Minors' top prospects: Renfroe among 10 best Monday
Padres No.1 prospect hits his third home run in 2 games for Double-A San Antonio
San Diego's Double-A affiliate San Antonio escaped Corpus Christi with a 14-inning win on Monday night and the primary takeaway was Padres No. 1 prospect (No. 40 overall) Hunter Renfroe hitting his third home run in two games.
But the outfielder -- who has notched at least one RBI in each of his past four contests -- was only 1-for-5 on the night and couldn't get the Missions the win himself.
With the score locked at 3-3 in the 14th, Taylor Lindsey and Griff Erickson smacked back-to-back singles that landed Lindsey on third base.
After Luis Domoromo struck out swinging, No. 12 prospect Travis Jankowski came to the plate with two outs. The center fielder hit a line drive single to center field, scoring Lindsey and giving San Antonio a 4-3 lead it would preserve for a win.
Monday marked Jankowski's second straight night with two hits, but his first RBI in almost two weeks. He's hitting .322/.403/.404 with one home run and 13 RBIs on the season.
The rest of the 10 best performances from top Minor Leaguers
• Braves No. 11 prospect Manny Banuelos sat down the first 15 batters he faced before allowing a leadoff single to Triple-A Indianapolis' Keon Broxton. Instead of breaking down, the Gwinnett starter continued to dominate, immediately picking off Broxton at first, then striking out Kelson Brown and fielding a grounder to retire Wilfredo Boscan. After that, Banuelos surrendered one more hit while guiding the Braves to a 2-0 win. The victory marked his first in three tries and his nine-inning shutout was the longest start of his career. The 5-foot-10 southpaw struck out five while allowing no walks, upping his record to 6-2 and cutting his ERA to 2.03 in the process. "I just threw the best game of my life," Banuelos told MiLB.com after the game. "This is the first time I threw nine innings and my arm feels great. Everything feels good and I helped my team win. It's unbelievable."
• Dodgers No. 4 prospect (No. 95 overall) Jose De Leon was solid on the mound for Double-A Tulsa, giving up three runs on eight hits in six innings, but, surprisingly, his contributions with his bat helped lead the Drillers to victory. The right-hander went 1-for-2 with two RBIs in a 4-3 win over Springfield. The win moved him to 2-2 on the year with a 4.24 ERA for the Drillers. He has not lost since June 5 and his 100 strikeouts are the most in the Minors.
• Nationals No. 15 prospect Victor Robles did it all for the Gulf Coast League Nationals, going 2-for-2 with three runs, two RBIs, two stolen bases and two walks out of the leadoff spot in his American debut. Barely 18 years old, the Dominican prospect flashed his athletic abilities for the team's Dominican Summer League squad last year as Robles hit .313 with three homers and stole 22 bases in 47 games.
• Nationals No. 17 prospect Drew Vettleson filled up the box score in Double-A Harrisburg's 7-2 win over Altoona. The right fielder lit up during the first game of a doubleheader, going 3-for-3 with three runs, a triple, RBI and walk. He also added a stolen base -- his first of the season -- in the second game and got his average back to .200 for the first time since June 3.
• Phillies No. 4 prospect Zach Eflin was lights out for Double-A Reading. The 6-foot-4 right-hander scattered six hits while striking out four in six shutout innings, pushing his record (5-4) back above .500 and slicing his ERA down to 2.76, his lowest mark since May 22. Eflin has only allowed just one earned run in his past three starts (17 total innings), striking out 12 against two walks in that span.
• Rays No. 7 prospect Taylor Guerrieri is beginning to stretch out his starts, but he still only went four innings in Class A Advanced Charlotte's 2-0 win over Bradenton. The right-hander - - who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2013 and then received a 50-game suspension due to drug use -- gave up just one hit and one walk while striking out one on 52 pitches, 34 of which were strikes. "It's been a learning experience," he told MiLB.com of the past two years. "I've learned a lot, I have a better work ethic now, I've put myself in a better position to not have this happen again. The surgery is not something anyone wants to go through, it's my right arm, that's all I've got. I'm not going to say it's been a great experience, but a good learning experience."
• Red Sox No. 5 prospect Manuel Margot flashed his leather and collected his first hit for Double A Portland. Facing Phillies prospect Zach Eflin (see above), Margot lofted a single into right field in the second inning and later made an outstanding play in the outfield. The 20-year-old was promoted this weekend after hitting .282/.321/.420 with three homers and 17 RBIs for Class A Advanced Salem.
• Twins No. 17 prospect Tyler Duffey has been excellent in his past two starts for Triple-A Rochester. On Monday, he surrendered two unearned runs on five hits while striking out six in 7 1/3 innings. That start followed a June 17 appearance in which he struck out nine in eight shutout innings. Both of those games resulted in wins for Duffey, who had lost his first four Triple-A starts. He's now 2-4 with a 3.35 ERA for Rochester.