Farm Futures: Top 200 Update and Carolina League Pitchers
Farm Futures: Top 200 Update and Carolina League Pitchers

This article is part of our Farm Futures series.

Each Tuesday I will be profiling a standout performer from a recent game and then provide a snapshot of the success and failure of notable players in a specific league. This week I take a look at a recent performance by the player who checks in as the No. 6 prospect in the minors on the latest top-200: Kyle Schwarber. Then some risers, fallers, new additions, graduations and dropouts in the aforementioned top-200 will be noted followed by a look at what a few (mostly fringe) pitching prospects in the Carolina League have been up to so far this season.

Kyle Schwarber, C, Double-A Tennessee
2-for-4 with two HR, three runs and three RBI in Game 1 of a doubleheader on May 17 against Double-A Jackson

Jackson pitcher Danny Hultzen opened with a steady dose of pitches off the plate in Schwarber's first at-bat, two of which were actually called for strikes. Then on the sixth pitch of the at-bat, Schwarber hit a soft grounder up the middle for a fielder's choice at second base. Had it been his teammate Dan Vogelbach hitting, it probably would have resulted in a double play, but Schwarber was able to beat out the throw to first base.

In his second at-bat in the third inning, Hultzen was already out of the game and Schwarber ripped a monster blast out to deep right field off lefty Jordan Shipers. The pitch was up and in but the lack of elite velocity allowed Schwarber

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James Anderson
James Anderson is RotoWire's Lead Prospect Analyst, Assistant Baseball Editor, and co-host of Farm Fridays on Sirius/XM radio and the RotoWire Prospect Podcast. FSWA Baseball Writer of the Year finalist in 2012.
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