Class A Lake County may have been outslugged by Lansing on Thursday night, but that didn't stop the red-hot Conner Capel from turning in another big performance at the plate.The Indians' No. 30 prospect set career highs with three hits and five RBIs, three of which came on his ninth
Class A Lake County may have been outslugged by Lansing on Thursday night, but that didn't stop the red-hot Conner Capel from turning in another big performance at the plate.
The Indians' No. 30 prospect set career highs with three hits and five RBIs, three of which came on his ninth home run of the season. He also hit a triple and drew a walk in the contest, with the latter leading to his fifth stolen base, before finishing 3-for-4 in the Captains' 15-9 loss. It was his third multi-hit effort in his last four games.
Capel has enjoyed a power surge of late, as Thursday's homer was his fourth in his last six games and his eighth in his last 15. The 20-year-old outfielder has been firing on all cylinders offensively in that span, during which he's improved his season batting line to .212/.306/.447 from .172/.269/.267.
A fifth-round Draft pick in 2016, Capel batted .210/.270/.290 with zero home runs over 35 games in the Rookie Arizona League last summer during his professional debut.
The rest of the best performances from top prospects Thursday
• No. 11 overall prospect Brendan Rodgers (Rockies' No. 1) extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his eighth straight multihit effort (3-for-6) for Class A Lancaster. After getting a late start to his season, the 20-year-old shortstop has collected 58 hits, including eight home runs and 15 doubles, in 34 games en route to leading the California League in all three triple-slash categories (.397/.419/.692).
• No. 13 overall prospectLewis Brinson (Brewers' No. 1) hit a leadoff home run and added another solo shot in the fifth inning before finishing 3-for-5 in Triple-A Colorado Springs' win over Oklahoma City. The home runs were Brinson's first since May 3, and he's now gone deep six times while batting .314/.401/.529 in 37 games this season. Brett Phillips (No. 10) also homered for the Sky Sox, his 11th of the season.
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"The thing that I saw tonight was timing and balance," Colorado Springs hitting coach Al LeBoeuf told MiLB.com. "He had a short, direct path to the ball which is something he did early on in the season on a very consistent basis. Over time he got away from it and got a little long and off balance, but he made the adjustment tonight and squared up the ball four times."
• No. 23 overall prospect Corey Ray (Brewers' No. 2) tallied a pair of extra-base hits, including his third home run, and scored two runs out of the leadoff spot to pace Class A Advanced Carolina's offense in a win over Buies Creek. The 2016 No. 5-overall Draft pick finished 2-for-5, giving him a .273/.335/.432 slash line through 39 games.
• No. 45 overall prospectFranklin Barreto (A's No. 1) had gone 0-fer through his first four at-bats for Triple-A Nashville before connecting on a go-ahead grand slam with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. It was the seventh home run for the 21-year-old shortstop, who's batting .298/.339/.488 on the season.
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• Reds No. 7 prospect Luis Castillo recorded his second 10-strikeout game of the season, matching his career high, as Double-A Pensacola edged Jacksonville, 5-2. The hard-throwing righty allowed one earned run on four hits -- one being a solo homer to the second batter he faced -- and one walk over five innings, throwing 69 of his 102 pitches for strikes.
• Rays No. 7 prospectJesus Sanchez hit a two run-homer and scored three runs as Class A Bowling Green defeated Fort Wayne, 11-4. He also reached once via a walk and swiped a base in the contest, which he finished 2-for-4. Playing in his first full season, the 19-year-old outfielder is batting .278/.338/.478 with seven homers through 43 games. He's also shown an advanced approach (17 BB/31 K) and ranks third in the circuit with 33 RBIs.
• Pirates No. 8 prospect Steven Brault scattered five hits over a season-high seven scoreless innings to pace Triple-A Indianapolis in a shutout over Lehigh Valley. He struck out eight and did not issue a walk while throwing 62 of his 93 pitches for strikes. The 25-year-old lefty owns a 1.01 ERA over his last six starts, with 34 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings.
• Rays No. 9 prospectJacob Faria allowed just three hits over a season-high seven scoreless innings for Triple-A Durham. The 23-year-old spun a gem, as he registered six strikeouts against two walks and generated nine groundouts while throwing 58 of his 97 pitches for strikes. Faria is now 6-1 with a 3.07 ERA in 11 starts, and he leads all Minor League hurlers with 84 strikeouts in 58 2/3 innings (12.9 K/9).
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"I think it's cool being in that category. It's obviously fun striking out guys, and it's a big thing people like," Faria told MiLB.com regarding his strikeout total. "I really don't even think about it too much. The only time I ever think about it is if somebody else brings it up. It doesn't really cross my mind all too often."
• Yankees No. 10 prospectMiguel Andujar hit a solo homer, his sixth, and later added a two-run single to help power Double-A Trenton past Binghamton, 6-3. The 22-year-old third baseman extended his hitting streak to 11 games with the 2-for-4 performance, and he now leads all Eastern League hitters with 41 RBIs.
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• Phillies No. 11 prospect Scott Kingery hit a leadoff homer on Thursday to extend his Minor League-leading total to 17. He finished 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, also recording his 12th double and 13th steal in the contest. The 23-year-old second baseman is putting up monstrous numbers across-the-board in the Eastern League this season, as he enters Friday sporting a .323/.403/.682 batting line with a circuit-best 51 runs scored and 135 total bases.
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• Orioles No. 15 prospect Alex Wells completed a season-high seven innings in a scoreless start for Class A Delmarva. The 20-year-old southpaw threw 66 of his 87 pitches for strikes, allowing three hits while striking out five and generating eight ground-ball outs. Wells' 1.74 ERA ranks fourth in the South Atlantic League, and he's now gone 16 straight frames without allowing an earned run.
"I felt good out there," Wells told MiLB.com. "I had good command of all three pitches. I just tried to get ahead early, stay ahead in counts and get early-count ground balls."
• Indians No. 21 prospect Aaron Civale tossed six strong innings, allowing one earned run on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts to pick up the win in his Class A Advanced Lynchburg debut. The 21-year-old righty, a third-round pick in 2016, had posted a 4.58 ERA over 10 starts with Class A Lake County, although his peripheral numbers, most notably his two home runs allowed and 53-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 57 innings, suggest he was perhaps unlucky.
Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.