Saturday's top prospect performers

May 19th, 2019

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


Blue Jays: Kevin Smith, SS/3B (No. 6) -- 1-for-4, 2B, RBI (Double-A New Hampshire)
Smith’s RBI double in the seventh inning was his lone hit in four trips to the plate and one of five recorded by the Fisher Cats against Hartford. The 2017 fourth-round pick had one of the top breakout performances in the Minors last season, hitting .302/.358/.528 with 25 homers, 92 RBIs and 29 steals in 129 games across two levels. But he’s struggled this season in his introduction to to Double-A, hitting .180/.257/.316 with four homers over 35 games in the Eastern League.
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Orioles: Hunter Harvey, RHP (No. 12) 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 8 K (Double-A Bowie)
The 24-year-old gave up seven runs over four innings in his last start, but turned in a nice rebound performance on Saturday. Harvey, a first-round pick from the 2013 Draft, has had up and down results this season, but the important thing is that he's healthy and pitching as injuries have severely delayed his development so far.
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Red Sox: Brandon Howlett, 3B (No. 15) -- 2-for-4, solo HR (3) (Class A Greenville)
Howlett was the only Drive hitter to collect multiple hits, one of which was his third home run. He signed with the Red Sox for $185,000 last summer after they selected him in the 21st round out of the Florida prep ranks. Overall, he’s hitting .225 (.665 OPS) through 35 games in his first full-season campaign.
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Rays: Nick Solak, 2B/OF (No. 12) -- 3-for-4, HR (6), 2 RBI (Triple-A Durham)
Solak drove in a run with a fifth-inning single and then delivered a game-tying solo shot to the opposite field in the seventh. The 24-year-old’s homer was his second in as many days and fourth in his last seven contests, a stretch in which he’s also batting .429 with 11 RBIs. His season average has improved from .270 to .305 as a result, while his home run and RBI totals sit at six and 21, respectively, through 38 games.
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Yankees: Josh Breaux, C (No. 15) -- 1-for-6 (Class A Charleston)
Breaux, the Yankees' second-round pick from last year's Draft, has hits in three straight games and is hitting .296/.327/.500 through 27 games this season. The 21-year-old hit .288 in April and has bumped that up to .314 in May. Breaux hit .269 over 30 games last season after he was drafted.
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Indians: Tyler Freeman, SS (No. 3, MLB No. 96) -- 2-for-4, HR (3), 2 RBI (Class A Lake County)
Freeman was the lone Captains player to record multiple hits, something he’s now done in 14 of 35 games this season. His home run, a two-run shot to left field in his first at-bat, was the 19-year-old's career-high-setting third of the season, surpassing the previous high (two) he established in 2018, while hitting .352/.405/.511 over 72 games in the Class A Short Season New York-Penn League. He’s raking again so far in his first full season, with a .318 average and .945 OPS after Saturday’s performance.
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Royals: Meibrys Viloria, C (No. 19) -- 3-for-4, 2B, 3 R (Double-A Northwest Arkansas)
Viloria collected a season-high three hits and came around to score each time as he helped the Naturals edge Springfield, 7-6. It was the third straight multihit performance by the 22-year-old backstop, who’s raised his season average from .100 to .182 over his last eight games.
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Tigers: Derek Hill, OF (No. 24) -- 4-for-4, solo HR (5) (Double-A Erie)
The SeaWolves’ leadoff man deposited the third pitch of the game over the wall in left field for his fifth homer of the season, a career-high. Though it would be only run Erie would score in the game, Hill finished with a season-best four hits. After missing most of 2015-16 due to injuries and struggling in his return last season, the former first-round pick (2014) is off to an encouraging start in 2019, hitting .280/.319/.485 through 32 games in his first taste of the Double-A level.
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Twins: Lewis Thorpe, LHP (No. 8) -- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K (Triple-A Rochester)
Thorpe threw 60 of his 90 pitches for strikes and put together one of his best starts this season. The 23-year-old, who signed with the Twins in 2012, has had mixed results so far this year. His ERA sits at 6.70, but that's a bit misleading as he gave up nine runs over four innings in his first start of the season. Thorpe has also made a habit of racking up strikeouts this year and has fanned 53 over 41 2/3 innings.
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White Sox: Alec Hanson, RHP (No. 15) -- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (Double-A Birmingham)
The former second-round pick (2016) recorded three of his six outs via the strikeout in a multi-inning relief appearance for the Barons. He threw 34 pitches in the outing including 20 strikes, seven of which were of the swing-and-miss variety. Pitching exclusively in relief this season, the 24-year-old righty has held opposing hitters to a .070 average while racking up 27 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings.
