(Photo of Darren McCaughan by Rich Crimi)

West Virginia’s Deivy Florido is a long-term project to watch and Darren McCaughan kept up his zone-punishing ways for Arkansas.

Here’s the day down on the farm:

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 1 Justus Sheffield, LHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 38 IP, 31 H, 18 ER, 28 BB, 32 SO, 4.38 ERA

5.17.19 — Sheffield struggled again with command Friday night in Reno, but not as bad as in many of his other starts. Reno’s home park is as unforgiving as almost any in the PCL (which is full of them). The lefty sat 92-94 mph most of the start, tagged 95 a small handful of times and flashed an above-average slider.

But still, not everything’s syncing for Sheffield in 2019. Not yet, anyway.


No. 8 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF
SAT: 0-4, SO
2019: .285/.355/.511, 5-2B, 4-3B, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 15 BB, 32 SO


No. 11 Braden Bishop, CF
SAT: 2-3, BB, SO
2019: .297/.383/.532, 8-2B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 15 BB, 28 SO


No. 12 Erik Swanson, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 1 GS, 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 SO


No. 24 David McKay, RHR
SAT: DNP
2019: 14 G, 5.91 ERA, 21.1 IP, 17 H, 14 BB, 34 SO


No. 33 Matt Festa, RHR
SAT: DNP
2019: 8 G, 6.30 ERA, 10 IP, 11 H, 4 BB, 13 SO


No. 37 Tim Lopes, 2B
SAT: 0-3, BB
2019: .315/.374/.531, 11-2B, 3B, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 13 BB, 25 SO, 6 SB


MLB Dylan Moore, SS — 0-3, BB, SO


MLB Kyle Seager, 3B — 0-4, 2 SO

Seager played 3B for seven full innings Saturday. There’s little question he’s returning at the earliest possible time, barring future setbacks.


Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

No. 3 Justin Dunn, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 33.1 IP, 30 H, 13 ER, 9 BB, 45 SO, 3.51 ERA


No. 6 Kyle Lewis, OF
SAT: 2-5
2019: .235/.342/.371, 7-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 21 BB, 45 SO, 2 SB


No. 7 Evan White, 1B
SAT: 1-4, RBI, BB, SO
2019: .253/.324/.363, 4-2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 9 BB, 25 SO


No. 16 Ricardo Sanchez, LHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 44 IP, 48 H, 18 ER, 13 BB, 37 SO, 3.68 ERA


No. 17 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
SAT: 0-5, SO
2019: .272/.357/.478, 4-2B, 2-3B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 17 BB, 39 SO, 8 SB


No. 18 Jake Fraley, OF
SAT: 1-3, SO, SB
2019: .293/.373/.471, 6-2B, 2-3B, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 13 BB, 37 SO, 10 SB


No. 26 Wyatt Mills, RHR
SAT:
DNP
2019:
17.1 IP, 23 H, 11 ER, 9 BB, 17 SO, 2 SVS


No. 25 Art Warren, RHP
SAT: DNP (IL)
2019: 1-0, 5 SV, 1.04 ERA, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 10 SO, 5 SVS


No. 29 Darren McCaughan, RHS
SAT: 7 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 6 SO
2019: 8 GS, 3.74 ERA, 45.2 IP, 47 H, 3 BB, 40 SO

McCaughan threw 94 pitches, 61 of them strikes.


Modesto Nuts (A+) — California League

No. 5 Logan Gilbert, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 29 IP, 18 H, 7 ER, 9 BB, 42 SO, 2.63 ERA

Gilbert’s K rate is at 36.5% combined between his time in the South Atlantic League and his two starts for Modesto.


No. 9 Cal Raleigh, C
SAT: DNP
2019: .210/.288/.413, 7-2B, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 14 BB, 37 SO


No. 15 Ljay Newsome, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 9 GS, 51.2 IP, 41 H, 13 ER, 7 BB, 72 SO, 2.26 ERA

5.16.2019 — Newsome was brilliant Thursday, tossing 81 pitches, 55 for strikes, displaying plus fastball command, per a scout in attendance. And that wasn’t all.

“I saw a solid-average curveball and changeup, he touched 93 and pitched most of the game 90-92,” the scout said. “He has some bulldog mentality to the way he pitches. Some Jeremy Hellickson there. Mike Leake. Kyle Hendricks. Dan Haren. Guys like that.”

