2018 MLB Starters

April 17, 2018

 

 

While seasons continue to open across Europe, in the MLB, opening day is a thing of the past. Let’s see how your big league starters are doing. 

 

Short-season ball doesn’t begin until June so you may recognize some of these names from your hometown rosters. Now you’ll know what happened to them when they disappear sometime mid-May. 

 

Czech Republic 

 

Martin Cervenka, Prague

Team: Bowie Baysox

League: Eastern League

Parent Club: Baltimore Orioles - AL

Position: Catcher

 

2018 Assignment: 25-year old Cervenka has had a busy spring. Immediately following the opening of spring training he was traded from the Indians to the Orioles. Then, on April 2nd, he was promoted to AA. The club has wasted no time putting him to work either. Martin has appeared in 10 games to-date where he’s hitting .353 over 34 at bats. He’s had 8 runs off 12 hits including 4 doubles. The Czech has also batted in 5 while striking out just 4 times. Over 84 innings behind the mask, he’s fielding .987. Cervenka keeps this up and there’s a good chance he’ll get two promotions this season.   

 

France

 

Ernesto Martinez, Holguin, Cuba

Team: Unknown

League: Unknown

Parent Club: Milwaukee Brewers – NL 

Position: 1B 

 

2018 Assignment: Cuban-born, French national team player Martinez played for the AZL Brewers in 2017. At the moment there is no word on where he’ll land for 2018, but it is clear it will be with a short-season team. Check back in June for more details on his progress. 

 

Andy Paz, Toulousain

Team: Paris University Club

League: FFBS

Parent Club: Paris UC

Position: C

 

2018 Assignment: At the end of last season Paz elected free agency. His career with the MLB began in 2011 and ended over the winter. Andy was not picked up by another organization so he has moved back to France. There he plays for Paris University Club who are part of Division I baseball in the FFBS. Currently Andy is hitting .214 over his first 4 games with a fielding percentage of .974. 

 

Germany

 

Aaron Altherr, Landstuhl

Team: Philadelphia Phillies

League: National League

Parent Club: Philadelphia Phillies

Position: OF

 

2018 Assignment: Through 13 games Altherr is hitting just .077. Still he has, 46 plate appearances but only 39 at bats. That shows patience at the plate. He also has 8 RBIs and 5 runs. Of his 3 hits this season, 2 were bombs. On the flip side of all that are his 15 strikeouts. Looks like it will just take a moment for his plate appearances to balance out that average. Across all three outfield positions Aaron's averaging a .958 fielding percentage with his best stats coming from centerfield.   

 

Pascal Amon, Ingolstadt

Team: Unknown

League: Unknown

Parent Club: Los Angeles Dodgers - NL

Position: 1B

 

2018 Assignment: Short-season ball doesn’t begin for another few months but, when it does, one thing is certain; if Amon plays anywhere in the US this season, it will be in one of these leagues. At the moment, Pascal shows up as an active player in the Dodgers organization still assigned to their AZL team. 

 

Marco Cardoso, Paderborn

Team: DSL Red Sox 1

League: Dominican Summer League

Parent Club: Boston Red Sox - AL

Position: SS

 

2018 Assignment: 17-year old Cardoso has been assigned to the DSL Red Sox 1 team for 2018. Considering he was only signed mid-season last year, as well as his youth, this is truly a sign of faith in his abilities. We would have expected a DSL2 team assignment but this puts him well within reach of A ball in 2 years' time. Season opens June 18th so we’ll have to wait a while yet to see how his numbers add up. No matter how it finishes, it is certainly a great way to start the season.   

 

Edwin Jackson, Neu-Ulm

Team: Syracuse Chiefs  

League: International League – AAA 

Parent Club: Washington Nationals - NL

Position: RHP

 

2018 Assignment: The 34-year old RHP opened his 17th MLB season this week back in AAA. At the moment, he’s pitching in the international league. In his first two starts he’s pitched 9.0 innings, leaving with a 2.00 ERA that includes 7 strikeouts.  

 

Max Kepler, Berlin

Team: Minnesota Twins

League: American League

Parent Club: Minnesota Twins 

Position: RF

 

2018 Assignment: Kepler kicks off 2018 hitting .257. He’s had 4 runs off 9 hits including 2 doubles and 3 homeruns. On the field Max is perfect through 90.0 innings. Not a bad opening week. It looks like Kepler has his eye on the negotiating table after all. If he stays healthy we’re looking forward to his year-end stats. 

