Buxton among top performers in Minors Wednesday
Huge night for top Twins prospects, including two triples for No. 1 prospect Byron Buxton
The Twins received standout performances from five of their Top 30 prospects in the same game Wednesday night.
No. 1 prospect (No. 1 overall ) Byron Buxton led the Double-A Chattanooga charge with a pair of triples, putting him on top of the Minor Leagues with nine this year. No. 2 prospect (No. 12 overall) Miguel Sano added two doubles, while No. 13 prospect Adam Brett Walker and No. 15 prospect Max Kepler contributed a home run each.
The Lookouts didn't need much help on the mound in an 11-5 win over Montgomery, but they got some solid pitching. No. 12 prospect Jake Reed provided a strikeout in two scoreless innings of relief.
Wednesday was a good sign for Sano, especially, as the slugger appears to have turned a corner. Over the past week, he went 9-for-27 with two homers and six RBIs. In that time, he's bumped his season line from .211/.321/.440 to .235/.340/.478.
More standout performances from Top 100 prospects on Wednesday
• Red Sox No. 1 prospect (No. 9 overall) Yoan Moncada picked up his first multi-hit game of the season, going 3-for-4 and scoring the game-winning run in his third start for Class A Greenville. The 19-year-old led off the ninth inning with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, and then came home on a Michael Chavis single for a 4-3 win.
"He got three hits, but we will continue working on his approach," Greenville hitting coach Nelson Paulino told MiLB.com. "I don't want him to try to do too much because we have a long way to go. It is a long season."
• Rangers No. 1 prospect (No. 10 overall) Joey Gallo continued a torrid stretch, hitting his third home run in 24 hours for Double-A Frisco. The third baseman followed a two-dinger night on Tuesday, which included an inside-the-park blast, with a solo homer on Wednesday, giving him seven homers and 22 RBIs on the year.
• Phillies No. 2 prospect (No. 35 overall) Aaron Nola blanked his opponents for the second straight game. The righty gave up four hits in seven shutout innings, and has only given up three runs over his past five starts (35 total innings) for Double-A Reading. Nola also had seven strikeouts against one walk Wednesday.
"I felt good today," Nola told MiLB.com. "My changeup was really working, and I was able to throw some quality innings. The fourth inning, I kinda threw a lot of pitches, got behind on some hitters, but for the most part, everything went well."
• Indians No. 2 prospect (No. 50 overall) Clint Frazier knocked in an RBI for the third straight game, hitting his third home run of the year in the process. The Class A Advanced Lynchburg hitter now sits at .267/.339/.400 with 22 RBIs on the year.
• Padres No. 3 prospect (No. 58 overall) Trea Turner hit his second home run in four games for Double-A San Antonio, and has now hit in 18 of the past 21 games. Over that stretch, he's bumped his season line from .254/.324/.373 to .336/.413/.529, and has five homers with 21 RBIs.
• Mets No. 5 prospect (No. 76 overall) Michael Conforto continues to hit for Class A Advanced Port St. Lucie, going 2-for-5 with a solo home run on Wednesday. Over his past four games, he is 7-for-16 with three extra-base hits, and now has seven dingers to go with 24 RBIs this year.
• Blue Jays No. 3 prospect (No. 80 overall) Jeff Hoffman made his professional debut for Class A Advanced Dunedin, giving up four earned runs in six innings. The hurler underwent Tommy John surgery before Toronto drafted him No. 9 overall last summer, which delayed his Minor League debut until Wednesday.
• Pirates No. 7 prospect (No. 86 overall) Alen Hanson had his fourth-straight multi-hit game for Triple-A Indianapolis, going 3-for-5 with a double. Over that span, he's 9-for-20 with three RBIs, and is now hitting .296/.343/.408 with one homer and 15 RBIs.
• Dodgers No. 3 prospect (No. 88 overall) Grant Holmes tied a career high with nine strikeouts while giving up just one hit in six shuotut innings for Class A Great Lakes. The righty has given up two earned runs in his past four starts (23 total innings), striking out 27 in the process. On the year, he's 3-0 with a 3.03 ERA.
"I'm not walking as many guys," Holmes told MiLB.com. "I'm executing my pitches and not leaving them across the plate, where they can be hit hard."
Other notable performances from around the Minor Leagues on Wednesday
• D-backs No. 6 prospect Brandon Drury led the Minor Leagues with five RBIs for Double-A Mobile on Wednesday. The 22-year-old went 2-for-5 with two doubles, and now has 20 RBIs on the season.
• Indians No. 19 prospect Adam Plutko won his third straight start for Class A Advanced Lynchburg, delivering his best performance of the year. The righty gave up just one hit in seven innings, striking out 10 against two walks, and is now 4-2 with a 1.27 ERA.
"I thought I changed speeds well," Plutko told MiLB.com. "My curveball was pretty huge all night as far as keeping them off balance. I ran some fastballs up in the zone off of it, which only helped. I think I did a good job of mixing all four of my pitches."
• Reds No. 14 prospect Jon Moscot remained undefeated for Triple-A Louisville. The 6-foot-4 right-hander gave up three hits and one unearned run in six innings, and is currently tied at the top of the Minors with a 6-0 record. Moscot sports a 2.06 ERA, and has won all but one of his starts.
• Royals No. 26 prospect Cody Reed notched a career-high 11 strikeouts against one walk in 6 2/3 shutout innings Wednesday. The win was his second straight, and he currently sits at 4-2 with a save and 1.40 ERA. Over the past five starts (26 1/3 innings), Reed has allowed only two earned runs.
• D-backs No. 27 prospect Daniel Palka had his fourth straight three-hit game for Class A Advanced Visalia. The first baseman has brought in at least one run in all four of those contests, hitting 12-for-19 (.632) with two homers and six RBIs in the process. On the year, he's hitting .312/.380/.567 with seven homers and 30 RBIs.
• Twins No. 11 prospect Stephen Gonsalves continues to sizzle for Class A Cedar Rapids. The southpaw gave up just one hit while striking out seven in six shutout innings, and has still not given up more than two runs in any game this season. On the year, he's now 4-1 with a 1.50 ERA.