Here are Monday's 10 best prospect performances

August 27th, 2019

Here are the 10 best performances by players on team Top 30 Prospects lists from across the Minor Leagues on Monday:

Bobby Witt Jr., SS; Brady Singer, RHP, Royals Nos. 1 and 2
Witt Jr. (MLB No. 9) scored two runs and drove in three more as he recorded his second three-hit game in five contests for the Royals’ Arizona League affiliate. The 19-year-old shortstop padded his club’s early lead with an RBI triple in the second inning and then plated a pair of runs in the following frame before finishing 3-for-5. Selected by Kansas City with the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s Draft, Witt is batting .262/.317/.354 with eight extra-base hits, 30 runs and 27 RBIs through 37 games in his first taste of pro ball.

Witt wasn't the only Royals prospect to impress Monday as Singer threw seven innings of one-run ball for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Singer, a first-round pick from the 2018 Draft, threw 69 of his 100 pitches for strikes, gave up six hits and struck out seven. Singer has thrown seven innings in two of his past three starts and after getting off to a rough start at the Double-A level, he's posted an ERA under 3.00 in each of the past two months. Royals' prospects stats »

Luis Garcia, RHP, Astros No. 29
Class A Advanced Fayetteville’s Garcia racked up double-digit strikeouts for the third time in his past four turns and did so while firing five no-hit frames. Garcia's control problems -- he issued four walks and hit one batter -- resulted in an elevated pitch count, though, and he departed the game after throwing 47 of 84 pitches for strikes. The 10-strikeout performance gives Garcia 40 strikeouts in his last 21 innings (four starts), and the 22-year-old right-hander has now fanned 96 batters in 59 2/3 innings in the Carolina League. Altogether, Garcia has compiled 156 strikeouts against 47 walks in 102 2/3 innings while pitching to a 3.07 ERA across two levels. Astros' prospects stats »

Bo Naylor, C, Indians No. 5
Naylor hit his 11th homer of the year and set a career high with six RBIs as part of a 2-for-5 night with Class A Lake County. Naylor, a first-round pick from the 2018 Draft, got his big game started with a grand slam in the second inning and then brought home two more via a triple in the eighth. The 19-year-old is hitting .247 through 102 games in his full-season debut. Indians' prospects stats »

Julio Rodriguez, OF; Justin Dunn, RHP, Mariners Nos. 3 and 5
Rodriguez (MLB No. 52) is batting .553 through 10 games in the California League after he went 3-for-5 with a triple and an RBI for Class A Advanced Modesto on Monday. The 18-year-old outfielder has hit safely in nine of those 10 contests, including seven multihit efforts. Rodriguez was promoted to the Nuts after raking at a .293/.359/.490 clip with 10 homers, 20 doubles and 50 RBIs in 67 games at Class A West Virginia. A confident and physically strong player who already has an advanced feel for hitting, Rodriguez is already well on his way towards becoming a dangerous middle-of-the-order presence.

Dunn (MLB No. 75) was untouchable in his start for Double-A Arkansas as he struck out eight of the 12 batters he faced while completing four perfect innings. He threw only 49 pitches and generated whiffs with nine of his 36 strikes in the outing. The 23-year-old right-hander has been a workhorse this year for the Travelers, tossing 126 2/3 innings (24 starts) of 3.55-ERA ball with 37 walks and a Texas League-best 153 strikeouts. Mariners' prospects stats »

Rylan Bannon, 2B/3B, Orioles No. 24
Triple-A Norfolk erupted to score 17 runs on Monday night, and Bannon drove in five of them, matching his career-high mark. Bannon reached that total by recording his seventh multihit game in his last nine contests, as he finished 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a sacrifice fly. After he spent much of the season in Double-A (.255/.345/.394), the 23-year-old infielder has been crushing the ball since joining the Tides on Aug. 13, batting .358 with two homers, seven doubles and 11 RBIs in 13 games. Orioles' prospects stats »

Joey Bart, C, Giants No. 1
Bart matched his season high for hits and put together his best offensive game since joining Double-A Richmond, going 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI. The Giants’ No. 1 prospect is hitting .259 through his first 16 games at the Double-A level. Prior to his promotion to Richmond, Bart, a 2018 first-round Draft pick, began the year with Class A Advanced San Jose, where he batted .265 over 57 games. Bart missed roughly six weeks earlier this year with a fractured hand, but is back to full health. Giants' prospects stats »

Gavin Sheets, 1B, White Sox No. 13
Sheets drew a trio of walks on Monday, but when he saw a pitch he wanted to hit, he made sure to capitalize. Sheets went 1-for-2, including a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning of Double-A Birmingham’s win over Tennessee. The 23-year-old is now hitting .274 with 16 homers this season, a huge increase in power after he went deep just six times in 2018. Sheets, a second-round pick from the 2017 Draft, not only has increased his power this season, but he’s done so while maintaining his solid approach and continuing to hit for average. White Sox prospects stats »

Riley Greene, OF, Tigers No. 3
Tigers’ No. 3 prospect Riley Greene impressed both offensively and defensively for Class A West Michigan. The fifth-overall pick from this year’s Draft, Greene drove in a pair as part of a 2-for-5 day at the plate, and also flashed some leather as he made a nice diving catch in center field. Greene is hitting .273 across three levels this season and while he’s only gone deep four times, scouts feel the pop will come and that he’ll eventually hit for both power and average. Tigers' prospects stats »