 

Nadir Ljatifi, Dortmund

Team: Unknown

League: Unknown

Parent Club: Cincinnati Reds - NL

Position: 2B

 

2018 Assignment: The Pioneer League has yet to start their season so only time will tell us if Ljatifi will remain with Billings or if he’ll be back in the AZL for 2018. Both leagues begin in June so stay tuned.  

 

Bruce Maxwell, Weisbaden

Team: Oakland Athletics

League: American League

Parent Club: Oakland Athletics - AL

Position: C

 

2018 Assignment: Maxwell’s third season as Oakland’s catcher is underway. He continues to share the duties having appeared in just 4 games to-date. Over 36 innings of play he’s fielding perfectly while averaging .250 over 17 plate appearances.   

 

Niklas Rimmel, Fürth

Team: Unknown

League: Unknown

Parent Club: Minnesota Twins - AL

Position: RHP

 

2018 Assignment: The 18-year old RHP is so new to the MiLB that his profile is not yet active. No word as to where he’ll be assigned this summer but, given it is his rookie season, we’d expect to learn more once June arrives and short-season ball begins. 

 

Sven Schüller, Wuppertal

Team: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

League: Midwest League – Class A Advanced

Parent Club: Los Angeles Dodgers - NL

Position: RHP

 

2018 Assignment: As expected Schüller begins his 2nd season with the Quakes. After a season of constant moving in 2017, followed by a less-than-desired showing in the ABL over the winter, keeping the pressure off Sven, at least to start the season, is the right move. In his only outing to-date, he earned the W while posting a 4.50 ERA over 2.0 innings of work.  

 

 

 

Italy

 

Cesare Astorri, Parma

Club: AZL Athletics

League: Arizona League - Rookie

Parent Club: Oakland Athletics - AL

Position: C

 

2018 Assignment: In January the Athletics assigned Astorri to the Arizona League for 2018. This is a great sign for the rookie. Most European’s end up in the GCL or DSL their first season. Assigned to the AZL, Cesare has already surpassed this milestone. 

 

Marten Gasparini, Ruda

Team: Lexington Legends

League: South Atlantic League - A

Parent Club: Kansas City Royals - AL

Position: OF

 

2018 Assignment: On April 4th, Gasparini was reassigned to the Legends for his third full season. Given that, in those years he’s changed fielding position twice and grew, this is not a surprise. In fact, it was only in 2017, that Marten really began to find his groove. He finished the season strong with a hot bat and outstanding fielding stats. We’d expect that, if Gasparini can show his bat is warmed up and ready to go, this season he’ll be moving on up around the All Star break. 

 

Alex Liddi, San Remo

Team: Northwest Arkansas Naturals

League: Texas League

Parent Club: Kansas City Royals – AL 

Position: Utility Infielder

 

2018 Assignment: After two seasons in Mexico Liddi is back in the MiLB system on the mainland. He starts 2018, at 3rd for the AA affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The Royals picked Alex up from free agency in early March. This will be the 29-year old’s last chance to show he has the skillset to return to the bigs. The last time Alex made an MLB appearance was in 2013 with the Seattle Mariners. 

 

Alberto Mineo, Gorzia

Team: Dunedin Blue Jays

League: Florida State League – A Advanced

Parent Club: Toronto Blue Jays - AL

Position: C

 

2018 Assignment: After his off-season trade, where the Blue Jays assigned Mineo to their AAA team out of the gate, the team took the time to evaluate Alberto’s skillset. Following that evaluation, Mineo still lands in a better position than he left 2017, but his advancement with the Jays is in-line with where he would likely have been had the Cubs kept him on. Alberto started the 2018 season last week in full season Advanced A ball.  

 

Leonardo Seminati, Torre Boldone

Team: Unknown

League: Unknown

Parent Club: Cincinnati Reds – NL

Position: 1B

 

2018 Assignment: At the moment the Reds are still determining where Seminati will spend his first season in the MiLB system but they are more than impressed with his work to-date. During his October 2017 evaluation at camps, Reds farm director Jeff Graupe told the Reds reporting staff, “He’s playing above expectations. He has major power but he’s also a really good athlete. For a young kid who hasn’t played a lot, he’s not as raw as you’d expect. It looks like he’ll be able to keep up with the speed of the game.”    

