Five pitchers for you in this week's edition of Farm Report. We have the two young guns that are already on many rosters. A former young gun that once enjoyed near Strasburg hype, a prospect that was roughed up and sent back down and a flame thrower stretching out after not finding success as a closer.
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Trevor Bauer Arizona- The Trevor Bauer watch continues and most leagues that allow minor league pickups are populated with the super prospect. D'Backs GM Kevin Towers says no plans yet to call him up, although he admitted Bauer has proven himself. After blowing away Double-A, Bauer is 4-0 with a 2.78 ERA and 1.42 WHIP at Triple-A Reno.
Danny Hultzen Seattle- Second only to Bauer on the watch list, Hutlzen was promoted to Triple A this week. In 13 starts at Double-A Jackson, Hutlzen was 8-3 with a sparkling 1.19 ERA. Hutlzen posting a 79-32 strikeout/walk ratio over 75 innings of work. A surprise second pick overall in the draft, Hultzen is proving to be near major league ready.
Tyler Thornburg Milwaukee- The Brewers brought top prospect Thornburg up for a look and he was knocked around by a red-hot Toronto lineup. Working into the sixth, Thornburg allowed five runs on seven hits. The Blue Jays hit four home runs giving Thornburg something to focus on in Triple-A. In Double-A, Thornburg posted a 3.00 ERA over 13 starts.
Mark Prior Boston- Renenber the hype surrounding Prior coming out of USC? Prior enjoyed success with the Cubs from 2003-2005, but hasn't pitching the majors since 2006. Prior showed promise in the Yankees farm system last year with a 2.25 ERA in 11 appearances, six of them starts. He will work as a reliever at Pawtucked- the BoSox Triple-A club.
Andrew Cashner San Diego- After going 3-3 with a 3.81 ERA in 28 appearances, Cashner was sent down to stretch out to return as a starter. Cashner made his first at Double-A San Antonio last week and is expected to get a few starts before returning. In the Cubs rotation to begin 2011, Cashner had a great start before losing the season to injury.
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