Prospect Buzz Part I: Julio Teheran, Dustin Ackley, Brent Morel, and Jordan Lyles | The Golden Sombrero Baseball Blog | MLB, Fantasy, College & High School Baseball News

Prospect Buzz Part I: Julio Teheran, Dustin Ackley, Brent Morel, and Jordan Lyles

  • The Seattle Mariners’ second baseman of the future, Dustin Ackley, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, thus ending his chances of making the Opening Day roster.  Although the left-handed hitting Ackley — the Arizona Fall League MVP and No. 3 on our list — didn’t have a blistering Spring Training, it was by no means poor.  In 15 games he hit .269 with eight walks and 16 runs.  Considering that Brendan Ryan received the nod as Opening Day shortstop, which in turn shifts the defensively-sound Jack Wilson to second base, it shouldn’t be long before Ackley is called up.

  • LHP Tyler Skaggs didn’t appear on anybody’s Top 100 list this past winter.  Next year, however, will be a different story.  Acquired from the Angels in the Dan Haren trade, the 19-year-old has made a name for himself this Spring despite pitching in only two games.  Ranked by MLB . com as the Diamondbacks’ No. 2 prospect, Skaggs will likely be named among the Top 10 LHP prospects prior to the 2012 season.  In his spring debut on March 20, Skaggs hurled three shutout innings, allowing four hits while fanning four.  Then, on Friday, he tossed another three innings of scoreless baseball, surrendering a single hit while striking out two and issuing a walk.  The southpaw will likely begin the season at Class A Advanced Villa and in general, has an enormously bright future.
  • Jim Margalus of South Side Sox wrote a great article on the White Sox rookie third baseman, Brent Morel.  This past week, Ozzie Guillen announced that Morel had won the third base battle, beating out the defensively inept Mark Teahen.  However, as Margalus explains, the White Sox “don’t have many models for rookie success,” and compares Morel’s situation to those of Chris Getz and Brian Anderson from years prior.  Although it’s doubtful that Morel will have overwhelming success this season, Margalus believes that Morel will survive the audition…and I agree.
  • Call to the Pen offers a comprehensive look at Houston Astros’ right-hander, Jordan Lyles, who they boldly ranked as the third best prospect in baseball.  Despite being just 20-years-old, Lyles has stood out this spring, posting a 1.80 ERA in 10 innings while also sporting a 5/1 K/BB ratio.  According to the Pen, Lyles features a five-pitch arsenal that makes his less-than-stellar 89-92 mph fastball a non-issue, and functions primarily as a pitch-to-contact guy.  So don’t write him off as a Kyle Lohse/Jon Garland/Doug Fister just yet, they argue…

Prospect Buzz is the new, prospect-related link drop of The Golden Sombrero.  As you may already know, we love prospects here at the Sombrero.  So if you have an article or link that you would like us consider for this segment, feel free to either email us or send it our way on Twitter.

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