Bobby Bradley's season got off to a rough start as he went hitless in seven of his first 10 days and batted just .176 over the month of April.However, Bradley picked it up by hitting .271 in May, and after another strong performance on Saturday, the Indians' No. 4 prospect
Bobby Bradley's season got off to a rough start as he went hitless in seven of his first 10 days and batted just .176 over the month of April.
However, Bradley picked it up by hitting .271 in May, and after another strong performance on Saturday, the Indians' No. 4 prospect is batting .309 in June and .250 for the season.
Bradley, the No. 83 overall prospect, went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a homer and three RBIs in Double-A Akron's win over Portland.
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The 21-year-old has hits in six of his past seven games, including a trio of multi-hit efforts. Bradley wasted no time getting in the hit column Saturday as he collected an RBI double in the bottom of the first. After another double in the third, Bradley highlighted a four-run fifth with a two-run homer, his 11th of the season.
Other top prospect performances from Saturday's action:
• No. 5 overall prospect Victor Robles (Nationals' No. 1) stole two bases and scored two runs as part of a 2-for-3 effort for Class A Advanced Potomac in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Robles then extended his hitting streak to a modest four games with a 1-for-4 outing in Game 2.
• No. 10 overall prospect Brendan Rodgers (Rockies' No. 1) wasted no time starting his next hitting streak. After Rodgers' 23-game run came to a halt on Friday, the 20-year-old homered in his first at-bat with Class A Advanced Lancaster on Saturday. Rodgers later doubled, finishing 2-for-4 and putting his average at an even .400 through 47 games.
• No. 25 overall prospect Luis Robert (White Sox No. 3) recorded his first multi-hit game as a professional by going 2-for-3 in the Dominican Summer League. Robert, who also stole two bases in the game, is hitting .231 (3-for-13) through his first five games.
• No. 52 overall prospect Alex Verdugo (Dodgers' No. 2) extended his hitting streak to nine games with a 3-for-4 game for Triple-A Oklahoma City. Verdugo has hit well all season but has turned it up a notch in June, raising his average up to .329 overall and hitting .385 through 15 games this month.
• No. 95 overall prospect Franklin Perez (Astros' No. 6) put together another strong start for Class A Advanced Buies Creek. The 19-year-old gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits over seven innings. Perez was stuck with the loss, his first of the season, but threw 51 of his 69 pitches for strikes, issuing no walks and striking out five.
• Nationals No. 5 prospect Andrew Stevenson had a perfect day at the plate for Triple-A Syracuse. The 23-year-old went 4-for-4 and is 7-for-8 over his past two games after getting off to a slow start since he was promoted from Double-A.
• White Sox No. 11 prospectDane Dunning lowered his ERA with Class A Advanced Winston-Salem to 3.29 after spinning his first professional shutout. Dunning gave up just three hits and one walk while notching seven strikeouts in his first complete game (seven innings) of the season.
"It's a great feeling, no matter what," Dunning told MiLB.com. "Just going out there and being able to perform for the team and be able to put up zeros and get the team a 'W'. That's mainly the biggest thing, just helping the team get a win. If I can do that every time, I'm going to be a happy camper."
• Phillies No. 11 prospect Scott Kingery continued his stellar season with another two-double day for Double-A Reading. Kingery, who hit a pair of doubles on Friday, followed it up with a 3-for-5 game that included the two doubles and two RBIs. Kingery is hitting .308 through 62 games this season and his current .617 slugging percentage would shatter his current career-best mark of .388.
• Yankees No. 11 prospect Tyler Wade took advantage of Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's doubleheader as he posted a pair of multi-hit games. Wade, who is batting .326 through 63 games, went 2-for-3 with a triple and a stolen base in the first game and then stole two more bases during a 2-for-3 game in the nightcap.
• Giants No. 19 prospectDan Slania put up his best start of the season for Double-A Richmond. Slania, 25, struck out seven and gave up just one unearned run over seven innings.
• Reds No. 25 prospect Gavin LaValley was named MVP of the Florida State League All-Star Game after going 2-for-3 with two homers and four RBIs in the North Division's win over the South. LaValley has 15 homers, a career high, in 58 games -- including one two-homer game -- with Class A Advanced Daytona during the regular season.
• Athletics No. 26 prospectCasey Meisner picked up his fifth win as Class A Advanced Stockton beat Lake Elsinore, 2-1. Meisner put together one of his best starts of the season, giving up one unearned run on one hit and one walk across eight innings. The right-hander struck out seven in the game and hasn't allowed an earned run in his past 14 innings.
William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.