Prospect Roundup: Games of August 16

By Jake Seiner / news:

Cubs 3B Kris Bryant to have MRI for painful left foot game stories:

Twins RHP Virgil Vasquez spins no-hitter for New Britain

Nationals RHP Ian Dickson dominates in Potomac victory

Pirates SS JaCoby Jones plates career-high five, hits grand slam

Tigers LHP Kevin Ziomek sharp again for Whitecaps

A’s OF Jaycob Brugman belts two more for Ports

Giants LHP Steve Messner stifles SAL’s top offense

Giants RHP Clayton Blackburn fans 11 in duel

Rockies RHP Chad Bettis breezes through eight for Sky Sox

Astros RHP Joe Musgrove has way with Yanks in ‘Cats win

Other top prospect performances:

Phillies OF Aaron Altherr, Double-A Reading: 1-for-6, HR, 3 RBI, R, K in doubleheader — The 22-year-old is finishing strong after a tough 2014 season. He’s clubbed five homers in his past 10 games, bringing his season total to 14. His overall slash line is .238/.296/.412. Altherr is very athletic and has considerable upside, and may finally be tapping into that a bit as 2014 winds toward an end.

Tigers OF Steven Moya, Double-A Erie: 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, R, 2 K — Moya’s raw power has never been in question and he finally has tapped into that in game action this season. The 22-year-old has more than doubled his previous career high with 30 home runs, although he’s cooled off in August with just three homers and a .224/.233/.379 triple slash line.

Red Sox OF Manuel Margot, Class A Advanced Salem: 3-for-5, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R — Margot got the bump to Salem after a solid showing as a 19-year-old with Class A Greenville through most of the summer. The outfielder hit .286/.355/.449 in the South Atlantic League, and after going 0-for-4 in his Salem debut, is now off to a fine start in the Carolina League. Along with Rafael Devers (GCL), Margot is at the forefront of the next wave of Red Sox position prospects that could threaten for Major League playing time in the latter half of the decade.

Mariners OF Gabby Guerrero, Class A Advanced High Desert: 3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R — Guerrero has taken strides adjusting to the steady diet of off-speed pitches he’s likely to see for the rest of his career. The 20-year-old can crush fastballs, but with an aggressive approach at the plate, he’s been susceptible to good breaking stuff. As Mavericks hitting coach Max Venable noted this weekend, though, Guerrero’s been barreling more off-speed pitches of late, handling stuff like 3-2 sliders with authority.

Rays LHP Brent Honeywell, Rookie-level Princeton: 5 IP, H, BB, 7 K — Honeywell has been outstanding since Tampa Bay selected him 72nd overall in this summer’s Draft. The 19-year-old has a 1.26 ERA with 36 strikeouts and six walks over 28 2/3 innings. Honeywell is unusual in that he relies on a screwball as part of his repertoire, a pitch that works effectively off of his changeup and fastball.

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