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Prospect Roundup: Games of July 22

By Jake Seiner / news:

Blue Jays RHP Aaron Sanchez gets call-up to Major Leagues

Padres pick up RHP Rafael De Paula from Yankees for Chase Headley

Cubs promote OF Jorge Soler, Albert Almora game stories:

Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy rebounds with three-hit outing

Marlins LHP Andrew Heaney carries perfecto into seventh

Pirates RHP Tyler Glasnow gets comfortable, stays scoreless

White Sox 1B Andy Wilkins blasts two more homers for Knights

Mets LHP Blake Taylor deploys new changeup in one-hit outing

Yankees 3B Rob Segedin quickly acclimates to Triple-A

Yankees LHP Manny Banuelos takes the fifth for Trenton

Orem takes first-half Pioneer League South title

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard adapting to life in PCL

Other top prospect performances:

White Sox 2B Micah Johnson, Triple-A Charlotte: 3-for-5, HR, RBI, R — The speedy Indiana product hasn’t been quite as impactful on the bases this year, swiping 19 bags in 30 tries a year after accruing 84 stolen bases. He has been proficient at the plate, slashing .315/.369/.432 between Double-A and Triple-A. Johnson has an offense-first profile at second that will probably prove more valuable to fantasy owners than to a Major League team, if only because of his stolen-base potential. (more…)

Prospect Roundup: Games of July 21

By Jake Seiner / news:

Indians SS Francisco Lindor promoted to Triple-A Columbus

Mariners OF Alex Jackson gets X-rays after taking liner off face game stories:

Twins C Mitch Garver slams three homers for Kernels

Durham manager Charlie Montoyo becomes Bulls’ all-time wins leader

D-backs RHP Aaron Blair bests Reds RHP Ben Lively in debut

Braves RHP Jason Hursh makes adjustment in scoreless start

Blue Jays RHP Taylor Cole takes Minors strikeout lead with 12 K’s

Tigers LHP Kevin Ziomek fans career-high 11 batters for ‘Caps

Spokane clinches NWL North first-half title on last day

Other top prospect performances:

Rays LHP Enny Romero, Triple-A Durham: 6 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 BB, 4 K — Romero entered the year a remarkably raw talent for someone with so much success in the upper Minors, but he’s struggled to repeat his delivery and find the strike zone this year. Montoyo said this was Romero’s best start this season — the 23-year-old repeated his delivery and found the strike zone more often with his mid-90s heater and changeup. The curveball is still a work in progress for Romero, but the ceiling is very high for the lefty, who could still be a year or more away from regular action in the Majors. (more…)

Prospect Roundup: Games of July 20

By Jake Seiner / games stories:

Cubs SS Addison Russell gets pranked on career day

White Sox RHP Tony Bucciferro comes painfully close to no-no

Suns C Austin Barnes’ power surge boosts Jacksonville

Mets RHP John Gant flirts with no-hitter for Sand Gnats

Cubs SS Javier Baez extends hitting streak to 14 games

Angels RHP Caleb Clay turns in shutout

Reds OF Aristides Aquino slugs two more homers for Mustangs

Phillies RHP Mark Leiter tosses five-hit shutout for Threshers

Giants RHP Jose Reyes goes long into the night for Volcanoes

D-backs RHP Markus Solbach goes the distance for Hawks

Other top prospect performances:

Nationals OF Michael Taylor, Double-A Harrisburg: 3-for-7, HR, 2 RBI, R, 3 K — The homer was Taylor’s 20th on the season, a milestone in a breakout campaign for the 23-year-old. Taylor draws rave reviews for his defensive work in center and offers a rare power/speed combination at the plate. High strikeout rates may limit the utility of those tools at the highest level, but he’s proving this year he can shine despite the whiffs. 

Braves 2B Jose Peraza, Double-A Mississippi: 3-for-5, 3B, 2 R, RBI — The 20-year-old continues to dominate the Southern League and appears nearly ready for a look at a higher level. The Braves say there’s a good chance Peraza will head to the Arizona Fall League at year’s end for some extra reps. If all goes well, you have to figure the speedster could threaten for playing time in Atlanta at some point in 2015.

