The Future is now. Not just for top prospects Forrest Whitley, Kyle Tucker, J.B Bukauskas, and Corbin Martin, who were sent to the minors camp this afternoon. They were joined by Rogelio Armenteros, Brandon Bielak and Alex DeGoti.
It was not expected that any of these players would make the opening day roster, but the early timing of the cuts in the case of many of these is a little surprising.
In limited action, all the pitchers on this list were having a good Spring. Top 10 MLB prospect Whitley threw 8 innings, with a 2.25 ERA and 11 k’s. Bukauskas and one of the biggest surprises of the camp, Bielak, each pitched 7 innings with a 1.29 ERA. Martin threw 6.2 innings with a 2.70 ERA, and Armenteros had 5 innings with a 1.80 ERA.
Outfielder Tucker’s Spring was a bit disappointing, hitting .757 OPS in 25 AB’s. Shortstop DeGoti hit.563 in 28 AB’s.
As members of the 40 man roster, Tucker and Armenteros were optioned. The rest were reassigned.