 extra-base hits, 10 stolen bases and 10 walks in 102 plate appearances. The reports on his game right now are equally off the charts. The rich get richer with the Red Sox system.
Games of April 28:
Ryan Brett, Rays AA: 5-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI. Brett doesn't have standout tools, but he gets the most out of them with instincts on the field. He plays with a high energy level and could succeed as a leadoff hitter in the upper levels with a solid hit tool and above-average speed.