 

Lithuania

 

Dovydas Neverauskas, Vilnius

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates 

League: National League

Parent Club: Pittsburgh Pirates 

Position: RHP

 

2018 Assignment: Neverauskas begins 2018 on the 40-man roster for Pittsburgh. After a year of traveling back and forth between AAA and the parent club, Dovydas finished the year with a 3.91 ERA for the big club. To begin 2018, he’s pitched 6.2 innings over 7 games. Dovydas has missed out on a save opportunity while posting a 10.80 ERA. Still, compared to his rocky first outing in the bigs in 2017, he’s improving his game. Neverauskas settled in by the All Star break last year and we see no reason to believe he won’t do the same this season. 

 

Modolva

 

Petru Balan, Tiraspol 

Team: Unknown

League: Unknown

Parent Club: Minnesota Twins – AL

Position: LHP

 

2018 Assignment: This will be just the second season for LHP Balan. He spent 2017 in the Gulf Coast League where he finished the year with a 7.23 ERA and a 1-3 record over 23.2 innings of work. We expect that, when the short-season opens, he'll be back in the GCL if not back down a level for more work. He’s 22-years old so this is the year Petru will need to show he’s got the right stuff or, regardless of his years in the minor league system, he’s not likely to see a 3rd season.  

 

Vadim Balan, Tiraspol

Team: Unknown

League: Unknown

Parent Club: Minnesota Twins - AL

Position: RHP

 

2018 Assignment: Balan failed to make the cut for a full season A ball league. Last year, as well as in 2015, he was assigned to the Gulf Coast League. At 24-years old this will be Vadim’s final year to prove his worth. Let’s hope when short-season opens in June, he’s fully recovered from last year’s injuries and ready to move forward in his career.  

 

 

 

Netherlands

 

Paul Brands, Haarlem

Team: Unknown

League: Unknown

Parent Club: Pittsburgh Pirates - NL

Position: C

 

2018 Assignment: Brands has yet to be assigned for 2018 so we’ll expect to see him in short-season ball this June. The question remains whether that will be on a rookie league bench. Last year he finished the season in rookie ball with the Bristol Pirates out of the Appalachian League. 

 

Donny Breek, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Team: Unknown

League: Unknown

Parent Club: Minnesota Twins

Position: RHP 

 

2018 Assignment: At the moment 17-year old Breek remains unassigned. Given he was not signed until the fall, coupled with his age, we expect Donny in the GLS or DSL come June. Until then, we wait. 

 

Taylor Clemensia, Amsterdam

Team: Hoofddorp Pioniers

League: KNBSB

Parent Club: Hoofddorp Pioniers

Position: LHP

 

2018 Assignment: Unfortunately Clemensia will not be given the chance to work his way out of the GCL. On March 18th, the Twins released the 22-year old LHP. Following the 2017 season, Clemensia returned to the Hoofddorp Pioniers, his home club team, where his dad is an assistant coach. Taylor, along with fellow releasee Ryan Oduber, are part of the team’s rotation for the 2018 season.  

 

Tom de Blok, Amstelveen

Club: Lakeland Flying Tigers

League: Florida State League – A Advanced

Parent Organization: Detroit Tigers

Position: RHP

 

2018 Assignment: de Blok begins 2018 with a promotion, from full season A to Advanced A. Based on his first outings, it is probably all the promoting he’s likely to see in 2018 as he learns to settle into an MiLB season. The 21-year old has an 11.05 ERA and an 0-2 record in 7.1 innings of work. He’s given up 14 hits but has struck out 8. Only 9 earned runs have crossed against his average. At this age, sometimes a pitcher’s ERA has less to do with his own work and more to do with how long he has to stay in an inning to back up his team on D. Either way, Tom has a lot of months ahead to work off a few rough starts.   