Cubs OF Albert Almora, Class A Advanced Daytona: 4-for-5, 2 R — After a slow start, Almora has really hit his stride in the Florida State League, hitting .377 with 10 extra-base hits in 16 July games. The 20-year-old hit for the cycle last week and has his triple slash up to .281/.306/.398.

Astros LHP Josh Hader, Class A Advanced Lancaster: 5 IP, 3 H, BB, 7 K — The 20-year-old has dominated California League hitters all season, posting a 2.46 ERA with 105 strikeouts in 95 innings. Perhaps most impressive, the lefty has a 2.88 ERA in 50 innings at home, and Lancaster plays in one of the most hitter-friendly parks in all of baseball.

Red Sox 2B Wendell Rijo, Class A Greenville: 2-for-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R — The 5-foot-11 infielder can generate impressive bat speed for his size. He won’t be a huge power threat but has the ability to drive the ball into the gaps. He’s also shown a willingness to take a walk as a 19-year-old in full season ball and is slashing .265/.351/.423 on the year.

Yankees C Luis Torrens, Class A Short Season Staten Island: 2-for-4, 3B, RBI, R, K — I got to see Torrens in action a couple weeks ago, and the arm strength and athleticism are readily apparent in the 18-year-old Venezuelan. The homer was his first in the New York-Penn League, and he still needs to add strength to his 6-foot frame to hit for any kind of regular power. The upside is an athletic backstop with good defensive tools and a knack for hard contact at the plate, and Torrens is already showing some polish with a .397/.438/.632 triple slash with Staten Island.

Indians C Francisco Mejia, Class A Short Season Mahoning Valley: 3-for-4, HR, 2B, 4 R, 2 RBI, K — Scouting reviews on the switch-hitting catcher coming into this season were stellar, and the 18-year-old has started to back those with outstanding results of late. Mejia is 9-for-21 with five extra-base hits in his past four games and is slashing .264/.324/.380 for the season.

Prospect Roundup: Games of July 19

By Jake Seiner / game stories

Indians 1B Jerrud Sabourin completes cycle as Mudcats roll

Red Sox C Blake Swihart backs LHP Henry Owens’ gem for Sea Dogs

Orioles 1B Christian Walker makes quick impact with Tides

Cardinals RHP Zach Petrick hurls two-hitter at Sky Sox

Astros RHP Chris Devenski takes no-hitter into seventh

Astros RHP Michael Feliz fans season-high eight

Rangers OF Zach Cone paces attack in Spokane romp

D-backs 2B Garrett Weber continues PCL domination

Yankees LHP Caleb Smith shines in FSL debut with six zeros

Other top prospect performances:

Twins RHP Jose Berrios, Double-A New Britain: 6 IP, 4 H, ER, 5 K — After dominating the Florida State League for 16 starts, the Twins finally bumped Berrios to the Eastern League in early July. This was his second outing, and reports from the team had him up to 101 mph on the stadium gun. That seems almost too high to believe for the 20-year-old Puerto Rican, but the righty can bring some big heat and has made big strides with his pitchability this season.


Prospect Roundup: Games of July 18

By Jake Seiner / games stories:

Twins OF Byron Buxton homers, survives hit-by-pitch scare

Nationals RHP Austin Voth puts on another show for P-Nats

Pirates RHP Adrian Sampson takes no-hitter into ninth

Dodgers 1B Justin Chigbogu ties record with three homers

Dodgers OF Joc Pederson hits first home since shoulder injury

Red Sox OF Alex Hassan goes yard in fourth straight for PawSox

Cubs RHP Jen-Ho Tseng stays on fast track with another gem

Giants RHP Kendry Flores outlasts Julio Urias, stays strong of late

Rays 1B Casey Gillaspie plates career-high five runs for Renegades

Other top prospect performances:

Cubs 3B Kris Bryant, Triple-A Iowa: 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, R, K — Bryant and teammate Javier Baez both went deep for the second consecutive game. Bryant now has 33 homers for the season, including 11 in 26 Triple-A games. The 22-year-old has a .718 slugging percentage split between Double-A and Triple-A.


