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Monday's top prospect performers

@wboor
April 23, 2019

Here's a look at Monday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list: AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST Blue Jays: Jordan Groshans, SS/3B (No. 5) -- 3-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI (Class A Lansing) Groshans extended his hitting streak to eight games with his sixth multihit game of the

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: Jordan Groshans, SS/3B (No. 5) -- 3-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI (Class A Lansing)
Groshans extended his hitting streak to eight games with his sixth multihit game of the year. The 2018 first-round pick hit .296 through 48 games in his pro debut and is off to a fast start in his full-season debut. Groshans has hits in 12 of the 13 games he's played this season and is hitting .375 with nine RBIs.
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Orioles: Cadyn Grenier, SS (No.17) -- 2-for-4 (Class A Delmarva)
Grenier, 22, put together his third straight multihit performance and boosted his average to .268 in the process. Grenier, whom the Orioles took with the 37th overall pick in last year's Draft, hit .216 in 43 games last season in his professional debut.
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Rays: Brendan McKay, LHP/DH (No. 3, MLB No. 28) -- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K (Double-A Montgomery)
McKay gave up a homer to lead off the second inning, but was otherwise in complete control is his best start of the year. The lefty, a first-round pick in the 2017 Draft, got off to a strong start as he retired the side in order and struck out two in the first. He also ended the start, during which he threw 52 of his 66 pitches for strikes, on a high note, retiring nine of the final 10 batters he faced. McKay, a two-way player has only been serving as a designated hitter this season and is hitting .200 with six RBIs through 10 games.
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Red Sox: Tanner Houck, RHP (No. 6) -- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K (Double-A Portland)
Houck struck out the first two batters he faced and proceeded to notch at least one strikeout in each of his five innings. The 22-year-old, a 2017 first-round pick, has been dominant since giving up seven runs in four innings in his first start of the season. Monday he matched a career high with nine strikeouts. In the past two starts, Houck has been charged with just one run over 10 innings.
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Yankees: Frank German, RHP (No. 21) -- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 5 K (Class A Advanced Tampa)
The 2018 fourth-round pick struggled with his command, issuing more than one walk in a game for the first time in his career, but he still managed to put together a strong start. German threw 44 of his 80 pitches for strikes across five innings, the longest start of his career, and was able to generate strikeouts to work his way out of jams and surrender just one run despite the four walks.
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AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL

Indians: Bo Naylor, C (No. 4) -- 2-for-4 (Class A Lake County)
Naylor, the 29th overall pick from the 2018 Draft, is off to a slow start in his full-season debut, hitting .214 through 12 games. The 19-year-old has two multihit games, but he also has struck out 17 times.
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Royals: Josh Staumont, RHP (No. 21) -- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (Triple-A Omaha)
Staumont needed just 16 pitches (10 strikes) to strike out the side in one inning of relief. The right-hander, who began his career as a starter but struggled with command, was roughed up in one appearance but has otherwise been lights out this season. Staumont hasn't given up a run in six of his seven appearances and has accumulated 14 strikeouts over nine innings.
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Tigers: Anthony Castro, RHP (No. 24) -- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (Double-A Erie)
After giving up six runs in 2 2/3 innings over his first two appearances, Castro has bounced back with a pair of scoreless outings (5 2/3 innings). Part of the reason for Castro's dominance over those two outings has been his ability to generate swings and misses, racking up 10 strikeouts over that span. Castro spent most of 2018 with Class A Advanced Lakeland, but he made three appearances with Erie and gave up 10 runs (nine earned) over 10 innings.
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Twins: Royce Lewis, SS (No. 1, MLB No. 4) -- 2-for-5, 1 BB (Class A Advanced Fort Myers)
After an 0-for-13 stretch, Lewis has rebounded with back-to-back two-hit games, going 4-for-10 in the process. The 19-year-old impressed in his full-season debut, hitting .292/.352/.451 through 121 games across two levels of Class A ball last year, but he is off to a slow start, hitting .230/.360/.295 through 16 games this season.
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White Sox: Alec Hansen, RHP (No. 15) -- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (Class A Advanced Winston-Salem)
Hansen gave up his first hit of the year, but he still has yet to allow a run after cruising through two innings and throwing 19 of his 31 pitches for strikes. The right-hander has spun eight scoreless innings over six appearances to begin the season. Hansen missed the first two months of 2018 with forearm soreness and never really got going. Not only has has Hansen kept opponents scoreless this year, but he's also notched 14 strikeouts compared to two walks.
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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST

