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Wednesday's top prospect performers

@wboor
July 11, 2019

Here's a look at Wednesday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list: AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST Blue Jays: Ryan Noda, 1B/OF (No. 20) -- 2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI (Class A Advanced Dunedin) Noda, a 15th-round pick from the 2017 Draft, hit his seventh homer of the year

Here's a look at Wednesday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list:

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: Ryan Noda, 1B/OF (No. 20) -- 2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI (Class A Advanced Dunedin)
Noda, a 15th-round pick from the 2017 Draft, hit his seventh homer of the year in the fifth inning of Dunedin's win over Tampa. The 23-year-old also added an RBI single in the seventh of Game 1 of the doubleheader. Noda went 0-for-1 to begin Game 2, but then the skies opened up and the game was suspended. Noda hasn't hit all that well this season and there's a lot of swing and miss in his game, but he also generates a lot of power and has a patient approach that leads to a lot of walks. Blue Jays prospects stats »

Orioles: Adam Hall, SS (No. 14) -- 3-for-6, RBI (Class A Delmarva)
Hall boosted his average to .313 and has multiple hits in back-to-back games for the Shorebirds. The 20-year-old has a natural feel to hit and has a strong ability to use the entire field. Hall hit .293 over 62 games in short-season ball last year and while he's already played a career-high 76 games this season, he seems to be holding up just fine. Orioles prospects stats »

Rays: No Rays prospects had noteworthy performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.

Red Sox: Zach Schellenger, RHP (No. 28) -- 2 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (Class A Advanced Salem)
Schellenger threw 18 of his 31 pitches for strikes and put zeros on the scoreboard for his second straight outing. The 2019 season has been a bit rough for the 23-year-old, who began the year with Double-A Portland, but struggled and was sent to Salem, where he has allowed 14 runs over 14 innings. When things are going well, Schellenger pairs his mid-90s fastball with a devastating slider. Red Sox prospects stats »

Yankees: No Yankees prospects had noteworthy performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.

AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL

Indians: Gabriel Rodriguez, SS (No. 13) -- 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI (DSL Indians)
Rodriguez put together his second straight multihit game and collected three RBIs for the fifth time this season. The 17-year-old, whom the Indians signed last July, doesn't stand out for any particular tools, but is solid in every aspect of the game. Some scouts feel he will have to move to third base as he continues to grow. His bat speed and ability to hit are likely to result in average power. Indians prospects stats »

Royals: No Royals prospects had notable performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.

Tigers: No Tigers prospects had notable performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.

Twins: Royce Lewis, SS (No. 1, No. 7 in MLB) -- 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI (Class A Advanced Fort Myers)
The All-Star break appears to have rejuvenated Lewis, who has homered in back-to-back games and is 5-for-12 (.417) over three games since returning from the SiriusXM Futures Game. The 2017 No. 1 overall Draft pick is having a bit of a down year offensively, hitting .237 with seven homers after hitting .292 with 14 homers in 2018. However, June was Lewis' best month of the season, and he has at least one hit in five of the six games he's played in July. In fact, he has four multihit efforts this month and may be on his way to a strong second half. Twins prospects stats »

White Sox: No White Sox prospects had notable performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.

AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST

A’s: Lazaro Armenteros, OF (No. 4) -- 2-for-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI (Class A Advanced Stockton)
Armenteros was one of the top international prospects in the 2016 class because of his potential to have four above-average tools when all is said and done. The 20-year-old could potentially have plus power, which is something he displayed Wednesday in his first career two-homer game. Armenteros, who now has a career-high 13 homers this season, hit a grand slam in the fourth inning and followed that up with a solo blast in the sixth inning. A's prospects stats »

Angels: Alexander Ramirez, OF (No. 30) -- 2-for-5, 3B, HR, 2 RBI (DSL Angels)
Ramirez, whom the Angels signed for $1 million last August, got off to a slow start in his professional career, but has picked things up as of late. Still just 16 years old, Ramirez is hitting .241 through 22 games and has hits in seven of the last eight games he's played. While Ramirez is still in need of seasoning, he has a solid approach and some scouts have put a 70 grade on his raw power, which obviously lends itself to plenty of excitement about his future. Angels prospects stats »