 

Sir Didi Gregorius, Amsterdam

Team: New York Yankees

League: American League

Parent Club: New York Yankees

Position: SS

 

2018 Assignment: Didi is starting out his contract year with a bang. For starters, he’s one of only a handful of Netherlanders in the MLB but, beyond that – knocking on wood as we type it – he’s also still healthy. That is more than can be said for many of his countrymen. Gregorius is posting a .327 average through 65 plate appearances and has a .982 fielding percentage, which ties his all-time highest fielding stats. To get there, you have to travel all the way back to the 2014 season. Seems like the knight is making the most of every opportunity to show his value to a team currently considering about how much they’re willing to spend on him moving forward. 

 

Marco (Olivier) van der Wijst, Monte Plata, DR

Team: Unknown

League: Unknown

Parent Club: Philadelphia Phillies - NL

Position: 2B

 

2018 Assignment: Marco, known in the Netherlands as Olivier, spent 2017 playing close to home in the Dominican Summer League. There he was assigned to the Astros Orange, a DSL2 level team, were, over 35 games, he batted .273 while posting an average fielding percentage of .948 between 2nd and 3rd base. That was the former junior Dutch national team player’s rookie season in the MiLB system. Given his performance we expect to see him promoted to at least a DSL1 team if not moved to the mainland come June.  

 

 

 

Kingdom of the Netherlands

 

Nelmerson Angela, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: Unknown

League: Unknown

Parent Club: NY Mets - NL

Position: LHP

 

2018 Assignment: No update at the moment of where Angela will spend the 2018 season. Full season A ball is underway however so we can safely assume he’ll be spending another season, if not in the DSL, then on a short-season A bench. Nelmerson’s 1.90 ERA over 23.2 innings of work last year certainly warrants a chance at DSL Mets1 if they are not going to promote him straight to rookie ball. At the least we’d expect a hop over to the mainland but we’ll have to wait until June to learn who this ace will be throwing for in 2018. 

 

Xander Jan Bogaerts, Oranjestad Aruba

Team: Boston Red Sox

League: American League

Parent Club: Boston Red Sox

Position: IF – SS, 3B

 

2018 Assignment: Bogaerts has not started his contract year the way one hopes when all other conditions are ideal. On April 9th, the shortstop was put on the 10-day DL with a crack in the talus bone of his left ankle. Given that’s the plant foot for nearly all plays in his position, this could be a longer road to recovery at the start to ensure health when it matters. How did it happen? Doing exactly what every shortstop is trained not to do but can’t help themselves from doing anyway, chasing a ball into the opposing dugout. Prior to injury Xander appeared in 9 games where he hit .368 over 38 at bats and was perfect on the field.  

 

Hendrik Clementina, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: Dayton Dragons

League: Midwest League – A 

Parent Club: Cincinnati Reds – NL

Position: C

 

2018 Assignment: Looks like the Reds saw all they needed to from Clementina during training camps. After being traded, in a lateral move, to the organization mid-season last year, Hendrik’s stats took a nosedive. The fact that he begins this season with a promotion shows the young player that the club sees his potential and is willing to support him. Season has just opened so we’ll have to wait until next month to gauge how Hendrick is settling in at his new club on the other side of the country.

 

Calten Daal, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: Pensacola Blue Wahoos

League: Southern League - AA

Parent Club: Cincinnati Reds - NL

Position: SS

 

2018 Assignment: Since 2016, Daal has been placed on the 7-day DL by the Wahoos 5 times. Three instances took place in 2016, twice for right shoulder issues. This time last year he was placed there again, never to come off until September, after the season had ended. In May of 2017, Daal underwent surgery to repair a tear in his shoulder. Now, to start 2018, Calten is, once-again placed on the list by the Reds organization. Signed in 2012, Daal flew through the minor league system jumping two leagues at a time in his first two seasons. That landed him in AA at 22-years old. According to sources in Arizona, Calten remains in extended spring training. He began hitting this week and will return to shortstop near the end of April. After that, we'll see if he returns to the Wahoos or continues rehab on a lower level, perhaps starting with a short-season team to recondition the shoulder for regular work. 

 

Kenley Jansen, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

League: National League

Parent Club: Los Angeles Dodgers

Position: RHP

 

2018 Assignment: Jansen starts 2018, 0-1 for the Dodgers. Over 6 games, where he’s had just 5.2 innings of work, Kenley is posting a 6.35 ERA. Given his age, and the off-season weight he appears to have piled on, we’re expecting some additional conditioning to turn this around in no time. To be clear, Jansen’s official weight reads the same for 2018, but photos indicate some redistribution of that weight may have occurred in the off-season. All that’s fairly typical for pitchers. Given Kenley crossed the threshold of a new decade this off-season, it was more likely than not to happen. 

