Prospect Roundup: Games of July 17
MiLB.com game stories:
Other top prospect performances:
Cubs 3B Kris Bryant, Triple-A Iowa: 3-for-5, HR, 2B, 2 R, RBI, K — It’s a nice day in the Chicago pipeline when Bryant, Baez, Soler and Russell all homer. The third baseman now has 10 homers in 25 games with the I-Cubs, as the Triple-A level hasn’t slowed his bat at all. It’d be surprising if Bryant doesn’t get a look in Chicago come September, if not before.
Mariners 3B D.J. Peterson, Double-A Jackson: 3-for-5, HR, RBI, R — Peterson’s adjusted quickly to the Double-A level, it seems, slugging four homers in his first 17 games with the Generals. The 22-year-old New Mexico product may not be long for third base, especially with Kyle Seager well entrenched at the hot corner in Seattle. His bat will play at first, though, even at Safeco Field.
A’s 3B Renato Nunez, Class A Advanced Stockton: 2-for-5, HR, RBI, R, 2 K — Nunez now has six home runs in 13 July games and 22 for the season. The 20-year-old is getting helped by the Cal League’s hitter-friendly environment, but his power is also a legit weapon that’s now shining through as he’s sharpened his plate approach and begun making more contact.
White Sox RHP James Dykstra, Class A Advanced Winston-Salem: 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 8 K — The 2013 sixth-round pick got some stellar results in his first Carolina League start. The 23-year-old has a knack for inducing ground balls and filling up the strike zone, a good combination particularly in the lower levels of the Minors.
Rays LHP Blake Snell, Class A Advanced Charlotte: 6 IP, 3 H, ER, 6 K — Snell struggled mightily with his command in 2013, walking 73 in 99 innings with Class A Bowling Green. This year, he’s split the season evenly between the Hot Rods and Stone Crabs and has cut his walk rate considerably, issuing 35 free passes through 81 innings. That’s still nearly four walks per nine innings, but it is a considerable improvement for the 2011 first-rounder (52nd overall).
Twins OF Byron Buxton, Class A Advanced Fort Myers: 2-for-5, HR, RBI, R, K — The long ball was Buxton’s second of the season in 12 games and follows on a three-hit performance on Wednesday night. Buxton’s still making his way back from the wrist injury that kept him out of action for most of the first half. If he can spin together a couple week’s worth of results like this, he should still get to New Britain by year’s end.
Yankees 3B Miguel Andujar, Class A Charleston: 4-for-6, 3 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, BB — The 19-year-old Dominican struggled early on with the RiverDogs but has been putting a charge into the ball of late. After slashing .256/.302/.411 in June, he’s now collected six doubles in his past 10 games, hitting .353 in that time. Andujar got a big bonus as an international free agent in 2011 and might be putting something together in the SAL.