Tuesday's top prospect performers
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.
Michael Hermosillo recorded the eighth cycle in Triple-A Salt Lake history and matched his career high with six RBIs, highlighting a Tuesday slate that saw several Angels prospects put up big numbers across the Minor Leagues.
Hermosillo, the Angels' No. 10 prospect, struck out swinging in his first trip to the plate before rattling off hits in his next four at-bats to complete his cycle and lead the Bees over Fresno, 13-9.
After singling in his second at-bat, Hermosillo picked up his first RBI in the fifth inning when he plated David Fletcher (No. 23) on his fourth triple of the season. The 23-year-old outfielder then put Salt Lake ahead for good in the sixth, connecting on the first grand slam of his career -- with two outs, nonetheless -- and sealed his bid at the cycle in the ninth with an RBI double to left field.
Hermosillo's 4-for-5 performance was his third multihit performance in his past five games and boosted his overall slash line from .244/.343/.430 to .275/.365/.516. He's homered four times in 23 games this season while totaling 15 RBIs and 18 runs.
David Fletcher, the Angels' No. 23 prospect, also had a big game for the Bees, going 2-for-2 with a home run, two walks, two RBIs and four runs scored out of the leadoff spot. After nearly cracking the Angels' Opening Day roster, the 23-year-old infielder has opened the season hitting .370/.422/.600 with 37 hits, including three home runs and eight doubles, in his first 23 games. He's also hit safely in 14 straight.
Meanwhile, at the Class A level, Angels No. 5 prospect Brandon Marsh enjoyed his first multihomer game in Burlington's loss against Dayton. The 20-year-old outfielder drilled a pair of two-run shots to the opposite field in his first two at-bats before finishing 3-for-6.
The Angels' second-round pick in 2016, Marsh owns a .315/.414/.534 slash line, with three home runs and 15 RBIs, through 20 games in his first full-season campaign. He's collected 12 hits in his past seven games, highlighted by five multihit efforts.
The rest of the best performances from top prospects Tuesday
• No. 8 overall prospectFernando Tatis Jr. (Padres' No. 1) turned in his finest offensive performance of the season, going 3-for-5 with solo home run and two doubles as Double-A San Antonio hammered Frisco, 20-4. The 19-year-old shortstop also reached once via a walk, scored three runs and tallied two RBIs. The three-hit effort was Tatis' second this season and snapped him out of a 2-for-21, six-game slump.
• No. 28 overall prospect Juan Soto (Nationals' No. 2) went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer as Class A Advanced Potomac edged Wilmington, 6-5. The homer was Soto's second in seven games with the P-Nats as well as his seventh this season. Overall, the 19-year-old outfielder is slashing .348/.459/.742 with 17 extra-base hits, 31 RBIs and more walks (20) than strikeouts (15) in 23 games spanning two levels. On the mound for Potomac, right-hander Wil Crowe (No. 8) worked 5 2/3 frames of two-run ball to record his fourth win in five starts.
• No. 46 overall prospect Justus Sheffield (Yankees' No. 3) turned in his finest outing of the season for Double-A Trenton, tossing six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts in game one of a doubleheader against Portland. He matched his season highs in both of the aforementioned categories, and did so while allowing three hits and three walks. He sports a 2.25 ERA through five starts, with 39 strikeouts and a .163 opponents' average in 28 innings.
MILB Video - Title: Sheffield's ninth strikeout - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1996561783
• No. 54 overall prospect Keston Hiura (Brewers' No. 1) appears to be heating up for Class A Advanced Carolina. The 21-year-old second baseman connected on his second home run, a two-run shot, and finished 2-for-5, though it wasn't enough to keep the Mudcats from falling to Myrtle Beach, 5-4. He's hitting .247 on the season, thanks in part to four multihit performances in his past six games.
MILB Video - Title: Hiura rips a homer - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1997680083
• No. 59 overall prospect Dylan Cease (White Sox No. 5) allowed a leadoff single, but retired the next 19 batters en route to completing a career-high seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. The 22-year-old right-hander also set a career high with 12 strikeouts -- and did so while hitting triple digits with his fastball. He threw a season-high 101 pitches, 74 for strikes, and did not issue a walk.
• No. 77 overall prospect Stephen Gonsalves was lights-out in his season debut for Triple-A Rochester. The (Twins' No. 3) prospect allowed just one hit in 7 2/3 scoreless innings. He issued one walk and struck out five, throwing 55 of 92 pitches for strikes in the stellar outing. The 23-year-old lefty received a promotion to Rochester after going 3-0 with a 1.77 ERA and .167 opponents' average in 20 1/3 innings (four starts) with Double-A Chattanooga.
MILB Video - Title: Gonsalves finishes strong - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1996589083
• Astros No. 22 prospect Jonathan Arauz came a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, finishing 4-for-5 after hitting a grand slam and a single as part Class A Quad Cities' nine-run first inning in a 15-2 victory over Great Lakes. The 19-year-old shortstop lifted his average from .243 to .278 with the season-best four-hit performance, and he's connected on both of his home runs in the last three games.
MILB Video - Title: Arauz hits a grand slam - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1997068083
• Mets No. 4 prospect Peter Alonso's three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning proved the difference as Double-A Binghamton rallied to defeat Akron, 7-6. The 23-year-old first baseman owns a nine-game hitting streak, with home runs in five of his past six games. He leads the Eastern League in all three triple-slash categories (.400/.500/.788), home runs (eight), hits (32), runs (20), total bases (63) and walks (16).
MILB Video - Title: Alonso goes yard - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1997133283
• Orioles No. 9 prospect Keegan Akin hurled six innings of two-run ball and set a career high with 12 strikeouts, the most by a Double-A Bowie pitcher since August 14, 2007 (Radhames Liz). The 23-year-old lefty allowed two hits and three walks in the outing while throwing 65 of his 97 pitches for strikes. Austin Hays (Orioles No. 1, No. 23 overall) backed Akin's effort with a solo shot, his fourth home run of the season.
MILB Video - Title: Akin's 12th strikeout - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1997505483
• Tigers No. 10 prospect Christin Stewart stayed red hot as he homered in a second straight game for Triple-A Toledo. The homer, a two-run shot, gives the 24-year-old slugger an International League-leading five home runs in 22 games this season. It also extended Stewart's hitting streak to six games, during which he's raised his average from .200 to .312.