Monday's top prospect performers

June 11th, 2019

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


Blue Jays: There were no notable performances by Blue Jays Top 30 prospects on Monday.

Orioles: Grayson Rodriguez, RHP (No. 4, MLB No. 92) 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K (Class A Delmarva)
Rodriguez ran his pitch count up to 93 (52 strikes), which is why he lasted only four innings, but the 2018 first-rounder (No. 11 overall pick) dominated once again, allowing just one hit over four innings. The 19-year-old had struggled in his previous start, when he allowed a career-worst seven runs on eight hits in five innings, but otherwise he’s been exceptional, pitching to 2.42 ERA with 72 strikeouts and a .177 opponents’ average over 52 innings (10 starts) in his first full season.
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Rays: Joe McCarthy, OF (No. 14) 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI (Triple-A Durham)
McCarthy had been sidelined to start season with a back issue and went 1-for-11 over his first three games this year, but has hits in back-to-back games and may be beginning to find his rhythm. The 25-year-old is 3-for-9 with a homer over the past two days as he works his way back into the season. McCarthy hit .244 over 53 games last season, 47 of those games came with Triple-A Durham.
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Red Sox: Triston Casas, 1B/3B (No. 1) 4-for-5, HR, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R (Class A Greenville)
After striking out in his first at-bat of the game, Casas, Boston’s first-round pick from last year’s Draft, proceeded to hit an RBI single, a two-run homer, a run-scoring double and another single in his next four trips to the plate as he powered Greenville past Kannapolis, 9-2. The four-hit performance marked a season-high for the 19-year-old lefty hitter, who’s now batting .275/.350/.517 with 11 homers, 15 doubles and 48 RBIs through 58 games in his first full-season campaign.
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Yankees: Luis Gil, RHP (No. 13) 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K (Class A Charleston)
The 21-year-old matched his career high in strikeouts and faced four over the minimum for the River Dogs in the longest start of his career. Gil struck out the side in the first and recorded multiple strikeouts in three separate frames, throwing 86 pitches (60 strikes) in the outing overall. Meanwhile, the fact that Gil worked seven innings means he now qualifies in the South Atlantic League, where he leads all hurlers with a 1.81 ERA. Gil, with his mid-90s fastball and power curveball, also has racked up 73 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings, while holding hitters to a .176 average.      
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Indians: Gabriel Rodriguez, SS (No. 13) 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI (Dominican Summer League)
Rodriguez has now gone yard twice in seven games as a pro following his two-run shot as part of a two-hit performance on Monday. The 17-year-old shortstop has hit safely in five of those seven games, tallying three multihit performances, six extra-base hits and 14 RBIs. Signed out of Venezuela last July, Rodriguez’s $2.1 million deal was the largest ever given out by the Indians to an international amateur prospect. He's both athletic and very projectable, with the potential to develop average-or-better tools across the board.
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Royals: Michael Gigliotti, OF (No. 13) 2-for-4, 2B, R, 2 BB (Class A Lexington)
Gigliotti extended his hitting streak to eight games and bumped his average up to .290 with his fourth multihit effort during his current streak. The 23-year-old, a fourth-round pick from the 2017 Draft, is hitting .317 in June after hitting .297 in May. Not only has Gigliotti been picking up hits on a nightly basis, but he's also doubled in three straight games.
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Tigers: Wenceel Perez, SS (No. 11) 2-for-4, 2B (Class A West Michigan)
Perez, 19, is 5-for-8 over the past two games and has hits in five of his past seven games as he begins to heat up for West Michigan. Perez hit .312 through 57 games, a career high, last season, but it will be interesting to see how he fares over a full season in 2019. Perez has already played 55 games this season and is hitting .223 with three homers.
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Twins: Blayne Enlow, RHP (No. 9) 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (Class A Adv Fort Myers)
Entering the game in the second inning, after rehabbing starter Adalberto Mejia had tossed a scoreless first inning, Enlow proceeded to deliver six scoreless frames of seven-hit ball on 79 pitches (49 strikes) to lead Fort Myers past Tampa, 1-0. He also generated seven groundouts and picked off a pair of runners at first base. The 20-year-old right-hander and former third-round pick (2017) owns a 1.50 ERA and has completed six innings in all three outings since his promotion to the Miracle from Class A Cedar Rapids, where had a 4.57 ERA in 41 1/3 frames (eight starts).
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White Sox: Zach Thompson, RHP (No. 23) 2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (Triple-A Charlotte)
Thompson, who has pitched to a 5.86 ERA this season, has had his fair share of struggles this year, but looked good on Monday night. The 25-year-old, whom the White Sox grabbed in the fifth round of the 2014 Draft, began his career in the rotation but was moved to the bullpen last year, where he posted a 1.55 ERA over 43 games. On Monday, Thompson was at his best as he threw 25 of his 30 pitches for strikes and struck out three of the seven batters he faced.
