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Saturday's top prospect performers

May 25, 2019

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

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


Blue Jays: Riley Adams, C (No. 28) -- 2-for-3, HR (5), 3 RBI (Class A Adv Dunedin)
Adams, 22, connected on a three-run homer as part of New Hampshire’s four-run fifth inning. The 22-year-old is hitting .364 over his last 10 games and .250 overall in 16 games at the Double-A level. A 6-foot-4, 225-pound backstop, Adams was promoted to New Hampshire as a reward for his .277/.434/.462 performance in his return to the Florida State League. He owns a 32 percent caught-stealing rate this season after throwing out 45.8 percent (43 of 94) of attempted base stealers a year ago.
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Orioles: Mason McCoy, SS (No. 30) -- 2-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, BB (Double-A Bowie)
McCoy, 24, is batting .391/.462/.565 with hits in 14 of 16 games (eight multihit games) since he was promoted to Double-A Bowie on May 6. He joined the Baysox after he torched Florida State League pitching at a .379/.416/.509 clip over 27 games. With a .384/.433/.530 line through 43 games, the former sixth-round pick (2017) out of Iowa has been one of the top breakout prospects in the Minors so far in 2019.
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Rays: Nick Solak, 2B/OF (No. 12) -- 3-for-4, HR (7), 2 R (Triple-A Durham)
Solak was the lone Durham hitter to tally multiple hits, one of which, an eighth-inning solo shot, proved the difference as the Bulls edged Charlotte, 4-3. The 24-year-old snapped out of an 0-for-16 slump -- albeit with seven walks in five games -- with the three-hit performance, while the home run was the 2016 second-rounder’s fourth in last 10 games. Solak flirted with a 20-20 Double-A campaign in 2018 before finishing with 19 homers and 21 steals, both career-highs, in 126 games for Montgomery.
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Red Sox: Tanner Houck, RHP (No. 6) -- 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 7 K (Double-A Portland)
Houck snapped a three-game losing streak with a quality start, as he struck out seven and recorded five groundouts while throwing 62 of 92 pitches for strikes against Altoona. It was an encouraging performance from the former first-round pick (2017) considering that he had logged a 6.87 ERA in his first four starts this month. Overall, the 22-year-old righty has pitched to a 5.08 ERA across nine Double-A starts.
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Yankees: Deivi Garcia, RHP (No. 4) -- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 10 K (Double-A Trenton)
Garcia's 10-strikeout performance marked the third time in nine starts this season that he's racked up double-digit strikeouts. He's fanned 75 batters in just 43 2/3 frames, good for 15.5 K/9, and more than 46 percent of all his outs in 2019 have come via strikeout. The 19-year-old's outing on Saturday was also his first without issuing a walk, and the lone run he permitted came on a solo home run in the fourth inning.
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Indians: Daniel Johnson, OF (No. 22) -- 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI, R, BB (Triple-A Columbus)
Johnson followed his RBI single in the seventh inning with a two-run double in the eighth to record a two-hit, three-RBI performance in his Triple-A debut. The 23-year-old outfielder, whom Cleveland acquired from the Nationals in the offseason Yan Gomes trade, was promoted to the Minors’ highest level from Double-A Akron after he produced a .253/.337/.534 line with 10 homers and 33 RBIs in 39 games.
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Royals: Daniel Lynch, LHP (No. 4) -- 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K (Class A Adv Wilmington)
The No. 34 overall pick from last year's Draft is getting better with each start. On Saturday he posted his third straight scoreless outing, completing seven dominant innings on a season-high 101 pitches (71 strikes). Lynch pushed his scoreless streak to 22 innings in the process, and his ERA now sits at a season-best 3.00 ERA after his fourth win in nine starts. A 6-foot-6 lefty who operates at 94-95 mph with three advanced secondary offerings, Lynch owns a 44/13 K/BB in 47 innings, during which he's allowed just two home runs while generating ground balls at an above-average rate.
