Baseball is underway in the California, Midwest, South Atlantic, Florida State and Carolina Leagues. Here is a roundup of some of the top prospects and performers from the opening 3 days.
Keyvius Sampson was perfect over 6 innings while sitting down 10 on strikes. This winter I featured Sampson as an under the radar prospect to watch. He could move quickly through the Padres system.
Enny Romero gave up a hit and a walk in five innings while reaching the third strike 8 times.
In a match-up of what could be two future aces, Matt Harvey came out on top in his first pro game. Harvey struck out 9 over 5 shutout innings. He worked his way out of trouble often and could move quickly through the minors. Shelby Miller continues to show why he is so highly regarded. He struck out 9 in 5 innings while allowing only a single unearned run on 4 hits and a walk.
Manny Machado finished 2-3 in his 2011 debut and drove in both of his team's runs in a 2-1 win. In three games he is 3-7 with 5 walks and 2 strikeouts.
I heard about Tyler Matzek's velocity being down this year. His first start didn't show much improvement and he allowed 6 runs in 3 innings on 5 hits and 4 walks.
Despite a horrible year at the plate in 2010, Keon Broxton is the 10th best prospect in the Diamondbacks organization according to Baseball America. He struggled to make contact his first two games, striking out 5 times in 8 plate appearances. In game three he broke out for 2 hits only to also record his first caught stealing. Lots of upside but has a lot of work ahead of him.
Reggie Keen has been fueling the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers offense going 7-14 with a HR and 4 SB.
Speedy Douglas Landaeta paces the Midwest league with 13 total bases thanks to three singles, two doubles and two triples.
Brandon Morrow was tagged for 8 hits and 5 runs in 2.1 innings. He may need some more time before he's ready to join the Blue Jays again.
Rockies first base prospect Mike Zuanich has gone more power hungry than Kim Jong-Il. He has 3 doubles and 2 home runs in 3 games.
Jose Cisnero was masterful on opening day striking out 9 in 5 and allowing a pair of hits and a walk.
Angels second base prospect Jean Segura is off to a 5-12 start with two doubles and four walks.
White Sox fans will be pleased to hear Jered Mitchell is off to a 3-9 start with a triple and a home run.
Gregory Peavey had a sparkling pro debut pitching 5 scoreless innings with 8 knockouts.
Promising righty Robinson Lopez was lit up for 6 runs in 4 innings. The good news is he didn't walk anybody. If he can keep it in the strike zone his quality stuff will do the rest. Although, on this night it didn't.
High AVG stud Matthew Szczur is off to a nice start, going 3-8 with a swipe.
Billy Hamilton may lead the MLB in stolen bases one day and he is off to a racing start. He has swiped 3 bags while legging out a pair of doubles.
Travis Witherspoon emerged as a prospect to keep an eye on after hitting 10 HR in 288 ABs last year while swiping 20 bags in 20 tries. His 2011 is off to a slow start going 2-13 with 5 Ks.
Yorman Rodriguez has only reached base 3 times in 12 tries but has a HR and 2 SB to show for it.
As if the Royals needed another top prospect, Brett Eibner is showing why the Kansas City front office decided to give him $1.25mil. He is off to a 2-6 start with a HR,2 BB and 3 R.
Cubs first round pick Hayden Simpson mowed down 7 batters in 3.2 innings in his first pro game.
First rounder Zach Lee got his pro career started on the right track going 4 innings without allowing a run on 2 hits and 3 walks while striking out 5.
6'6" Matthew Miller couldn't find the zone in his first start, walking 5 in 4 innings.
Oswaldo Arcia could move up prospect lists if he can have another season like 2010. He is off to a good start hitting 3-8 with a double, triple and a stolen base.
Highly ranked prospect Yordy Cabrera is off to a 1-8 start.
My favorite Vancouver Canadian from last year, Tony Thompson is 6 for 13 with a home run, triple and 4 RBI.
All tools no totals Donovan Tate is starting to see results going 4-11 with 2 SB and 2 CS.
Clinton Lumberkings fans were spoiled last year with Nick Franklin manning shortstop for them. This year they could be in for another treat with Marcus Littlewood take over up the middle. He is off to a 5-11 start.
Jordan Swagerty didn't walk a batter in 6 innings, allowing only 4 hits. He fanned 5.
Of Slade Heathcott's 6 hits, only one is a single. He has two doubles, a triple and two home runs.
One of the top ranked shortstop prospects, Jurickson Profar, is off to a dazzling start. He has 2 HRs, a double and a stolen base in two games.
Red Sox prospect Anthony Renaudo pitched 5 scoreless innings, giving up 3 hits and a walk.
Orioles prospect Jason Gurka has recorded 11 outs. 10 of them have been strikeouts.
Leury Garcia swiped 51 bags last season and has already bagged 5 in his first 2 games.
Jeurys Familia went 7 innings giving up a lone hit and struck out 7. He battled control issues last season but could emerge as a prospect on the rise.
Joe Savery is 10-12 in class A advanced Florida State League.
The Twins are excited about Aaron Hicks as they think they may have a lead-off hitter in the making in Aaron Hicks. He is 4-10 with 4 walks to start the year.
A strong season from Wilmer Flores could motivate the Mets to trade Jose Reyes. Flores is off to a 2-10 start with 5 Ks.