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A’s: Skye Bolt, OF (No. 19) -- 3-for-4, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI (Triple-A Las Vegas)
Bolt now has hits in nine of his past 10 games and is hitting .326 through 37 games. The 25-year-old, a 2015 fourth-round pick, has impressed offensively this season and has been rewarded with a pair of stints in Oakland, where he went 1-for-7 and appeared in four games. Bolt spent the 2018 season with Class A Advanced Stockton and Double-A Midland and hit a combined .260 over 124 games.
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Angels: Jordyn Adams, OF (No. 6) 3-for-4, BB, SB (Class A Burlington)
The 2018 first-round pick extended his hitting streak to six games with his fourth three-hit performance of the season. Adams, 19, is hitting .244 this season, but things appear to be trending upward. Adams got off to a slow start as he hit .182 in April, but followed that up with a .296 mark in May. Adams hit .267 over 29 games last season in his professional debut.
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Astros: Ross Adolph, OF (No. 28) -- 2-for-3, 2B (Class A Quad Cities)
Adolph has struggled this year and is hitting .193 through 54 games, but has hits in six of his past seven games and may be getting closer to replicating the success he had in his professional debut. After the Mets took Adolph in the 12th round of the 2018 Draft, he proceeded to hit .276 over 61 games. The Astros acquired Adolph via a trade in January.
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Mariners: Julio Rodriguez, OF (No. 5, MLB No. 93) 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB (Class A Clinton)
In his return from the injured list (hairline fracture in left hand), Rodriguez doubled and reached base three times. The 18-year-old, whom the Mariners signed in 2017, got hurt in mid April so he hasn't played much this season, but in the games he has played, it's easy to see why he's so highly touted. Rodriguez is hitting .364 over 10 games after hitting .315 over 59 games last season in his professional debut.
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Rangers: Ronny Henriquez, RHP (No. 30) 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (Class A Hickory)
Henriquez, 18, put together his second scoreless outing of the year as he threw 17 of his 29 pitches for strikes. Henriquez, whom the Rangers signed last July, is one of the more intriguing pitching prospects in the Rangers' system. Henriquez has a low-to-mid-90s fastball and a high-spin curveball, but needs to gain more experience.
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Braves: Ian Anderson, RHP (No. 3, MLB No. 28) 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 9 K (Double-A Mississippi)
Anderson leads the Southern League with 86 strikeouts after racking up nine for the third time over his past four starts. The 21-year-old, a 2016 first-round Draft pick, has surrendered one earned run in four of his past five starts and has pitched to a 3.02 ERA through 65 2/3 innings this season.
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Marlins: Will Banfield, C (No. 10) 2-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 RBI (Class A Clinton)
Banfield hit his first homer of the month and his sixth of the season in Clinton's win over Burlington. The 19-year-old hit a two-run blast in the sixth inning and is batting .223 after the multihit performance. The Marlins took Banfield with the 69th overall pick in last year's Draft and although he's struggled to hit as a pro, Banfield excels defensively. Banfield has a 70-grade arm, advanced receiving skills and is a natural leader.
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Mets: Simeon Woods-Richardson, RHP (No. 6) 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K (Class A Columbia)
That’s now back-to-back scoreless starts for Woods-Richardson, and both of the 18-year-old righty’s performances have been of the eight-strikeout, five-inning variety. Suffice it to say the 2018 second-rounder is beginning to settle in in his first full season after posting a 6.88 ERA over his first 10 starts, covering April and May. In his last two turns, Woods-Richardson has allowed only four hits (all singles), posted an 11-to-1 groundout/flyout ratio and compiled 18 strikeouts against one walk in 10 innings, all while throwing strikes at a near 70-percent clip.
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Phillies: Rodolfo Duran, C (No. 19) 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R (Class A Adv Clearwater)
Duran paced the Threshers' offense as he recorded team highs in hits, RBIs and runs scored in their win over St. Lucie. The 21-year-old backstop is batting .333 over his last 10 games, with a four-hit and now a three-hit performance in that span. His season average, meanwhile, has climbed from .200 to .237 during that stretch. Defensively, Duran has cut down nearly 40 percent of attempted basestealers (15 of 38) while appearing in 35 games behind the plate.
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Nationals: Nick Raquet, LHP (No. 21) 6 IP, 3 H, 1 H, 3 BB, 4 K (Class A Adv Potomac)
Raquet has thrown the ball increasingly well of late for the P-Nats. He recorded his third straight win on Monday, scattering three hits over six one-run frames while inducing nine groundouts and throwing 62 of 96 pitches for strikes. The 23-year-old southpaw has given up just one earned run over his last 17 frames, and he hasn't given up more than three earned runs in a start since April 29.
