Here are Thursday's 10 best prospect performers

August 30th, 2019

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

Chris Shaw, 1B/OF and Joey Bart, C Giants Nos. 21 and 1
Shaw set a career high with his 25th homer of the year on Saturday and then opted to add on to that total Thursday. The Giants' No. 21 prospect put his natural power on full display for Triple-A Sacramento, hitting a trio of homers -- in three consecutive at-bats -- in Sacramento's win over Reno. Shaw, a first-round pick from the 2015 Draft, went deep in the first, third and fifth innings and then was hit by a pitch in the eighth, finishing his night 3-for-3 with seven RBIs, another career high. The three-homer game was the first of Shaw's career and his second multihomer game of 2019.

Bart is finishing the season strong and has hits in six of his past eight games after Thursday’s 4-for-4 night for Double-A Richmond. The 2018 first-round Draft pick also hit his 16th homer of the year and has two four-hit performances this week. Bart is hitting .290 through his first 19 games at the Double-A level, after beginning the season with Class A Advanced San Jose, where he hit .265.. Giants prospect stats »

Grayson Rodriguez, RHP, Orioles No. 2
Rodriguez was dominant Thursday night for Class A Delmarva. The 2018 first-round pick (11th overall) has held opponents without an earned run in three of his past four starts after firing six no-hit innings against Lakewood. Rodriguez did surrender an unearned run, but threw 56 of his 84 pitches for strikes, walked one and struck out seven. The 19-year-old has certainly impressed in his first full season, pitching to a 2.68 ERA with 129 strikeouts over 94 innings. Orioles prospect stats »

Bobby Bradley, 1B, Indians No. 7
It’s no surprise, but Bradley is still bringing the power at Triple-A Columbus. "The Assassin" hit his 32nd and 33rd home runs for the Clippers on Thursday against Louisville, which marked an astounding seventh multihomer game this year for the Indians’ No. 7 prospect. Despite hitting his first Major League blast this season, he struggled in his first look with the Tribe, but he could be a September callup due to his raw power. Indians prospect stats »

Cal Raleigh, C, Mariners No. 7
Raleigh hit his 27th homer of the year as part of a 3-for-5 night with Double-A Arkansas. Raleigh has only hit .226 through 36 games since his promotion to Double-A, but he has hit five homers. Overall, the Florida State product has hit .251 over 118 games in his full-season debut and has also shown that he’s able to tap into his raw power in games, from both sides of the plate. Mariners prospect stats »

Tyler Nevin, 1B/3B, Rockies No. 11
Eventually, there will be a day that Nevin doesn’t homer, however that day may not come anytime soon. The Rockies’ No. 11 prospect hit his 13th homer of the year as part of a 2-for-4 night for Double-A Hartford on Thursday. Nevin has now homered in four straight games and has hits in seven straight, including five multihit performances. During this recent hot streak, the 22-year-old is 12-for-26 (.462) with nine extra-base hits and 12 RBIs. Rockies prospect stats »

Hogan Harris, LHP, Athletics No. 26
Harris was unhittable Thursday night for Class A Advanced Stockton. The 22-year-old, a third-round pick from the 2018 Draft, threw 38 of his 59 pitches for strikes as he struck out four and worked his way through four innings. While Thursday’s outing was impressive on its own, it was also his third consecutive scoreless start, a span of 13 innings. Athletics prospect stats »

Jeter Downs, SS, Dodgers No. 6
Another day, another homer for Jeter Downs. The Dodgers’ No. 6 prospect has hit a career-high 24 homers this season, including four over the past three days. Downs, who finished 2-for-5 for Double-A Tulsa on Thursday, has homered in each of his past three games and has also strung together five straight multihit performances. Downs spent the bulk of the season (107 games) with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga and although he’s only played nine games in Double-A, he’s been absolutely raking, hitting .394 and that will certainly give him confidence about facing advanced competition as he heads into the offseason. Dodgers prospect stats »

Trevor Larnach, OF, Twins No. 5
Not only did Larnach hit his 13th homer of the year, but the Twins prospect also matched his season high with a trio of hits. Larnach, who has hits in four straight games, went 3-for-5 for Pensacola and is hitting .285 through 39 Double-A games. The 2018 first-round Draft pick has shown an advanced approach at the plate dating back to his days at Oregon State, and that has certainly carried over to the professional ranks, as he’s a career .303 hitter. Twins prospect stats »

Daniel Lynch, LHP, Royals No. 3
Lynch cruised through six scoreless innings, his second scoreless start of the month, for Class A Advanced Wilmington. The lefty, the 34th overall pick from last year’s Draft, threw 62 of his 96 pitches for strikes and lowered his ERA to 3.10 through 15 starts with the Blue Rocks. Royals prospect stats »