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A’s: Jorge Mateo, SS (No. 8) -- 2-for-4, 2 RBI, BB (Triple-A Las Vegas)
Mateo has been red-hot at the plate all year. After going 2-for-4 in the first game of a doubleheader, Mateo went hitless in the nightcap, but he's still hitting .322 on the year. The 23-year-old is trying to rebound from a rough 2018, one in which he hit .230 over 131 games. Mateo's resurgence could be a product of playing in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League -- although he was also in the PCL in 2018 -- or it could also be related to the comfort of his second full season in the Athletics' organization after being acquired in a trade from the Yankees.
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Angels: Jesus Castillo, RHP (No. 22) -- 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K (Double-A Mobile)
Castillo, 23, has not allowed more than two runs in five straight outings while pitching to a 1.63 ERA over 27 2/3 innings in that span. Throwing 82 pitches (51 strikes) to headline Mobile's combined two-hit shutout, Castillo offset his season high in walks with five strikeouts and eight groundouts including a pair of double plays.
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Astros: Seth Beer, OF (No. 9) -- 3-for-4, HR (10), 2 RBI, 3 R (Double-A Corpus Christi)
After striking out twice in an 0-for-3 Double-A debut on Thursday, Beer bounced back to collect three hits, including his first Hooks homer, and reach base four times. The Astros promoted Beer, their first-round pick from last year’s Draft, to Double-A after he crushed Carolina League pitching to the tune of .321/.410/.588 over 35 games with Class A Advanced Fayetteville.
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Mariners: Kyle Lewis, OF (No. 7) 2-for-5 (Double-A Arkansas)
After going 0-for-4 on Friday, Lewis responded with a multihit performance on Saturday. The 23-year-old is hitting .241 this season through 36 games. Lewis was promoted to Double-A late last year and hit .220 over 37 games.
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Rangers: Sherten Apostel, 3B (No. 22) -- 3-for-5, 3B, RBI, 2 R (Class A Hickory)
Apostel, a 20-year-old who signed with the Pirates in 2015 and was traded to the Rangers last summer, is 7-for-12 over the past three games after his third three-hit game of the season. Apostel hit .191 in April, but things have started to click and he's hitting .276 in May.
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Braves: Patrick Weigel, RHP (No. 18) -- 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (Triple-A Gwinnett); Justin Dean, OF (No. 30) -- 3-for-4, HR (2), 3B, 2B, 4 RBI, 3 R (Class A Rome)
Weigel didn’t throw a no-hitter like Jasseel De La Cruz did, but he did toss four hitless frames in his Triple-A debut. The 24-year-old righty was promoted to the Minors’ top level after posting a 1.72 ERA in seven starts at Double-A Mississippi. Down in the South Atlantic League, the 22-year-old Dean fell a single short of hitting for the cycle, but still posted his fourth multihit performance in five games. Selected in the 17th round of last year’s Draft out of NCAA Division II Lenoir-Rhyne University, Dean has produced a .283/.385/.421 line with 14 extra-base hits and 13 steals over 40 games in his first full season.
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Marlins: Robert Dugger, RHP (No. 22) -- 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K (Double-A Jacksonville)
The 23-year-old’s seven-inning performance was his second in as many starts for the Jumbo Shrimp. He struck out five and recorded eight groundball outs while throwing 60 of 92 pitches for strikes in the outing. Dugger’s overall ERA sits at 3.47, he’s pitched to a 1.42 ERA over 19 innings during his three-game win streak.
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Mets: Ronny Mauricio, SS (No. 2, MLB No. 92) -- 4-for-5, HR (1), 2B, 2 RBI, R (Class A Columbia)
Mauricio’s third four-hit effort of the season was headlined by his first full-season home run, a two-run shot to right field in the fifth inning. He ultimately finished a triple short of the cycle, grounding out in his final at-bat. The 18-year-old shortstop -- he turned 18 on April 4 -- is hitting .283/.335/.355 in 38 games this season in the South Atlantic League, where he’s three-and-a-half years younger than the circuit’s average player.
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Phillies: Adam Haseley, OF (No. 3) -- 3-for-4, 2 HR (6), 2 RBI (Double-A Reading)
Haseley, 23, has hit half of his six home runs in the last two days after he teed off twice Saturday in his second career multi-homer performance. The 2017 first-rounder (No. 8 overall pick) has raised his average from .221 to .252 by hitting .267 (7-for-15) over his last four games.
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Nationals: Nick Raquet, LHP (No. 22) -- 5 1/3 IP, 4 H, 3 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 7 K (Class A Adv Potomac)
Raquet set a season high for strikeouts and was cruising through the first five innings of his start. The 23-year-old retired the first six batters he faced and held Wilmington scoreless through five, but the first three batters of the sixth reached base and Raquet was unable to escape unharmed. The 2017 third-rounder has struggled this year and pitched to a 6.39 ERA through eight starts.
