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Spring Training MLB Prospect Report—March 23, 2021



Riley Greene, OF, Tigers — Greene hasn’t gotten as much attention as Bobby Witt Jr. or C.J. Abrams ths spring, but the Tigers have given him a significant amount of playing time and he’s rarely looked overmatched. Greene hit a 115.8 mph double off of Toronto’s Dany Jimenez on Monday. That kind of exit velocity is rarely seen, as there were only 20 balls hit that hard in all of the 2020 season.

That exit velocity was harder than any hit by any Tiger in any regular season game of the Statcast era (2015-2020). Not only that, there are few balls any Tigers’ hitter has smoked in the past six years that come close to matching it.

Miguel Cabrera hit a single in 2015 off Jered Weaver that had a 115.6 mph exit velocity. That’s the only ball a Tigers hitter had hit over 115 mph in the Statcast era. Tigers hitters had an additional 11 balls in that timeframe that were hit over 114 mph.

To give a little further context, the Tigers pitchers have only given up two harder hit balls than Greene’s double since 2015.

Brent Honeywell, RHP, Rays — Honeywell gave up a walk, a hit and a run in his 2021 spring training debut. But his 9.00 ERA is not nearly as notable as the fact that this was his first official MLB spring training appearance of his career.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Honeywell went into spring training in 2018 with a shot at earning a job in the Rays’ rotation. Instead he blew out his elbow early that spring training in a bullpen session. Recovering from Tommy John surgery cost him all of 2018. He’s had three more surgeries on his elbow since, as he’s had a fractured elbow, a nerve injury and had a bone spur removed.

Honeywell pitched at the Rays alternate training site in 2020, but this year should mark his official return to action after three years. He showed a 93-95 mph fastball and flashed the screwball that has always been an impressive, if rarely used, weapon.

Dylan Carlson, OF, Cardinals — Carlson homered off of Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara on Monday for his second homer of the spring and his second in his past two games. The young Cardinals outfielder is having an excellent spring training. The homer raised his slash line to .294/.385/.529.

J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, D-Backs — Bukauskas has quietly had an outstanding spring. His fastball has been sitting at 94-96 mph, he still has his excellent slider and he just keeps putting up zeroes. Bukauskas retired all three batters he faced on Monday. He’s now retired all 15 batters he’s faced this spring with 10 strikeouts.

A.J. Puk, LHP, Athletics — Puk’s second outing of the spring didn’t go any better than his first. He gave up three hits, hit a batter and walked two while allowing three runs in 1.2 innings. Nine of the 20 batters Puk has faced this spring have reached base, which helps explain his 12.27 ERA.

Nick Pratto, 1B, Royals — Pratto hit his fourth home run of the spring on Monday night. The 22-year-old 2017 first-round pick should enter 2021’s minor league season with much more momentum than he left 2019. After tweaking his swing, Pratto is getting to the power that he struggled to earlier in his minor league career.

BATTERS

TEAMCLASSRANKPLAYER, POSABRHBIAVGNOTES
ARIMAJ#1Corbin Carroll PR-LF0000--
ARIMAJ#9Pavin Smith RF-1B4120.3032 2B (4)
ARIMAJ#2Daulton Varsho CF1000.125
ATLMAJ#18Bryce Ball 1B1000.267
ATLMAJ#6William Contreras PH1000.200
ATLMAJ#25Trey Harris RF2001.400
ATLMAJ#17Alex Jackson C3000.067
ATLMAJ#1Cristian Pache CF2010.176
ATLMAJ#8Braden Shewmake PR-SS2000.143
BOSMAJ#21Jonathan Arauz SS-2B4012.323
BOSMAJ#3Bobby Dalbec 3B2211.321HR (5), 2 BB (6)
BOSMAJ#2Jeter Downs PR-SS1000.400
BOSMAJ#5Jarren Duran CF5000.280
BOSMAJ#7Gilberto Jimenez PR-CF0000.200
CHCMAJ#3Miguel Amaya C2111.250HR (1)
CHCMAJ#2Brennen Davis CF3110.077
CHCMAJ#9Chase Strumpf 2B2000.167
CLEMAJ#22Bobby Bradley 1B2000.364
CLEMAJ#30Yu Chang 3B1000.261
CLEMAJ#4Tyler Freeman SS1010.538
CLEMAJ#3Andres Gimenez SS3000.333
CLEMAJ#19Owen Miller 2B2010.273
LAAMAJ#22Livan Soto PR-DH2000.000BB (2)
LADMAJ#19Omar Estevez PR-SS-LF2000.143
LADMAJ#11Zach McKinstry RF1000.400BB (1)
LADMAJ#11Sheldon Neuse 3B2000.318
LADMAJ#14DJ Peters CF3000.261
MIAMAJ#2JJ Bleday RF1000.188
MIAMAJ#16Peyton Burdick PH1111.167HR (1)
MIAMAJ#4Jazz Chisholm SS3110.217
MIAMAJ#30Victor Victor Mesa PH1011.143
MIAMAJ#13Kameron Misner CF1000.167
MIAMAJ#14Connor Scott LF1112.5003B (1)
MILMAJ#2Garrett Mitchell PH-CF2000.444
MILMAJ#25Corey Ray LF1000.182
MILMAJ#1Brice Turang SS1000.105
MINMAJ#4Ryan Jeffers C3011.235
MINMAJ#12Brent Rooker RF1000.389
NYMMAJ#5Brett Baty PH1000.222
NYMMAJ#6Mark Vientos PH1000.500
OAKMAJ#17Austin Allen C1000.222
OAKMAJ#6Nick Allen 2B1001.167
OAKMAJ#30Seth Brown RF0000.158
SEAMAJ#29Sam Haggerty CF1000.259
SEAMAJ#8Cal Raleigh C1000.235
SEAMAJ#6Taylor Trammell LF3000.259BB (4)
STLMAJ#1Dylan Carlson RF3122.259HR (1)
STLMAJ#8Andrew Knizner C1000.318
STLMAJ#27Edmundo Sosa 3B1000.083
STLMAJ#9Lane Thomas CF1000.286
STLMAJ#15Justin Williams RF1000.182
TBMAJ#2Randy Arozarena DH3010.2312B (2)


PITCHERS

TEAMCLASSRANKPLAYERIPHRERBBKERANOTES
ARIMAJ#25J.B. Bukauskas1.0000010.00
ARIMAJ#17Luis Frias2.0211024.50
BOSMAJ#20Josh Winckowski2.0111114.15
CHCMAJ#27Keegan Thompson1.15441011.25L (0-1)
CLEMAJ#1Triston McKenzie4.2666437.94L (0-1)
HOUMAJ#5Bryan Abreu3.0000041.80W (1-0)
LADMAJ#2Josiah Gray1.11223110.38
LADMAJ#5Bobby Miller1.1000020.00
MINMAJ#20Cody Stashak1.02220110.80
OAKMAJ#2A.J. Puk1.23332116.20
SEAMAJ#20Joey Gerber1.0000023.86
TBMAJ#17Brent Honeywell1.0111109.00
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