Prospect Roundup: Games of July 26
By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com
MiLB.com game stories:
Other top prospect performances:
Braves 2B Jose Peraza, Double-A Mississippi: 3-for-4, 2B, 3 R, RBI, K, SB — Peraza is hitting .368 in 31 Double-A games. He has more stolen bases (19) than strikeouts (13), including 10 swipes in his last seven games. The speedster is likely headed to the Arizona Fall League and appears to have a bright future in Atlanta, where he’ll shine in all three phases of the game (hitting, fielding, baserunning).
Mets 2B Dilson Herrera, Double-A Binghamton: 3-for-5, HR, 4 RBI, 3 R — Acquired last August from the Pirates in exchange for Marlon Byrd, Herrera is looking like a good get for the Mets. Listed at 5-foot-10, 150 pounds, Herrera appears to have added some size in the last year, and that’s reflected in more power this season. Herrera’s also cut down on the strikeouts, a good sign for the offensive-minded second baseman.
Cubs SS Addison Russell, Double-A Tennessee: 3-for-5, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, R, K — Russell seems to be settling into life in the Southern League. The 20-year-old is hitting .277 with six homers in 17 games, and has also flashed some sharp leather as a Smoky.
Marlins C/2B Austin Barnes, Double-A Jacksonville: 2-for-3, HR, 2B, RBI, R, BB — Barnes has five homers in his past nine games after hitting just one roundtripper in his first 79 contests. The 24-year-old has a sharp plate approach, and that, paired with his defensive versatility, should make him a useful piece to Miami’s big league club in the near future.
Rangers RHP Alec Asher, Double-A Frisco: 7 IP, 5 H, 7 K — The 2012 fourth-rounder was putting together a stellar campaign up until a few weeks ago, when he allowed 23 runs over a four-start stretch. He seems to have rebounded, though, allowing one earned run in his past two starts combined (14 1/3 innings).
Royals LHP Brandon Finnegan, Class A Advanced Wilmington: 4 IP, 2 H, BB, 5 K — The TCU product has started his pro career with 11 straight scoreless innings, striking out 11 and walking one. Finnegan was the 17th overall pick in the Draft and boasts a strong fastball-slider combination. His ultimate role will likely be tied to his command and his changeup, with the range of outcomes anywhere between a No. 2/3 starter to a late-innings bullpen arm.
Dodgers 1B Cody Bellinger, Rookie-level Ogden: 3-for-5, 2B, 3 R, RBI, 2 K — The 19-year-old missed about a month with a separated shoulder but has been tearing the cover off the ball since he returned last week. The first baseman is batting .409 with seven extra-base hits in 10 games this season.