Prospect Roundup: Games of July 26

By Jake Seiner / news:

Red Sox add LHP Edwin Escobar, RHP Heath Hembree for Jake Peavy game stories:

A’s OF Kent Matthes homers twice, drives in nine

Indians SS Francisco Lindor smacks first Triple-A homers

Red Sox 2B/OF Mookie Betts returns with a bang for PawSox

Cubs SS/2B Javier Baez homers in both ends of doubleheader

Ten ejected in Albuquerque-Reno brawl

Padres RHP Rafael De Paula impresses in system debut

Rockies OF David Dahl breaks out in third game with Nuts

Marlins RHP Jose Urena posts more zeros for Jacksonville

Cubs OF Jacob Hannemann shines in Daytona debut

Twins RHP Chih-Wei Hu fans 10 over six scoreless

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.

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