Of Newsome’s 55 strikes, 10 were put in play — three of them hits, four flyouts and a ground ball double-play. Of the remaining 45 strikes, 16 were foul balls, 15 were called strikes and 14 were of the swing-and-moss variety.

I asked the scout if Newsome was getting the swings and misses off one particular pitch: “It was a mix, including a few fastballs. He may have been cutting the fastball some (he was). The curveball got a few down and out of the zone and some called strikes through the back door. The changeup was probably the best pitch tonight, though.”

Newsome’s changeup is indeed his best pitch and is getting 60 or better grades from most scouts I ask. The video I’ve seen more than backs it up, too.

Newsome is ready for Double-A and is a legitimate prospect. He’s completelt remade himself the past few years.

Like I said to a scout buddy the other day: Player Development is a hell of a (legal) drug. And Newsome’s been on it for some time now.


No. 20 Jake Haberer, RHR
SAT: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
2019: 12 G, 17 IP, 9 H, 9 BB, 28 SO, 4.50 ERA


No. 21 Joey Gerber, RHP
SAT: DNP
2019: 13 G, 13.1 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 6 BB, 21 SO, 3.65 ERA, 4 SV


No. 23 Gerson Bautista, RHR (rehab)
SAT: DNP
2019: 5 IP, H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 9 SO, 2 WP


No. 27 Luis Liberato, CF
SAT: 1-4, BB, 2 SO
2019: .296/.374/.467, 5-2B, 7 HR, 19 BB, 35 SO, 4 SB


No. 36 Joe Rizzo, 3B
SAT: 2-4, BB
2019: .325/.389/.420, 9-2B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 16 BB, 28 SO


No. 40 Connor Kopach, 2B
SAT: 1-3, 2 SO, CS
2019: .268/.340/.402, 6-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 11 BB, 35 SO, 11 SB


MLB Sam Tuivailala, RHR (rehab)
SAT: DNP
2019: 6 G, 6 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 6 SO


UR J.T. Salter
SAT: DNP
2019: 3 G, 4 IP, 0 H, BB 5 SO


West Virginia Power (A) — South Atlantic League

No. 2 — Jarred Kelenic, OF
SAT: 1-4, SO, SB
2019: .314/.397/.529, 13-2B, 3B, 6 HR, 20 RBI, 19 BB, 39 SO, 7 SB


No. 4 — Julio Rodriguez, OF
SAT: (IL, wrist)
2019: .355/.429/.452, 3-2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SO


No. 15 Damon Casetta-Stubbs, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 24.2 IP, 33 H, 17 ER, 5 BB, 20 SO, 6.85 ERA


No. 22 Ryne Inman, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 8 GS, 37 IP, 27 H, 15 ER, 16 BB, 52 SO, 3.65ERA


No. 31 Nolan Hoffman, RHR
SAT: DNP (IL)
2019: 9 G, 1.08 ERA, 4 SVS, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 SO


No. 34 Joseph Rosa, 2B
SAT: 1-2, BB, SO
2019: .250/.382/.328, 4-2B, 2 HR, 22 BB, 31 SO, 5 SB


No. 35 Dean Nevarez, C
SAT: 1-3, BB
2019: .259/.344/.574, 5-2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 6 BB, 16 SO


No. 38 Elias Espino, RHR
SAT: DNP (IL)
2019: 5 G, 2.77 ERA, 13 IP, 7 H, 9 BB, 17 SO


UR Deivy Florido, RHS
SAT: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 6 SO
2019: 

Florido, 18, is a strike-throwing machine at this point and in the SALLY League it’s working just fine. The right-hander threw 69 pitches, 52 for strikes (75%) in covering his five innings.

Everything is pretty raw right now, but keep an eye on Florido for a few years, regardless of his performances. There’s some physical projection here and he’s alreayd working with above-control and fringe-average command.

Jason A. Churchill

Churchill founded Prospect Insider in 2006 after getting his start at InsidethePark.com. He spent several years covering prep, college and pro sports for various newspapers, including The News Tribune and Seattle PI.

Jason spent 4 1/2 years at ESPN and two years at CBS Radio prior to joining HERO Sports in July, 2016.

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