Sometimes a pitcher performs so well in the early going that you must drop your preconceived notions about said arm and embrace the new normal. So far on the young season the Marlins Zac Gallen is a shinning example of dropping what you know and buying in on a possible breakout. At this point there has to be thoughts of shipping Jose Urena for Gallen in the Miami front office. Two starts into the young season with New Orleans, and Gallen has turned in two strong starts going a total of 13 innings allowing one run, on 3 hits, and walks, while striking out 19 batters.
These two third basemen are trending in opposite directions, it seems. Ke’Bryan Hayes is having himself a fantastic spring, showcasing power that many wondered if he really had. He’s getting ready to make the jump to Triple-A in 2019 where he’ll be 22 all year long and could be the full-time starter in 2020. Riley is about to turn 22 but already has 75 games at the highest minor league level, an accomplishment hard to overlook. There’s a little fatigue on him because he struggled with strikeouts in Triple-A (29 K%) and the Braves signed Josh Donaldson, essentially quelling all hopes of a call up in the early going (though there are reports he’s going to be tried in the outfield). But at the end of the day, these guys are both top 30 prospects, so where do we stand on them?