LAKELAND, FL - MARCH 01: Jacob Turner #50 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Joker Marchant Stadium on March 1, 2011 in Lakeland, Florida. The Tigers defeated the Blue Jays 6-2. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Tigers prospect Jacob Turner muted Altoona's bats allowing 4 baserunners in 6 innings while striking out 9. It will be worth monitoring this top pitching prospect as the Tigers like to bring their hurlers along quickly.
Alex Hassan is a name we could start to hear more often. He is off to a solid start going 5-8 with 4 RBI and a SB. He doesn't stand out in any one category so he will never be a star prospect. However, his superb on base skills will have a use in the majors and he could develop double digit power.
Brad Meyers got the win after pitching 5 innings of 4 hit ball without allowing a walk while fanning 9. Meyers is lights out when healthy enough to take the mound. If he can avoid the injury bug he should be pitching alongside Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann to form one of the game's top young rotations in the near future.
As has been the story for most of his career, Kelvin De La Cruz battled control problems but was unhittable when pitching in the zone. He allowed a single hit but gave up 4 walks in 5 innings. He struck out 7 and kept the ball on the ground.
Zach Stewart was kept in AA in order to avoid the pitching hell that is Las Vegas. It didn't seem to do him any good as he took the loss in his first start allowing 4 runs in 5.1 innings.
Jake Peavy pitched 3.2 innings in Montgomery giving up 5 hits and a walk while fanning 4. A pair of runs crossed the plate.
Tyler Pastornicky is off to a 5-7 start with a couple of doubles and a SB.
One of the fastest players in the minor leagues, Derrick Robinson got off to a blazing start, swiping three bags.
Grant Green could make a push for Oakland this year. He is off to a tremendous start going 3-7 with a triple, HR, 4 RBI and a pair of walks in his first two games.
Christian Friedrich got his season started the right way with a win. He went 5 innings allowing 3 hits and a walk while striking out 4.
Casey Kelly had a shakey first start for his new organization. He allowed 5 hits and 3 earned runs in 4.1 innings.
Michael Bianucci mashed 3 homers in the first two games and has a 2.524 OPS. He won't put up video game numbers all year but he could emerge as a prospect with a future if he continues to manhandle Texas League pitching.
Tim Wheeler has his first HR of the year while also collecting his first SB. The 2009 first rounder could emerge as a solid speed and power prospect this year.
Wilin Rosario took his first hit of the year over the wall. He is 1-6 so far.
Jimmy Paredes is only 2-9 at the plate but he is already off and running with a pair of SB. If he can prove he can hit at the higher levels he could use his wheels to make it to the bigs quickly.
John Lamb lasted only 3 innings in his start, giving up 4 hits, 2 walks and 2 earned runs.
Wil Myers has yet to bust out for Northwest Arkansas going 2-8 with 3 strikeouts, a SB and a CS.
Mike Trout is off to a 0-6 start to his AA career. He has a pair of Ks and a walk.
Juan Nicasio was sharp in his 2011 debut fanning 7 in 5 innings. Nicasio could emerge as a top prospect this year if he continues to dominate Texas League hitters.
Adeiny Hechevarria got his bat going with 3 hits and a walk.
Randall Delgado is off to a hot start, tossing 5 shutout innings. He allowed 3 hits, 2 walks and struck out 6.
Dylan Axelrod had the most dominating opening day start in the Southern League after going 5 innings allowing a pair of hits and a walk while fanning 8 batters.
Rays strikeout king Matt Moore was also in control over 5 innings allowing a pair of hits and while hitting two batters. He struck out 7 while walking none.
Ryan Wheeler notched his first 2 hits of 2011 including his first home run. He will be hoping to return to the level of play that made him a prospect to watch a season ago.
Paul Goldschmidt already has 3 HR and 6 RBI in the first 2 games. I think he could be a top 40 ranked prospect this time next year. He has the potential to be a prime power hitter in the bigs.
Jaff Decker has displayed his strong plate discipline with 3 walks already but has yet to show what he can do when he swings the bat, going 1-7.
Christian Colon is off to a hot start, mixing in a bit of everything. He is 4-7 with a double, HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB, a walk and a partridge in a pear tree.
One of my favorite prospects, James Darnell is off to a 3-8 start with a couple doubles.
Martin Perez lasted 3 innings after giving up 5 hits and a pair of walks and runs. He struck out 3.
Brandon Short continues to improve as he climbs through the ranks and is off to a 3-8 start with a double and a SB in his first AA stint.
Mike Costanzo had a perfect opening day with two doubles and a triple to go along with a walk in three at bats.
Brett Jackson got off to a strong start with a pair of hits including a triple and a couple walks and RBIs.The Cubs don't have room for him now but his bat and ability to play CF should help him reach the majors in short order.
Bryce Harper Watch: Harper went 0-3 Friday night with a walk, a run scored and a strikeout.