Welcome to the April 4th installment of The Daily Farm Report! We rake the news for each organization’s top farmhands and give you a digest with some commentary for you greedy prospectors to enjoy. Here are some recent news and highlights:
Yankees #19 by MLB Pipeline
Estrada Called Up To Plug Gaps
Source: The Yankees will call up Thairo Estrada to replace Troy Tulowitzki.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) April 4, 2019
The Yankees are dealing with a rash of big league injuries right now:
Estrada, 23, will be called up to replace the injured Troy Tulowitzki and provide depth around the infield for the Yankees. Estrada was injured for most of last season, but he’s shown a knack for making contact and getting on base in his minor league career thus far. He also has the speed to run a bit (although his SB success rate has been abysmal). He’s a speculative add in very deep leagues if unowned.
Padres #13 by MLB Pipeline
Espinoza Looks Healthy, One To Watch in 2019
— Emily Waldon (@EmilyCWaldon) April 4, 2019
The Athletic’s Emily Waldon got a good look at Espinoza’s latest rehab outing and was enamored by the ease of his delivery. Espinoza, still only 21, was considered one of baseball’s most promising pitching prospects prior to his injury and subsequent TJS. If he can keep his health on track, look for him to make a big leap up the prospect rankings this season. He might factor into the Padres plans in 2020.
White Sox Honorable Mention by Baseball Farm
33rd Round Pick Bush To Start In Full-Season Ball
— Jonathan Lee (@followmefor3) April 3, 2019
The White Sox, notoriously slow to announce their MiLB roster decisions, have placed 3B Bryce Bush with the Kannapolis Intimidators of the A-Full South Atlantic League to start the season. Bush, 19, is a cold weather prep pick, so this is an aggressive placement for him. He impressed in his first taste of professional ball last summer, powering his way through the AZL to the Rookie-level Pioneer League, where he continued to hit. A potential draft day coup for the White Sox, Bush was considered unsignable due to his college commitment. However, the team had been in touch with him throughout his prep career and made sure to give him what it took to sign and forego college baseball.
Angels #15 by Baseball Farm
Maitan Set To Attack Full Season Ball
— Nick_Knack (@Nick_Knack) April 3, 2019
The Kevin Maitan saga thus far has been pretty crazy. He was considered the top J2 bat in his class and drew comparisons to Miguel Cabrera. Then, he was forcibly dropped by the Braves as punishment for multiple violations of MLB’s international signing rules. He signed with the Angels, where he was noticeably heavier upon reporting to his new club. And while the surface-level production wasn’t great last year, he was still an 18 year-old international player who held his own at Rookie level ball against much older competition. He will be young again for his league while appearing for the Burlington Bees of the Full-Season Midwest League. I think the thing to watch with Maitan this season is his XBH%. If it ticks up, he should be owned everywhere, even if he’s thicc.
Red Sox #10 by MLB Pipeline
Duran Earns Aggressive Placement In A+ Ball
High A Salem Red Sox announce their tentative roster, headlined by RHP Bryan Mata (repeating at the level after missing the last couple months with a back injury) and OF Jarren Duran, who had a very impressive pro debut after being taken in the 7th round of last year’s draft.
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) April 3, 2019
Duran, a 7th Round pick out of Long Beach State last summer, put in an impressive professional debut, posting a .910 OPS between the NY-Penn and Sally Leagues. The Red Sox obviously think they’ve got a special one here, as Duran will be starting 2019 in A+ ball. He profiles as a potential stat-sheet stuffer with a surprising amount of pop to go along with his double plus speed. He’s a candidate to start popping up on Top-100 lists if he has another good campaign this year.