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A. Lacy - SP
Royals LHP prospect Asa Lacy struggled in his professional debut, allowing four runs over 2 1/3 innings on Wednesday for High-A Quad Cities.
Lacy allowed just one hit, but had issues throwing strikes in his professional debut; walking five in the contest before being pulled in the third. He also struck out five, and showed off the stuff that made him the fourth pick of last June’s draft. It’s a disappointing effort, but certainly not one that should concern fantasy managers too much; Lacy still has tremendous stuff and has shown the ability to command it prior to this outing. Expect better efforts from the 21-year-old southpaw going forward.
Added 11:47 am (EST)
G. Mitchell - CF
Brewers OF prospect Garrett Mitchell went 2-for-2 with two runs and two stolen bases on Wednesday for High-A Wisconsin.
Mitchell also walked, so it was a three-reach day for the 2020 first-round pick. The steals are the first two of the year for the outfielder, and certainly not the last; he puts up run times that give him 70 grades on the 20-80 scouting scale. A star at UCLA, Mitchell saw his stock slip because of concerns about his power -- and he also has Type 1 diabetes -- but he has the chance to hit for a high average, and he’s not a dink-and-dunk hitter; 20 homer seasons are certainly possible. He’s also a strong defender with a plus throwing arm, so that should help him move through the system quickly. There’s an awful lot to like about Mitchell in terms of floor and ceiling, so fantasy managers should be looking to add him to their dynasty roster if they can.
Added 11:46 am (EST)
C. Wilcox - SP
Rays RHP prospect Cole Wilcox struck out five over four scoreless innings on Wednesday for Low-A Charleston.
Wilcox allowed a pair of hits, and he didn’t walk anyone. It was the first start of the 21-year-old’s professional career, and it comes after the right-hander was dealt in the offseason from San Diego to Tampa Bay in the Blake Snell trade. The 80th pick of the 2021 draft, Wildox has stuff that suggests that could be a steal with a high 90s fastball along with an above-average change and slider to keep hitters honest. Control has been an issue for the right-hander, and some believe that the 6-foot-5 hurler fits better in the bullpen. Tampa Bay will give him a chance to start, however, knowing that the stuff should not have any trouble translating to relief if he cannot.
Added 11:44 am (EST)
J. Sánchez - RF
Marlins OF prospect Jesús Sánchez went 5-for-5 for Triple-A Jacksonville with a double and a triple.
That’ll work. Sánchez already has seven hits in his first two games of the 2021 minor league season, and now has his first homer while a member of the Jumbo Shrimp. The former Tampa Bay prospect was bad in his time with the Marlins in 2020 -- bad is an understatement, he had one hit in 25 at-bats and struck out 11 times, but that’s an awfully small sample to be judging a player of his talent on. He still has above-average tools across the board, and he’s a solid defensive player as well. Sánchez has certainly seen his stock slide, but this is still a hitter who can be a regular -- maybe even an above-average one -- in the coming years.
Added 11:43 am (EST)
J. Bowlan - SP
Royals RHP prospect Jonathan Bowlan didn’t allow a run over five innings while striking out 10 on Wednesday for Double-A Northwest Arkansas
Bowlan allowed four hits and issued a walk. The Royals are loaded with pitching prospects right now, and while Bowlan doesn’t compete with the Asa Lacys or Daniel Lynchs, he does offer some upside in his own right. Listed at 6-foot-6, 240-pounds, the 24-year-old gets his fastball in the mid 90s with downhill plane, and his slider/cutter gets plus grades as well. He also mixes in a serviceable change, and he throws all three pitches for strikes with command just below his control. Bowlan could easily make starts for the Royals this year, and while he’s not an elite fantasy prospect, it’s not hard to see him being a usable streamer in the coming seasons.
Added 11:42 am (EST)
Luis Severino (elbow) is scheduled to begin facing live hitters early next week at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Florida.
"He's doing really well, so that'll be obviously another nice step for him," manager Aaron Boone said Thursday. Severino is on the road back from Tommy John surgery and could be ready sometime in June.
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Added 11:42 am (EST)
H. Ramos - CF
Giants OF prospect Heliot Ramos homered and went 2-for-5 on Wednesday for Double-A Richmond.
The other hit was a single. Ramos is one of the top hitting prospects in the San Francisco system, and while he opens the year in Double-A, it seems very likely that he’ll get a chance to play for the Giants in 2021. There’s easy plus power in his right-handed bat, and while he’s not immune to strikeouts, he makes enough hard contact to suggest he’ll hit for a decent average, as well. Ramos also has decent speed, and could be a contributor in the steals category, as well. Ramos is a better long-term play, but he’s a name to keep an eye on in redraft leagues for those who need outfield help in the coming months.
Added 11:39 am (EST)
S. Baz - SP
Rays RHP prospect Shane Baz didn’t allow a hit in four innings of work on Wednesday for Double-A Montgomery
Baz walked just one, and he struck out four in his first start of the 2021 season. Acquired in the disastrous trade for the Pirates that also saw Pittsburgh send Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows to Tampa Bay in return for Chris Archer, Baz has a chance to make Pittsburgh fans shake their head even more vigorously. The right-hander has two pitches that get double-plus grades in his hard fastball and wipeout slider, and he also can mix in a decent change and show-me curve, as well. Command isn’t quite there for the 21-year-old, but he should throw enough strikes to remain a starter. There’s no guarantee Baz makes his debut in 2021, but it’s not out of the question, and he could provide plenty of fantasy significance in 2022.
Added 11:38 am (EST)