Koda Glover, right-handed pitcher, Washington Nationals
Koda Glover made his first appearance of 2017 on Thursday, allowing one hit in a shutout inning against Miami. The 23-year-old right-hander should be a key member of the Nationals’ bullpen going forward.
Tyler Lyons, left-handed pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals
Tyler Lyons will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis as he works to recover from a knee injury that put him on the disabled list to begin the year. Once healthy, he will return to the Cardinals and serve as their long reliever.
Jordy Mercer, shortstop, Pittsburgh Pirates
A two-game stint at Fenway Park did not go well for Jordy Mercer, who went 1-for-9 against the Red Sox. Mercer bounced back with a 2-for-4 performance Friday against the Braves. He has .250 batting average on the young season.
Michael Freeman, left-handed pitcher, Corpus Christi Hooks (HOU)
The 2015 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, Michael Freeman, has pitched exclusively in relief since Houston selected him in the seventh round of the 2015 draft. The 6-foot-8 lefty spent all of last season with Corpus Christi, as well, posting a 7.19 ERA in 37 appearances
Jon Perrin, right-handed pitcher, Biloxi Shuckers (MIL)
Freeman’s co-ace in 2015, Jon Perrin was a member of the All-Big 12 First Team as a junior in 2014, the year he primarily started for the Cowboys. Of his first 39 minor league appearances, 32 have been starts, but Perrin will begin the season in the Shuckers’ bullpen.
Thomas Hatch, right-hander pitcher, Myrtle Beach Pelicans (CHC)
After throwing 130 1/3 innings in earning Big 12 Pitcher of the Year honors and guiding the Cowboys to the College World Series, Thomas Hatch didn’t pitch in the minors after the Cubs made him their third-round pick, their first selection in the draft. A rested Hatch figures to start for the Pelicans.