Volleyball coaching and attending some baseball games have prevented me from doing the research necessary to identify the hot prospects. We’re catching up with a two day post today.
Dan Vogelbach 1B (Cubs) - It seemed only a couple days ago we talked about Vogelbach after a five RBI game. On Wednesday he drove in four runs with two homeruns, his fourth and fifth of the year. Ironic that his only RBIs for the month of May are on the two days when he drove in five and four runs. A .337 batting average in AAA could have the Cubs promote him in an American League park to use as a DH. That is how Kyle Schwarber got his first major league opportunity.
Alex Verdugo OF (Dodgers) - Verdugo had a big RBI night with seven, six of them a result of a two run and grand slam homerun in the first two innings of a game the Tulsa Drillers won 10-0 over the Springfield Cardinals. Verdugo finished the day 3 for 4.
Bradley Zimmer CF (Indians) - The 2014 first round pick went 3 for 4 with a homerun and four RBIs. The homerun was the culmination of three consecutive games in which he hit one homerun. His final RBI total for those three days was eight. The three homeruns give him seven for the year. Bradley has also been stealing his fair share of bases with 14 in 18 attempts to date.
J.D. Davis 3B (Astros) - After hitting .289 with 26 homeruns last year, the third round 2014 pick has gotten off to a slow start this year. A 3 for 4 day in which he hit his second homerun and drove in four runs raised his average to .205. He went his first 21 games without hitting a homerun and then hit two in his next three games.
Anfernee Seymour SS (Marlins) - A 4 for 5 day was the third game of a four game hitting streak that has raised his average to .230. So far only one of his 28 hits have gone for extra bases. He has yet to hit a homerun since he was drafted in the seventh round in 2014.
Kyle Wren LF (Brewers) - A 4 for 5 day has raised his average to .277. Most of his time at Biloxi has been in left field, but he lacks the power to play that position. He does have the speed to play centerfield but Brett Phillips has been seeing most of the time there. This makes Wren look more like a fourth outfielder type.
Phillip Ervin CF (Reds) - The Reds expect Phillip to carry a power bat. His two homeruns on Tuesday give him five for the year. He also walked and stole his 13th base without being caught. Currently, the 2013 first round pick is only hitting .229.
Harrison Bader CF (Cardinals) - The Cardinals 2015 third round pick has been a beast against AA pitching. A 4 for 5 day with two solo shots has extended his hitting streak to 13 games and increased his homer total to 7. There have been three four hit games during this 13 game hitting streak, increasing his average to .379. In 10 games for the month of May his batting average is .455. The only down side to his season is a 4 for 11 success rate in stolen bases.
Austin Dean LF (Marlins) - Austin had a two homerun day and added a triple to finish 3 for 5 with five RBIs. The two homeruns give Austin three for the season.
Austin Slater CF (Giants) - A big 5 for 5 day has increased his average 50 points. He was a triple short of the cycle. Austin currently has a five game hitting streak with doubles in three consecutive games.
Roeman Fields CF (Blue Jays) - Roeman has gotten hot with two four hit games within four games to raise his average to .262. Only one of the 8 hits went for extra bases (triple) his only extra base hit for the month of May. Fields will not hit for a lot of power, but will be relied on to be a leadoff hitter whose legs will carry him around the bases (11 for 14 success rate in stolen bases).
Jake Jewell RHP (Angels), Mitch Keller RHP (Pirates), Tyler Mahle RHP (Reds) and Yaisel Sierra RHP (Dodgers) - All pitchers went six innings allowing just two hits. Jake (8.54 ERA) and Yaisel (5.40) hope the shutouts will turn around a slow start to their 2016 season. For Keller this is his fourth start of six in which he has not given up a run to lower his ERA to 0.79.
Ben Lively RHP (Phillies), Chris Ellis RHP (Braves) and Shawn Morimando LHP (Indians) - Lively and Ellis improved their records to 5-0, Lively throwing six innings of four hit shutout ball, Ellis pitching seven innings of three hit shutout ball. Ellis was drafted by the Angels but included with Sean Newcomb in the Andrelton Simmons trade. Simmons is now injured and the Angels are desperate to find pitching. Lively lowered his ERA to 1.80 and Ellis to 1.77. Morimando gave up two runs in his eight innings of work but has won all six of his starts to begin the season to 6-0. He has not given up more than two runs in any of his six starts.
Julio Urias LHP (Dodgers) and Dinelson Lamet RHP (Padres) - Both pitchers did not give up a run in six innings of work, allowing only four hits. For Lamet he picked up his fifth win, which equaled the amount he won last year. The shutout was his second in a row giving him at least 12 innings of shutout ball. He has also only given up one run in his last five outings covering 23 innings to lower his ERA to 1.18. The next start for Urias may be in the Dodger pen after his third straight appearance in which he did not give up a run, covering 15 innings.
Ryan Merritt LHP (Indians) - Ryan got a rare complete game shutout victory, giving up just four hits. He threw just 97 pitches. Merritt will not overpower anyone with a fastball in the upper 80s. He wins games by command and a excellent changeup that makes his fastball feel like the low 90s.
Andrew Moore RHP (Mariners) - Andrew was dominant for his second start. Earlier he had thrown seven innings of no hit ball. Monday he went six innings and just allowed one hit.
Stephan Gonsalves LHP (Twins) - This was Gonsalves fourth start in which he has given up only two hits. Three of the four starts he has not given up a run. In his last five starts he has given up only two runs with four two hitters in those starts. His ERA dropped to 1.21.