Sunday's top prospect performers

September 27th, 2021

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

Tigers: Spencer Torkelson, 1B/3B (MLB No. 4), Triple-A Toledo
Torkelson is putting the finishing touches on what has been a stellar first professional season, clubbing his third home run in as many games with a two-run shot Sunday. The 22-year-old’s home run, a towering blast to left field, was his 29th of the season and 10th since joining Toledo. Torkelson initially struggled upon being called up to Triple-A, but has found his stride in recent weeks, slashing .275/.372/.638 with eight homers in September. Tigers prospect stats »

Pirates: Oneil Cruz, SS (MLB No. 53), Triple-A Indianapolis
Cruz is wasting no time getting himself acclimated with Indianapolis. In the 22-year-old’s fourth game at Triple-A, he recorded two hits, one being a home run, and three walks. This was the fourth three-walk game of Cruz’s career and his second of the season. Cruz has been finding his power stroke over the past couple days, clubbing five home runs in his past eight games. Cruz has put together a phenomenal year in just 66 games, hitting .299/.361/.564 with 15 homers and 19 steals. Pirates prospect stats »

Royals: MJ Melendez, C (MLB No. 68), Triple-A Omaha
Salvador Pérez isn’t the only catcher in the Royals organization with 40 home runs this year as Melendez clubbed long balls No. 40 and No. 41 on Sunday. Melendez’s first home run of the afternoon was a mammoth opposite-field blast that cleared Werner Park’s left-field bleachers and landed on the adjacent concourse. It was Melendez’s sixth multihomer game this season and second since joining Omaha. Along with the homers, the 22-year-old is slashing .284/.384/.627 with 97 RBIs across 119 games. Royals prospect stats »

Brewers: Victor Castaneda, RHP (No. 30), Triple-A Nashville
Castaneda put together a promising start in his second outing with Nashville, pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings of one-hit ball with six strikeouts. Castaneda was locked in from the jump, retiring the first 11 batters he faced before allowing a two-out walk in the fourth inning. That free pass was Castaneda’s only walk of the evening, his eighth start this season in which he’s allowed one walk or fewer. Brewers prospect stats »

Twins: Jose Miranda, INF (No. 8), Triple-A St. Paul
Miranda recorded his second three-hit game in the past five days, smacking a double and two singles en route to driving in three runs and extending his hitting streak to five games. The 23-year-old kicked off St. Paul’s 11-run evening with a two-run single in the bottom of the second inning, then chipped in another run with a double in the seventh. This marks Miranda’s 20th game of the season in which he’s had at least three hits. Miranda has had a breakout season, slashing .342/.400/.568 on the season with 29 homers and 92 RBIs. Twins prospect stats »

Yankees: Oswaldo Cabrera, 2B (No. 16), Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
Since joining Scranton/Wilkes-Barre earlier this week, Cabrera has been in some kind of zone. Cabrera went 2-for-3 with a homer Sunday, having hit safely in all five games since joining the RailRiders. Not only is Cabrera racking up the hits, but he’s flexing his power, already clubbing three home runs with his new team. On the season as a whole, Cabrera is slashing .265/.322/.520 with 27 homers and 21 steals. In Cabrera’s first four professional seasons from 2016 to 2019 (410 games), by comparison, he only had 22 homers and 29 steals. Yankees prospect stats »