Games of March 5
Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox: 1-2, HR, 2 RBI, BB. A personal favorite of mine. Bogaerts has elite aptitude to match the excellent tools, and he should be successful in the majors for a long time.
Christian Vazquez, Red Sox: 2-3. Vazquez has been drawing rave reviews for his catching defense this spring, and prospect writers are saying "told you so." If Vazquez can hit even a lick, he's a first-division regular.
Francisco Lindor, Indians: 1-1, RBI. Like Bogaerts, Lindor has outstanding makeup and instincts to go with great tools. Lindor's hit tool might not match his defensive profile, but it should stick.
Rosell Herrera, Rockies: 2-3, 2 RBI. Herrera jumped on the scene with an MVP season in the South Atlantic League in 2013. Reports are understandably tempered, however. He has a solid swing from the left side, but the right side lacks leverage and pop. He's probably not a shortstop in the future.
Javier Baez, Cubs: 1-3, HR, RBI. Baez's second home run this spring. He's good.
Mike Foltynewicz, Astros: 2 IP, K. Foltynewicz has a near-elite fastball that should carry him to the majors. He seems destined for a late-innings bullpen role.
Aaron Sanchez, Blue Jays: 2 IP, 2 K. Sanchez is only bested by Marcus Stroman in the Toronto system. Sanchez has an excellent starter's body with a quick arm.
James Paxton, Mariners: 3 IP, 2 H, K. Paxton has a solid fastball from the left side, but his secondaries remain inconsistent.
Tyler Matzek, Rockies: 3 IP, H, BB, 3 K. Matzek has somewhat fallen off prospect radars, but the first-rounder remains one good season away from re-establishing his status.
Oscar Tavares, Cardinals: St. Louis still has no timetable for return for Tavares, who continues to instinctively favor the right ankle that required surgery last season.
Dylan Bundy, Orioles: Bundy is scheduled to throw off a flat mound March 19. He's recovering from Tommy John surgery.