A’s: Parker Dunshee, RHP (No. 18) -- 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K (Double-A Midland)
Dunshee's longest start of the year also turned out to be his first scoreless start of the year. The 24-year-old, a seventh-round pick from the 2017 Draft, retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced and ultimately threw 70 of his 97 pitchers for strikes as he carved his way through the Tulsa lineup. Dunshee got his first taste of Double-A Midland during his 2018 campaign and fared well, posting a 2.01 ERA over 12 starts. Of course the 2019 sample size is small, but the right-hander is off to a strong start, having given up six earned runs over 23 frames.
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Angels: Luis Madero, RHP (No. 22) -- 3 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K (Class A Advanced Inland Empire)
Madero surrendered his first run of the season but still put together another solid outing. The right-hander, whom the Angels acquired at the 2017 Trade Deadline, has 16 strikeouts through 11 innings this season.
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Astros: Yordan Alvarez, OF (No. 3, MLB No. 41) -- 3-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI (Triple-A Round Rock)
Alvarez continued his hot streak with another multihit performance, including a solo homer in the ninth inning. Alvarez has homered in back-to-back games and is 5-for-9 over the past two days. He's hitting .339 through 17 games this season. The 21-year-old, who signed with the Dodgers and was traded to the Astros shortly after in 2016, broke out for a career-high 20 homers in 88 games last season and appears ready to top that number in 2019.
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Mariners: Jarred Kelenic, OF (No. 2, MLB No. 53) -- 2-for-3, RBI (Class A West Virginia)
Kelenic got off to a 2-for-25 start of the first seven games but has been red-hot ever since. Acquired by the Mariners in an offseason trade with the Mets, the 2018 first-round pick has a hit in nine straight games since that skid and has boosted his average all the way to .317.
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Rangers: Brock Burke, LHP (No. 9) -- 4.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K (Double-A Frisco)
Burke gave up seven runs (five earned) over two innings in his last start, but he more than redeemed himself as he helped lead Frisco to a win over Arkansas. Burke, 22, was lights out (1.95 ERA) over nine appearances with Frisco last season and has posted a 3.86 ERA this season, although that's largely inflated by his last start. Burke began his career with the Rays but was dealt to the Rangers as part of a three-team trade in December.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves: Tucker Davidson, LHP (No. 22) -- 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 3 K (Double-A Mississippi)
Davidson, 23, is getting his first glimpse of Double-A ball, and it's hard to argue with the results. Through three starts, the former 19th-round pick (2016) has yielded just one earned run over 14 innings. Davidson has issued 10 walks, which is a bit concerning, but he also has 14 strikeouts with opponents hitting just .130 off of him.
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Marlins: Zac Gallen, RHP (No. 18) -- 6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K (Triple-A New Orleans)
Gallen, who entered the game with one walk through 18 innings, didn't have his best command, but he did manage to keep runs off the board, something he's been very, very good at all year. The 23-year-old, a former third-round pick, posted a 3.65 ERA through 25 starts last season. This year, his ERA sits at a minuscule 0.36. Gallen threw 100 pitches, 68 strikes, and pitched into the seventh for the second time in four starts.
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Mets: Anthony Kay, LHP (No. 8) -- 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K (Double-A Binghamton)
After striking out exactly four batters in each of his first three starts this season, Kay more than doubled that as he fell one short of his career best. The 2016 first-rounder retired the first 10 batters he faced, eight via strikeout, and threw 57 of his 90 pitches for strikes. Kay split last season between two levels of Class A ball and has a 1.89 ERA through his first four Double-A starts.
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Phillies: Alec Bohm, 3B (No. 1, MLB No. 56) -- 3-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI (Class A Lakewood)
Bohm has hits in seven of his past eight games and is 8-for-12 over his past three, collecting multiple hits in each of those contests. The third overall pick from last year's Draft is hitting .367 in his full season debut, and Monday's three RBIs tied his career high. After failing to homer in 40 games after he was drafted, Bohm has gone deep twice in 17 games this season.
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Nationals: Wil Crowe, RHP (No. 4) -- 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K (Double-A Harrisburg), Tim Cate, LHP (No. 5) -- 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K (Class A Hagerstown)
Crowe and Cate are both off to fast starts this season, and that trend continued on Monday. Crowe, who has given up three runs through 23 innings this season, threw 61 of his 81 pitches for strikes and retired the first seven batters he faced. Cate, a second-round pick from the 2018 Draft, lowered his ERA to 1.27 and has surrendered just one run over his last 12 innings. Cate was pitching out of the stretch for most of the night, and although he allowed a baserunner in each inning, none of the made it past first base.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL

Brewers: Braden Webb, RHP (No. 12) -- 5 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 1 K (Double-A Biloxi)
Webb put together a rather unusual pitching line as he held Jacksonville without a hit, but his inability to locate -- he threw just 42 of his 84 pitches for strikes -- resulted in a run that scored on a wild pitch after the bases had been loaded via two walks and a hit batter. The 23-year-old has given up one run in three of his four starts this season but has run into some tough luck and is just 1-3.
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Cubs: Nico Hoerner, SS (No. 2, MLB No. 95) -- 1-for-4, HR (Double-A Tennessee)
Hoerner, hitting .304 through 16 games, hit his first Double-A homer, but did so via an inside-the-park homer after lining a ball into the left-field corner and racing around the bases. Hoerner, 21, hit two homers in 14 games season before injuries cut his professional debut short. The Cubs drafted the former Stanford Cardinal with the 24th overall pick last June.
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Cardinals: Dylan Carlson, OF (No. 6) -- 3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI (Double-A Springfield)
Carlson his his third homer of the year and his first since April 9 in his second straight multihit game. The 20-year-old, a 2016 first-round Draft pick, is 5-for-8 over the past two games and hitting .309 on the season, his first taste of Double-A. Carlson hit .246 over 112 games last year across two levels of Class A ball.
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Pirates: Travis Swaggerty, OF (No. 3) -- 2-for-4, HR, RBI (Class A Advanced Bradenton)
Swaggerty hit his second homer of the season, which may be what he needs to start heating up offensively. The 21-year-old, who the Pirates grabbed with the 10th overall pick in the 2018 Draft, is off to a slow start this year, hitting .213 through 16 games. Swaggerty hit .239 through 52 games in his debut last season.
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Reds: Packy Naughton, LHP (No. 21) -- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K (Class A Advanced Daytona)
That's back-to-back scoreless starts for Naughton, a former ninth-round pick (2017) who has posted a 1.90 ERA through 23 2/3 innings this season. Naughton has struck out 15 and issued just one walk over his past two starts (12 innings) and has a WHIP of 0.97 this season.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST

D-backs: Kevin Ginkel, RHP (No. 30) -- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (Double-A Jackson)
Fifteen pitches, nine strikes. That's all Ginkel needed to carve his way through another stellar relief performance. The lights-out reliever, a 22nd-round selection (2016), hasn't allowed a hit in four of his six appearances and has held opponents to a mere .083 batting average.
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Dodgers: Dustin May, RHP (No. 2, MLB No. 65) -- 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (Double-A Tulsa)
May pitched five innings for the third time this season and lowered his ERA to 1.89 in the process. May reached Double-A late in the 2018 season, and that experience is paying dividends as he's off to a strong start in 2019. Through four starts (19 innings), May has struck out 20 and issued six walks with opponents hitting .179 against him.
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Giants: Shaun Anderson, RHP (No. 4) -- 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K (Triple-A Sacramento)
Anderson, who threw 56 of his 87 pitches for strikes, gave up a run on back-to-back hits in the first inning, but he appeared to be locked in after that as he went on to retired 15 of the next 18 batters faced to finish his outing. Anderson posted a 4.18 ERA in eight starts at the Triple-A level last season and is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA through four starts this season.
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Padres: Ryan Weathers, LHP (No. 10) -- 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K (Class A Fort Wayne)
Weathers threw 53 of his 76 pitches for strikes as he spun his second scoreless start of the year. The lefty, a first-round pick from last year's Draft, has been piling up strikeouts all season and has amassed 28 over 22 2/3 innings. Weathers is making his full-season debut this year after posting a 3.44 ERA across seven starts (18 1/3 innings) last year.
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Rockies: Yonathan Daza, OF (No. 14) -- 2-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI (Triple-A Albuquerque)
Multihit games with RBIs are starting to become a habit for Daza. The 25-year-old has at least two hits in four of his past five games and has driven in at least one run in four straight. Daza went 0-for-11 at the plate in a brief stint in the Majors this season, but he has been red-hot in the Minors hitting .385 with hits in seven of his eight games.
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William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.