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Tigers: Daz Cameron, OF (No. 5) -- 3-for-5, solo HR (6), 3 R, BB (Triple-A Toledo)
Cameron reached base four times and collected three of Toledo’s 21 hits, including his sixth home run of the season. The 22-year-old center fielder is hitting .325 over his last 10 games and .286/.337/.545 in 19 games this month after slashing .195/.302/.341 during the season’s first month.
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Twins: Jordan Balazovic, RHP (No. 19) -- 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (Class A Adv Fort Myers)
Balazovic, 20, bounced back from his shakiest start of the season (5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER) to fire seven innings of three-hit ball to improve to 5-1 in eight starts across two levels. The 2016 fifth-rounder out of the Canadian prep ranks owns a 2.22 ERA, with 66 strikeouts and nine walks, in 44 2/3 innings this season between Fort Myers and Class A Cedar Rapids. He's limited hitters to a .146 average since his promotion to the Florida State League.
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White Sox: Luis Alexander Basabe, OF (No. 7) -- 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, SB (Double-A Birmingham)
The 22-year-old switch-hitter extended both his hitting and RBI streaks to five games via a two-run double in the fifth inning. He’s batting .476 (10-for-21) with nine RBIs during those streaks. After beginning the season behind schedule while recovering from a broken hamate bone, Basabe has returned to action to produce a .250/.342/.310 line in 26 games.
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A’s: Lazaro Armenteros, OF (No. 4) -- 2-for-4, 3B, 2B, RBI (Class A Adv Stockton)
Lazarito snapped out of a four-game 1-for-13 slump with a triple and double in four at-bats for the Ports. The 20-year-old Cuban is making his first pass through the Class A Advanced level and is showing some power at the expense of batting average. His .225 average would be the worst of his Minors career by more than 50 points, but his slugging percentage of .457 would be his best. That's thanks to a career-high nine homers and 16 total extra-base hits in 151 at-bats.
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Angels: Jordyn Adams, OF (No. 6) -- 2-for-4, solo HR (4) (Class A Burlington)
The move to full-season ball hasn't come easy for Adams, but his recent performances might be a sign of better things to come. After a solid showing in Rookie ball last year, batting .267/.361/.381 with 5 stolen bases in 29 games, the 2018 first-round pick is batting only .210 for Class A Burlington. However, he does have his first four pro homers, including Saturday's fifth-inning solo shot, and two of those have come over the past three days. He's also working on a modest four-game hitting streak, tied for the longest of the season for the 19-year-old.
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Astros: Abraham Toro, 3B (No. 21) -- 2-for-4, HR (9), 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R (Double-A Corpus Christi)
Toro has been fantastic of late for the Hooks, hitting safely in 11 straight games, seven of which were the multihit variety. The latest effort left him a double shy of the cycle as the 2016 fifth-round Draft choice tallied his second triple and ninth homer of the campaign. The Canadian-born JUCO product made the jump to Double-A last season and struggled a bit, posting an OPS of .688 in 50 games. This year, through 45 games, his OPS is an elite 1.006, fueled by what would be an easily career-best .339 batting average and .435 on-base percentage.
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Mariners: Logan Gilbert, RHP (No. 6) -- 5 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K (Class A Advanced Modesto)
Usually a pitcher won't see his ERA rise after tossing five innings of one-run ball, but that's just how good Gilbert has been this season. The 2018 first-rounder out of Stetson was untouchable at Class A West Virginia, starting his pro career with back-to-back scoreless outings and eventually gaining promotion after four starts. His two prior starts for the Nuts were scoreless and featured 16 strikeouts in 12 innings, leaving him with a 1.65 ERA entering play Saturday. The solo homer he allowed in the fourth would bump his ERA up to 1.69 ... which is obviously still very good. Saturday's start against the Storm was also his second in a row without issuing a walk.
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Rangers: Julio Pablo Martinez (No. 4) -- 2-for-4, HR (4), 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R, SB (Class A Advanced Down East)
The 23-year-old's second homer in as many days was a three-run shot with two outs in the top of the ninth that put Down East ahead for good. He also tallied a double and swiped a bag, his second straight game with a stolen base. While he's produced just a .157/.206/.306 line in 33 games with the Wood Ducks, Martinez is starting to pick up the pace with a .250 average and eight RBIs over his last five games.
