We've changed up our daily prospect coverage ever so slightly to give readers more of what they want, while also providing value to subscribers.
The Daily Dish will continue as a free read, highlighting top performers and touching on other news from around the minors. In conjunction with the Baseball America Prospect Report, this will catch you up with what happened in the minors the day before.
If you've enjoyed the feature-length player development stories we had been running in Daily Dish this April (and all of last season), well those aren't going away. They are, however, moving to subscriber-only territory. You can find them in the Prospect Bulletin category. We also plan to sprinkle in the intermittent Prospect Q&A and Scout's View.
We suggest you peruse the Top Stories rail on the right side of the Prospects index page for a sampling of recent prospect-related headlines, including the aforementioned Bulletins and also Prospect Hot Sheet and Ask BA. It's your one-stop shop.
Bowling Green's Pitching Depth
In today's Prospect Bulletin, we highlight two of the more talented arms in low Class A. They belong to Alexander Colome and Wilking Rodriguez, a pair of hard-throwing Bowling Green righthanders. Pitching coach RC Lichtenstein singled out two other Rays pitching prospects worth watching.
About righthander Jason McEachern, a 13th-round pick in 2008, he said: "He's a nice young arm. Early on, he struggled to get the ball down, and his secondary pitches were all over place. But he's a tremendous competitor and we were encouraged by his (April 25) outing." In that start against Lake County, the 19-year-old McEachern completed six shutout innings, allowing just three hits. Overall, he was 0-4, 6.75 with 14 strikeouts and eight walks in 22 2/3 innings.
Righthanded reliever Scott Shuman, a 19th-round pick last year from Auburn, continued to open eyes with his power sinker and plus slider. The 22-year-old had fanned 14 and walked six in 11 1/3 relief innings. People who saw Shuman in the Appalachian League last year had similar things to say about him.
Nothing Fishy About Trout
Angels center fielder Mike Trout hit .352 last year in his pro debut, but one prone to nitpicking might point to the fact that the 17-year-old hit only one home run. Trout did not homer in his first 22 games this season for low Class A Cedar Rapids, either. But with a home run last night and one the night before, he had gone deep in consecutive home games against Kane County.
Trout has hits in eight straight games and in 20 of his last 21. In that time, he's hit a scalding .410/.479/.602 with two homers, two doubles and four triples in 83 at-bats. For good measure, he went 13-for-16 in stolen bases and sported a 10-to-12 walk-to-strikeout ratio.
The Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazzette has more on Trout and Randal Grichuk, the Angels' two first-round picks last year.
Borchard Hits For The Cycle
Veteran outfielder Joe Borchard returned to his Northern California roots when he signed with the Giants as a free agent about a year ago. He played baseball and football while at Stanford and now plays for San Francisco's top affiliate in Fresno. Last night, the 31-year-old hit for the cycle as part of a 5-for-6 night that included six RBIs, three runs scored and a bonus single. Borchard has spent most of the past eight seasons playing Triple-A ball in the White Sox, Marlins, Braves and Giants organizations, batting .266/.335/.476 with 110 home runs in 2,286 at-bats at that level.
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