Astros: Nivaldo Rodriguez, RHP (No. 30) -- 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K (Class A Advanced Fayetteville)
Rodriguez continued his recent run of dominance with another scoreless start for the Woodpeckers. The 22-year-old, who features one of the best curveballs in the Astros' system, hasn't allowed a run in his last 11 innings and has held opponents to one run or less in six straight starts. The Astros signed Rodriguez for $10,000 out of Venezuela in 2016, and he's pitched to a 2.33 ERA over 10 games with Fayetteville after starting the season with Class A Quad Cities. Astros prospects stats »

Mariners: Cal Raleigh, C (No. 13) -- 3-for-3, 2 HR, 4 RBI (Class A Advanced Modesto)
Another day, another jog, or two, around the bases for Raleigh, who has now homered 20 times through 78 games for the Nuts. The 22-year-old, a 2018 third-round pick, hit a solo blast in the sixth inning and a two-run shot in the seventh to continue his recent power surge. Not only has Raleigh homered in back-to-back games, but he's also gone deep seven times in the past seven games, including a pair of two-homer efforts. Mariners prospects stats »

Rangers: Julio Pablo Martinez, OF (No. 4) -- 2-for-3, 2B, RBI (Class A Advanced Down East)
The stats, as a whole, don't look pretty for Martinez, but the 23-year-old has been raking for quite a while. After struggling mightily over the first two months of the season, Martinez saw his average sitting at .152 on May 29. Since then, however, he has hit .307 in June, is hitting .324 in July and has brought his average up to .232. Rangers prospects stats »

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves: Freddy Tarnok, RHP (No. 14) -- 4 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K (GCL Braves)
Tarnok, who was placed on the injured list on June 4, made his third GCL rehab appearance on Wednesday. The 4 2/3 innings and the five strikeouts were both highs for his rehab, and they seem to suggest he is making good progressions. The 2017 third-round Draft pick began the year with Class A Advanced Florida, but posted a 6.49 ERA over 11 starts. Braves prospects stats »

Marlins: Connor Scott, OF (No. 5) -- 2-for-5, 3B (Class A Clinton)
Scott showed off his 65-grade speed and set a career high with his fifth triple of the year in Clinton's win over Lake County. The 19-year-old is hitting .231 through 78 games this season after hitting .218 through 50 games last year in his professional debut. Marlins prospects stats »

Mets: Shervyen Newton, SS (No. 5) -- 2-for-4 (Class A Columbia)
Not only is Newton in the middle of a five-game hitting streak, but he also has multiple hits in each of those five games. The 20-year-old is hitting just .218 this season, but you'd never know he was struggling if you'd seen him play recently as he's 12-for-22 (.545) over the past five games. Signed for $50,000 out of the Netherlands back in 2015, Newton is a switch hitter with some intriguing tools, but his mechanics lack consistency. Mets prospects stats »

Phillies: Jamari Baylor, SS -- 2-for-4, 2B (GCL Phillies)
Baylor, the Phillies' third-round pick from the 2019 Draft, picked up the first two hits of his professional career. The 18-year-old, who signed for an above-slot $675,000, went 0-for-3 in his first game on Tuesday, but quickly got into the hit column Wednesday. Baylor is raw defensively, but he has plenty of athleticism and has a chance to stick at shortstop. Phillies prospects stats »

Nationals: Tim Cate, LHP (No. 5) -- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K (Class A Advanced Potomac)
July has been a good month for Cate, who has yielded just one earned run over two starts (13 innings) so far this month. The 21-year-old, a 2018 second-round pick, threw 57 of his 95 pitches for strikes on Wednesday, his fourth start with the Nationals. Prior to his promotion to Potomac, Cate began the year with Class A Hagerstown and posted a 2.82 ERA with 73 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings. Nationals prospects stats »

NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL

Brewers: Tristen Lutz, OF (No. 4) -- 2-for-5, 3B (Class A Advanced Carolina)
Lutz extended his hitting streak to six games and is hitting .297 through 10 games this month. The 20-year-old, a 2017 Draftee is known for his power and that showed as he hit 13 homers in his 2018 full-season debut. Lutz has gone deep nine times in 81 games this year, and although his power is what stands out, Lutz also utilizes the whole field well, which will likely help him hit for average as he continues to develop. Brewers prospects stats »

Cubs: Miguel Amaya, C (No. 2, No. 76 in MLB) -- 2-for-4 (Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach)
Amaya extended his hitting streak to four games and has hits in five of seven games this month after his latest multihit effort. While those numbers may not be eye-popping or seem all that impressive, they are certainly a good sign for Amaya, who has struggled and is hitting .227 this season. The 20-year-old has improved offensively since signing with the Cubs in 2015, but it was work behind the plate that led the organization to offer him $1.25 million out of Panama. Cubs prospects stats »

