Seager Shines at Plate
Prior to having to leave the game due to an apparent wrist injury, Corey Seager reached base safely in all four of his plate appearances. He walked at least twice, reached first safely in another plate appearance (don't know how, didn't see) and hit a double to the gap in left-center (video of the double will be up within the next day). From what I've seen of Seager this spring, he has an excellent eye, very good bat speed and a patient, mature approach.
Hello, I'm Ralston Cash
After missing the entire 2011 season, Cash returned for 2012 with Great Lakes. However, he made just 9 appearances, posted a 6.42 ERA in 40.2 innings and walked nearly as many as he struck out.
Today, Ralston was a different pitcher. He was sitting around 91, touching 92 with his fastball and mixing in three secondary offerings. He was throwing a lot of changeup, which kept hitters off balance. His slider and curve also showed promise. Still just 21, time is on his side and with his stuff, all that stands in his way is health.
Say Hey, O'Koyea
O'Koyea appeared with the major league club last night and started at first base for the High A club this afternoon. The stocky first baseman hit the ball hard and used right field, though luck was not on his side.
Already 23, Dickson doesn't have a classic first base profile but he can hit. He needs to do so against advanced competition in order to maintain his prospect standing. Hopefully he's challenged against Double A pitching this year, and hopefully he meets that challenge.
Jeremy Rathjen showed a great eye in his debut. he showed a great eye when I first saw him two days ago. And he showed a great eye today. However, he didn't get a hit in the 4 plate appearances I watched. He did draw two walks, though.
One moment that impressed me was during his second PA, he swung and missed at a slider under the zone. When the pitcher threw the same pitch again, Rathjen didn't flinch. That type of approach and intelligence will serve him well against better pitching.
Jeremy also impressed on the bases and in the field. After his second walk, Pat Stover drilled a ball to the right center gap. Rathjen, initially holding up to see if the ball would be caught, sped around the bases to score easily on the triple. He also showed off his arm strength with a strong throw from right field to third, even though it was cut off. Make no mistake, he has 5 tool ability.