Tuesday's top prospect performers

August 11th, 2021

Here's a look at Tuesday’s top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list:

Tigers: Riley Greene, OF (MLB No. 13), Double-A Erie
The second-ranked Tigers prospect notched his second three-hit performance over his last four games. Greene led off the first with a base hit and came around to score Erie’s first run on a sacrifice fly by Kerry Carpenter. After working a four-pitch walk in the third, the 20-year-old struck out in the sixth before doubling home a pair of runs with two-baggers in the seventh and ninth innings. Greene’s three-hit effort pushed his slash line to .286/.374/.480 with 31 extra-base hits, 44 RBIs and 12 stolen bases in 13 attempts.

Cubs: Brennen Davis, OF (MLB No. 43), Double-A Tennessee
The second-ranked Cubs prospect extended his hitting streak to four straight games and notched his second multihit effort over that span. Davis laced a game-tying RBI double to left in the first inning, lined an RBI base knock to right in the second and notched a third hit with a single to left in the fourth. The 21-year-old also reached base a fourth time after working a five-pitch walk in the sixth. Davis has seven hits -- with five going for extra bases -- over his last four games.

Braves: Shea Langeliers, C (MLB No. 54), Double-A Mississippi
Jesse Franklin V, OF (No. 14), High-A Rome

Langeliers went deep twice and collected four hits and four RBIs to pace Mississippi’s offense. The 23-year-old’s fourth multihomer game of the season produced his first long balls since his last two-homer contest on July 27. Langeliers endured a tough July but has bounced back strong this month, batting .414 with seven RBIs in seven games. The Portland, Ore., native is batting .270 with an .886 OPS, 19 homers and 42 RBIs this season.

Franklin shook off a 2-for-23 start to August by blasting a pair of homers and finishing a triple shy of the cycle in Rome’s loss. It was the second four-hit game of the season for the first-year pro who drove in four runs and scored three times. It was the third multihomer game of the season for Franklin, who has gone deep 21 times in 77 contests. The 22-year-old is batting .248 with an .870 OPS, 53 RBIs and 41 extra-base hits.

D-backs: Alek Thomas, OF (MLB No. 60), Double-A Amarillo
Jake McCarthy, OF (No. 28), Triple-A Reno
Thomas extended his hitting streak to six with a perfect night at the plate. The 21-year-old homered, doubled and fell a triple shy of the cycle while driving in three runs for Amarillo. Thomas, who also walked, is batting .429 in August to bring his slash line up to .284/.377/.507. The Chicago native has totaled 34 extra-base hits, 51 runs scored and 36 RBIs in 68 games, largely out of the leadoff spot.

McCarthy posted his second multihit effort in his last three games while falling a double shy of a cycle. The 24-year-old also tied a season-high with five RBIs. McCarthy lined a game-typing RBI triple into center in the fourth, launched a go-ahead three-run blast to center in the sixth and legged out another go-ahead RBI infield single to short in the seventh. The outfielder has four homers, five triples and 18 RBIs since joining Triple-A Reno.

Twins: Jordan Balazovic, RHP (MLB No. 73), Double-A Wichita
Aaron Sabato, 1B (No. 6), Low-A Fort Myers

Having surrendered 12 earned runs in his last two outings, Balazovic needed a bounceback effort in what has been an otherwise strong season. The 22-year-old responded, blanking Tulsa on five hits over six innings to earn his fourth victory of the year. Balazovic fanned four and did not issue a walk while tossing 59 of his 87 pitches for strikes. The right-hander has put together a 3.84 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP in 13 starts, striking out 72 in 63 1/3 innings.

It’s been a rough professional debut for Sabato, who entered play on Tuesday hitting below .200. However, the 22-year-old had also homered twice through the first four games of August … before adding two more to that total with his first multihomer game. Sabato drove in three runs for Fort Myers to give him 35 in 76 games this season, along with 21 extra-base hits.

Giants: Kyle Harrison, LHP (No. 8), Low-A San Jose
The left-hander posted his third scoreless outing of the season and first since June 18. Harrison scattered a hit and a pair of walks while fanning nine over 4 ⅔ frames. The 19-year-old whiffed four of the first five batters he faced and retired the side in order in the third. After a stretch of rough outings, Harrison appeared to regain his form as he lowered his ERA to 3.96. The eighth-ranked Giants prospect has amassed 111 strikeouts over 72 2/3 frames this season.

White Sox: Gavin Sheets, 1B (No. 9), Triple-A Charlotte
Sheets posted his first multihit game in nearly a month, and the ninth-ranked White Sox prospect made it count. The 25-year-old opened the scoring with a solo blast in the second and laced a game-tying RBI double to center in the seventh. The effort doubled Sheets’ hit total for the month of August, but the infielder is still sporting a .297 average on the season.

Marlins: Kyle Nicolas, RHP (No. 15), Double-A Pensacola
Nicolas continued a terrific run of pitching since his promotion to Double-A in late July. Despite walking four, the 22-year-old surrendered one hit and struck out eight in five shutout innings, his second scoreless effort in three starts with Pensacola. Drafted 61st overall in the 2020 Draft, Nicolas has allowed three runs in his last four starts overall to lower his ERA from 5.28 to 4.46. The right-hander has fanned 108 in 74 2/3 innings in 16 outings, including 15 starts across two levels.

Rays: Ian Seymour, LHP (No. 18), Low-A Charleston
Seymour completed five innings for the first time in his career and did so without allowing a hit. The 22-year-old walked one and whiffed a career-high 10 strikeouts during his 65-pitch effort. Seymour fanned two batters in each inning and allowed one baserunner -- a two-out walk in the third -- while lowering his ERA to 3.08 in eight appearances, including seven starts.

Cardinals: Andre Pallante, RHP (No. 20), Double-A Springfield
Pallante bounced back from his worst outing of the year with his best start of the year. The righty scattered a hit and a pair of walks while fanning four over six scoreless frames. It’s his second shutout performance of the season -- tossing five scoreless on May 16. Pallante did not make it out of the fourth his last time out as he yielded 10 runs on 12 hits and a walk. The effort brought the 22-year-old’s ERA back down to 4.29 and helped him earn his first win since June 12.

Phillies: Cristopher Sánchez, LHP (No. 22), Triple-A Lehigh Valley
Sánchez turned in his second consecutive scoreless outing since returning from a stint in the Majors in July after tossing five innings on Tuesday. The southpaw did not allow a hit until the fourth inning and surrendered two safeties plus two walks while fanning seven. Through 13 outings with Lehigh Valley, including 12 starts, the 24-year-old has a 3.61 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings.

Rockies: Ryan Feltner, RHP (No. 23), Double-A Hartford
Although he surrendered eight hits and walked three in 6 1/3 innings, Feltner still completed his second consecutive scoreless outing … and he did it with some style. Clinging to a 1-0 lead in the sixth, the 24-year-old loaded the bases with nobody out before retiring the next three hitters, the last two via the strikeout. Feltner lowered his ERA with Hartford to 2.78 in 10 starts since his promotion from High-A Spokane. The right-hander has not allowed a run in two starts this month. Feltner has a 2.53 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 92 1/3 innings across 17 starts this season.

Nationals: Seth Romero, LHP (No. 25), Double-A Harrisburg
In what has been an injury-plagued season, Romero came through with arguably his best start of 2021. The 25-year-old struck out a season-high nine and surrendered two hits and a walk over five scoreless frames. Romero entered his fourth Double-A start having surrendered eight earned runs on seven hits and six walks in 6 1/3 innings.