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Sunday's top prospect performers

@paul_casella and @MannyOnMLB
August 11, 2019

Here's a look at Sunday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list: AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST Blue Jays: Anthony Kay, LHP (No. 5) -- 6 IP, H, 1 R (0 ER), 5 BB, 8 K (Triple-A Buffalo) Acquired as part of the Marcus Stroman deal, Kay turned

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


Blue Jays: Anthony Kay, LHP (No. 5) -- 6 IP, H, 1 R (0 ER), 5 BB, 8 K (Triple-A Buffalo)
Acquired as part of the Marcus Stroman deal, Kay turned in his best outing since joining the Blue Jays organization just three weeks ago. Kay, who had a 6.15 ERA in nine starts since being promoted to Triple-A on June 14, allowed one unearned run off only one hit. He did, however, issue a season-high five walks, and has now walked at least three batters in each of his three starts with Buffalo.
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Orioles: Keegan Akin, LHP (No. 11) -- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 7 K (Triple-A Norfolk)
Akin completed six innings for the first time since May 16, when he tossed six scoreless frames against Toledo. It had been a bit of a rocky stretch since that May 16 outing, with the southpaw putting up a 5.47 ERA in 13 outings. It was a different story Sunday, as Akin threw 56 of his 88 pitches for strikes, while racking up seven strikeouts to match his total from his previous two starts combined.
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Rays: Wander Franco, SS (No. 1, No. 1 in MLB) -- 4-for-6, 3 runs (Class A Advanced Charlotte)
Franco has snapped out of his mini-slump in a big way, following up his multihit performance Saturday with his first four-hit game of the season on Sunday. Baseball's top prospect is 6-for-10 in his past two games after going just 1-for-16 over his previous four contests. Franco hit .161 (5-for-31) in his first eight games in August before bouncing back this weekend to raise his season average to .324 with an .890 OPS across 101 games between Charlotte and Class A Bowling Green. Rays prospects stats »

Red Sox: Marcus Wilson, OF (No. 18) -- 1-for-4, HR, RBI (Double-A Portland)
Wilson connected for his sixth homer of the season and second in the last three days. The 22-year-old crushed a solo shot after going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a homer on Friday. Nine of Wilson's 12 hits in August have gone for extra bases (six doubles, three homers), raising his slugging percentage from .374 entering the month to .446. Red Sox prospects stats »

Yankees: Deivi Garcia, RHP (No. 1, No. 66 in MLB) -- 4 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre)
Garcia's outing started and ended a bit rocky, but he was solid in between. After retiring the first two batters, he allowed a hit and a pair of walks to load the bases. Garcia escaped the jam with a strikeout, which began a stretch in which he retired 10 straight batters. The 20-year-old righty again ran into some trouble in the fifth, exiting with two on and one out after a pair of base hits. Both of those baserunners ultimately came around to score, leading to the only blemishes on Garcia's line. After posting a 3.66 ERA in 15 combined starts between Class A Advanced Tampa and Double-A Trenton, Garcia has a 5.93 ERA in six starts since being promoted to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Yankees prospects stats »


Indians: Bobby Bradley, 1B (No. 7) -- 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI (Triple-A Columbus)
With Columbus trailing by a pair of runs, Bradley delivered what proved to be a game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was his 29th homer of the year, moving him into a tie with Adam Duvall (now in the big leagues with the Braves) for the most in the International League this season. Bradley also ranks third in the league with his .591 slugging percentage, trailing only a pair of players also currently on Major League rosters -- Aristides Aquino and Mike Ford. Indians prospects stats »

Royals: Carlos Hernandez, RHP (No. 13) -- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K (Class A Lexington)
Hernandez pitched a season-high five innings and looked far better than he had in either of his previous two starts since being promoted to Class A Lexington. The righty allowed just one run -- a solo homer -- while throwing 54 of his 73 pitches for strikes en route to recording six strikeouts. It was a far cry from his last two outings in which he had allowed five earned runs over four innings each time out. Royals prospects stats »

Tigers: Willi Castro, SS (No. 11) -- 3-for-4, HR, 2 2B, RBI, 3 runs (Triple-A Toledo)
Castro provided one of the best highlights of the day, legging out an inside-the-park home run -- without a throw to the plate. He roped a ball off the angled wall in center field and raced all the way around to score after it caromed away from the outfielder. Castro sandwiched his homer between a pair of doubles to give him three extra-base hits on the day. He entered Sunday with just two extra-base knocks in his last 19 games combined. Tigers prospects stats »

Twins: Gilberto Celestino, OF (No. 21) -- 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI (Class A Cedar Rapids)
Celestino continued his recent surge with another multihit game, including a home run, just one day after his five-hit performance on Saturday. The 20-year-old is hitting .441 (26-for-59) over his last 14 games, while collecting multiple hits in half of those contests. Celestino has raised his season OPS from .689 to .753 during this stretch. Twins prospects stats »

