Tuesday's top prospect performers

May 26th, 2021

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

Mariners: Julio Rodríguez, OF (MLB No. 5), High-A Everett
Rodríguez continued to rake for Everett and reached base four times in his club's 5-3 win over Vancouver. The 20-year-old finished 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs and is hitting .325 on the year. Rodríguez has hits in 16 of the 19 games in which he's played in this year and seven of those games are multihit efforts. Mariners prospects stats »

Marlins: Max Meyer, RHP (MLB No. 22), Double-A Pensacola
Meyer showed exactly why the Marlins selected him third overall in last year’s Draft as he posted his second consecutive scoreless start. Meyer, who threw 41 of his 68 pitches for strikes, has kept his opponent scoreless in three of four starts after throwing five innings of two-hit ball on Tuesday. The right-hander walked one, struck out three and retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced. Meyer has pitched to a 2.29 ERA through 19 2/3 innings thus far in his professional debut. Marlins prospects stats »

Rays: Vidal Bruján, 2B (MLB No. 40), Triple-A Durham
While Wander Franco gets the headlines as MLB’s top overall prospect, Bruján keeps on hitting. The 23-year-old picked up his third three-hit game of the season, doubling twice, driving in two runs, scoring twice and swiping his eighth base. Bruján has collected a hit in 16 of 18 games, including seven multihit performances, and is batting .333/.412/.653 with 10 extra-base hits in 75 at-bats. He’s pacing Durham in stolen bases and hits (25) and is tied for the team lead with seven homers, 20 RBIs and 19 runs scored. Rays prospects stats »

Pirates: Quinn Priester, RHP (MLB No. 41), High-A Greensboro
After allowing six earned runs through his first two starts, Priester has found his groove. The 20-year-old tossed five scoreless innings for a second consecutive start. The right-hander struck out three, walked one and allowed four hits. Priester faced one over the minimum through three innings and escaped his only real jam in the fifth after issuing a leadoff walk and a single to begin the frame. He responded by retiring the next three batters and was lifted after throwing 30 of 49 pitches for strikes. Priester’s ERA dropped to 3.18 through four starts. Pirates prospects stats »

Reds: Nick Lodolo, LHP (MLB No. 47), Double-A Chattanooga
The Reds couldn’t have asked for much more from Lodolo’s first four starts of the season. The 23-year-old struck out eight over seven shutout innings to record his second win in his third scoreless effort of 2021. Lodolo allowed five hits and a walk while tossing 72 of his season-high 97 pitches for strikes to extend his scoreless streak to 15 2/3 frames. The southpaw lowered his ERA to 0.40 and is holding opposing batters to a .167 average while striking out 32 in 22 2/3 innings. Reds prospects stats »

Cubs: Brennen Davis, CF (MLB No. 49), High-A South Bend
After belting a homer on Monday night in his second game of the season, Davis followed it up with another one and his first multihit game of the year on Tuesday. The second-ranked Cubs prospect cracked a two-run homer to left-center in the sixth inning against Dayton and followed with a double to left in the eighth. Davis missed the first three weeks of the season after being hit in the head by a pitch during Minor League Spring Training in April. Cubs prospects stats »

Angels: Reid Detmers, LHP (MLB No. 61), Double-A Rocket City
The progression through each of Detmer’s first three starts was positive. The fourth proved to be the scintillating performance the Angels expected when they selected the southpaw 10th overall in last year’s Draft. Detmers allowed an unearned run and struck out the first six batters he faced en route to a career-high 10 over six innings. The 21-year-old issued two walks -- both in the second inning -- when a throwing error led to the only blemish on his line. Detmers has gone 10 frames without surrendering an earned run. Through four starts, he owns a 3.12 ERA and a 27-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 17 1/3 innings. Angels prospects stats »

Astros: Pedro Leon, OF/SS (No. 2), Double-A Corpus Christi
In the midst of a 9-for-60 start to begin his pro career, Leon erupted for a career-high four hits, scored four times and drove in three runs. Batting out of the leadoff spot, the 22-year-old stroked a pair of doubles, including a bases-clearing knock during a six-run second inning. Leon began 2021 with two hits in his first 24 at-bats, but has picked up the pace in his last 10 games. The Havana, Cuba, native has gone 11-for-41 (.268) while collecting three homers and 10 RBIs. Astros prospects stats »

Braves: Jared Shuster, LHP (No. 7), High-A Rome
Spencer Strider, RHP (
No. 21), Low-A Augusta
Shuster’s first professional start offered a little bit of good and a little bit of bad. His second was far more enticing. The 2020 first-round pick struck out three and walked one over 2 2/3 hitless innings while tossing 22 of his 34 pitches for strikes. Through his first two Minor League starts, Shuster has a 3.00 ERA with seven strikeouts and two walks in six innings. The 22-year-old has allowed three hits -- two for extra-bases -- to the 23 batters he’s faced.

Strider’s dominant start to his pro career continued in his third start with 4 2/3 scoreless innings. The right-hander has yet to allow a run over his 11 1/3 frames this season. Strider entered Tuesday’s outing having allowed one baserunner -- a walk -- in his first two starts and although he yielded two hits and issued two free passes, he punched out nine more batters, giving him 26 this year. The 22-year-old fanned four of the last five batters he faced and was removed after tossing 69 pitches, 41 for strikes. Strider has struck out 65 percent of opposing batters to begin his career. Braves prospects stats »

Nationals: Drew Mendoza, 3B (No. 11), Double-A Harrisburg
Mendoza showed up to the park Tuesday mired in a 2-for-22 slump, but wasted no time getting back on track. The 23-year-old hit a three-run homer in the first inning and then did it again in the fifth before finishing 2-for-5 with six RBIs. Both the homers and RBIs set career best marks for the 2019 third-round Draft pick. Mendoza hit .264 through 55 games in his 2019 professional debut and is off to a slow start this season, but Tuesday’s breakout may be a sign of things to come. Nationals prospects stats »

Rays: Josh Lowe, OF (No. 11), Triple-A Durham
Taj Bradley, RHP (No. 21), Low-A Charleston
Lowe notched his second three-hit game of the season and recorded a career-best five RBIs for the Bulls. The 11th-ranked Rays prospect cranked a two-run homer to right in the ninth, after collecting an RBI knock in the fifth and driving in a pair with a single to center in the sixth. Lowe extended his hitting streak to four games and is 7-for-18 with three jacks, a double, eight RBIs and six runs scored over that span.

Bradley, a fifth-round pick from the 2018 Draft, set a career high with 10 strikeouts as he cruised through five innings, his longest start of the season. An unearned run did provide a small blemish on the 20-year-old’s line, but otherwise he gave up just two hits and walked a pair. He threw 49 of his 73 pitches for strikes as he lowered his ERA to 4.60. Bradley has had an up-and-down start to the season as he’s held the opposition without an earned run in two of his four starts, but been hit hard in the other two outings. Rays prospects stats »

Rockies: Sam Weatherly, LHP (No. 18), Low-A Fresno
Weatherly struggled a bit with his command, but still managed to turn in the best performance of his young career. The 2020 third-round pick worked around four walks as he struck out 10 over 5 1/3 scoreless innings. Weatherly has now fanned 10 in back-to-back starts and racked up a total of 28 strikeouts over the first 16 innings of his professional career. Rockies prospects stats »