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Braves: Ian Anderson, RHP (No. 3, MLB No. 31) -- 6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 9 K (Double-A Mississippi)
Anderson's nine strikeouts were the second-most he's recorded in a game this season, and his 105 pitches were a season high as the 21-year-old battled through nearly 7 innings of solid ball to record his third quality start of the year. However the win would elude him as the Braves' bullpen would concede the lead and hand the Jumbo Shrimp the eventual victory. That was certainly no fault of Anderson's, as he's battled some inconsistencies this season (four starts with three or more runs and fewer than five innings), but he was on top of his game on Saturday. Anderson cruised through the season at Class A Advanced last year and is performing fairly well after the bump up in competition, although he could stand to cut down a bit on the walks (30 in 48 innings, compared to 49 in 119 1/3 innings last year).
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Marlins: Isan Diaz, 2B (No. 6) -- 3-for-4, HR (9), 2B, RBI, 3 R, BB (Triple-A New Orleans)
That’s now four straight games with a home run for Diaz after he went deep in his first at-bat en route to a three-hit performance. The 22-year-old second baseman has improved his slash line from .220/.318/.356 to .271/.371/.488 over his last 11 games, a stretch in which he’s hit five of his nine home runs.
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Mets: Will Toffey, 3B (No. 15) -- _2-for-3, 2B, R, BB, SB (Double-A Binghamton_)
Toffey did a bit of everything on Saturday for the Rumble Ponies, collecting a pair of hits and a walk while scoring a run and stealing a base. The steal was his second of the season, although he has also been caught stealing twice. The Vanderbilt product is known more for his glove and arm than his bat, but he does continue to demonstrate a solid understanding of the strike zone by taking yet another walk, his 29th in 35 games. His .396 OBP would be a career-high for the 2017 Draft pick.
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Phillies: Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (No. 11) -- 1-for-3, HR (6), 2 RBI, BB (Class A Clearwater)
The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder's fifth home run in 11 games was a two-run shot in the sixth inning that put the Threshers ahead for good against Jupiter. He's slowly beginning to turn the corner after a slow start, as Saturday's performance gives Ortiz a .275 average and 13 RBIs during the aforementioned 11-game stretch. Overall, however, the 20-year-old is batting just .197/.280/.386.
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Nationals: Malvin Pena, RHP (No. 13) -- 5 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K (Class A Advanced Potomac)
Pena, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound righty, kept his opponents from scoring for the first time in nine starts this season, firing 5 2/3 frames of two-hit ball for the P-Nats in a no-decision against Frederick. The performance was a step in the right direction for the 21-year-old, who entered the day with an 8.73 ERA after allowing 11 earned runs on 14 hits in 6 2/3 innings during his previous two starts.
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Brewers: Tristen Lutz, OF (No. 4) -- 2-for-3, HR (5), BB; Mario Feliciano, C (No. 14) -- 1-for-4, HR (9), 3 RBI (Class A Adv Carolina)
The two 20-year-olds accounted for all of the Mudcats' offense in a loss against Down East, as Lutz delivered a game-tying homer in the eighth inning after Feliciano had initially put them ahead in the sixth with a three-run blast. Lutz, a tooled-up outfielder, has been red-hot of late, with a .375 average, two homers and four multihit efforts in his last six games. Feliciano, a bat-first catcher, has gone deep three times in his last nine games, giving him nine homers in 46 games for the season.
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Cardinals: Nolan Gorman, 3B (No. 1, MLB No. 35) -- 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI (Class A Peoria)
While he hasn't homered since May 16, Gorman does have a .343 average with eight RBIs and five multihit performances over his last nine games. The 2018 first-round pick (No. 19 overall) is having an eye-opening first full season, with a .267 average, .883 OPS nine homers and 35 RBIs through 46 games in the Midwest League.