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Brewers: Trent Grisham, OF (No. 30) 2-for-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB (Double-A Biloxi)
Grisham led off the fifth inning with a home run and then repeated the feat in the following frame, when he hammered a 2-0 pitch out to right-center field to tie the game. It was the first career multi-homer performance by the former first-round pick (2016), and he’s now gone deep a career-high 13 times this season in his second tour of the Double-A level. The 22-year-old has been red-hot of late, raking at a .424 clip with seven home runs, 19 RBIs and 14 walks over his last 10 games. 
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Cubs: Thomas Hatch, RHP (No. 17) 5 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K (Double-A Tennessee)
Hatch, 24, has completed at least five innings while allowing one earned run or fewer three times in his last four starts after Monday's performance, in which he fanned six over five one-run frames to earn the win against Chattanooga. The 2016 third-round pick out of Oklahoma State is repeating the Double-A level this year after posting a 3.82 ERA with 117/61 K/BB and 16 home runs allowed in 143 2/3 innings (26 starts) in 2018. This season, through 13 starts, Hatch has registered a 4.95 ERA with 63/21 K/BB ratio in 63 2/3 frames.
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Cardinals: Ivan Herrera, C (No. 18) 2-for-4, R (Class A Peoria)
Herrera was the only player to notch multiple hits for Peoria, and his pair of singles accounted for half of the Chiefs' hits in their 10-1 loss against Cedar Rapids. It marked the third straight two-hit game by the 19-year-old backstop, who, after slashing .348/.423/.500 over 28 games in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2018, has compiled an impressive .286/.386/.436 in 40 games in his first exposure to full-season ball.
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Pirates: Lolo Sanchez, OF (No. 14) 1-for-3, RBI, R (Class A Greensboro)
Batting leadoff for the Grasshoppers, Sanchez tallied a single, scored a run and plated a run with a groundout in a 5-2 win over Hickory. It marked the second straight game with a hit and an RBI for the 20-year-old outfielder, who's now hitting .309/.388/.464 with 19 extra-base hits and 19 steals through 57 games in his second tour of the South Atlantic League.
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Reds: Taylor Trammell, OF (No. 1, MLB No. 16) 3-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB (Double-A Chattanooga)
Trammell's team-high three hits were highlighted by an RBI double, though it wasn't enough to keep the Lookouts from falling to Tennessee, 4-1. The 21-year-old got off to a strong start in his first Double-A season, batting .292 with an .846 OPS in April, but since then he's hit just .219 with six extra-base hits in 39 games en route to an overall season line of .245/.371/.340, with four homers and 13 steals in 61 games.
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D-backs: Blaze Alexander, SS/3B (No. 9) 3-for-4, HR, RBI, 3 R, SB (Class A Kane County)
Alexander's fourth home run of the season and a team-high three runs scored highlighted a three-hit performance in his third straight multihit performance. Signed away from a South Carolina commitment last summer with an over-pick-value bonus ($500,000) after the D-backs drafted him in the 11th round, Alexander, a 19-year-old infielder, is batting .265/.355/.419 with nine extra-base hits and seven steals in 34 games in his first full-season campaign.
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Dodgers: Zach Willeman, RHP (No. 28) 3 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K (Class A Great Lakes)
Willeman, a 19th-round pick out of Kent State in 2017, recorded seven of 10 outs via the strikeout as he worked the final 3 1/3 frames to earn the save for Great Lakes. It was the 23-year-old's first scoreless performance since his season debut, and he entered the game with just seven strikeouts in his previous 13 1/3 innings. He's made five starts and two relief appearances this season, pitching to a 6.57 ERA overall.
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Giants: Chris Shaw, OF (No. 11) 2-for-3, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, R, BB (Triple-A Sacramento)
Shaw went deep for the second time in eight games since his promotion to Triple-A, hitting a two-run shot as well as a double in the River Cats' win over New Orleans. The 25-year-old former first-round pick (2015) appeared in 22 big league games late last season, hitting .185, and opened 2019 at Double-A Richmond, where he posted a .288/.368/.500 with seven homers in 45 games before advancing to Triple-A.
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Padres: Ty France, 3B (No. 30) 1-for-3, HR, BB (Triple-A El Paso)
France has continued to rake back in Triple-A, batting .357 with six RBIs in four games since being optioned by the Padres to El Paso on June 6. The 24-year-old appeared in 34 games during his first stint in the big leagues, hitting .235/.290/.357 with two homers, seven extra-base hits and 10 RBIs in 34 games. Between his two stints in Triple-A, Franco has produced a .413/.500/.870 line with 10 homers and 34 RBIs in 23 games.
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Rockies: Grant Lavigne, 1B (No. 5) 1-for-3, 2B, R (Class A Asheville)
Lavinge doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the sixth inning to help seal the win for Asheville in a six-inning, rain-shortened victory against Columbia. The 19-year-old first baseman, whom Colorado selected with the No. 42 overall pick in last year's Draft, has been swinging a hot bat for the Tourists, sporting a .405 average over his last 10 games, and, overall, Lavigne owns a solid .265/.369/.398 line with five homers and 33 RBIs through 60 games in the South Atlantic League.
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