Prospect Roundup: Games of July 17 game stories:

Phillies OF Roman Quinn ends slump, plates five for Threshers

A’s OF Shane Peterson homers three times for River Cats

D-backs 1B Trevor Mitsui hits for cycle in 27th career game

Cubs SS/2B Javier Baez impresses with bat, at new position

Orioles OF Mike Yastrzemski goes 4-for-5 in Bowie debut

Cubs SS Addison Russell’s homer sparks Smokies to win

White Sox 3B Matt Davidson caps homer barrage for Charlotte

Pirates RHP Brandon Cumpton toughs out win for Indy

Marlins RHP Jay Rogers fires first shutout in four years

Mariners RHP Victor Diaz deals dominant stuff for LumberKings

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.


Prospect Roundup: Games of July 16

By Jake Seiner / features:
Stock Watch: Braves 2B Jose Peraza speeding up the charts game stories:

Blue Jays RHP Liam Hendriks sets the tone in IL All-Star win

Hurlers lead West to EL All-Star Game victory

Tigers OF Steven Moya belts grand slam in EL All-Star Game

Twins OF Byron Buxton records first multi-hit game of 2014

Royals RHP Spencer Patton sports old duds in All-Star Game

Blue Jays SS Dawel Lugo collects four hits in perfect night

Braves RHP Alec Grosser users slider to sink Pirates

Pirates SS JaCoby Jones powering the power with hit streak

Cardinals RHP Trey Nielsen, converting back to pitching, unhittable in first start

Rockies RHP Jon Gray works through discomfort in gem

Astros OF Danry Vasquez clubs three homers for JetHawks

White Sox RHP Dane Stone drops ERA to 1.21 with Voyagers

Other top prospect performances:

Dodgers SS Darnell Sweeney, Double-A Chattanooga: 3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI, BB — The switch-hitting 23-year-old is putting together an excellent season with the Lookouts, slashing .311/.406/.500 with 11 homers and 29 doubles. The only downside in Sweeney’s offensive game this year has been on the bases, where he’s 10-for-23 on stolen base attempts. Otherwise, Sweeney’s showing the potential to hit his way to the Majors, where his versatility as a middle infielder should work well in a utility role, if not something more. (more…)

Prospect Roundup: Games of July 14

By Jake Seiner / game stories:

Mets 1B Allan Dykstra walks off with Triple-A Derby crown

Rays 2B Grant Kay cycles in professional debut with Renegades

Mets RHP Domingo Tapia puts up string of zeros

Cubs OF Albert Almora plays hero for D-Cubs with cycle

Cubs C Mark Zagunis completes cycle after first pro homer

A’s Billy Burns, Max Muncy power RockHounds past Hooks

A’s OF Josh Reddick perfect in rehab outing with Stockton

Lowell’s Ty Buttrey, Nick Moore feed off Fenway experience

66ers OF Chad Hinshaw drives in career-high five runs

Mets OF Darrell Ceciliani quick on the draw for B-Mets

Other top prospect performances:

Giants LHP Adalberto Mejia, Double-A Richmond: 5 IP, 2 H, K — Monday’s was a promising outing in what’s been a disappointing season for the 21-year-old. The start slimmed his ERA to 5.52 in 16 starts after breaking out with a 3.31 mark in 16 outings with Class A Advanced San Jose in 2013. The peripheral numbers are a bit better than that, but Mejia isn’t collecting swings and misses like he did in the lower levels, dimming the chances he reaches the No. 2/3 ceiling some projected after last year. (more…)

Prospect Roundup: Games of July 13

By Jake Seiner / games stories

Rangers 3B Joey Gallo blasts U.S. to Futures Game win

D-backs SS Andrew Velazquez breaks on-base record

Cubs OF Jorge Soler powers Smokies with blasts

Giants LHP Matt Lujan dominates in his hometown

Reds RHP Tyler Mahle tosses 80-pitch shutout

Orioles C Chance Cisco extends streak with three more hits

Red Sox SS Deven Marrero plates career-high six for PawSox

Astros OF Preston Tucker reaches 20-homer mark in style

Cubs OF Billy McKinney hits his first homer as a D-Cub

Other top prospect performances:

White Sox 3B Matt Davidson, Triple-A Charlotte: 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB, K — The 2013 Futures Game MVP went long in North Carolina on Sunday while the eyes of the prospect world honed in on Minnesota. Disappointing as Davidson’s 2014 season is, the 23-year-old has launched 17 homers on the year. He’s hitting .269 this month and has finally gotten his strikeouts down to a manageable total of late, with 10 punchouts in 12 games in July.

