Reyes, Petree among top performers in Minors Monday
Cardinals' No. 3 and No. 29 prospects lead Class A Palm Beach, Double-A Springfield to victories
St. Louis got an excellent night from its Minor League pitching corps, headlined by Cardinals No. 3 prospect (No. 99 overall) Alex Reyes, who notched 11 strikeouts against one walk in six innings of work. The 20-year-old righty, who leads the Minors in strikeouts with 52, gave up two earned runs in Class A Advanced Palm Beach's 7-6 win over Daytona, picking up a no-decision.
Reyes hasn't won since April 15, but he's only given up three earned runs in his past five starts (27 2/3 total innings) and recorded his third double-digit strikeout game of the season on Monday. He's 1-2 with a 1.95 ERA in 2015.
Meanwhile, No. 29 prospect Nick Petree went six scoreless innings to pick up his first win of the year for Double-A Springfield. The righty gave up six hits and two walks while striking out a trio of Tulsa batters, and rebounded from a tough three-game stretch (0-2, 7.04 ERA) to push his season ERA back below 5.00. Petree is now 1-3 with a 4.63 ERA and a 24/11 strikeout/walk ratio.
More standout performances from Top 100 prospects on Monday night
Twins No. 1 prospect (No. 1 overall) Byron Buxton now has at least one RBI in each of his past 10 games after smacking a leadoff home run for Double-A Chattanooga on Monday. The outfielder has 15 RBIs over that period of time, and has improved his slugging percentage (.504) by more than 200 points since April 24. On the year, Buxton is hiting .270 with four homers and 23 RBIs.
Mariners No. 1 prospect (No. 28 overall) Alex Jackson extended his hitting streak to five games with a 2-for-3 game for Class A Clinton on Monday. The right fielder knocked in three runs to bring his season total to 13 RBIs. Jackson's line now reads .163/.248/.221.
Blue Jays No. 2 prospect (No. 43 overall) Dalton Pompey went 4-for-5 and collected his second Triple-A RBI in nine games. The Lehigh Valley center fielder was demoted from Toronto earlier this month, and didn't collect a hit in his first two games, but he's come alive since. The 22-year-old is hitting 8-for-26 (.308) in his past seven games, and currently boasts a .242/.324/.273 line in the Minors.
Indians No. 2 prospect (No. 52 overall) Clint Frazier drove in a season-high three runs for Class A Advanced Lynchburg. The 20-year-old center fielder now has 12 on the season -- to go along with one homer -- and improved his season line to .267/.333/.250.
Phillies No. 3 prospect (No. 54 overall) Maikel Franco went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Triple-A Lehigh Valley's 6-2 loss to Columbus. The 22-year-old third baseman has now hit in six straight games (including four multi-hit contests), and bumped his season line to .341/.363/.543 with four homers and 19 RBIs.
Angels No. 2 prospect (No. 66 overall) Sean Newcomb gave up four hits in 5 1/3 innings of shutout ball for Class A Burlington. The Bees southpaw has been consistent all season, not allowing more than two earned runs in any start, but Monday marked the first time that nobody crossed home plate against him. On the year, Newcomb is 1-0 with a 1.83 ERA in seven starts.
Other notable performances from around the Minor Leagues
White Sox No. 28 prospect Jordan Guerrero responded well following his only poor start of the season with seven innings of shutout ball for Class A Kannapolis. The southpaw struck out 10 and surrendered just two hits in a dominant performance that followed a 12-hit, five-run start on May 4. On the season, Guerrero is now 4-0 with a 1.58 ERA.
Facing off against Guerrero, Royals No. 17 prospect Colin Rodgers gave up just one hit in six shutout innings, marking the first time this season he has not given up a run. While the 1-3 lefty could not pick up the win in Class A Lexington's 7-3 loss to Kannapolis, he lowered his ERA from 3.27 to 2.57 on the year.
Indians No. 10 prospect Bobby Bradley went yard twice for Class A Lake County, notching five RBIs during a 3-for-4 night. The 18-year-old only had one homer and one game where he knocked in more than one run entering the night, but made up for the power drought during the 16-5 win over Fort Wayne. Those four at-bats bumped his season line from .200/.382/.400 to .276/.421/.655.
Padres No. 17 prospect Justin Hancock turned in his sixth straight solid start for Double-A San Antonio, giving up just three hits in five innings of shutout work. He received a no-decision, but remains undefeated since losing his season opener on April 9. The righty is currently 3-1 with a 2.63 ERA.
Cubs No. 15 prospect Dan Vogelbach went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and two walks in Double-A Tennesee's 4-0 win over Montgomery. The first baseman had gone 15 games without a dinger until Monday, and he now has four on the season, along with 19 RBIs.
Astros No. 22 prospect Daniel Mengden has not given up a single run in his past four outings, which have totaled 21 innings. The Class A Quad Cities righty surrendered two hits and three walks against three strikeouts on Monday, and lowered his ERA to 1.21 in the process. He also picked up the win, and improved to 3-1 in six starts.
Orioles No. 10 prospect Mike Yastrzemski tied his season-high with three RBIs in Double-A Bowie's 7-4 loss to Altoona. The center fielder went 1-for-3 with a triple and two walks Monday, bringing his 2015 line to .276/.328/.370 with 13 RBIs.
Twins No. 13 prospect Adam Brett Walker II is past a dry spell thanks to a home run and three RBIs on Monday. Over the past two days, he's gone 5-for-9 with two homers and seven RBIs for Double-A Chattanooga, a far cry from the 2-for-18 stretch he'd put up in prior to Sunday's contest. The slugger is now hitting .255/.298/.575 with nine homers and 23 RBIs on the season.
Cubs No. 8 prospect Billy McKinney collected his third straight two-hit game for Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach. The right fielder went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, bringing his season totals to .340/.432/.544 with four home runs and 25 RBIs.
Indians No. 15 prospect Yu-Cheng Chang now has three multi-hit games in his past four. The Class A Lake County shortstop hit 2-for-6 with three RBIs on Monday, bringing his four-game line to 8-for-18 (.444) with one homer and nine RBIs. On the year, he's hitting .273/.311/.418 with two home runs and 14 RBIs.