Fernando Martinez Shines, Michael Kirkman Shames: Triple-A Opening Day Review plus Bryce Harper Makes Pro Debut

The Minor Leagues got under way last night and a few top prospects got off to strong starts while a few others will have to wait until next time to show why they are so hyped.

Nolan Reimold is hoping to make his way back to the Orioles and got off to a good start going 2-4 with a solo HR.

Power hitting second baseman Seth Bynum got off to a strong start going 2-4 with a HR and 5 RBI.

Devin Mesoraco got his season going with a couple of hits including a solo shot in the seventh.

Mets top prospect Fernando Martinez will be pushing for a call-up this year and is making a good case for himself opening day 4-5.

Former Cuban star Yunesky Maya continues to disappoint stateside after allowing 5 ER in 4.2 IP.

After getting a long look for the final rotation spot, Mets pitching prospect Dillon Gee was beat up for 7 runs, 5 of which were earned, in 4.2 innings.

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Dee Gordon hit a 2 RBI single then the next half inning he made an error on a routine play to give both runs back.

Gookie Dawkins had a HR and a double in three at bats for the Charlotte Knights while making all of the stoners in the stands giggle whenever his name was called by the PA..

Toledo Mud Hens starting pitcher Andy Oliver pitched 6 solid innings allowing 2 ER while striking out 6. Oliver could make an appearance with the Tigers in 2011.

Cord Phelps got off to a 3 for 3 start with a couple walks and was a home run shy of the cycle.

David Huff, pitching for Indians AAA affiliate Columbus, pitched 6 shutout innings of 3 hit ball. If he continues to pitch well he will make his way back to the majors quickly.

Many thought Desmond Jennings would start the year in Tampa  but instead he got off to a 1-5 start in Durham. Jennings will need to prove he's still a top prospect this year after a 2010 which saw his star fade a bit.

Jose Iglesias continues to surprise with the bat going 2-3 on opening day. Red Sox fans may see his elite glovework in Fenway sooner than anticipated.

Twins farmhand Anthony Swarzak dominated Pawtucket allowing 3 hits and a walk in 4.2 innings while striking out 7. Scott Atchison went toe-to-toe with Swarzak pitching 4.2 innings of 3 hit ball with 8 Ks.

Jesus Montero starts the year with the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre Yankees going 1-4 with a pair of Ks.

Michael Kirkman missed out on the final Rangers rotation spot and returned to AAA where he was brutalized for 10 runs in 3.1 innings.

Elite speedster Eric Farris swiped his first bag of 2011 going 3-5 at the plate.

Cardinals AAA affiliate Memphis Redbirds saw their leadoff hitter go 5-6 with 3 RBI and 2 R but it wasn't enough to beat Astros affiliate Oklahoma City. Astros prospect Brian Bogusevic should make his way back to Houston if he keeps hitting the way he did opening day. He went 3-4 with a HR and a SB.Jordan Lyles allowed 7 hits and 3 ER in 4 IP.

Padres second base prospect Logan Forsythe went 3-3 with 4 walks, 1 SB, 2 HR and 4 RBI in the season opener slugfest that went 18-14 for Padres affiliate Tuscon over Rockies affiliate Colorado Springs. Everth Cabrera went 4-7 with 3 SB.

Charlie Blackmon made an impression in spring training and kept swinging the bat well with a homer in game one.

Vance Worley shows he wants a shot at the Phillies rotation should a spot open up. He went 6 innings without giving up a run and striking out 9.

Former first round pick Lou Montanez got off to a strong start going 3-5 with a couple triples. Once an Eastern League triple crown hitter, Montanez has seen his power disappear in recent years.

Texas Rangers prospect Chris Davis started at 3rd for Round Rock with a pair of hits and a pair of strikeouts at the plate. He knocked his first home run of the year in the 5th.

Eric Hosmer went 2-5 in his AAA debut. Mike Moustakas went 1-5 for Omaha. Texas League triple crown winner last year, Clint Robinson hit two home runs. Mike Montgomery gave up 5 in 5.

Jerry Sands had a pair of hits and runs for Albuquerque.

Bryce Harper watch: Harper went 2-4 in his debut with a pair of singles. He struck out once. On the basepaths he stole a bag and was picked off first. A solid debut but the baserunning blunder shows why he needs some seasoning in the minors before his much anticipated big league debut.

 

 

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