White Sox: Luis Robert, OF (No. 1, No. 5 in MLB) -- 1-for-4, BB, SB (Triple-A Charlotte)
Robert had just one hit on Sunday, but also worked a walk and stole a base for Charlotte. Still, the 22-year-old phenom has cooled off a bit after his blistering start following his promotion to Triple-A. Robert is just 3-for-28 (.107) with 13 strikeouts over his last six games after hitting .352 with seven homers and only 18 strikeouts in his first 21 contests with Charlotte. White Sox prospects stats »


A’s: Logan Davidson, SS (No. 7) -- 2-for-4, SB (Class A Short-Season Vermont)
Davidson, the 29th overall pick in this year's MLB Draft, continued his recent tear at the plate. Sunday marked his seventh multihit effort in his last 14 games, a stretch in which he has raised his season average 78 points. The 21-year-old is hitting .346 (18-for-52) with 18 runs and a pair of stolen bases during that 14-game span. A's prospects stats »

Angels: Livan Soto, SS (No. 18) -- 2-for-4 (Class A Burlington)
It's been all-or-nothing recently for Soto, who collected his fourth multihit effort in his last seven games. He's 10-for-15 (.667) in those four games, but he's hitless (0-for-13) in the other three contests during that span. Still, he's hitting .306 (15-for-49) over his last 11 games to raise his season average from .221 to .247. Angels prospects stats »

Astros: Cristian Javier, RHP (No. 10) -- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K (Double-A Corpus Christi)
Javier continued his recent dominance, allowing just one hit over five scoreless frames. The 22-year-old righty has a 0.81 ERA over 22 1/3 innings in his last six appearances, half of which have come as a starter and half out of the bullpen. Javier has allowed only four hits in 16 innings over his last four outings, though he has issued 10 walks during that span. Astros prospects stats »

Mariners: Julio Rodriguez, OF (No. 2, No. 54 in MLB) -- 4-for-5, 2B, 2 runs (Class A West Virginia)
Rodriguez notched his first four-hit game of the season, continuing his impressive run at the plate. The 18-year-old has multiple hits in six of his last nine games, while hitting .421 (16-for-38) during that stretch. Rodriguez has raised his season average from .268 to .291 since the start of August. Mariners prospects stats »

Rangers: Sam Huff, C (No. 2, No. 79 in MLB) -- 3-for-5, HR, RBI (Class A Advanced Down East)
Huff matched his season high with three hits and hit his 27th homer of the year in the process. The 21-year-old is having a breakout season and has raked across two levels. After hitting .241 a season ago, Huff -- who was named the MVP at the 2019 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game -- is hitting .291 over 108 games this season. Rangers prospects stats »


Braves: Ian Anderson, RHP (No. 3, No. 34 in MLB) -- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K (Triple-A Gwinnett)
Anderson got roughed up in his Triple-A debut (3 IP, 5 R), but was much better in his second trip to the mound. The 21-year-old, a first-round pick from the 2016 Draft, threw 62 of his 92 pitches for strikes as he picked up his first Triple-A win. Prior to his promotion to Gwinnett, Anderson went 7-5 and pitched to a 2.68 ERA through 21 starts with Double-A Mississippi. Braves prospects stats »

Marlins: Victor Mesa Jr., OF (No. 28) -- 2-for-3, RBI, run (GCL Marlins)
Mesa had a pair of hits and started the eventual game-winning rally in the sixth inning with an RBI single. He later came around to score the decisive run. That helped his team cap off a pair of wins on the day, as the Rookie-level club also completed a suspended game from Aug. 6. Mesa played a key role in that victory as well, drawing a leadoff walk in the fifth inning before swiping second and third base. Mesa now has two multihit efforts in his last three games after hitting just .125 (4-for-32) over his previous nine games without any multihit performances. Marlins prospects stats »

Mets: Josh Wolf, RHP (No. 9) -- 2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 3 K (GCL Mets)
The Mets' second-round pick in this year's Draft rebounded nicely from a rocky outing his last time out by tossing two scoreless innings. Wolf racked up three strikeouts and allowed just one hit while pitching multiple innings for the first time in his three professional outings. Sunday's performance was a far cry from his Aug. 5 start in which he allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits in just one inning. Mets prospects stats »

Phillies: Bryson Stott, SS (No. 3) -- 2-for-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI (Class A Short-Season Williamsport)
Stott, the 14th overall pick from the 2019 Draft, has been red-hot lately and that continued Sunday as he turned in the first two-homer game of his career. Stott has also strung together four straight multihit performances and has hits in nine of his past 10 games. The 21-year-old UNLV product got off to a slow start with Williamsport, but has boosted his average up to .275 through 26 games with his recent hot streak. Phillies prospects stats »

