Prospect Roundup: Games of July 24

By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com

MiLB.com game stories:

Yankees OF Zoilo Almonte spreads out three-homer effort

Cubs RHP Pierce Johnson snaps skid with six scoreless

Dodgers OF Joc Pederson hits go-ahead grand slam 

Astros RHP Mark Appel goes career-long six innings in win

Indians RHP Toru Murata carries no-hit bid into sixth inning

Angels LHP Nate Smith holds own in pitchers’ duel

Tigers RHP Jonathon Crawford dominates for Whitecaps

Rangers RHP Justin Germano throws three-hitter for Express

Marlins RHP Jacob Smigelski spins one-hit start for Muckdogs

Other top prospect performances:

Cubs SS Javier Baez, Triple-A Iowa: 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI, R, 2 K — Baez is on another hot streak in Iowa, hitting .366 with three homers in his past 10 games. He also has been making more starts at second base since Arismendy Alcantara was promoted. It’s a bit of a mystery what Chicago is going to do with Baez as far as a timeline for reaching to the Majors, but it wouldn’t be shocking if the Cubs wait until Baez shows he can consistently dominate at Triple-A before the call comes. The team certainly has no reason to rush the 21-year-old.

Twins RHP Jose Berrios, Double-A New Britain: 7 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 4 K — Berrios came away the winner in a showdown against Red Sox left-hander Henry Owens. The Twins have clocked Berrios up to 98 mph recently, and the right-hander has been stellar in two starts since allowing five earned runs in his Eastern League debut. With a mid-90s fastball and two promising offspeed pitches, Berrios is looking like a potential impact arm in a very deep Twins system.

Mariners OF Gabby Guerrero, Class A Advanced High Desert: 3-for-4, 2 HR, 2B, 4 R, 2 RBI, BB — The 20-year-old is having a monstrous July, slashing .345/.371/.560 with four homers in 19 games. He’s cut down on the strikeouts, too, with just 16 punchouts in 19 games after striking out 28 times in 22 games last month. Guerrero has multiple hits in seven of his past 10 contests.

Astros 1B A.J. Reed, Class A Short Season Tri-City: 2-for-5, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R, K — With the dust now settled, Reed is one of the Astros’ top gets in the 2014 Draft, along with outfielder Derek Fisher. The first baseman showed a discerning eye and big power in college, and at least the former is already apparent in pro ball. Reed has a 21-to-18 K/BB and a .294/.397/.487 triple slash. The home run was his fourth in 32 games, and the 6-foot-4, 240-pound lefty should have plenty more roundtrippers ahead of him.

Rockies SS Max George, Rookie-level Grand Junction: 2-for-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, K, SB — The 2014 sixth-rounder is off to stellar start in his pro career. The Parker, Colorado, native is hitting .314 through 22 games with three homers, five doubles and five stolen bases. The Rockies managed to snag a few intriguing high school infielders in this year’s Draft (including Grand Junction teammates Forrest Wall and Kevin Padlo) who are off to promising starts in the Pioneer League.

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