Yankees RHP Jaron Long, Double-A Trenton: 6 1/3 IP, ER, BB, 6 K — Long isn’t so much a top prospect as he is just a good story. The son of Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long went undrafted as a junior out of Ohio State last year, but after a strong stint in the Cape Cod League, he signed with the Yankees. The 22-year-old started the year as a reliever in Class A Charleston, and now he has a 3.00 ERA in two starts (one was technically a continuation of a postponed contest). Long doesn’t bring much velocity-wise but can spot up a deep repertoire of pitches and has a nice breaking ball. From a scouting standpoint, the profile doesn’t project that well beyond Double-A, but Long is at least carving out a career for himself a year after even his family connections failed to get him drafted.

Rays 2B Ryan Brett, Double-A Montgomery: 4-for-5, HR, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI — The 2010 third-rounder struggled in his first look at Double-A in 2013, but he’s returned in ’14 and showcased a varied skillset at the plate. His seven home runs are a career high and his 20 doubles are two shy of a personal best, as well. Brett also has 23 steals in 29 tries. Brett’s undersized at 5-foot-9 but plays with a high-energy, hard-nosed style that’s helped other diminutive second baseman overplay their tools.

D-backs 3B Brandon Drury, Class A Advanced Visalia: 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, R — Drury’s homered in three straight games for the Rawhide and now has 16 home runs and 30 doubles on the season to go with a .292 average and .871 OPS. The 22-year-old’s power is not a Cal League creation. As bad as the Justin Upton trade has looked at the Major League level for Arizona, it’s possible Drury and Nick Ahmed could provide nice long-term rewards.

Cubs RHP Jen-Ho Tseng, Class A Kane County: 7 IP, 3 H, ER, 7 K, HR — Tseng carried a shutout into the final inning of a seven-frame contest but allowed a solo homer to Oakland’s 2014 first-rounder Matt Chapman. The 19-year-old has a 2.74 ERA and a 61-to-8 K-to-BB in 62 1/3 innings. Signed out of Taiwan last summer, Tseng is quickly emerging as one of Chicago’s most promising pitching prospects.

Astros CF Brett Phillips, Class A Quad Cities: 3-for-4, 2B, RBI — Phillips is 6-for-8 in his past two games and is slashing .304/.360/.495 through 86 games. The 20-year-old boasts a well-rounded game with a good approach, some power and the chance to be a decent center fielder. 

Rays 1B Casey Gillaspie, Class A Hudson Valley: 2-for-3, HR, RBI, R, BB, K — The 2014 first-rounder hasn’t exactly lit up the New York-Penn League, but he’s held his own with a .252 average and four homers through 27 games. Gillaspie is a first baseman all the way, so he’ll have to hit for power to make an impact in the Majors, something his 6-foot-4, 240-pound frame should be able to manage.

Prospect Roundup: Games of July 12

By Jake Seiner / games stories:

Royals LHP Foster Griffin perfect in fourth pro start

Rockies SS Max George cycles in 16th professional game

Rockies OF Raimel Tapia gets five hits in Tourists’ marathon

D-backs SS Andrew Velazquez ties record with late single

Mariners RHP Victor Sanchez toys with Birmingham

Tigers C James McCann goes 4-for-5, extends hit streak

Pirates RHP Buddy Borden shines in finest pro start

Nationals 3B Matt Skole homers, continues climb

Angels 1B Mike Bianucci continues power surge

Other top prospect performances:

Pirates SS Alen Hanson, Double-A Altoona: 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, R — The switch-hitting 21-year-old has multi-hit games in seven of his past 10 contests with four homers in that span, giving him 10 round-trippers for the season. He’s already closing in on his career high of 16 homers. (more…)


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