Here are Friday's 10 best prospect performances

August 17th, 2019

Here are the 10 best performances by players on team Top 30 Prospects lists from across the Minor Leagues on Friday:

Michael Hermosillo, OF, Angels No. 27
Hermosillo put on a power-hitting clinic by homering in his first three at-bats for Triple-A Salt Lake. After going back-to-back with Justin Bour in the first inning, Hermosillo connected on a two-run homer in the second and then added a solo shot in the fourth before finishing 3-for-5 with four RBIs. The multi-homer performance was Hermosillo’s third in his last nine games and gives him a career-high 14 homers on the season -- 10 of which he’s hit in 14 games this month. It was an impressive follow-up to Thursday's action in the Minors for Angels players, as a pair of prospects had multihomer games of their own Angels prospect stats »

Jarred Kelenic and Julio Rodriguez, OF, Mariners Nos. 1 and 2
Kelenic, the Mariners’ top prospect, slugged his first home run as a member of the Double-A Arkansas Travelers Friday, his sixth contest with the club since his promotion. The 20-year-old, drafted by the Mets in the first round of the 2018 Draft, now has 18 dingers on the season, his first full campaign as a pro. He began the season with Class A West Virginia, where he hit .309 with 11 homers in 50 games, and followed that up with 6 homers and a .290 average in 46 games for the Modesto Nuts.

Rodriguez also hit his first home run at a new level Friday as he tied a bow on his four-hit Class A Advanced Modesto debut with a booming grand slam in the seventh inning. He also hit a double as well as a pair of singles to finish 4-for-5. The Mariners promoted the uber-talented 18-year-old outfielder to California League following a 67-game stay at Class A West Virginia during which he batted .293/.359/.490 with 10 home runs, 20 doubles and 50 RBIs in 67 games. Mariners prospect stats »

Lewin Diaz, 1B, Marlins No. 13
Diaz was already having a breakout season when the Marlins acquired him from the Twins in the July 27 trade for Sergio Romo, and the 22-year-old first baseman hasn’t slowed down since joining his new organization. On Friday Diaz -- now Miami’s No. 13 prospect -- hit his sixth home run in 17 games for Double-A Jacksonville, going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Altogether, he’s posted a .283/.336/.558 line with 25 homers, 31 doubles and 74 RBIs in 107 games across two levels and organizations. Marlins prospect stats »

Cole Winn, RHP, Rangers No. 4
Winn's first full season at Class A Hickory hasn’t played out as expected, with the 19-year-old righty struggling to repeat his delivery and throw strikes. That wasn’t the case on Friday, though, as Winn racked up a season-high seven strikeouts over five scoreless innings in a win against Greenville. He allowed one hit and one walk in what was perhaps the best start of his young career. Rangers prospect stats »

Joey Wentz, LHP, Tigers No. 10
Wentz recorded his second win in three starts for Double-A Erie. He scattered four hits over five scoreless innings, striking out seven. Acquired from the Braves at the Deadline in the Shane Greene trade, Wentz, a 21-year-old lefty, owns a 1.80 ERA with 22 strikeouts and two walks over 15 innings with the SeaWolves after tossing 103 innings (20 starts) of 4.72 ERA ball with 100/45 K/BB for Double-A Mississippi. Tigers prospect stats »

C.J. Chatham, SS, Red Sox No. 10
Chatham deposited an 0-2 pitch from Beau Burrows (Tigers’ No. 14) over the wall in left-center field for his first Triple-A home run. He followed the third-inning solo shot with an RBI double in the fifth and ultimately finished a triple short of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs in his fourth game with Pawtucket. Red Sox prospect stats »

Jake Woodford, RHP, Cardinals No. 15
Woodford posted six scoreless frames for Triple-A Memphis in a win over Iowa. The 22-year-old right-hander struggled with his control in Friday’s outing, issuing four walks and throwing 62 of 105 pitches for strikes, but he also struck out seven and allowed just one hit en route to his eighth win in 23 starts. After getting his first taste of Triple-A in 2018 (4.50 ERA in 64 innings), Woodford has compiled a 3.96 ERA this season in his return to the extremely hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, where he ranks first in innings pitched (134), third in ERA and second in strikeouts (118). He also leads the circuit with 70 walks. Cardinals prospect stats »

Wander Javier, SS, Twins No. 7
Javier hit a pair of doubles and matched his career-high mark with four hits in Class A Cedar Rapids’ win against Wisconsin. It was the 20-year-old shortstop’s second four-hit performance this season, though, overall, he’s batted just .178/.285/.328 in 65 games. Twins prospect stats »

Anthony Kay, LHP, Blue Jays No. 5
Kay, whom the Blue Jays acquired in this summer’s Marcus Stroman trade, has definitely settled into life as a member of the Buffalo Bisons. After struggling through 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs (three earned) in his Toronto organization debut, the club's No. 5 prospect tossed three straight outings with two or fewer runs allowed, and his past two have featured eight strikeouts. Friday’s start lasted five innings, and the 2016 first-round Draft pick allowed only four hits while walking three. The southpaw has a balanced repertoire that should see him grow into a middlle-of-the-rotation arm in the Major Leagues sooner rather than later. Blue Jays prospect stats »