Pitchers aren't robots. As their career pitch counts increase over the years, the wear on their arms takes its toll. Arms that used to touch 98 miles per hour end up sitting in the low-90s. Pitching isn't natural for an arm, so it's natural for one to wear down with time.
Games of March 25
Kyle Kubitza, Braves: 1-1, 2B, 2 RBI. There's divide over Kubitza's future role, with some seeing a player who will struggle to make the majors and others seeing a possible regular. I like the bat and believe in it.
Nick Castellanos, Tigers: 2-3, 2 2B. Ho-hum, another big day for Castellanos.
Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox: 2-4, RBI. Ho-hum, Bogaerts is good.
Games of March 24
Marcus Semien, White Sox: 2-3, HR, 3 RBI. Semien is hitting very well this spring, so he's only further solidifying his roster spot. The White Sox will probably play him at second base with Alexei Ramirez in town, and he's best suited there anyway. No tool stands out, but Semien is a solid all-around middle infielder who will run into an extra-base hit at times. It's not a big surprise to see him labeled as a future second-division guy.
Games of March 23
Junior Lake, Cubs: 3-5, 3 HR, 6 RBI
Michael Choice, Rangers: 3-5, 2B, 3 RBI
Kevin Gausman, Orioles: 4 IP, 3 H, R/ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Brandon Workman, Red Sox: 3.2 IP, 3 H, R/ER, 3 K
Yordano Ventura, Royals: 5 IP, 5 H, R/ER, 3 BB, 3 K
Matt Wisler, Padres: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Games of March 22
Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox: 1-3, 2B, RBI
Games of March 20
Maikel Franco, Phillies: 0-4. The prize of the Phillies system is hitting .184 in 40 plate appearances this spring, and he received a less-than-stellar report from the Baseball Prospectus crew earlier in the preseason. Franco has immense power potential, but the hit tool needs to play to utilize the power.
Games of March 19
Matt Davidson, White Sox: 2-4, HR, 3 RBI. Davidson might not be the starting third baseman for the White Sox right away, but he should be up soon enough.
Billy Burns, Athletics: 2-3, SB (9). Burns is fast. Like, really fast. He needs to hit to be more than fourth-outfielder material, but he's selective and takes walks, and that's a huge step in the right direction as a table-setter.
The Giants released several former GreenJackets on Wednesday as they begin to clean up rosters for the 2014 season.
According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, the following players have been released:
Stephen Branca, Joey Rapp, Shayne Houck, Cristian Otero, Christian Diaz, Drew Bolin, Justin Schumer, Renzo Frietes, Paul Davis, Casey Weathers, Mark Teahen, Ryan Cavan.
Games of March 18
Eric Campbell, Mets: 2-4, 2B, HR, RBI. He's not exactly a prospect, but the 2008 eighth-rounder out of Boston College will probably see time in the majors at some point this season. He walks and can steal a base or two while providing gap power.
Games of March 17
Kolten Wong, Cardinals: 3-4, 2B, RBI. Wong has the second base job on lock right now by spraying the gaps with hard contact throughout spring. His glove and bat are very good tools, and any power is gravy, but he has six extra-base hits in 37 plate appearances this spring.
Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox: 1-2, 2B, RBI, BB. Bogaerts' bat has been quiet this spring, but three of his four hits have been for extra bases, and he has six walks in 31 plate appearances.