Daily notes on prospects from lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen. Read previous installments here.
Nick Neidert, RHP, Seattle (Profile)
Level: Hi-A Age: 20 Org Rank: 3 Top 100: NR
Line: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 8 K
Neidert is very advanced and will throw his breaking ball and changeup, both of which are already of big-league quality, in any count. He was 87-91 with his fastball in his final spring-training tune-up start and I wondered how his fastball would play in the Cal League but, at least last night, it didn’t matter. He was part of a combined one hit shutout of Stockton with righties Matt Walker and Lukas Schiradli, both of whom missed bats in the Midwest League last year, slamming the door over the final three innings.
Jiandido Tromp, OF, Philadelphia (Profile)
Level: Double-A Age: 23 Org Rank: HR Top 100: NR
Line: 2-for-5, 2B, 3B
Tromp’s career has been slowed by the presence of other high-profile outfielders in the organization. For instance, he was left back in Williamsport (he spent parts of three years there) in 2014 so Larry Greene Jr. could play in Lakewood. Tromp has swing-and-miss issues and isn’t especially patient, but he has big-league power and speed and could break out in Reading.
Miguel Gomez, 3B, San Francisco (Profile)
Level: Double-A Age: 24 Org Rank: Cistulli Top 100: NR
Line: 2-for-6, 2B, HR, BB
Gomez was Cistulli’s Guy on the Giants list and is off to a hot start at Richmond, slashing .364/.391/.545 so far. And all of it in home games, which is especially notable, because Richmond was very pitcher friendly last year. For reference, Tyler Beede had a 1.63 ERA at home in 2016, and a 4.34 ERA away from Richmond.
Forrest Whitley, RHP, Houston (Profile)
Level: Low-A Age: 19 Org Rank: 4 Top 100: HM
Line: 5 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, 6 K
The most notable thing about Whitley is not the depth of his repertoire (he already has five pitches) nor his size but instead that a pitcher this young, who throws this hard (he was mostly 93-96 this spring), and stands 6-foot-7 is already throwing strikes with consistency.
Connor Sadzeck, RHP, Texas (Profile)
Level: Double-A Age: 25 Org Rank: ? Top 100: NR
Line: 5 IP, 1 H, 2 HBP, 0 BB, 9 K
A nice bounceback start from Sadzeck, who didn’t record an out in his first appearance. Scouts have long projected him in a relief role, but Sadzeck came to camp with improved mechanical consistency. He appears to be emphasizing a two-seamer, sitting 91-94 and occasionally reaching back for up to 97 this spring. He was bumping 100 in the 2015 Fall League but was very erratic.
Notes from the back fields:
Padres RHP Reggie Lawson was up to 93 in an extended spring game yesterday.
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Eric Longenhagen is from Catasauqua, PA and currently lives in Tempe, AZ. He spent four years working for the Phillies Triple-A affiliate, two with Baseball Info Solutions and two contributing to prospect coverage at ESPN.com. Previous work can also be found at Sports On Earth, CrashburnAlley and Prospect Insider.
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