Continuing with the honoring the Military theme is the jersey below that the Bowling Green Hot Rods will be wearing all memorial day weekend.
They’ll be honoring first responders as well, which is cool. Finally, a cool themed jersey within driving distance from where I live. Well, there have been plenty of those, just ask the Mud Hens. But, it’s still cool to know that I can personally witness unique jersey right at home in my back yard.
It’s also cool that the Hot Rods are honoring first responders in addition to the military. After all, we skip over the first responders. It’s not true for everyone, but plenty of times when people mention the Military, they include police and firefighters but leave out the first responders (EMTs, etc.). So this is a refreshing change of honoring people.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods are the Class-A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, having been so since September 29, 2006. They play in the Midwest League, playing their games at Bowling Green Ballpark. Today’s featured prospects are Kevin Padlo and Jose Mujica.
Kevin Padlo, 3B
Padlo was drafted by the Rockies in the fifth round of the 2014 draft, and he didn’t disappoint in his Pioneer League debut. After that, he’s had ups and downs throughout the Rockies farm system before he was ultimately shipped to Tampa Bay in January. Padlo shows’s strong plate discipline as well as advanced plate approach. However, he still needs time to develop defensively before he can become an everyday third baseman.
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 55 | Run: 50 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45
Mujica was signed out of Venezuela in 2012 and barely played in 2014 due to a foot injury. He has a strong arm, but like most young pitchers he still has long ways to go, as his control is the weakest part of his game. When he’s finally developed he’ll have average command and will be able to make a solid middle rotation pitcher; he’s still a long way from that thought.
Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 45 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50 | Overall: 45