Cardinals: Dylan Carlson, OF (No. 2, No. 88 in MLB) -- 3-for-5 (Double-A Springfield)
There's just no slowing down Carlson, who is 6-for-10 in two games since returning from the Futures Game and is hitting .292 this season. The 2016 first-round pick has seen his stock rise as a result of his breakout campaign. Carlson hit .246 over 112 games in two levels of Class A ball last season, but has absolutely raked since beginning the year at the Double-A level. Carlson, still just 20 years old, has an advanced approach and an ability to legitimately hit from both sides of the plate. Cardinals prospects stats »

Pirates: Ji-Hwan Bae, SS (No. 13) -- 2-for-4, 2 2B (Class A Greensboro)
Make that three straight two-hit performances for Bae, who is hitting .302 through 40 games this season. The 19-year-old from South Korea signed with the Braves in 2017, but the contract was later voided as part of Atlanta's punishment for violations on the international market. The Pirates signed Bae last March and he hit .271 in his professional debut. He has good hand-eye coordination that portends a strong ability to hit in the future. Pirates prospects stats »

Reds: Mariel Bautista, OF (No. 18) -- 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI (Class A Dayton)
Bautista drove in a pair of runs with his sixth homer of the year in Dayton's win over Wisconsin. The 21-year-old has been in the Reds organization since he signed in 2014 and has shown a strong ability to hit -- hitting over .320 in each of the past three seasons. However, Bautista hasn't had very many opportunities to showcase his tools as he's already had two stints on the injured list. Reds prospects stats »

NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST

D-backs: Matt Tabor, RHP (No. 13) -- 5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 9 K (Class A Kane County)
Tabor threw 62 of his 84 pitches for strikes and set a career high for strikeouts as he continued his strong 2019 campaign. The 2017 third-round Draft pick has pitched to a 2.40 ERA this season and surrendered two earned runs or fewer in 11 of his 12 starts. With a mid-90s fastball and a changeup that flashes plus, Tabor has also racked up 73 strikeouts in 56 1/3 innings. D-backs prospects stats »

Dodgers: Jeren Kendall, OF (No. 15) -- 1-for-4, HR, RBI (Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga)
Kendall led off the game with his 11th homer of the year in Rancho Cucamonga's loss to San Jose. While Kendall, a first-round pick from the 2017 Draft, is extremely athletic, there's a lot of swing and miss in his game and that has hampered his development thus far. The 23-year-old is in the middle of his second full season with the Quakes and is hitting .190 through 51 games. Dodgers prospects stats »

Giants: Heliot Ramos, OF (No. 2, No. 56 in MLB) -- 2-for-5, HR, RBI (Class A Advanced San Jose)
Ramos hit his 10th homer of the year in his 54th game, which is significant because it took the 19-year-old 124 games to reach his career-high mark of 11 in 2018. Ramos, a 2017 first-round Draft pick out of Puerto Rico, is hitting .295 in his first Class A Advanced experience, has hits in four of his past five games and is showing the power-speed combo that vaulted him up to the 19th overall pick. Ramos has impressive bat speed, but he does need to work on his approach as he can get overly aggressive at times. Of course it's also important to remember that he's still a teenager. Giants prospects stats »

Padres: Buddy Reed, OF (No. 11) -- 4-for-4, 2B, 3B, RBI (Double-A Amarillo)
Reed's second four-hit game of the season boosted his July average to .357 through 10 games, which may be an indication that the 24-year-old is primed for a strong second half. The 2016 second-round pick has yet to hit over .250 in any month this year and is hitting .232 through 80 games. Reed has potential from both sides of the plate, but struggles with consistency at times. He hit .271 over 122 games last year, but the bulk of that came with Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore. He actually struggled once he was bumped up to Double-A. Padres prospects stats »

Rockies: Daniel Montano, OF (No. 18) -- 3-for-4, 2B (Class A Asheville)
Montano broke out of a 1-for-21 skid with his first multihit performance since July 3. The 20-year-old Venezuelan signed with the Rockies in 2015, but spent the past three seasons in Rookie ball. The 2019 season is Montano's first taste of full-season action, and he's hitting .240 through 82 games. Rockies prospects stats »

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.