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Brewers: Trey Supak, RHP (No. 11) -- 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 8 K (Double-A Biloxi)
Supak retired the first 12 batters he faced, including striking out the side in the first inning, and carried a no-hit bid into the sixth. The eight strikeouts marked a season high for the right-hander, who threw 63 of his 89 pitches for strikes. Supak, 22, pitched to a 2.91 ERA in Double-A last year and has improved upon that (2.39) so far in 2019. In addition to his performance on the mound, Supak helped his own cause by going 2-for-3 and scoring two runs.
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Cubs: Aramis Ademan, SS (No. 6) -- 1-for-4, 2B, RBI (Class A Adv Myrtle Beach)
Ademan hit .207 over 114 games with Myrtle Beach a season ago and seems to have made the necessary adjustments as his average is up to .260 in his second go-around with the Pelicans. The 20-year-old, who signed with the Cubs out of the Dominican Republic in 2015, also has hits in five of his past seven games.
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Cardinals: Dylan Carlson, OF (No. 6) -- 1-for-3, 3B, 2 R, 2 BB (Double-A Springfield)
The 20-year-old went deep for a second straight game to push his season total to six homers, putting more than halfway towards reaching the career-high total of 11 he posted in 112 games last season. He's doing it all at the plate this season in his first Double-A campaign, hitting .292/.362/.532 with 20 extra-base hits, 28 RBIs and 30 runs over 39 games.
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Pirates: Cal Mitchell, OF (No. 7) -- 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R (Class A Adv Bradenton)
Mitchell put Bradenton on the board early with an RBI double in the first inning and later drove in another run via a base hit in the sixth. The 20-year-old has performed well in the early stages of his second full season and is hitting .287/.324/.459 through 39 games. Mitchell hit .280 with 10 homers (119 games) last season and is already halfway to that total this year.
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Reds: Jose Garcia, SS (No. 9) -- 2-for-5, RBI (Class A Adv Daytona)
Garcia, 21, has hit safely in five straight games for the Tortugas after his multihit performance out of the leadoff spot Saturday. The Cuban shortstop is hitting .264/.330/.391 in the Florida State League this season after a 125-game pro debut in which he batted .245/.290/.344 for Class A Dayton.
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D-backs: Domingo Leyba, SS/2B (No. 24) -- 2-for-4, HR (4), 2B, RBI, 2 R (Triple-A Reno)
The 23-year-old switch-hitter was 4-for-29 (.138 average) over his last eight games before breaking out with a pair of extra-base hits including his fourth home run. The 2018 Southern League Championship Series MVP is off to a strong start this season in Triple-A, hitting .291/.346/.459 with 15 extra-base hits in 38 games.
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Dodgers: Edwin Rios, 3B/1B (No. 12) -- 2-for-4, HR (5), 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R (Triple-A Oklahoma City)
Rios has homered in back-to-back games and three of his last 10 contests after he went deep for Oklahoma City on Saturday. While the 25-year-old took a step backwards last year in the power department with 10 HR in 88 games in Triple-A Pacific Coast League, he did hit 24 homers in the upper Minors in 2017 after hitting a career-best 27 in '16.
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Giants: Jacob Gonzalez, 3B (No. 19) -- 2-for-5, 2 RBI, R (Class A Augusta)
Gonzalez, 20, entered the day in a 5-for-31 funk (.161 average) over his last nine games before delivering his two-hit, two-RBI performance against Charleston. The 2017 second-round pick is repeating the South Atlantic League after hitting .227/.296/.331 in 122 games with Augusta last year in his first full season.
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Padres: Owen Miller, SS (No. 24) -- 2-for-4, 2 RBI, R, BB, 2 SB (Double-A Amarillo)
Miller pushed his season average above .300 (.301) for the first time this season with his third multihit effort in four games for the Sod Poodles. He reached base three times in the contest and swiped a pair of bags. Drafted by the Padres last year in the third round out of Illinois State, Miller batted .336/.386/.460 with 26 extra-base hits and 40 runs across two levels in his pro debut and finished the summer as the starting shortstop for the Padres' then-Double-A affiliate, San Antonio.
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Rockies: Vince Fernandez, OF (No. 24) -- 2-for-4, HR (11), 2 RBI (Double-A Hartford)
Fernandez owns a share of the Eastern League lead in home runs after he homered for the fourth time in as many games on Saturday. The 23-year-old outfielder, a 10th-round pick out of UC Riverside in 2016, also has gone deep six times in his last nine contests. Overall, he's hitting .292/.393/.625 with 24 extra-base hits and 27 RBIs through 42 games in his first Double-A experience.
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