Prospect Roundup: Games of May 11

By Jake Seiner / news:

Twins OF Byron Buxton reinjures wrist, to have MRI game stories:

Nationals RHP Lucas Giolito spins career-high six one-hit frames

Mariners 3B D.J. Peterson jacks two to help Mavericks roll

Reds RHP Robert Stephenson delivers best outing of season

Dodgers 3B Corey Seager stays hot for Rancho Cucamonga

Royals SS Orlando Calixte homers twice in second game back

Yankees C Peter O’Brien goes long twice in third Double-A game

Giants LHP Christian Jones uses new pitch in no-hit bid

Tigers RHP Derek Hankins hurls first shutout of 11-year career

A’s OF Billy McKinney ends slump with 4-for-4 outing

Other top prospect performances:

Rays RHP Nate Karns, Triple-A Durham: 7 2/3 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 6 K, HR — The 26-year-old has struggled with his control early on this season, walking 22 in 32 1/3 innings entering Sunday. This start was his best since striking out nine over seven scoreless at Norfolk on April 18.

Blue Jays C A.J. Jimenez, Double-A New Hampshire: 4-for-5, 3 2B, 2 R, RBI — The Fisher Cats’ backstop has a big arm and the defensive skillset to make the bigs on that alone, so any contributions he can make with the bat are icing. The 24-year-old is hitting .316 with eight extra-base hits in 16 games.

Pirates SS Alen Hanson, Double-A Altoona: 2-for-5, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, R, K — Just the second homer this season for Hanson, who has battled a low BABIP this season, something that should even out considering his speed. He’s hitting .254 with 11 extra-base hits through 31 games. The Pirates also expressed encouragement with his defensive improvements made over the winter in the Dominican Winter League.

Braves RHP Wes Parsons, Class A Advanced Lynchburg: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, BB, 9 K, HR — Parsons is a cool story — yet another under-scouted hurler signed by a Braves scout out of a college summer league. Parsons played golf after graduating high school and didn’t return to pitching until his junior year. He was in the Northwoods League when a Braves scout stumbled upon him and signed him as an undrafted free agent, and now he looks like a legit pitching prospect. The nine strikeouts tied a career high for the 21-year-old.

Cardinals OF Randal Grichuk, Triple-A Memphis: 3-for-5, HR, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R — The outfielder has made tremendous strides defensively, winning a Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove in right field in 2013 and even getting the start in center Sunday. He’s slashing .323/.370/.566 with four homers in 24 Triple-A games. Grichuk batted .143 in a cup of coffee with the Cardinals at the end of April/beginnign of May.

Cubs OF Jorge Soler, Double-A Tennessee: 2-for-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R, BB, K — Soler’s hitting .412 with a 1.265 OPS in five games since coming off the DL with a hamstring injury.

Mariners SS Ketel Marte, Double-A Jackson: 4-for-6, 2B, 2 R, RBI, 2 SB — The buzz on Marte coming into 2014 was that he had the tools to really pick it at short, but his bat was a question mark. Aggressively promoted to Double-A, the 20-year-old is slashing .328/.380/.405 through 33 games with excellent peripheral numbers. Not much power to speak of from the switch-hitter, but he won’t have to hit a ton to justify and every day MLB gig.

Royals OF Jorge Bonifacio, Double-A Northwest Arkansas: 2-for-5, HR, 2B, 4 RBI, R, K — Bonifacio has plenty of raw pop, but a level swing has prevented the 20-year-old from tapping into it. He has two homers this year and hit just four in 88 games last season, but with a little loft, Emilio’s younger brother could be a prototypical power-hitting right fielder.

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