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Thursday's top 10 Arizona Fall League performers

@wboor and @KeeganMatheson and @JonathanMayo
September 20, 2019

Here are the top 10 performers from the second night of games in the Arizona Fall League:

Here are the top 10 performers from the second night of games in the Arizona Fall League:

AL East BAL, BOS, NYY, TB, TOR
AL Central CLE, CWS, DETKC, MIN
AL West HOU, LAA, OAK, SEA, TEX
NL East ATL, MIA, NYM, PHI, WSH
NL Central CHC, CIN, MIL, PIT, STL
NL West ARI, COL, LAD, SD, SF
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Royce Lewis, SS/OF, Twins No. 1
Lewis, the Twins’ top prospect because of his skills demonstrated at shortstop, has played at third base and now center field in the Fall League. He put his skills in the outfield on display on Thursday, tracking down a ball at the wall and holding on after crashing into the barrier to deny a hit to Zack Short. He came to bat during the bottom half of the frame and smacked a 404-foot home run, driving in a pair of runs in the process. It would prove to be his only hit of the game in three at-bats. More »

C.J. Chatham, SS/2B, Red Sox No. 9
Chatham went 3-for-5 with a double, a walk and three runs scored in Peoria’s 10-3 victory on Thursday night. He’s now 5-for-9 with two doubles and six runs scored and also stole his first two bases of the Fall League on Thursday. The speed is a nice surprise for the 24-year-old, who stole seven bases in 110 games this season across two levels of the minors and has just 18 in 266 career Minor League games.

Alec Bohm, 3B, Mickey Moniak, OF and Connor Seabold, RHP Phillies Nos. 1, 8 and 30
Bohm broke out with four hits for Scottsdale, finishing 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs out of the cleanup spot. The No. 34 prospect in all of baseball is coming off a strong season spread across three levels in the Phillies’ organization, where he hit a combined .305 with 21 home runs and an .896 OPS. Moniak, who started in center and batted second, went 2-for-6 in the win with a double and two RBIs. Seabold got the start for Scottsdale and was very sharp over his three innings on the mound, tossing three shutout innings with just one hit allowed and striking out five. More »

J.J. Matijevic, 1B Astros No. 18
Matijevic broke open the game early on Thursday with a bases-loaded double in the first inning, driving in all three runs. He went 2-for-4 on the night and is 4-for-9 with four RBIs over two games. After a successful season pitching out of the Corpus Christi bullpen in the Double-A Texas League, right-hander Carlos Sanabria picked up where he left off with two scoreless innings on Thursday. He allowed just one hit and a walk, picking up one strikeout.

Bubba Thompson, OF, Rangers No. 8
Thompson launched a solo home run for Surprise on Thursday night, finishing 1-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. The first-round pick from the 2017 Draft missed nearly two months of the season after fracturing his left hamate bone, so the Arizona Fall League season comes at a perfect time for him. Over 57 games with Class A Advanced Down East this season Thompson hit .178 with five home runs and a .573 OPS.

Vidal Brujan, 2B, Rays No. 3
Brujan opened the scoring in Thursday’s game with a two-run home run in the first inning. The 21-year-old second baseman hit the ball 389 feet out to right for his first home run of the Fall League season. Playing for the Class A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs and Double-A Montgomery Biscuits this season, Brujan hit only four home runs, but did steal 48 bases and hit .277 with 28 extra-base hits in 99 games. The two-run shot was his only hit of the game.

Joey Bart, C, Giants No. 1
Bart is right at home in the Arizona Fall League. After belting two home runs in Wednesday’s opener, the No. 19 prospect in baseball went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and two walks. The 22-year-old is 4-for-7 in his first two games with Scottsdale. After starting behind the plate in the AFL opener, Bart got a day at DH in Thursday’s 8-6 win.

Logan Warmoth, 2B/SS, Blue Jays
Warmoth had a big game in Scottsdale’s 8-6 win over Surprise on Thursday, going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Warmoth has fallen out of the Blue Jays' Top 30 list after being selected in the first round of the 2017 Draft -- six picks ahead of Toronto’s No. 1 prospect, Nate Pearson – but the Blue Jays are optimistic that the 24-year-old can come back stronger in 2020. This season, between Class A Advanced Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire, Warmoth hit .235 with three home runs and a .658 OPS over 101 games.

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

Keegan Matheson is a reporter/editor for MLB.com based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter @KeeganMatheson.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.