This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
The season has begun! Well, not the minor league season. We'll have to wait until at least May for that. Several prospects "popped" on Opening Day, including Ke'Bryan Hayes and Dylan Carlson who both clubbed home runs in their first game. Unfortunately, Hayes has since been shifted to the Injured List due to a wrist injury. Jonathan India made his MLB debut at second base and got two hits to show for his standout spring. And Yermin Mercedes came out of nowhere to record eight-straight hits to start for the White Sox.
Here are some other prospects to make note of in this week's Minor League Barometer.
Tucupita Marcano, 2B, SD – Marcano enjoyed a monstrous spring hitting .405 with one home run, eight RBI and one steal in 42 at-bats while only striking out eight times. At only 21, he showed positional versatility, convincing the Padres to keep him on the roster to begin 2021. Marcano will start as a utilityman or pinch runner, as there's a lot of traffic in front of him at whatever position he tries to play. His rise is rather astonishing given he never played above Low-A prior to this season. Of course, last year's campaign changed the trajectory for a lot of minor leaguers in terms of experience, but for Marcano to make the team is simply remarkable even though he offers consistent contact and steals some bases. His stock is already on the rise and could really turn some heads if he can gain some power.