Wednesday's top prospect performers

May 20th, 2021

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

Giants: Marco Luciano, SS (MLB No. 13), Low-A San Jose
Luciano got off to a bit of a slow start this season, but he appears to have found his footing. The 19-year-old extended his hitting streak to four games with a two-homer performance, the second of his career, in San Jose’s loss to Fresno. Luciano got the scoring started with a solo homer in the first and then added to his night with a two-run blast in the fifth. After the 2-for-4, three-RBI night, Luciano is hitting .245 on the season. Giants prospects stats »

Tigers: Riley Greene, OF (MLB No. 16), Double-A Erie
After going without an RBI for seven consecutive games, Greene equaled his career high with five, including a walk-off single in the ninth inning. The 20-year-old singled three times and drove in all of Erie’s runs, highlighted by his infield single with two outs in the ninth that scored a pair. Greene is batting .259 with a .678 OPS but he’s plated 12 runs through his first 14 games of the season. Tigers prospects stats »

Royals: Asa Lacy, LHP (MLB No. 24), High-A Quad Cities
Lucius Fox, SS (No. 26), Triple-A Omaha
Following a pair of short and uneven performances to begin his professional career, Lacy twirled a gem to pick up his first-career win. The 21-year-old struck out six over five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks in a 78-pitch outing. Lacy worked around trouble in the second and fourth innings when he allowed a pair of baserunners in each frame. The southpaw has struck out 15 over nine innings in his first three starts.

After going hitless in his first two games of the season, Fox has ripped off a 6-for-12 streak, including his three-hit performance Wednesday. The 23-year-old roped a pair of doubles and drove in a run in his first three-hit game since Aug. 11, 2019. A career .245 hitter in parts of four Minor League seasons, Fox is off to a .353/.500/.529 start through five games spanning 17 at-bats. Royals prospects stats »

Braves: Drew Waters, OF (MLB No. 28), Triple-A Gwinnett
Spencer Strider, RHP (No. 21), Low-A Augusta
In the span of four games, Waters has gone from a player looking to get on track, to one of the hottest hitters in the Minors. Just 24 hours removed from his first multi-homer game, the 22-year-old went deep again and equaled his career high with four hits while falling a triple shy of the cycle. Waters was hitting .188/ after an 0-for-4 effort on May 14. The Atlanta native has gone 9-for-14 with five extra-base hits, eight runs and six RBIs in four games since to lift his slash line to .326/.404/.609.

Strider was flat-out dominant in his second-career start, striking out 10 of the 13 batters he faced. Thanks to a wild pitch, the 22-year-old fanned four batters in the opening frame and eight of his first nine overall. Strider walked one and was lifted after tossing 60 pitches -- 44 strikes -- over 3 2/3 hitless innings. Atlanta’s fourth-round pick in the 2020 Draft has yet to allow a hit through 6 2/3 innings in his first two starts while striking out 17 of 22 batters. Braves prospects stats »

Rays: Vidal Bruján, OF (MLB No. 40), Triple-A Durham
Two weeks into the Minor League season and Bruján is showing no signs of slowing down. The 23-year-old led off the bottom of the first inning with a homer, singled home the tying run in the 10th and finished with three hits, three RBIs and a stolen base. Bruján’s average dipped to .314 after Tuesday’s 1-for-4 performance, but his fifth multihit effort of 2021 boosted his slash line to .339/.431/.679 with seven extra-base hits and 15 RBIs in 14 games. Rays prospects stats »

Reds: Nick Lodolo, LHP (MLB No. 47), Double-A Chattanooga
Lodolo, the seventh-overall pick from the 2019 Draft, racked up 11 strikeouts in his third start of the season. The lefty threw 58 of his 90 pitches for strikes, walked one and gave up one hit over 7 1/3 scoreless innings. Lodolo retired seven of the first eight batters he faced to begin the game before giving up a base hit. After the hit, he was just as dominant, retiring 14 of the next 15 batters to conclude his start. Through three starts, Lodolo is boasting a 0.57 ERA and has notched 24 strikeouts over 15 2/3 innings. Reds prospects stats »

Mets: Brett Baty, 3B (MLB No. 79), High-A Brooklyn
A hot start to the season got even hotter for Baty on Wednesday. The 21-year-old equaled career highs with four hits and four RBIs, including a Little League grand slam to push his slash line to .425/.520/.550 through 40 at-bats. Baty has hit safely in nine of 11 games with six multihit efforts and 14 RBIs. He opened the scoring with a run-scoring single in the fourth, doubled home another in the sixth and drove in two more with a bases-loaded single that turned into a four-run event thanks to a throwing error. Mets prospects stats »

Blue Jays: Alek Manoah, RHP (MLB No. 97), Triple-A Buffalo
Manoah’s dominant start to the season continued with another 10 strikeouts and six innings of one-run ball. The right-hander has pitched to a 0.50 ERA and struck out 27 through three starts (18 innings) this season. Manoah threw 64 of his 94 pitches for strikes against Worcester and fanned at least one in each inning he pitched. Blue Jays prospects stats »

Marlins: Jesús Sánchez, OF (No. 6), Triple-A Jacksonville
Sánchez has hits in 11 of the 12 games he’s played in this season after going 4-for-5 with an RBI on Wednesday. The 23-year-old outfielder has been on fire to start the season, slashing .510/.538/1.020. Sánchez made his Major League debut last season, but struggled in a small sample size. While he likely won’t hit over .500 the rest of the way, if he continues to impress offensively, he may make his way back to Miami in the near future. Marlins prospects stats »

Nationals: Sterling Sharp, RHP (No. 29), Double-A Harrisburg
Despite spinning his second consecutive quality start, Sharp was stuck with a no-decision for Harrisburg. The right-hander tossed six scoreless frames, walking one and striking out five. Sharp was hit around and struggled in his first start of the season, but since then he’s struck out nine and yielded just one earned run over 12 innings. Nationals prospects stats »

Orioles: Kyle Bradish, RHP (No. 12), Double-A Bowie
Bradish was flat out dominant as he threw 44 of his 69 pitches for strikes and struck out 10 over four scoreless innings. The 24-year-old issued a lead-off walk, then struck out the next five batters he faced. A base hit ended that streak, but Richmond couldn’t manage much more as Bradish retired seven of the next eight batters he faced to finish the outing. Bradish has yet to surrender a run this season and has struck out 26 over 13 2/3 innings. Orioles prospects stats »

Rockies: Ryan Feltner, RHP (No. 23), High-A Spokane
Feltner picked up his first win of the season as he twirled 6 2/3 scoreless innings and amassed 10 strikeouts. The right-hander has yielded one run through three starts (15 innings) this season and the 10 strikeouts matched his career high. Rockies prospects stats »

Twins: Josh Winder, RHP (No. 14), Double-A Wichita
Winder was unhittable Wednesday as he cruised through four nearly perfect innings. The 24-year-old, a seventh-round pick from the 2014 Draft, struck out four and walked one in the outing. Winder is off to a fast start this season, having held opponents scoreless in three of his four starts and fanning 23 over 19 1/3 innings. Twins prospects stats »