EST MLN: Travis, Todd Work Toward Return

Both Devon Travis and Jade Todd were action in extended spring on Monday. How'd the pair of noteworthy prospects look? Plus, which little-mentioned young arm was dialing it up on the radar gun and making scouts take notice?

Travis Returns to Action

Stashed on the DL for about a month now, second baseman Devon Travis returned to action today, playing six innings in a game against a team of Astros prospects. Travis, 23, played second-base and was held hitless at the plate, going 0-for-3 against Houston's right-hander Alex White, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. In the field Travis made two routine putouts. While no time table has been given yet for his return to Double-A Erie, Travis looked sharp on Monday afternoon .

Todd Looks Sharp

While we're on the topic of returns, southpaw Jade Todd also saw action against the Astros on Monday afternoon.

Todd struck out two, worked quickly and pounded the zone during his two scoreless innings of work. Todd's fastball sat between 88-89 mph, scrapping 90 mph a few times. The 24-year-old mixed in a few fringy low-80s change-ups and several 77-78 mph tight curveballs with nice 12/6 break. Todd logged just 21 innings last season and has been been on Lakeland's DL since opening day.

Moreno Impressive Early

This afternoon I observed right-hander Gerson Moreno for the first time. Never heard of him? Don't feel bad, neither had I prior to today. So as I'm sitting there holding my stalker radar gun amazed, receiving consistent readings of 94, 95, 97 and 95, what do I do? Why of course I messaged our Director of Scouting Mark Anderson, who confirmed that I wasn't hallucinating from a heat stroke (because Florida is warm)--although he did advise that the 97 mph reading may have been an anomaly.

The thin 6'0" 170-pound Domincan native pounded the zone primarily with his fastball that sat 94-95, topping out at 97 mph. The high-3/4 slot was accompanied by great arm action and his delivery was repeated fairly well. Unfortunately for me, his inning of work was quick, so I was only able to see a few secondary pitches: two tight 78 mph curveballs and an 86 mph change the found the dirt. Moreno was an absolute bulldog on the mound, and I look forward to observing him again.

Quick Hits

  • Domingo Leyba is fun to watch. Kid has such an advanced feel for the game...exciting to watch him get better. Has been barreling the ball extremely well when I've observed him in EST...had two well struck balls again today.

  • Rashad Brown & Francisco Contreras are fast. Both turned doubles into triples on Monday.

  • Steven Fuentes had a well barreled base hit and another well struck sac fly. Fun to watch when it clicks.

  • Confesor Lara still figuring things out. Lots of arms and legs. More of a thrower than a pitcher at this point, but I love the deceptive delivery and quick arm action. Got barreled a couple times today. FB sat 91-92 wiggles a bit, SL 80-83 and I also saw a couple 76 mph CB.

  • Chase Edwards looked solid in his three scoreless innings of work. Nice easy delivery from the 3/4 slot. Nothing overpowering: FB sat 88-89 mph T92 had decent late action, short tight 81-83 mph slider was responsible for all three of Edward's strikeouts, also saw a below-average 78 mph curveball. Very calm on the mound, got ahead in the count, worked fast and sequenced extremely well.

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James Chipman is the Senior Lakeland Correspondent for TigsTown. Be sure to follow him on twitter @JAYRC_TigsTown.

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