Prospect Roundup: Games of April 14
By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com
MiLB.com game stories:
Other prospect performances of note:
Red Sox OF Bryce Brentz, Triple-A Pawtucket: 3-for-5, HR, 2 R, RBI — Brentz has struggled through his first 10 International League contests this year with 10 strikeouts and a .132 average. The homer was his second and was a nice rebound from a three-strikeout game on Sunday.
Cubs 1B Dustin Geiger, Double-A Tennessee: 2-for-4, HR, 2B, RBI, R, 2 K — As a stick-first first baseman, the pressure is on Geiger’s bat to carry him to the Majors. The 22-year-old is following up an impressive 2013 in the Florida State League with even better numbers in the Southern League — a .300/.364/.650 triple slash with four homers through 11 games.
Red Sox LHP Henry Owens, Double-A Portland: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR — Somebody finally got to the lanky southpaw. Owens had posted 12 2/3 scoreless innings to start the season. ERA now sits at 2.04.
Pirates OF Willy Garcia, Double-A Altoona: 1-for-4, HR, RBI, R, 2 K — Third homer of the season for the 21-year-old, which is great, but he’s also struck out 18 times in 37 at-bats.
Padres OF Rymer Liriano, Double-A San Antonio: 1-for-3, HR, RBI, R, BB, SB — First long ball for Liriano since 2012 after an injury cost him all of 2013.
Astros OF Andrew Aplin, Double-A Corpus Christi: 3-for-4, RBI — The Houston center-field prospect is one of the best defenders in the Minors. If he can hit in the Majors, he could be immensely valuable. Double-A figured to be a big test for that, and through 11 games, he has a .472 OBP with 13 walks and just four strikeouts.
Royals LHP Sean Manaea, Class A Advanced Wilmington: 5 IP, 4 H, BB, 5 K — The 22-year-old has a 10-to-2 K/BB through two starts (8.1 IP) with a 3.24 ERA.
Twins RHP Alex Wimmers, Class A Advanced Fort Myers: 6 IP, H, 6 K — Injuries have kept the 2010 first-round pick to 19 1/3 innings over the past two seasons combined. He’s back in the Florida State League and pitching well thus far with an 0.93 ERA and a 7-to-0 K/BB through two appearances (9 2/3 innings).
Phillies CF Carlos Tocci, Class A Lakewood: 4-for-5, RBI, R, K, SB — Career high in hits for Tocci, which raised his average to .200 for the season. The slim Venezuelan is repeating the South Atlantic League at 18 and will likely need to mature more physically before he can do more damage at the plate. Upside is high, though.
Rockies 3B Ryan McMahon, Class A Asheville: 2-for-4, HR, RBI, R — Very impressive introduction to full-season ball for the 2013 second-rounder. Slashing .297/.413/.676 through 11 games with four homers.
Red Sox LHP Cody Kukuk, Class A Greenville: 5 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 8 K — The 2011 seventh-rounder has struck out 17 and walked seven through 13 innings this season. He is a high-upside 21-year-old.
Padres OF Hunter Renfroe, Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore: 2-for-4, HR, 2B, 4 RBI, R, 2 K — The long ball was the third this season for the 2013 first-round pick (13th overall) out of Mississippi State. His power is being offset by the 19 strikeouts he’s collected in 46 at-bats, though.
Padres RHP Zach Eflin, Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 K — Another fine performance from a Padres first-rounder, this one from 2012. Eflin dropped his ERA to 4.76 after a rocky second start at High Desert in which he allowed three homers and eight earned runs over five innings.
Astros 3B Rio Ruiz, Class A Advanced Lancaster: 4-for-5, HR, 2 2B, 5 RBI, R — Monster performance for the 2012 fourth-rounder, bumping his average to .356 on the season.
Mariners RF Gabriel Guerrero, Class A Advanced High Desert: 3-for-5, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R — Playing in one of the California League’s best hitting environments is probably helping, but Guerrero’s .396 average and seven extra-base hits through 11 games are impressive for a 20-year-old.