Daily Prospect Report: May 1

Games of May 1:

 

Hitters:

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.

 

Jake Marisnick, Marlins AAA: 3-4, HR, 3 RBI, BB. The tools are there for Marisnick to be a dynamic player up the middle in center field, but the bat is taking its time to develop despite being 23 years old. His swing can get long, and he is prone to sequencing issues, so the hit tool may never allow the power to fully work. He's off to a rough start in Triple-A.

 

J.T. Realmuto, Marlins AA: 3-4, 2 2B, 3B, RBI. Realmuto profiles as an everyday catcher in the majors, but the bat probably won't develop enough to match the excellent defensive abilities. He's a very good catch-and-throw guy and pops in the plus range, and he's athletic behind the plate. He has the potential for double-digit home runs in his prime, but he needs to make more and better contact.

 

Andrew Alpin, Astros AA: 3-4, 2 2B, 3B, BB. Alpin doesn't do anything exceptionally well, but he's an all-around solid player who profiles as a second-division regular or good fourth outfielder. He has a long stride and seemingly dives at pitches with huge hip fire despite very little hand load. It's a weird setup at the plate, but it's working for Alpin so far. He's also a good runner and defender up the middle.

 

D.J. Peterson, Mariners A+: 2-5, 2B, 3 RBI. Peterson has responded well to a broken jaw that ended his 2013 season. He had perhaps the best raw power of any college bat in last year's draft, something the Mariners could always use more of in the majors. Peterson has two homers and five walks in 88 plate appearances so far for High Desert.

 

Hunter Dozier, Royals A+: 3-4, HR, 3 RBI. Dozier could become a good major league regular in time, but some of that depends on how much power develops. He shows a feel for hitting and has a plan at the plate, and he should have no problem getting on base in the upper levels. As a corner guy, he needs to turn some of that gap power into home run pop. He has the frame and barrel ability, but the bat speed is only average. He shows solid defense at third base.

 

Pitchers:

Clayton Blackburn, Giants AA: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, K. Blackburn blew through the lower levels with an advanced feel for pitching and smarts on the mound, but the upper levels require stuff to go along with that. As expected, Blackburn isn't striking out as many batters in Double-A, but he's getting outs despite allowing more hits. It's a tricky situation for a pitcher with a deep arsenal but nothing that really stands out. He'll always at least get by on command alone, though.

 

Chase Anderson, Diamondbacks AA: 7.1 IP, 3 H, BB, 7 K. Anderson's stuff and stamina play better in the bullpen, which might be his future. He has a knockout pitch in his changeup, which might be the best in the Arizona system, and his fastball has better life in short bursts. He's running through the Southern League with ease right now, but he's been there and done that already. The test will come when he attempts to start at a higher level again.

 

Michael Fulmer, Mets A+: 6 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, K. Fulmer's stuff would play better in the bullpen, including a plus slider and a fastball that touches mid-90s with sink. Despite this outing, he's avoiding walks for the most part, and his season is better than the ERA indicates. If Fulmer's changeup develops further, he has the stuff to start, but we'll see if he can maintain it.

 

Austin Kubitza, Tigers A: 7 IP, 2 H, BB, 12 K. The brother of Braves third base prospect Kyle Kubitza, Austin is shutting down the Midwest League as an advanced college product. His fastball sits low-90s with good sink, and he flashes a plus slider and average changeup. Kubitza has the arsenal to start, but the crossfire motion leaves his release in different spots, and his arm has added strain. Time will tell whether he can stay in a rotation.

 

Evaluations are from personal observations, sources, video, and reports by Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus.

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