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Cubs: Andy Weber, SS/2B (No. 30) -- 3-for-4, HR (2), 3B, 4 RBI, 2 R (Class A South Bend)
Weber, a fifth-round pick out of Virginia in 2018, had a career-high four RBIs and finished a double short of the cycle as he helped power South Bend past West Michigan. The 21-year-old hit a single in the first inning, a three-run homer in the second and then added a triple in the sixth before grounding out in his final at-bat. He’s batting .278/.320/.414 in 43 games this season.
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Pirates: Will Craig, 1B (No. 14) -- 2-for-5, HR (13), 2B (Triple-A Indianapolis)
Craig owns a share of third place on the International League leaderboard after slugging his second homer in three games for Indianapolis. The 24-year-old first baseman and 2016 first-round pick out of Louisville has jumped the yard four times in his last nine contests, during which he's hitting .333 with eight RBIs and nine runs scored. He's poised to blow well past the career-high home run total of 20 he established in 132 games last season during a breakout campaign in Double-A.
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Reds: Ibandel Isabel, 1B (No. 25) -- 2-for-4, HR (13), 2 RBI, 2 R (Double-A Chattanooga)
Isabel went deep in a fifth straight game for the Lookouts as he reached the 100-homer mark for his career. The 36 bombs he hit last year -- tying him with Pete Alonso for a share of the Minor League lead -- as well as his 28 homers in 2017 helped accelerate Isabel toward the achievement. He’s on his way to threatening last year’s total with 13 homers in 43 games.
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D-backs: Daulton Varsho, C (No. 4) -- 2-for-5, HR (8), 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R (Double-A Jackson)
Varsho's eighth home run of the year was a game-winner, as the 22-year-old delivered a solo shot with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to power Jackson past Montgomery, 6-5. He also had an RBI double in the contest for his second multihit performance in three games. Playing in his first Double-A campaign, the Wisconsin-Milwaukee product owns a .277/.360/.504 line through 38 games.
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Dodgers: Edwin Uceta, RHP (No. 20) -- 6 1/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 7 K (Class A Adv Rancho Cucamonga)
The 21-year-old right-hander's ERA sits at 1.99, the second best mark among California League hurlers, in the wake of his longest start of 2019. To go along with his sub-2.00 ERA, Uceta has compiled a 56/12 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings (nine starts) for the Quakes this season after posting a 6.97 ERA across five starts last year in his introduction to the level.
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Giants: Sean Hjelle, RHP (No. 6) -- 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 HBP, 5 K (Class A Adv San Jose)
Hjelle matched his longest outing this season while recording a quality start in his California League debut. Throwing 52 of 82 pitches for strikes, the 6-foot-11 right-hander recorded 16 of his 18 outs via either a strikeout (5) or groundout (11). He finished the outing strong, too, retiring the side in order in the sixth inning after allowing three runs (one earned) in the prior frame. The 2018 second-round pick out of Kentucky was promoted to San Jose after registering a 2.66 ERA and 44/9 K/BB in 40 2/3 innings (nine starts) with Class A Augusta.

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Padres: Xavier Edwards, SS (No. 11) -- 2-for-4, R, BB, 2 SB (Class A Fort Wayne)
Edwards reached base three times and swiped a pair of bags out of the leadoff spot as he improved his Midwest League-leading average to .355 through 40 games. He also leads the circuit in hits (55), ranks second in stolen bases (tied-14) and third in OBP (.417). What’s more, the 19-year-old switch-hitter has accrued more walks (17) than strikeouts (15) so far in his first full season.
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Rockies: Yonathan Daza, OF (No. 14) -- 3-for-5, R (Triple-A Albuquerque)
Daza, 25, is second in the Pacific Coast League batting race (.366) after his 14th multihit performance in 23 games this month. Overall, he's hit safely in 30 of 38 games for the Isotopes. A .314/.355/.430 hitter in 632 career Minor League games, Daza is looking to get back to MLB after going 0-for-11 while appearing in three games earlier this season during his first callup.
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