 

Urwin Juaquin, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: Unknown

League: Unknown

Parent Club: Cincinnati Reds - NL

Position: SS

 

2018 Assignment: No word yet on where Juaquin will start his 2018 season but, given that full season A ball has begun, we’re guessing he’ll make a repeat appearance on the Mustang’s roster. He was only promoted to Billings mid-season last year and, given that their season is short, the club will likely want to see him go a full season with the team. This is the age and time when they’ll work to strengthen his average and lock in his position before considering additional advancement.  

 

Sicnarf Loopstok, Oranjestad Aruba

Team: Akron Rubber Ducks

League: Eastern League - AA

Parent Club: Cleveland Indians - AL

Position: C 

 

2018 Assignment: As predicted, Cleveland is giving Loopstok his shot at AA. The power-hitter is now catching for his new club. This marks his return to the position after spending the majority of 2017 at 1st. A trained utility infielder, Sicnarf has caught no less than 12 games/year and has held the position on every level he’s played. Currently, through the opening 9 games of this season, he has held the position steady posting a .989 fielding percentage while batting .226. 

 

Chris Pieters, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: Myrtle Beach Pelicans

League: Carolina League – A Advanced

Parent Club: Chicago Cubs

Position: RF

 

2018 Assignment: On April 3rd, Pieters was promoted though certainly not to the level one would hope for his age. The 23-year old moves from full season A ball to A Advanced ball. He finished 2017 hitting .254 and fielding .973 in the outfield. Over the first 11 games of this season he’s fielding .917 and hitting .195 with the new club.  

 


Juremi Profar, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: Frisco RoughRiders

League: Texas League – AA

Parent Club: Texas Rangers - AL

Position: 3B 

 

2018 Assignment: Profar has started his second season in AA with the Rangers. Through 10 games, and 41 at bats, he’s hitting just .098. Like his older brother, he’s also working his way around the infield. Juremi has appeared in 5 games at 3rd but is posting just a .778 fielding percentage in the position. He’s also spent two games at 2nd with identical success and 3 at 1st where his fielding is perfect. The season is still young but certainly these numbers are a far cry from where he finished in 2017 and they explain the 22-year old’s reassignment to AA. The good news is he’s young. There’s lots of time left in this season, and plenty more still before Profar has to consider whether baseball is in his future. 

 

Jurickson Profar, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: Texas Rangers

League: American League 

Parent Club: Texas Rangers 

Position: Utility

 

2018 Assignment: Following an on-field collision at 2nd, Profar has been placed on the 7-day DL with a mild concussion. Prior to the injury Profar had spent much of this season rotating through the infield like a shift manager giving lunch breaks in retail. He’s played 4 games at 2nd, 3 at 3rd, 2 at short and one at left before taking the bag at 2nd once again on Monday night. During the second inning, turning a routine double play, Jurickson failed to clear the base path following the throw and was taken out at the ankles on the slide. He landed arms out but unable to protect his head as his right side hit the ground. Following standard MLB protocol for concussions he was removed from the game pending further evaluation. On Tuesday, Jurickson was placed on the DL. This is the second runner collision head injury for Profar. In 2016, he was taken out at 1st base by an elbow to the left side of his head as the runner and he landed on base together. If their going to keep Profar covering the bags, and his depth perception clears an Ophthalmologist review, someone needs to spend some time training him how to get out of the runner’s way, or at the very least how to land. Otherwise, at the rate he’s going he could go down in MLB history as the first documented case of CTE. 

 

Jonathan Schoop, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: Baltimore Orioles

League: American League

Parent Club: Baltimore Orioles

Position: 2B

 

2018 Assignment: 12 games into the season, Schoop has landed on the 10-day DL with a strained oblique. His next appearance is scheduled for April 24th. Prior to injury, he was hitting .230 over 61 plate appearances with a perfect fielding percentage. Given this is a contract year for Schoop, here’s hoping the injury is short-lived. Thankfully, it is early enough in the season to become a long-forgotten bygone well before the All Star break is even on the horizon. 

