Daily Prospect Notes: 6/26 by Eric Longenhagen June 27, 2018 Notes on prospects from lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen. Read previous installments here. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Pittsburgh Pirates (Profile) Level: Double-A Age: 23 Org Rank: 8 FV: 45 Line: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 R Notes Hearn’s peripherals (27.5% K, 9.3% BB) are exactly the same as they were last year when he was in High-A. He’s a little old for Double-A, but that matters less for pitchers and Hearn’s early-career injuries set back his development pretty significantly. He’ll flash a 55 slider and average changeup, and he throws enough strikes to start, though he’s not overly efficient. He was up to 97 last night and projects as a fourth starter or late-inning reliever. Here are his swinging strikes from yesterday… Luis Gonzalez, LHP, Baltimore Orioles (Profile) Level: Double-A Age: 26 Org Rank: 14 FV: 40 Line: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 R Notes Gonzalez’s strikeout rate doubled when he was moved into the bullpen in 2016 and he continues to miss bats with three pitches, led by a fastball that sits 92-96 and an above-average slider. He should be up this year, especially if the Orioles move some bullpen pieces ahead of the deadline. Jonathan Davis, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (Profile) Level: Double-A Age: 26 Org Rank: HM FV: 35 Line: 4-for-5, Cycled Notes Davis is repeating Double-A at age 26 and is, at most, a bench outfield prospect. He has a sound approach, control of the strike zone, and plus speed but very little game power. Tyler Freeman, SS, Cleveland Indians (Profile) Level: Short Season Age: 19 Org Rank: 16 FV: 40 Line: 3-for-4, 2B Notes Freeman was arguably the most advanced hitter that Cleveland had in their extended spring training group, and they sent him to the New York-Penn League while most of their similarly-aged kids stayed back to play in the AZL. He has struck out just once in 42 at-bats so far. He’s not a great fit at shortstop but might hit enough to play second base every day. Matt Manning, RHP, Detroit Tigers (Profile) Level: Low-A Age: 19 Org Rank: 4 (119 overall) FV: 50 Line: 7 IP, 8 H, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 R Notes This was Manning’s first walkless start since 2016. He remains somewhat raw from a strike-throwing perspective, but his stuff, mostly a mid-90s fastball up to 97 this year and a 12-6 hammer that looks like a vintage Barry Zito curveball, has enabled him to strike out nearly a third of the hitters he has faced this year. He has a cathedral ceiling.