Drew Robinson didn't hit his first home run this season until May 23, while playing in his 36th game for Triple-A Round Rock. Since then, however, opposing pitchers have had trouble keeping him in the park.The Rangers' No. 23 prospect hit a pair of solo shots on Tuesday night, including
Drew Robinson didn't hit his first home run this season until May 23, while playing in his 36th game for Triple-A Round Rock. Since then, however, opposing pitchers have had trouble keeping him in the park.
The Rangers' No. 23 prospect hit a pair of solo shots on Tuesday night, including his second leadoff homer in as many days. He also hit a double and scored three runs before finishing 3-for-5, though it wasn't enough to prevent the Express from falling to Colorado Springs, 12-8.
With the multihomer performance, Robinson has now hit all six of his home runs during his last nine games. The 25-year-old utility man has hit .405, with 12 extra-base hits (of his 15 hits) and 13 RBIs, in that stretch to lift his overall slash line from .243/.368/.346 to .277/.384/.509.
A fourth-round Draft pick in 2010, Robinson posted back-to-back 20-homer seasons (2015-16) en route to cracking the Rangers' Opening Day roster this year -- the first of his two stints in the Majors this season. He made his big league debut on April 5, going 0-for-2 as the Rangers' designated hitter.
The rest of the best performances from top prospects Tuesday
• No. 16 overall prospectWilly Adames (Rays' No. 1) extended his hitting streak to seven games and his RBI streak to five games as he connected on his second home run in four games for Triple-A Durham. It was the fourth homer in 52 games for the 21-year-old shortstop, who's batting .385 with nine RBIs and five walks during his current hitting streak.
MILB Video - Title: Adames goes deep - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1470701983
• No. 31 overall prospect Tyler O'Neill (Mariners' No. 2) belted his fourth career grand slam to cap a seven-run third inning for Triple-A Tacoma. The homer, O'Neill's sixth of the year, was the only hit collected by the 21-year-old outfielder in five at-bats, though he does have knocks in four straight for the Rainiers.
MILB Video - Title: O'Neill's grand slam - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1472101483
• No. 89 overall prospect Matt Chapman (A's No. 4) homered for the third time in four games for Triple-A Nashville, giving him 14 homers in 42 games this season. Chapman also owns a five-game hitting streak, during which he's tallied six RBIs and five runs scored. The 24-year-old third baseman is hitting .255/.355/.595 overall.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Chapman goes yard - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1472346183
• Orioles No. 7 prospect Austin Hays hit a two-run homer before finishing 3-for-5 out of the leadoff spot in Class A Advanced Frederick's win against Potomac. The homer was the 11th of the season for the 21-year-old outfielder, and he's now hitting .321/.356/.555 on the season through 53 games.
• Brewers No. 7 prospect Lucas Erceg went a combined 3-for-6 with four RBIs to pace Class A Advanced Carolina in a doubleheader sweep of Winston-Salem. After finishing 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the opener, Erceg staked the Mudcats to an early lead in the nightcap with a three-run homer, his sixth, in the first inning. The 22-year-old third baseman has swung a hot bat over his last three games, going 7-for-11 with seven RBIs.
MILB Video - Title: Erceg drives in a run - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1471649983
• D-backs No. 28 prospectIldemaro Vargas recorded a career-best five RBIs with his second consecutive 4-for-5 game for Triple-A Reno. He pushed across four runs with a second-inning grand slam off of Mariners ace Felix Hernandez and later added a run-scoring single before finishing a triple shy of the cycle. The 25-year-old middle infielder is having a strong season in the Pacific Coast League, with a .322/.354/.473 batting line, 79 hits and 51 runs scored in 56 games.
MILB Video - Title: Vargas belts a grand slam - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1472087183
• Marlins No. 16 prospectJeff Brigham allowed one earned run on two hits in 6 2/3 innings in his second start of the season for Class A Advanced Jupiter. He struck out five and walked one, throwing 57 of his 75 pitches for strikes in the outing.
• Pirates No. 30 prospect Jordan Luplow went deep for a third consecutive game as he helped lead Double-A Altoona past Harrisburg, 4-3. The solo shot in the seventh inning pushed the 23-year-old outfielder's season total to 14 home runs, a new career-high.
MILB Video - Title: Luplow homers in third straight - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1470657483
• Reds No. 8 prospectSal Romano struck out a season-high eight batters over five scoreless innings for Triple-A Louisville in his first start back from the disabled list. The 23-year-old righty threw 56 of his 82 pitches for strikes, as he allowed five hits, walked two and generated five ground-ball outs. He'd been on the disabled list since April 27 with right shoulder inflammation.
• White Sox No. 11 prospectDane Dunning was a tough-luck loser despite a dominant outing for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. Starting game two of a double dip against Carolina, the 22-year-old righty recorded 11 of his 15 outs via the strikeout over five innings, within which he allowed four unearned runs on four hits. It was his best performance in six starts since being promoted to the Carolina League.
• White Sox No. 19 prospect Bernardo Flores scattered five hits over six scoreless frames and recorded a season-high seven strikeouts in a no-decision for Class A Kannapolis against Lakewood. The 21-year-old lefty has pitched well across his last three starts, posting a 1.06 ERA with a 16-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 17 innings. Kannapolis ultimately won the contest in 16 innings, 2-1.
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