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Prospect Roundup: Games of July 30

By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com

MiLB.com news:

Orioles RHP Hunter Harvey out for the year with elbow strain

Indians acquire OF James Ramsey from Cardinals for Justin Masterson

Braves DSL prospects suspended for steroids

MiLB.com features:

Stock Watch: Yankees 2B/OF Robert Refsnyder rising with RailRiders

MiLB.com game stories:

Astros OF Brett Phillips ignores opossum, homers in fifth straight game

Indians RHP Tyler Cloyd loses perfect game, gets no-hitter

Padres RHP James Needy and Missions ride overturned call to no-hitter

Astros RHP Mark Appel feels ‘strong’ in Double-A debut

White Sox LHP J.B. Wendelken overshadows Carlos Rodon’s debut

Rangers RHP Alex Gonzalez finishes RoughRiders’ one-hitter

Royals LHP John Lamb works seven one-hit frames

Rangers OF Lewis Brinson hits go-ahead grand slam for Myrtle Beach

Cubs LHP Eric Jokisch goes the distance for Iowa

Other top prospect performances:

Phillies 3B Maikel Franco, Triple-A Lehigh Valley: 1-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, K — Franco has been outstanding in July, hitting .344 with four homers and a .971 OPS. For the season, the 21-year-old is slashing .241/.291/.387.

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Prospect Roundup: Games of July 28

By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com

MiLB.com news:

A’s OF Billy Burns called up to Oakland

MiLB.com game stories:

Cubs OF Albery Almora, SS Addison Russell combine for eight hits

Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole tosses five scoreless in rehab start

Phillies 3B Maikel Franco continues Triple-A breakout with four hits

Red Sox RHP Mike Augliera battles rain in stellar start

D-backs RHP Charles Brewer tosses eight scoreless

Royals RHP Alec Mills fires six one-hit frames for Legends

Five — almost six — Great Lakes hurlers combine to blank Peoria

Astros RHP Troy Scribner drops ERA to 0.77 with ValleyCats

Tigers LHP Kevin Ziomek caps career day with 13 punchouts

Twins 1B Trey Vavra drives in six for Elizabethton

Cubs RHP Juan Paniagua delivers six strong in second FSL start

Other top prospect performances:

Red Sox C Blake Swihart, Double-A Portland: 2-for-4, HR, RBI, R, K — The switch-hitting backstop has pushed himself into the conversation for best catching prospect in the Minors behind a well-rounded game. Swihart is hitting .338 with three homers in July. (more…)

Prospect Roundup: Games of July 27

By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com

MiLB.com news:

Cubs 3B Kris Bryant leads Cubs core in latest Top 100

MiLB.com game stories:

Indians OF Jordan Smith cycles in the clutch for RubberDucks

Dodgers LHP Julio Urias thriving on, off the field for Quakes

Yankees RHP Bryan Mitchell tosses up seven more zeros

Twins LHP Stephen Gonsalves shines in Cedar Rapids debut

Astros 3B J.D. Davis builds on hot start with Quad Cities

Cardinals LHP Rob Kaminsky hurls six scoreless for Peoria

Wilmington turns triple play in loss to Winston-Salem

Astros OF Derek Fisher collects four hits for ValleyCats

Other top prospect performances:

Cubs OF Jorge Soler, Triple-A Iowa: 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, R, K — The homer was the first in Triple-A for Soler. The 22-year-old hit .415 with six homers in 22 games at Double-A this year prior to the promotion.

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Prospect Roundup: Games of July 26

By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com

MiLB.com news:

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

MiLB.com 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). (more…)

Prospect Roundup: Games of July 25

By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com

MiLB.com news:

Twins RHP Kohl Stewart lands on DL with shoulder impingement

MiLB.com game stories:

Cubs SS Addison Russell adds another two-homer day

Nationals RHP Lucas Giolito all but perfect in Suns’ win

Red Sox LHP Brian Johnson blows away Rock Cats

Rangers 3B Joey Gallo goes long in third straight, reaches 35

Six ejected after Birmingham-Jacksonville brawl

Giants RHP Kyle Crick fans 11 in tough loss with Richmond

Marlins OF Fernery Ozuna plates seven for Missoula

Padres OF Mallex Smith continues wielding power bat

Red Sox RHP Anthony Ranudo picks up another win for PawSox

Cardinals RHP Blake McKnight yields one hit in Chiefs’ win

Red Sox LHP Cody Kukuk fans career-high 10 to pace Salem

Other top prospect performances:

Red Sox 2B/RF Mookie Betts, Triple-A Pawtucket: 4-for-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB — Betts has been back with Pawtucket for six games and has gone 10-for-27 with three extra-base hits. He played right field on Friday and figures to get plenty of reps out there while he remains in Triple-A.

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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.

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Prospect Roundup: Games of July 23

By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com

MiLB.com features:

Stock Watch: Twins RHP Jose Berrios bounding up charts

MiLB.com game stories:

White Sox 1B Andy Wilkins continues powerful tear with Knights

Nationals RHP A.J. Cole stays in command for Chiefs

Cubs 1B Dan Vogelbach goes opposite field twice in D-Cubs’ win

Yankees OF Tyler Austin starting to bring Thunder at plate

Royals OF Bubba Starling flirts with cycle for Blue Rocks

Braves LHP Matt Marksberry marks territory for R-Braves

Phillies LHP Brandon Leibrandt shines with dad in stands

Padres SS Trea Turner collects four hits, raises average to .444

Padres OF Rymer Liriano debuts in Chihuahuas’ wild win

Cardinals RHP Sam Gaviglio bounces back with two-hit outing

Other top prospect performances:

Twins RHP Alex Meyer, Triple-A Rochester: 6 IP, 5 H, 8 K — Meyer had issued four walks in each of his last three starts, so it was a move in the right direction that he allowed no free passes Wednesday. The 6-foot-9 University of Kentucky product has shown flashes of brilliance with bouts of inconsistency sprinkled in, too. The upside is tremendous, but even if his command doesn’t take another step forward, Meyer at least has the look of a shutdown, late-innings reliever. (more…)

Prospect Roundup: Games of July 22

By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com

MiLB.com 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

MiLB.com 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 / MiLB.com

MiLB.com news:

Indians SS Francisco Lindor promoted to Triple-A Columbus

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

MiLB.com 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 / MiLB.com

MiLB.com 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.

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