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Features and Prospect Links
First hand reports of Jose Ruiz and Jonas Lantigua.  ... Grading On The Curve
Breaking down Jose Fernandez' 14 strikeout effort.  ... Baseball Prospectus
Ben Lively struck out 10 and yielded just one hit over six innings. He has a 0.39 ERA over four starts with 33 Ks. The fourth round pick's only run this season was a solo homer, and he is doing it in the hitter-friendly Cal League.  ... MiLB
Rockies right-hander Dan Winkler performed well in the Cal league last season, sporting a 2.97 ERA in the hitter-friendly environment. He flirted with a no-hitter for the second time this season, pitching all seven innings on Tuesday. After four starts, he has a 0.75 ERA and has struck out 27 over 24 innings. He's added a cutter this season.  ... MiLB
Alen Hanson made a nice play last night at short. He struggled defensively last season (.944 fielding percentage) and has made four errors in the early season.  ... Pirates Prospects
Shortstop Luis Sardinas has been called up by the Rangers to fill a temporary void.  ... Baseball Prospectus
Baseball America summarizes the performances of college draft prospects from last week.  ... Baseball America
Rangers right-hander Luke Jackson threw seven shutout innings in a 6-0 victory over San Antonio on Monday. He's shown improved control this season, walking just five over 21.1 innings.  ... MiLB
PiratesProspects covers the action in the Pirates minor league system, including the High-A Bradenton rotation's run of nine starts. They've compiled a 0.36 ERA in 50.2 innings. Pat Ludwig threw six innings of one-run ball, striking out five and walking one. The one run was unearned, leaving him with a 0.50 ERA over 18 innings.  ... Pirates Prospects
Monday Morning Ten Pack from BP.  ... Baseball Prospectus
Fangraphs takes a look at Zack Thornton as well as two players that could be the player to be named later in the Ike Davis trade.  ... Fangraphs
O'Koyea Dickson drove in five and homered twice for the Dodgers Chatanooga affiliate, leading them to a 12-0 win. He also walked and scored three times. He's now hitting .268 on the season.  ... MiLB
Notes from last week in the Texas League.  ... Grading On The Curve
Michael Chavis hit a walk-off grand slam on Saturday. He's hitting .546/.643/1.090 through 22 games with ten homers and 15 steals. The prep shortstop is a mid-to-late first round talent that probably won't stick long term at short.  ... Pirates Prospects
BP updates the Minor League prospect action from the weekend.  ... Baseball Prospectus
Mookie Betts leads the Eastern League with a .453 batting average, .492 on-base percentage, 38 total bases, and 17 runs scored. He went 4-for-5 on Saturday and scored three runs.  ... MiLB
Micah Johnson swiped three bases on Saturday night. He reached base in all five plate appearances, singling twice and walking three times.  ... MiLB
Trea Turner hit two homers Saturday. He now has six on the season.  ... Pirates Prospects
Scouting reports on Matthew Dean, Mitch Nay, and DJ Davis.  ... Grading On The Curve
Pat Kivlehan homered twice for the second straight night. The outburst from the Seattle prospect brought his season home run total to seven, leading all of the Minor Leagues.  ... MiLB