Daily Prospect Report: March 4

Games of March 4

 

Hitters:

Gregory Polanco, Pirates: 2-3, 2B, RBI. Five-tool talent from a big frame. It's only a matter of time before he's wreaking havoc on the NL Central.

 

Brandon Nimmo, Mets: 1-2, RBI. Nimmo didn't stand out at the plate like I expected in Savannah last season, but he's built like a rock and is a great athlete.

 

Cesar Puello, Mets: 1-2, 2B. Great athlete with plus power potential, but has a Biogenesis connection hovering over his name.

 

Hak-Ju Lee, Rays: 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI. Any extra-base hits are good news for Lee and the Rays. His bat has "empty" concerns, but he's a solid defender and runner.

 

Alex Dickerson, Padres: 1-2, RBI, BB. A big body with outstanding power. Dickerson needs to hit to carry his corner profile.

 

Luis Sardinas, Rangers: 2-3, 2B, RBI. Similar profile as Lee but with more speed. An extra-base hit is good news for Sardinas and the Rangers. He's a small infielder who relies on speed and great defense.

 

Pitchers:

A.J. Cole, Nationals: 2 IP, 2 K. Loose and fast arm with a plus-plus fastball and great changeup. He might not be far from Washington at this point.

 

Jason Hursh, Braves: 2 IP, 4 H, K. I'm higher on Hursh than most, so I believe the arsenal is enough for a starting role. Plus-plus-potential fastball if it's not there already.

 

Erik Johnson, White Sox: 3 IP, 3 H, R/ER, BB, 2 K. Chicago's No. 1 prospect has a starting spot waiting if he stays healthy this spring.

 

Raul Alcantara, Athletics: 2 IP, 3 H, R, K: Prototypical loose, easy Dominican arm. Late movement plays the fastball up, and he has a solid changeup to pair.

 

News:

Zach Lee, Dodgers: Lee (lat) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and could make his spring debut this week.

 

Taijuan Walker, Mariners: Walker (shoulder inflammation) is scheduled to resume throwing Thursday.

 

Max Fried, Padres: Fried (sore left forearm) will start throwing in 10-14 days and will likely start season late.

 

Ross Stripling, Dodgers: Stripling will have Tommy John surgery today.

 

Stryker Trahan, Diamondbacks: Trahan has moved from behind the plate and is doing well in the outfield.

 

Trevor Bauer, Indians: Sat 93-96 mph and touched 98 during spring outing Sunday.

 

Maikel Franco, Phillies: Manager Ryne Sandberg is impressed by Franco's third base defense.

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