Around the MinorsApril 10, 2009
Around the Minors: Opening Day
By Marc Hulet

The young stars of tomorrow are back. A few days after the Major League Baseball season got underway, the Minor League Baseball season was back in full swing as each team's top prospects took to the field. Let's have a look at how some of the top prospects began their seasons.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Daniel Schlereth: 1.0 IP, walk, strikeout, save

Atlanta Braves
Tommy Hanson: 4.1 IP, three hits, zero runs, two walks, 10 strikeouts
Jason Heyward: 1 for 4, strikeout

Baltimore Orioles
Matt Wieters: 0 for 3

Boston Red Sox
Lars Anderson: 1 for 4

Chicago Cubs
Josh Vitters: 0 for 3, run

Chicago White Sox
Gordon Beckham: 4 for 6, double, three runs, RBI
Dayan Viciedo: 1 for 5, RBI, three strikeouts

Cincinnati Reds
Yonder Alonso: 1 for 3, homer, three runs, two walks, strikeout

Cleveland Indians
Carlos Santana: 0 for 3, walk, two strikeouts
Matt LaPorta: 3 for 5, two doubles, homer, two RBI, three runs

Florida Marlins
Michael Stanton: 0 for 4, two strikeouts
Logan Morrison: 2 for 4, triple, homer, two runs, three RBI, walk, strikeout

Houston Astros
Jason Castro: 1 for 5, double, strikeout

Kansas City Royals
Eric Hosmer: 1 for 4, RBI, strikeout, caught stealing
Mike Moustakas: 0 for 4, walk, strikeout

Los Angeles Dodgers
Andrew Lambo: 2 for 6, strikeout

Milwaukee Brewers
Mat Gamel: 2 for 4, double, homer, two RBI, walk, strikeout
Brett Lawrie: 0 for 4, run

Minnesota Twins
Ben Revere: 0 for 4, strikeout

New York Mets
Wilmer Flores: 0 for 3, RBI, two strikeouts

New York Yankees
Jesus Montero: 0 for 4, walk, strikeout

Oakland Athletics
Adrian Cardenas: 0 for 4, three strikeouts

Pittsburgh Pirates
Pedro Alvarez: 3 for 4, double, home run, 4 RBI

St. Louis Cardinals
Brett Wallace 4 for 5, four runs, two homers, six RBI

San Diego Padres
Kyle Blanks 0 for 5, strikeout

San Francisco Giants
Buster Posey 0 for 5, RBI, strikeout

Seattle Mariners
Greg Halman 0 for 4, two strikeouts

Tampa Bay Rays
Tim Beckham 2 for 5, homer, three RBI

Texas Rangers
Justin Smoak 2 for 5

Toronto Blue Jays
J.P. Arencibia 2 for 5, double, two RBI

Washington Nationals
Jordan Zimmermann 5.1 IP, 4 hits, three runs, walk, four strikeouts

What prospects are you most excited about this season?


As a ChiSox fan, I'm curious to see how long Gordon Beckham stays down in the minors, especially if Getz struggles and Ramirez's free swinging ways come back to bite him this year.

How about Arrieta and Matusz? Not too shabby, I'd say.

I am a big Arrieta fan too.

Brett Wallace is a monster. Best prospect in baseball!!!!

If you can't get excited about Brett Wallace, you just can't get excited about anything. He's going to be a monster.