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Baseball America Prospect Report—April 6, 2021

Akil Baddoo, OF, Tigers — The Tigers’ Rule 5 pick did it again on Monday, socking his second career home run. This time, Baddoo victimized his former team by socking an opposite-field blast into the bullpen off of Randy Dobnak. It’s very early, but Detroit looks like it has something in the 22-year-old outfielder.

Trevor Rogers, LHP, Marlins — After leading the Grapefruit League with 29 strikeouts, Rogers made his season debut on Monday. The lefthander, who was impressive in 2020, whiffed six and walked four over four innings. His four-seam fastball topped at 98 mph, and he got swinging strikes on 15 of his 77 (19.4%) pitches.

Mac Sceroler, RHP, Orioles — On Monday, another Rule 5 pick made his big league debut in what is looking like a banner year for the class. The righthanded Sceroler was taken from the Reds’ organization and opened his big league career by facing … Aaron Judge … with the bases loaded. The result? Sceroler’s first big league strikeout, which came on a 95 mph fastball toward the bottom of the zone.

Jose De Leon, RHP, Reds — De Leon’s time as a prospect has been lengthy. Once ranked as high as 23 on BA’s Top 100, the righthander made his big league debut in 2016 but injuries have limited him to just 34.2 innings in his career. On Monday, De Leon recovered from an early home run and struck out nine over five innings against the Pirates. He used a mix of sinker, slider and changeup and topped at 95 mph.


BALMAJ#23Ryan McKenna RF2000.000BB (1)
BALMAJ#5Ryan Mountcastle LF4000.150
CINMAJ#3Jonathan India 2B4011.400
CLEMAJ#30Yu Chang 1B2000.200
CWSMAJ#3Nick Madrigal 2B4000.200BB (1)
CWSMAJ#1Andrew Vaughn LF3001.000
DETMAJ#17Akil Baddoo CF4124.429HR (2), SB (1)
HOUMAJ#12Chas McCormick LF1000.250
KCMAJ#6Kyle Isbel PH-DH1000.357
LADMAJ#11Zach McKinstry LF-2B-LF4133.5452B (3)
LADMAJ#7Edwin Rios 1B4100.111BB (2)
MINMAJ#4Ryan Jeffers C4111.250BB (1)
MINMAJ#12Brent Rooker LF6011.125
SDMAJ#8Tucupita Marcano PH1000.000
SDMAJ#15Jorge Mateo PH1000.333
SEAMAJ#23Jake Fraley LF2000.1252 BB (8)
SEAMAJ#29Sam Haggerty CF4000.000
STLMAJ#1Dylan Carlson CF3000.091BB (2)
STLMAJ#15Justin Williams RF0000.000
TBMAJ#2Randy Arozarena LF-RF3120.364BB (1)
TEXMAJ#3Leody Taveras PH1000.000
TORMAJ#5Alejandro Kirk C1000.000


CINMAJ#20Jose De Leon5.0322293.60
CLEMAJ#14Logan Allen5.0522233.60L (0-1)
CLEMAJ#1Triston McKenzie3.2211452.45
CWSMAJ#2Michael Kopech2.0100150.00
HOUMAJ#5Bryan Abreu2.0100000.00
HOUMAJ#2Luis Garcia3.1422315.40
HOUMAJ#25Blake Taylor1.0110103.86
LAAMAJ#3Chris Rodriguez2.2311231.93
MIAMAJ#25Jordan Holloway2.0000030.00
MIAMAJ#6Trevor Rogers4.0232464.50L (0-1)
OAKMAJ#2A.J. Puk3.1100340.00
PHIMAJ#23Connor Brogdon1.0100010.00W (2-0)
PITMAJ#16JT Brubaker4.0311462.25
SDMAJ#4Adrian Morejon4.0522124.50
TEXMAJ#21Kyle Cody2.12211010.80

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