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#1 at 20.05.2019 on 10:57h Quote this entry
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during spring training and how they might help their teams this season (through Wednesday):BYRON BUXTON Mariano Rivera Jersey , MINNESOTA TWINS, OFThe 25-year-old started spring training with five straight hits, including two homers. The speedy outfielder hit .253 with 16 homers and 29 stolen bases in 2017, but batted .156 last year while dealing with migraines, a broken toe plus hand and wrist issues.JULIO URIAS, LOS ANGELES DODGERS, LHPThe hard-throwing left hander had a good start to spring training, pitching a scoreless inning against Oakland. Still just 22 years old, he has a chance to break camp in the starting rotation, especially with ace Clayton Kershaw’s uncertain health. Urias made his MLB debut in 2016 at 19, but his quick rise was stalled by surgery on June 27, 2017, to repair the anterior capsule of his left shoulder. He returned to the Dodgers last Sept. 15 and made three appearances.YOAN MONCADA, CHICAGO WHITE SOX, 2BThe 23-year-old former top prospect had five hits in his first eight at-bats. Moncada flashed an intriguing mix of power and speed last season with 32 doubles, 17 homers and 12 stolen bases, but those numbers were tempered by 217 strikeouts.LEWIS BRINSON, MIAMI MARLINS, OFThe 24-year-old hit three homers in his first four games Babe Ruth Jersey , providing evidence of why the Marlins still believe he can be the team’s center fielder of the future. The former 2012 first-round pick had a disappointing rookie season in 2018, batting just .199 with 11 homers while striking out 120 times in 382 at bats.KYLE WRIGHT, ATLANTA BRAVES, RHPAtlanta is coming off its first division title since 2013, led by young prospects. The 23-year-old Wright, a rotation contender, pitched two scoreless innings in his spring training debut Wednesday. The fifth overall pick in the 2017 amateur draft made his big league debut last September. He gave up three runs in six innings during three appearances, including home runs to the New York Mets‘ Michael Conforto and Dominic Smith in a seven-pitch span.TROY TULOWITZKI, NEW YORK YANKEES, SSTulowitzki was a five-time All-Star but has not played in the major leagues since July 2017, missing last season because of surgery on April 2 for bone spurs in his right and left heels. He was released by the Blue Jays, signed with the Yankees and homered in his first at-bat in pinstripes, against his former team. New York hopes the 34-year-old can be its regular shortstop until Didi Gregorius returns from Tommy John surgery this summer.MIGUEL CABRERA, DETROIT TIGERS, 1B/DHAnother star coming back from an injury, the 35-year-old Cabrera had three hits, including a double, in his first six at-bats. Cabrera was limited to 38 games last season after rupturing a tendon in his left biceps in June. He is expected to be one of the few veterans on a rebuilding team. Jazz Chisholm headlines today’s group of non roster invitees"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Diamondbacks Farm TeamsGameday ThreadsDiamondbacks NewsDiamondbacks Game ReportsFang FoodArizona Diamondbacks Non Roster Invitees: Position Players BNew,3commentsJazz Chisholm headlines today’s group of non roster inviteesESTShareTweetShareShareArizona Diamondbacks Non Roster Invitees: Position Players BJAZZ CHISHOLMAbout to celebrate his 21st birthday this Friday ,shortstop Jazz Chisholm is no stranger to the pages ofthis blog. Hailing from Nassau in the Bahamas, Jazz had a breakout season in 2018.After hitting .244/.311/.472 with 15 homers in 341 PA for Kane Countey, Class A ball, he earned a promotion to Advanced A+ Visalia, and in 160 PA mashed 10 more homers while hitting .329/.369/.597. Not done impressing for the year, he went on to the Arizona Fall League where he wowed scouts and prospect junkies alike with his stellar defense, dynamic baserunning, and oh by the way hit .442/.489/.767 in 47 PAThe only obvious flaw in this young man’s game is his propensity to strike out, which he did a whopping 157 times while taking just 43 walks in his 548 PA’s across the three leagues this year.He will be facing more advanced pitchers in 2019 in AA Jackson, and he will be challenged to maintain his forward momentum. However the team is obviously fast tracking him, as evidenced by the Fall League appearance and the spring invite. I’m sure if he has any kind of success in 2019, he will be called up in early September at the latest. If you get a chance to get out to any of the spring workouts or games, look for this player. He is FUN to watch. TYLER HEINEMANA California native, catcherTyler Heineman was drafted out of UCLA by the Houston Astros in the 8th round of the 2012 draft.He hit well in the low minors, batting .358 in short season A-, and then hit .286 with 13 HR and a .837 OPS in the California League. However the bat stalled once he got to AA & AAA, posting respectable batting averages, but the power completely disappeared, and the OPS fluctuated between .664-.714. After the 2016 season he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. He spent 2 years in the Brewers organization Joe DiMaggio Jersey , and it seemed like he did well enough to earn a shot with the major league club, but that chance never came and he was released at the end of 2018Heineman has a strong defensive reputation, at least in terms of throwing out baserunners, which he has done to the tune of 43% in his minor league career. He also had very good pitch framing numbers in Houston, although that backslid with Milwaukee.So it should be no great surprise that the Diamondbacks signed him as a minor league free agent. He is not a candidate to make the opening day roster, but teams need at least 4-5 catchers in Spring Training. (There are a lot of bullpens to be thrown by all the pitchers in camp, and of course plenty of split squad games too.) It’s also notable that Tyler’s brother Scott is an outfielder in the Rangers organization. WYATT MATHISENWyatt Mathisen was draftedas a catcher out of high school by the Pirates in the 2nd round of the 2012 draft.A RHB, he got off to a promising start in rookie ball, batting .295 with a .795 OPS, but struggled mightily both at and behind the plate in 2013, batting just .228 with no homers. The Pirates, clearly unimpressed with his work as a catcher, moved him to 3rd base starting in 2014. Over the next 4 seasons, playing mostly 3b, with a little 1b sprinkled in, he hit for decent batting averages, usually around .270-.280, but with very little power, just 13 HR in over 1400 PA. Also somewhat error prone Mickey Mantle Jersey , he has just a .935 fldg % at 3b. However in 2018, playing mostly at 1b, he had his best year at the plate, batting .261/.363/.440, .803 OPS with 10 HR in 323 PA. It wasn’t enough to gain him a spot on the Pirates 40 man roster, and he became a minor league free agent at the young age of 24, and then signed by the Diamondbacks this off season. It is a low risk move for the Dbacks to see if his power improvement in his age 24 season is for real. In fact he had battled injuries in several ofhis previous minor league seasons.And he owns a career 9.5% walk rate and just 16% K rate, both numbers better than minor league averages.Perhaps the now 25 year old will be one of those nice surprise stories.DAULTON VARSHODaulton Varsho is another favorite here at the pit among the folk that enjoy following prospects. Taken with the 68thoverall pick of the 2017 draft, Varsho has impressed in each of his first two seasons. He hit the ground running in Hillsboro , batting .311/.368/.534 .902 OPS and doing well behind the plate, throwing out 32% of baserunners.He also gave a hint of his baserunning prowess swiping 7 bags. moves Avila at the deadline or if injuries open up slots. But most likely the team’s plan is to have him come up in September and then compete for a spot on the 25 Man roster in 2020. One thing to look out for in spring is whether or not Varsho is asked to play any other positions besides catcher, as with his athleticism he could easily man another position as a way to get his bat in the lineup. But for now, he is a catcher, and he is doing fine back there.
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