Nationals: Drew Mendoza, 3B (No. 7) -- 1-for-3, HR, RBI (Class A Hagerstown)
Mendoza came through with a big home run Sunday in the midst of what has been a rocky stretch for the infielder. Mendoza entered Sunday just 3-for-31 (.097) without an extra-base hit over his previous eight games. His last extra-base hit had come on Aug. 2, when he went 2-for-4 with a home run to raise his season average to .324. With Sunday's homer, Mendoza is now hitting .273 with Hagerstown. Nationals prospects stats »


Brewers: Mario Feliciano, C (No. 9) -- 1-for-3, 1B (Class A Advanced Carolina)
Feliciano struggled in 42 games with Carolina last season, posting a .611 OPS while dealing with nagging injuries. He also missed playing in the Arizona Fall League due to a shoulder issue. But the 20-year-old backstop has been doing well in 2019, upping his OPS by nearly 200 points with a .272/.325/.477 slash line. Brewers prospects stats »

Cubs: Nico Hoerner, SS (No. 1, No. 50 in MLB) -- 3-for-6, RBI (Double-A Tennessee)
Hoerner, who was 0-for-5 over his past two games, got back on track Sunday as he matched his season high with his third three-hit game of the season. The Stanford product, a first-round pick from the 2018 Draft, is hitting .259 through 53 games with the Smokies, but missed roughly two months because of a hairline fracture in his left wrist. When healthy, Hoerner is an advanced hitter who makes consistent contact. Cubs prospects stats »

Cardinals: Dylan Carlson, OF (No. 2, No. 52 in MLB) -- 3-for-5, 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBIs (Double-A Springfield)
Drafted 33rd overall by the Cardinals in 2016, Carlson continues his big season at the plate. With two more homers Sunday, his 21st and 22nd of the season, Carlson's OPS is up to .889, which is 151 points higher than his OPS last year. Cardinals prospects stats »

Pirates: Mason Martin, 1B (No. 19) -- 2-for-6, HR, 4 RBI (Class A Advanced Bradenton)
After going 1-for-3 in the first game of a doubleheader, Martin clubbed a grand slam in the nightcap for his 30th homer in 113 games this season between Bradenton and Class A Greensboro. The 20-year-old slugger also has 110 RBIs in those 113 games, including 17 in his last 15 contests. Pirates prospects stats »

Reds: Keury Mella, RHP (No. 23) -- 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K (Triple-A Louisville)
Mella bounced back from a pair of rough outings to pick up his eighth win of the year with a six-inning gem for Louisville. The right-hander, whom the Reds acquired from the Giants in 2015, threw 48 of his 79 pitches for strikes in what was his fourth scoreless start of the season. Overall, the 26-year-old has pitched to a 4.75 ERA over 127 innings this season. Reds prospects stats »


D-backs: Daulton Varsho, C (No. 5) -- 3-for-5, 3B, HR, 3 RBIs (Double-A Jackson)
Though he missed time last year due to surgery for a broken hamate bone in his right hand, Varsho picked up where he left off and that stays true this season, in which he's posted an .875 OPS with 15 homers in 92 games. D-backs prospects stats »

Dodgers: Omar Estevez, SS/2B (No. 16) -- 1-for-3, 2B, BB (Double-A Tulsa)
Though inconsistent over his first two professional seasons, Estevez put up solid numbers in 2018 (.792 OPS, 15 home runs), and has had a strong season at the plate so far in 2019. After a 1-for-3 day Sunday, he's hitting .308/.381/.445 with five home runs in 63 games. Dodgers prospects stats »

Giants: Heliot Ramos, OF (No. 2, No. 55 in MLB) -- 1-for-3, 2 RBIs (Double-A Richmond)
Ramos, whom the Giants selected 19th overall in the 2017 Draft, struggled at the plate last season with a .245/.313/.396 slash line, but he's bounced back in 2019. He has hits in each of his past three games and has played just four contests with Richmond after a recent promotion from Class A Advanced San Jose, for whom he hit .306/.385/.500 with 13 homers over 77 games. Giants prospects stats »

Padres: Ryan Weathers, LHP (No. 8) -- 5 IP, ER, 5 H, 0 BB, K (Class A Fort Wayne)
The seventh overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, and the son of former Major League pitcher David Weathers, Weathers had given up eight runs over his prior 11 innings pitched (two starts), but bounced back nicely Sunday. He has a 3.59 ERA in 19 starts this season, his second as a professional. Padres prospects stats »

Rockies: Niko Decolati, OF (No. 22) -- 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs (Class A Asheville)
After a very impressive performance in his first professional season last year, when he hit .327/.414/.532 with 11 homers in 69 games for Rookie-level Grand Junction, Decolati has put up solid numbers in his first experience with Class A ball. His homer Sunday was his fifth of the season, and he's also stolen 12 bases while slashing .273/.342/.403 in 57 games. Rockies prospects stats »

Paul Casella is a reporter/editor for based in Philadelphia. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella.

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