Thursday's top prospect performers

June 11th, 2021

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

Tigers: Spencer Torkelson, 3B (MLB No. 3), High-A West Michigan
Dillon Dingler, C (No. 5), High-A West Michigan
Torkelson and Dingler, the Tigers’ first two picks from the 2020 Draft, combined to go 6-for-8 with two doubles on Thursday. Torkelson, the Tigers’ No. 1 prospect, was a perfect 3-for-3 with two walks and a trio of runs scored. Dingler went 3-for-5 on the night with an RBI single in the first.

Batting back-to-back in the West Michigan order, Torkelson and Dingler provided Tigers’ fans an early glimpse of the future. The duo had back-to-back singles in the first, back-to-back doubles in the fourth and continued the symmetry with singles in the eighth. Dingler is hitting .309 so far this season, while Torkelson’s average sits at .286, though it has been climbing rapidly thanks to a recent hot streak. Tigers prospects stats »

Blue Jays: Nate Pearson, RHP (MLB No. 10), Triple-A Buffalo
Pearson found himself working out of the stretch in each of his five innings on the mound, but the right-hander was able to consistently work his way out of trouble as he ultimately fired five scoreless frames. Pearson threw 52 of his 87 pitches for strikes, walked three, gave up three hits and struck out six in the outing. The 24-year-old made one appearance with the Blue Jays this season and has pitched to a 5.30 ERA through five appearances with Buffalo. Thursday’s scoreless start was Pearson’s first of the season. Blue Jays prospects stats »

Braves: Cristian Pache, OF (MLB No. 11), Triple-A Gwinnett
Playing in his fifth game in the Minors after opening the year with Atlanta and spending time on the injured list, Pache broke out with the first multi-homer game of his career. The 22-year-old added a single for his second three-hit game since returning to Gwinnett. Pache lofted a solo homer in the third, delivered an RBI single in the seventh and rounded out the scoring with a two-run shot in the ninth. It was his second four-RBI performance of the season, the first coming on May 1 with Atlanta. Braves prospects stats »

Athletics: Tyler Soderstrom, 1B (MLB No. 87), Low-A Stockton
Through his first 22 games of the season, Soderstrom had not connected on a home run. Now, they’re coming in bunches. The A's No. 1 prospect hit his first long ball of the season on May 29 and has now added four since, including two on Thursday night in the first multi-homer game of his career. Soderstrom drove in five and added a single and a walk to reach base four times and score three runs. Oakland’s first-round pick in the 2020 Draft now has seven extra-base hits in his first nine games in June. Athletics prospect stats »

Orioles: Gunnar Henderson, SS (MLB No. 96), Low-A Delmarva
Considering how productive Henderson has been so far this season, a 1-for-9 stretch over two games could be viewed as a slump. The 19-year-old put that in the rearview mirror, falling a homer shy of the cycle, driving in a run and scoring once in his seventh three-hit game of the year. Henderson has been an offensive force for Delmarva, batting .324 with a 1.015 OPS, 17 extra-base hits and 37 RBIs, tied for the most in the Minors. Orioles prospects stats »

Angels: Davis Daniel, RHP (No. 19), High-A Tri-City
Daniel tossed 6 1/3 no-hit innings before allowing a single, one of two baserunners he surrendered in seven frames. The 23-year-old retired the first 12 batters of the game before plunking the leadoff hitter in the fifth. Daniel struck out eight and threw a career-high 94 pitches, 68 for strikes. It was the second consecutive start the Auburn product allowed only one hit. He’s struck out 16 spanning 12 scoreless frames in that span, which has dropped his ERA to 2.35. Angels prospects stats »

Cardinals: Masyn Winn, SS (No. 5), Low-A Palm Beach
Winn made sure his first career home run was one to remember, slugging a grand slam to cap a nine-run first inning for Palm Beach. The 19-year-old added two more singles and a pair of walks to his ledger in what turned out to be his best game as a professional. Winn struggled out of the gate but heated up in late May when he began an eight-game hitting streak that carried over to June. The Texas native has raised his average 92 points since May 25 on the strength of a 19-for-55 (.345) stretch. Cardinals prospects stats »

Rangers: Sherten Apostel, DH (No. 9), Double-A Frisco
Apostel belted a pair of no-doubt home runs as part of his 2-for-5 night. The 22-year-old crushed his first blast to left field leading off the second inning and followed it with a leadoff blast to right in the bottom of the third. Apostel has hit three of his four home runs this season over the last three days and has collected five of his 12 RBIs for the year. After batting just .216/.333/.353 through 15 games in May, Apostel is now hitting .296/.355/.630 in eight June contests. Rangers prospect stats »

Rockies: Ryan Feltner, RHP (No. 22), High-A Spokane
Feltner twirled his fourth scoreless start of the season for Spokane, blanking Vancouver over five innings. The 24-year-old struck out seven, walked two and surrendered just two hits during his 87-pitch outing. Feltner, who is limiting opponents to a .191 average while fanning 45 in 37 1/3 innings, will carry a 2.17 ERA and 1.18 WHIP into his next start, his eighth of the season. Rockies prospects stats »

Twins: Aaron Sabato, 1B (No. 6), Low-A Fort Myers
What had been a rough first five weeks as a professional took a positive turn for Sabato on Thursday. The 27th overall pick in 2020 fell a triple shy of the cycle, walked twice and drove in a career-high four runs to power Fort Myers. Sabato opened the scoring with an RBI double in the first before tacking on a two-run single and a solo homer, his third of the season. The 22-year-old is batting .303/.410/.455 in June and has walked six times in nine games. Twins prospects stats »

White Sox: Andrew Dalquist, RHP (No. 5), Low-A Kannapolis
DJ Gladney, 3B (No. 18), Low-A Kannapolis
Dalquist, a third-round pick from the 2019 Draft, threw 43 of his 69 pitches for strikes over five solid innings. The right-hander struck out seven, walked two, gave up two hits and surrendered one run, though it was unearned. Dalquist got off to a fast start this season, allowing just one earned run over his first three starts. However, after that came a string of starts during which he was hit pretty hard. Thursday’s effort looks to be a step in the right direction as the 20-year-old may have figured something out to get back on track.

Gladney broke out in a big way Thursday night, although it will take a few more games like this to help offset a poor start. The 19-year-old drove in a career-high four runs and was a triple shy of completing the cycle to help lead Kannapolis. Gladney slugged a solo homer, added an RBI single and plated two more with a double in the seventh. The Illinois native has gone 7-for-20 while hitting safely in four of his last six games. White Sox prospects stats »

Yankees: Luis Gil, RHP (No. 5), Double-A Somerset
Although he wasn’t particularly efficient, Gil bounced back nicely from his worst outing of the year. The 23-year-old struck out seven over 4 2/3 scoreless innings, a far cry from his previous start, when he surrendered five runs. Despite his recent hiccup, Gil has enjoyed a strong year for Somerset. The right-hander has a 2.64 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings. Yankees prospects stats »