Hot Prospects for April 25

Below are some of the minor league prospects that are beginning to make an impact.

Pete O’Brien DH (Diamondbacks) - His best bet is to be traded to an American League team where he can do what he does best. Hit. He has bashed four homeruns in the last three days (if you include April 26) giving him seven for the year, with eight runs driven in during those three days. Three straight two hit games have raised his average to .343. Most of his time has been spent rotating between left field and first base. Catching has not been in his resume for the 2016 season. With his lack of foot speed left field may not be his ideal defensive position, but if Kyle Schwarber can do it so can Pete O’Brien.
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Tim Anderson SS (White Sox) - The 2013 first round pick wants to get his bat working if he is going to take over the shortstop position from Jimmie Rollins by mid season. A four hit day raised his average to .238. He also stroked his third double of the year in the game, the only extra base hits Tim has delivered in this still young season giving him an unsatisfying .286 slugging average. Making contact has been an issue for Tim with 20 whiffs in his first 15 games.

Joey Gallo 3B (Rangers) - The fact Adrian Beltre has signed a two year extension for the Rangers has given the team no motivation to move Gallo from third base. His power bat is again launching balls out of the park with two homeruns on Monday to give him seven for the year. His second homerun of the game in the 12th inning proved to be the game winner for Round Rock in their 6-5 win over Memphis.

Amir Garrett LHP (Reds) - Amir got his first win of the 2016 season throwing 6.2 innings of two hit shutout ball. Amir only walked one and struck out nine in his fourth outing of the year. It is the second start in which he has held the opponent scoreless with the four quality starts giving him an ERA at 1.74. The 6′5″ lefthander has also showed excellent command with just four walks in his 24.2 innings and 25 whiffs. Lefthanded batters are only hitting .105 against him.

James Hoyt RHP (Astros) - Relief pitchers do not get a lot of respect here because they fail to impress with their lack of innings per appearance. Hoyt countered that trend with a two inning outing where he struck out five of the seven hitters he faced. He also picked up his fifth save during that outing. Hoyt is gunning for a bullpen spot striking out 10 of the last 14 hitters he has faced in his last three appearances.

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