Koda Glover, right-handed pitcher, Washington Nationals
Koda Glover remains a key fixture in the Nationals’ bullpen. He has a 3.60 ERA through five innings over six appearances. He is holding opposing batters to a .211 average and has been even better against lefties, as they’re batting .167 against Glover.
Tyler Lyons, left-handed pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals
Tyler Lyons is still waiting to make his 2017 debut, but it will be a huge boost to the Cardinals if he performs anything close to how he has on his rehab assignment for a knee injury. In two appearances in the minors, Lyons has not allowed a run in 9 1/3 innings, posting a 10-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Jordy Mercer, shortstop, Pittsburgh Pirates
April has not been kind to Jordy Mercer. The 30-year-old is batting .189 with only one extra-base hit. He has, however, proven durable and reliable; he was out of the Pirates’ lineup Saturday, the first game he has missed all season.
Matt Hague, first baseman, Rochester Red Wings (MIN)
Matt Hague spent one season at Oklahoma State after three years with Washington. He hit 12 home runs for the Cowboys in 2008 before the Pirates selected him in the ninth round of that year’s draft. Hague has appeared in the majors for Pittsburgh and Toronto, hitting .226 in 43 at-bats. Hague is off to a good start in 2017, hitting .424 through eight games.
J.R. Davis, second baseman, Peoria Chiefs (STL)
J.R. Davis’ lone season in Stillwater was a terrific one. He was the leadoff man for a Cowboys’ squad that ended up in Omaha, earning All-Big 12 First Team honors along the way. He decided not to return for his senior season after the Cardinals drafted him in the 15th round. After a successful, yet short, season in rookie ball, Davis is still trying to find his groove in Class A, batting .214 so far.
Gage Green, catcher/outfielder, Great Lakes Loons (LAD)
The gritty Gage Green improved each of his four years in Stillwater, the latter three coming under Josh Holliday. After being an All-Big 12 First Team honoree as a senior, Green was drafted in the 35th round by the Dodgers. He has yet to find the same success he did at OSU. In his second year in Class A, Green is batting .100 with no walks.