Saturday's top prospect performers

May 23rd, 2021

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

Tigers: Spencer Torkelson, 3B (MLB No. 3), High-A West Michigan
Torkelson is on the board. The No. 1 overall pick from the 2020 Draft hit his first professional homer in the first game of a doubleheader. While the homer was certainly a welcome site for Tigers fans and the highlight of the afternoon, it was far from Torkelson’s only contribution. The 21-year-old collected three hits in the first game and then added another in the nightcap. Torkelson got off to a slow start on the year, but appears to be heating up as he’s 7-for-17 (.412) this week. Tigers prospects stats »

Reds: Hunter Greene, RHP (MLB No. 58), Double-A Chattanooga
Greene didn’t have his best command as he issued five walks over 5 1/3 innings, but the hard-throwing right-hander was still able to turn in a strong performance. Greene, the second overall pick from the 2017 Draft, fanned eight and yielded just one run in his fourth start of the year. Greene has amassed 32 strikeouts through 21 1/3 innings while pitching to a 1.69 ERA. Reds prospects stats »

Indians: Tyler Freeman, SS (MLB No. 82), Double-A Akron
Bobby Bradley, 1B (
No. 18), Triple-A Columbus
Freeman was coming off snapping a nine-game hitting streak, and potentially started a new one in style. The second-ranked Indians prospect went 3-for-4 with his first homer of the year, a double, a walk and two runs scored. Freeman led off the first with a double down the line in left, found the seats for a solo shot with a laser to left in the fourth and punched a two-out single the same way in the fifth. The 22-year-old is sporting a .358/.424/.509 slash line with five extra-base hits, eight RBIs and six runs scored this season.

Bradley is widely known for his massive power and he put it on display once again with a two-homer performance for Columbus. The 24-year-old slugger hit solo blasts in the second and eighth innings on his way to a 3-for-4, three-RBI afternoon. Bradley, a third-round pick from the 2014 Draft, now has 16 multihomer games in his career and six homers on the season. Indians prospects stats »

Red Sox: Jarren Duran, OF (MLB No. 93), Triple-A Worcester
Duran put together a career day as he crushed a pair of homers and was a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate. The outfielder tied career highs with two homers, three extra-base hits and five total hits. The two-homer game marked the second of his career, the first of which came earlier this month as Duran has really begun to tap into his power more so than in the past. The 2018 seventh-round pick is now slashing .299/.390/.672. Red Sox prospects stats »

Orioles: Gunnar Henderson, SS (MLB No. 98), Low-A Delmarva
The fifth-ranked Orioles prospect posted his second straight multihit game and fourth three-hit effort of the year while matching a season-best with five RBIs. Henderson opened the Shorebirds’ scoring with an RBI knock to left in the first inning. The 19-year-old then cleared the bases in the following frame with a three-run double to left. Henderson drove in his fifth run with an infield hit in the third and reached base for a fourth time after drawing a seven-pitch walk in the seventh. Henderson is now batting .339 with a 1.078 OPS over 15 games this season. Orioles prospects stats »

Royals: Jackson Kowar, RHP (MLB No. 99), Triple-A Omaha
Angel Zerpa, LHP (
No. 29), High-A Quad Cities
Kowar improved to a perfect 4-0 after tossing his fourth straight start allowing one run or fewer. The fourth-ranked Royals prospect set a career-high with 10 punchouts over six innings where he yielded one run on four hits and a walk. The righty recovered from a shaky start to face the minimum over his final four frames of work -- whiffing seven, including the side in the fifth. The 24-year-old is sporting a 1.25 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with 32 strikeouts over 21 2/3 innings this season.

Zerpa threw 50 of his 69 pitches for strikes and put together his first scoreless start of the season in the process. The 21-year-old lefty set the tone early as he struck out the first six batters he faced and didn’t surrender a hit until there were two outs in the third. Peoria picked up another hit in the fifth, but that was the extent of the damage done against Zerpa. The lefty has struck out 30 over 19 2/3 innings this season. Royals prospects stats »

Astros: Joe Perez, 3B (No. 28), Low-A Fayetteville
Perez hit his first homer of the season in the first inning and then decided he enjoyed the feeling so much that he did it again in the ninth. The 21-year-old finished 2-for-4 in the second multihomer game of his career. Perez, who is hitting .326 this season, is on a bit of a hot streak as he’s put together back-to-back multihit games and has five hits in his past 10 at-bats. Perez was signed in 2017, but began the 2021 campaign with just 54 games of professional experience. Astros prospects stats »

Cardinals: Levi Prater, LHP (No. 25), Low-A Palm Beach
The third-round selection from last year’s Draft posted his second straight hitless outing and third start of the season without allowing an earned run. The southpaw worked around five walks and fanned a season-high nine over 4 2/3 frames. Prater whiffed the side in the second and recorded at least a pair of punchouts in every inning he worked. The 21-year-old is sporting a 1.72 ERA and .102 average against with 24 strikeouts over 15 2/3 frames. Cardinals prospects stats »

Giants: Caleb Kilian, RHP (No. 30), High-A Eugene
Kilian flirted with perfection on Saturday, retiring the first 20 batters he faced before giving up a two-out double in the seventh. The right-hander retired the next batter and finished his night having struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings. Kilian, who threw 60 of his 82 pitches for strikes, has struck out 32 batters over 21 2/3 innings this season, while pitching to a 1.25 ERA. The 2019 eighth-round selection struck out six in a row from the second to the fourth inning on his way to establishing a career high. Giants prospects stats »

Rays: Cole Wilcox, RHP (No. 9), Low-A Charleston
After giving up three runs over four innings in his last start, Wilcox bounced back in a big way for Charleston. The 21-year-old threw 44 of his 69 pitches for strikes as he cruised through five scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Wilcox, who has pitched to a 1.59 ERA thus far in his professional debut, has held opponents scoreless in three of his four starts this season. The Padres selected Wilcox in the third round of the 2020 Draft and he was sent to the Rays in late December as part of the Blake Snell trade. Rays prospects stats »

White Sox: Jose Rodriguez, SS (No. 15), Low-A Kannapolis
Rodriguez did a little bit of everything offensively for Kannapolis on Saturday. The 20-year-old doubled twice, hit his first homer of the season, drove in two runs and scored a pair as part of a 4-for-5 night at the plate. The four-hit game marked a season high for Rodriguez, but he does have a total of seven multihit efforts on the young season and has been swinging a hot bat. Hitting .324 through 17 games, Rodriguez is off to a fast start in his first taste of full-season ball. White Sox prospects stats »

Yankees: Ken Waldichuk, RHP (No. 27), High-A Hudson Valley
Waldichuk, a fifth-round pick from the 2019 Draft, matched his career high with 10 strikeouts over 4 1/3 scoreless innings. The 23-year-old threw 47 of his 74 pitches for strikes as he yielded just two baserunners (one hit) and kept his ERA spotless. Waldichuk has fired 14 1/3 innings this season and struck out 29 over his four starts. Waldichuk issued a walk in the first inning, then proceeded to retire nine of the final 10 batters he faced to conclude the outing. Yankees prospects stats »