Hot Prospects for April 27

Pitchers were the name of the game on Wednesday. It was tough finding hitters to brag about this past Wednesday.

Harrison Bader CF (Cardinals) - His tools will not impress but all he has done is found success. After three years in college the Cardinals drafted him and let him find his stride in rookie ball where he hit .379 in 29 at bats. A promotion to Low A was not difficult as he hit .301 with 9 homeruns and 15 stolen bases. The Cardinals chose to skip him past High A to AA where he continues to rake. A 4 for 5 day where he hit his third homerun (the next day he would hit his fourth) and drove in three raised his average to .338. He hit another homerun the next day to give him three homeruns in four games. At this rate he could have an opportunity to see a promotion to AAA before July, not bad for a 2015 third round pick out of college.

Mason Robbins OF (White Sox) - The 25th pick out of the 2014 draft hit for the cycle in a 4 for 4 day. As part of that cycle Mason slugged his first homerun and legged out his first triple of the year. The three runs he drove in were half his total for the year (6). Mason needs to improve on his walk to whiff ratio (1/18) if he wants to hit for a high average (.246) and a decent OBA (.254).

Pitching

Steven Brault LHP (Pirates) - Steven was acquired by the Pirates from the Orioles in the Travis Snider trade. Not overpowering with a fastball in the low 90s, he did not let that stop him from striking out some of his ex-teammates, the Norfolk Tides, whiffing 11 while only walking one in six innings of work. After he was removed from the game Norfolk rallied to tie the game, eventually winning in 12 but Steven showed he may have been a steep price the Orioles paid for Snider.

Kohl Stewart RHP (Twins) - The Twins 2013 first round pick (fourth overall) is off to a good start. He tossed another six innings of shutout ball, allowing just three hits to lower his ERA to 1.93. That was a nice come back after he had his worst start of the year the start before, giving up three runs in less than six innings of work.

Phil Bickford RHP (Giants) - Joining Stewart is Bickford, another first round pick in 2013, this time for the Blue Jays. He did not sign with the Blue Jays so the Giants made him a first round pick in 2015. He threw seven innings of four hit shutout ball, striking out nine, but his fate mimed Stewart. The bullpen coughed up four runs in the eighth and Kannapolis beat Augusta 4-3. Phil is throwing strikes in his 2016 domination of Low A, impressing with a 4/33 walk to whiff ratio in 20.2 innings. A 3.48 ERA is tainted by poor outings in his first three starts.

Zach Eflin RHP (Phillies) - Zach won his third game in four starts, the second in which he has not given up a run. The 2012 supplemental first round pick went 6.1 innings allowing just four hits. He has a 3/22 walk to whiff ratio in his 26.1 innings.

Ariel Jurado RHP and Pedro Payano RHP (Rangers) - The Panamanian pitcher Jurado was staked to a 10-0 lead then cruised through six innings of five hit shutout ball. He did not walk a batter and struck out five in his six inning outing. Payano was born in New York but signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic back in 2011. He threw a rare nine inning complete game shutout, allowing just one hit. He walked two and struck out 11, throwing just 99 pitches in the outing. A broken bat bloop single in the eighth ruined his no hitter.

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