Prospect Roundup: Games of July 6

By Jake Seiner / game stories:

Red Sox LHP Henry Owens matches career highs in K’s, innings

Blue Jays INF Andy Burns walks off, then proposes to girlfriend

Mariners 3B D.J. Peterson homers in second straight game for Generals

Brothers Jharel and Jamaine Cotton square off in Lancaster

Pirates SS JaCoby Jones has definitely got the Power

Twins OF Byron Buxton makes long-awaited return, diving grab

Cubs OF Jorge Soler homers in first game back with Smokies

Padres RHP Zach Eflin turns in six scoreless for Storm

Astros 3B J.D. Davis unloads as ‘Cats complete sweep

Other top prospect performances:

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard, Triple-A Las Vegas: 7 IP, 6 H, ER, 8 K — His 5.31 ERA isn’t pretty, but nine of his 16 starts have come at home in one of the worst pitchers’ parks in the game. Syndergaard’s still striking out more than a batter per inning and his stuff is still there. The righty should still see New York at some point this season and could earn a rotation spot out of Spring Training next year.

Tigers OF Steven Moya, Double-A Erie: 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, R, BB — The 22-year-old and his massive raw power have been showing off of late, belting five homers in his past nine games. Moya has 21 long balls on the season but also has a sub-.300 OBP thanks to a 96-to-10 K-to-BB. If Moya can ever improve his pitch recognition and cut down on the chases, he could develop into a monster for the Tigers. That said, the swing and miss looks like it may always hold him back.

Twins SS Jorge Polanco, Class A Advanced Fort Myers: 3-for-5, 2 2B, RBI, R — The 21-year-old stole the show a bit during Buxton’s return, raising his average to .297 with 15 doubles in 79 games this season. Polanco’s continued to show a sharp approach with impressive barrel-to-ball skills. The switch-hitter has a knack for hard contact, and though he’s stretched a bit defensively at short, the overall profile could make him an above-average regular up the middle.

Dodgers SS Corey Seager, Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga: 4-for-6, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 R, BB — I’m honestly uncertain what else Seager has to do to get a promotion up to Double-A. The 20-year-old is slashing .353/.409/.628 through 76 games, and reports have been positive on the development of his defensive game. He still may be stretched at short and have to move long-term, but he’s made positive strides, and should be ready to tackle the Southern League. 

Indians OF Clint Frazier, Class A Lake County: 2-for-5, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 K — Frazier’s posted mixed results this season. He’s striking out in nearly 30 percent of his plate appearances, but he’s also shown flashes of his exceptional power. Sunday’s homer was his seventh, and overall, Frazier is slashing .249/.321/.386.

D-backs SS Andrew Velazquez, Class A South Bend: 3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI, R, K, 2 SB, 2 CS — The 19-year-old has been on base in 66 consecutive games, quietly putting together a very Betts-ian season in the Midwest League. Velazquez is an undersized switch-hitter from the Bronx with good wheels and a good feel for the game. He’s swiped 36 bases in 44 tries and is slashing .302/.380/.460.

Padres SS Franchy Cordero, Class A Short Season Eugene: 3-for-5, HR, 2 R, RBI, 2 K, CS — The 19-year-old seems to be figuring some things out with the Emeralds, picking up his first four homers of the season within the past 10 days. Cordero has massive tools, but the gap between present and potential future is about as large as it gets. 

Reds SS Alex Blandino, Rookie-level Billings: 3-for-5, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 K, 2 CS — Blandino faces defensive questions at short, but should be a quality defender at second or third should he move. His bat plays much better at short or second — he may not have the pop for third. The 21-year-old is off to a strong pro start, slashing .302/.392/.488.

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