 

Sharlon Schoop, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: Norfolk Tides

League: International League - AAA

Parent Club: Baltimore Orioles - AL

Position: SS

 

2018 Assignment: 31-year old Schoop has already been given the opportunity to make the leap from international league play to standard leagues this season. After being assigned by the O’s to Norfolk for the start of season, he was reassigned on April 2nd to the Aberdeen IronBirds. This is the short-season A team in the New York Penn League owned by Cal Ripken. On April 16th however, before that season could even begin, he was back in Norfolk with the Tide. There is still a chance he’ll be placed on the IronBirds’ roster and they are merely waiting for season, letting him get his work in until the time is right, but the switch for someone in a shortstop position – especially a 31-year old where the competition is general a mean age of around 22 – does not bode well for Schoop’s future in the MiLB. 

 

Andrelton Simmons, Mundo Nobo, Curaçao

Team: Angels of Anaheim

League: National League

Parent Club: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 

Position: SS

 

2018 Assignment: Andrelton begins 2018 with a nice warm bat and pretty limber at short. He’s hitting .318 in 66 at bats and is currently posting a 1.000 fielding percentage. His OBP also seems to be falling in line with his norm. Looking at his numbers through the years, as well as the fact he’s facing his 29th birthday in short order, we’d expect Simmons to finish this season much like the others – hitting somewhere around .280 with an OBP that’s about 40 points higher, give or take, and a fielding percentage of around .985. That might not sound very interesting but, consider that he has 3 Gold Gloves and 6 Defensive Player Awards. All Star ballot or not, World Series rings aside, he’ll go down as a guy who showed up and did his job well, year-after-year unending, and there is something to be said for that too.    

 

Chadwick Tromp, Oranjestad, Aruba

Team: Pensacola Blue Wahoos

League: Southern League - AA

Parent Club: Cincinnati Reds – NL

Position: C

 

2018 Assignment: After a non-roster spring training invitation, Tromp starts 2018 where he finished it last year. The 23-year old catcher will spend his second season in AA where, last year, he hit .259 while posting a .992 fielding percentage. To date, he’s appeared in 9 games for the team in 2018. Chad’s fielding percentage is .975 and his batting average is .212. If he can get his bat sufficiently warmed up before June, Tromp could be looking at a mid-season promotion.  

 

Jonathan Willems, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: Unknown

League: Unknown

Parent Club: Cincinnati Reds - NL

Position: 2B

 

2018 Assignment: Willems finished 2017 with the AZL Reds in the Dominican Summer League. Over 23 games he hit .234 while posting an average fielding percentage of .797. The team tried him in three different spots throughout the year with extremely varied degrees of success. In 9 games at 2nd, he had a .844 fielding percentage. Over 8 games at 3rd he was fielding at a rate of .923. It was when he was placed at short, where he spent just two games, that his numbers took a hit. Over 17 innings he committed 3 errors over 8 total chances dragging his fielding percentage to .625. We'd expect Jonathan to remain in the DSL for another season. At just 19-years old his bat, and his body, will likely be changing over the course of this season. No need to rush him up until they find the position they feel most comfortable developing him at moving forward. 

 

Shawn Zarraga, Oranjestad, Aruba

Team: None

League: None

Parent Club: None

Position: C

 

2018 Assignment:  After a mid-winter signing by the Los Angeles Dodgers, 29-year old Zarraga is officially unemployed. On March 23, 2018, the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the AAA team where he was assigned, released him. Shawn spent much of the 2017 season on the DL for Los Angeles’ AA affiliate, electing free agency following the season. Still, the team picked him back up earlier this year and committed him to their AAA team. It cannot be said the organization didn’t give him every opportunity to stage a comeback. 

 

Russia

 

Anton Kuznetsov, Moscow

Team: Unknown

League: Unknown

Parent Club: Philadelphia Phillies - NL

Position: RHP

 

2018 Assignment: Signed at the end of 2016, Kuznetsov spent his first MiLB season in the Gulf Coast League where he posted a .36 ERA over 15 games finishing the season with a 2-1 record as well as a save in 25.1 innings of work. Kuznetsov struck out 24 while walking just 4 and giving up a single earned run on the year off 16 hits. He also went 5-5 in save opportunities. All that is to say we’d be stunned to see Anton start 2018 back in the GCL. The 19-year old is likely looking at a promotion to short season A ball this June. 

 

 

 

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