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Cubs prospect third baseman Kris Bryant went 2-for-4 on Friday, which included hitting his fourth home run of the season.

Bryant is hitting .286/.455/.643 for Double-A Tennessee with four home runs, three doubles, and three stolen bases through 14 games. He is unlikely to steal many bases in the future, but Bryant projects as a middle of the order slugger who could hit 30+ home runs at the major-league level. Look for Bryant to make his Cubs debut before the end of 2014.
Apr 19 - 9:41 AM

Mets prospect outfielder Brandon Nimmo went 4-for-5 with a walk and a triple on Friday for High-A St. Lucie.

Nimmo seems to be finding his stroke in 2014, as he is hitting .407/.507/.542 with three doubles, one triple, and one home run through 15 games. Nimmo has 12 walks and 14 strikeouts while making 14 starts in center field. Despite concerns about his range forcing Nimmo into an outfield corner, the Mets are clearly trying to see if Nimmo can find a way to stay in center field.
Apr 19 - 9:36 AM

Royals shortstop prospect Raul Mondesi went 1-for-5 with his second triple of the year for High-A Wilmington.

The 18-year old Mondesi is hitting .283/.353/.391 in a league where the average hitter is 23 years old. He has one double, two triples, and three stolen bases on the year. He needs to become more consistent on defense, as he had 30 errors in 2013 (high error totals are common for young shortstops, even Derek Jeter had 56 in his first full season), but he looks like a spark plug who could hit .300 with 10 home runs and 30-plus stolen bases.
Apr 19 - 9:23 AM

Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor picked up three hits on Friday, raising his line to .263/.333/.421 for the season.

In comparison to every other stop in the minor leagues, Lindor has struggled offensively during his time with Double-A Akron. It is important to remember that Lindor is 20 years old, and he is slugging a career high .421 while playing his consistently elite defense. Asdrubal Cabrera is hitting .220/.292/.390 for Cleveland, which could open the door for Lindor's promotion.
Apr 19 - 9:06 AM

Reds outfield prospect Jesse Winker is off to a solid start for High-A Bakersfield, hitting .322/.408/.525 through 15 games with six doubles and two home runs.

He sports a .303/.402/.480 line over 183 games as a professional, which includes 40 doubles, 8 triples, and 23 home runs. Winker lacks the upside of many top prospects, but the Florida native has hit well at every level and profiles as a high-OBP left fielder with some power. Winker has a ways to go before he is ready to face big-league pitching, but he could be up in early 2016.
Apr 19 - 8:59 AM

Rays optioned RHP Brad Boxberger to Triple-A Durham.

Boxberger did a very nice job in his three appearances with the Rays, compiling a 2.57 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 4/2 K/BB ratio in four innings of work. He'll make his way back to the Rays at some point during the season.
Apr 19 - 8:40 AM

According to Peter Gammons, Johan Santana has seen his velocity slowly climb and isn't far away from being ready to return to the big leagues.

Santana is now up to 85 MPH and continues to make steady progress. He has his sights set on becoming the winningest Venezuelan pitcher of all time, though fantasy owners shouldn't expect much even if he does make his way to the Orioles.
Apr 19 - 8:35 AM

Buster Posey returned to action as a pinch hitter in Friday's loss to the Padres.

Posey was held out of the starting lineup on Friday after taking a foul ball off his shoulder during Thursday's game. He was tasked with coming off the bench cold in the eighth inning and having to face a dominant Tyson Ross, which resulted in a strike out. He'll be back behind the dish on Saturday for the Giants.
Apr 19 - 4:56 AM
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