Tuesday's top prospect performers

June 16th, 2021

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

Rays: Wander Franco, 3B (MLB No. 1), Triple-A Durham
Franco extended his hitting streak to 12 games and fell a homer shy of the cycle to pace Durham’s offense. The 20-year-old has been one of the Minors’ hottest hitters over the last three weeks. Since his average dipped to .269 on May 22, Franco is batting .369 while hitting safely in 17 of 18 games to raise his slash line to .321/.377/.593. Rays prospect stats »

Twins: Jordan Balazovic, RHP (MLB No. 78), Double-A Wichita
Making his third start of the season, Balazovic was at his best so far. The right-hander went a season-long 4 1/3 innings and allowed just two hits and no runs, striking out eight and walking one. The strikeout total was Balazovic’s most since he fanned nine in his final start of 2019 with then-Class A Advanced Fort Myers. In total, Balazovic threw 74 pitches, 47 for strikes. Twins prospect stats »

Angels: Robinson Pina, RHP (No. 16), Low-A Inland Empire
Having gone 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his Inland Empire debut last week, Pina was back at it on Tuesday with seven more. The right-hander allowed just two hits and no runs, striking out nine without walking a batter. Pina started his season with High-A Tri-City, but moved down to Low-A for his June 9 start. Through two outings at the level, he's struck out 17 batters in 13 innings. Angels prospect stats »

Blue Jays: Kevin Smith, SS (No. 28), Triple-A Buffalo
Smith’s splendid season continued Tuesday with two homers, three hits and a season-best four RBIs. The 24-year-old slugged a pair of two-run shots in consecutive at-bats, giving him nine on the year. Smith has been red hot since the start of June, batting .386/.509/.773 with nine extra-base hits and 11 RBIs in 12 games. With a five-game hitting streak and hits in 10 of 13, the East Greenbush, N.Y., native has a .287/.394/.600 slash line in his first taste of Triple-A. Blue Jays prospect stats »

Cardinals: Luken Baker, 1B (No. 14), Double-A Springfield
Baker put together the first two-homer game of his career, as he went 2-for-3 with a pair of homers and three RBIs. The 24-year-old, the 75th overall pick from the 2018 Draft, hit a two-run homer in the sixth and then followed that up with a solo blast in the seventh, bringing his season total to seven. Baker, who has now turned in back-to-back multihit efforts, is hitting .254 on the year. Baker got off to a decent start, but saw his number dip a bit once the calendar flipped to June, however, perhaps the past couple games are a sign of things starting to change. Cardinals prospects stats »

Mets: JT Ginn, RHP (No. 6), Low-A St. Lucie
After starting his debut season on the injured list, Ginn is making up for lost time. The 22-year-old allowed one hit and struck out five in four scoreless innings to lower his ERA in three starts to 0.82. Ginn allowed a two-out double in the first inning and nothing else, retiring the last 10 batters he faced. The right-hander needed just 48 pitches -- 30 for strikes -- to maneuver through Tuesday’s outing, which was his longest to date. Mets prospect stats »

Orioles: Jahmai Jones, 2B (No. 16), Triple-A Norfolk
Alexander Wells, LHP (No. 17), Triple-A Norfolk

Jones’ return from the injured list has coincided with his best stretch of the season. The 23-year-old homered for a second straight game and finished with three hits for the second time this season. Jones, who also singled in a run and swiped a base, has hit safely in nine consecutive games, which includes his rehab assignment with High-A Aberdeen. The Georgia native has driven in a run in six straight contests, plating 11 in that span. Overall, Jones is batting .340/.424/.720 with nine extra-base hits and 16 RBIs in 14 games.

Few players have enjoyed seeing the month of May go more than Wells. After posting a 9.88 ERA in four appearances (three starts) last month, the 24-year-old has turned a corner in June. Wells struck out four and allowed two hits over five shutout innings for Norfolk on Tuesday, his second scoreless effort in three starts this month. The Australia native retired 14 of the last 15 batters he faced to complete a season-high five frames for a second straight start. Wells has surrendered one run in 14 innings in June to drop his ERA to 5.20. Orioles prospect stats »

Pirates: Roansy Contreras, RHP (No. 19), Double-A Altoona
The 19th-ranked Pirates prospect turned in his third outing with double-digit strikeouts. Contreras fanned 10 while allowing two runs (one earned) on a pair of hits and a walk over seven innings. The right-hander retired the side in order in the first, fourth, sixth and seventh innings. Contreras is sporting a 2.03 ERA and 0.80 WHIP with 57 strikeouts and just nine walks over 40 innings pitched. Pirates prospect stats »

Rangers: Cole Winn, RHP (No. 3), Double-A Frisco
After getting touched up for five runs on three hits, all homers, over 3 2/3 innings in his last start, Winn was back in form for Frisco. The righty pitched an efficient 6 1/3 innings, allowing a run on two hits and two walks while striking out five. Winn threw 56 of his 86 pitches for strikes and dropped his ERA to 2.63 while lowering his WHIP to 0.82 and his opponents’ average against to .122. Rangers prospect stats »

Tigers: Keider Montero, RHP (No. 28), High-A West Michigan
The season had not been kind to Montero, who carried a 6.84 ERA into his eighth start. However, the 20-year-old looked to be a different pitcher Tuesday, allowing an unearned run while striking out six in a season-high 5 1/3 innings for West Michigan. Montero had allowed four or more runs in five of his first seven starts, but has now surrendered no earned runs in three of his last four outings. Tigers prospect stats »

White Sox: Bryan Ramos, DH (No. 13), Low-A Kannapolis
Ramos belted two homers and added a double to extend his hitting streak to six games with his first multihit contest since May 27. The 19-year-old drove in three runs and scored three. Ramos batted .233/.343/.333 in 24 games in May, but has upped that line to .268/.400/.659 so far in 11 June contests. After starting his season with no homers in his first 19 games, Ramos has now belted five over his past 16. White Sox prospect stats »

Yankees: Glenn Otto, RHP (No. 28), Double-A Somerset
Otto matched a career high with 14 strikeouts, registering double-digit strikeouts for the third straight start and fourth of his last five. The right-hander went seven innings, giving up a run on three hits and walking two batters but putting 64 of his 90 pitches in the strike zone. Tuesday’s outing was a season long for Otto, who bounced back from a rough outing his last time out when he allowed six runs on six hits over 6 2/3 frames. Over 41 innings pitched this year, Otto has struck 69 batters and only walked 11. Yankees prospect stats »