A few notables from the first four days of minor league action:
Cal Quantrill got off to an excellent start on Friday night, striking out 7 in five innings with one earned run. The effort earned him his first professional win, which isn't surprising given he is on a strict innings limit and this is the first time he's pitched 5 innings. I'm guessing he's dominating AA by the end of the season, and gets a call up late in 2018.
You want more pitching? Dinelson Lamet was tossing BBs last night, going 5.1 innings, giving up one earned run, striking out 6 and walking 1. This game was in El Paso so that's like the equivalent of pitching a 13 inning shutout with 24 Ks. He'll be up with the big league club this year.
Fernando Tatis Jr. did this last night, although he's off to a slow start as he's 3 for his first 15 (SMALL SAMPLE SIZE DON'T WORRY HE'S DOPE).
Joey Lucchesi and Jean Cosme are part of that ridiculous rotation in Lake Elsinore, and both had pretty good first starts. Lucchesi went 4 innings and gave up 2 runs with 6 K's and 2 BBs, while Cosme went 4 innings and gave up 1 run with 3 K's and 1 BB.
The best news this week came from a non-injury, as Anderson Espinoza's dreaded "forearm tightness" is supposedly not a ligament issue. He's due to resume throwing in a week or so, and will likely pitch his first game in early May.