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Thursday's top prospect performers

@GoldenSombrero and @wboor
May 3, 2019

Here's a look at Thursday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list: AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST Blue Jays: Cal Stevenson, OF (No. 27) -- 2-for-3, solo HR (3), 2 R, BB (Class A Adv Dunedin) Stevenson, Toronto’s 10th-round pick in 2018, connected on his third homer of

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


Blue Jays: Cal Stevenson, OF (No. 27) -- 2-for-3, solo HR (3), 2 R, BB (Class A Adv Dunedin)
Stevenson, Toronto’s 10th-round pick in 2018, connected on his third homer of the season and has gone deep twice in his last three games. He reached base three times in the contest as part of his second straight multihit effort. The Blue Jays sent the 22-year-old outfielder straight to Dunedin for his first full season after he slashed .369/.511/.523 with 64 walks and 24 strikeouts in his pro debut across 59 games.
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Orioles: Blaine Knight, RHP (No. 10) -- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 7 K (Class A Delmarva)
Knight, 22, was lights-out yet again as posted his fourth straight scoreless start to lead Delmarva past Columbia, 1-0. He completed a career-high six innings, throwing 51 of his 83 pitches for strikes. The 2018 third-rounder has been dominant through his first five starts, pitching to a 0.68 ERA, 0.56 WHIP and 33/4 K/BB in 26 2/3 innings. The Shorebirds, meanwhile, are 20-4 this season.
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Rays: Vidal Brujan, 2B (No. 7, MLB No. 96) -- 3-for-4, 3B, 2B, RBI, R, BB (Class A Adv Charlotte)
Brujan hit a double, a triple and reached base four times out of the leadoff spot, though it wasn’t enough to keep the Stone Crabs from falling to Tampa, 6-5. It was the third multihit effort in four games for the 21-year-old switch-hitter, who owns a .312/.387/.419 line on the season. And after finishing second in the Minors with 55 steals a year ago, Brujan has been successful in 14 of 17 steal attempts so far this season through 24 games.
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Red Sox: Triston Casas, 1B/3B (No. 2) -- 1-for-4, solo HR (4), 2 R (Class A Greenville)
Casas’ fourth-inning solo shot to right-center field was his fourth home run of the season and his second in as many games for the Drive. Regarded by scouts as one of the premier power hitters in the 2018 Draft before being selected by the Red Sox with the No. 26 overall pick, Casas is showing plenty of pop this season after a torn right thumb ligament limited him to just two games last summer in his pro debut.
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Yankees: Josh Stowers, OF (No. 25) -- 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, SB (Class A Charleston)
In addition to logging multiple hits, including a double, Stowers was the only RiverDog to score two runs in Charleston’s shutout of Kannapolis. Acquired in offseason from the Mariners after they drafted him in the second round last June, the 22-year-old Louisville product has hit safely in eight straight games to push his season average up to .324.
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Indians: Luis Oviedo, RHP (No. 8) -- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 5 K (Class A Lake County)
The 19-year-old righty worked six innings but ultimately took a tough-luck loss as Lake County fell to Quad Cities, 1-0, in the opener of a doubleheader. He threw 52 of his 81 pitches for strikes, fanning five and inducing eight groundouts. It was an encouraging performance after Oviedo had recorded just one out in his previous start (5 ER, 4 H, 2 BB).
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Royals: Daniel Lynch, LHP (No. 3) -- 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 5 K; Brewer Hicklen, OF (No. 17) -- 1-for-2, HR (1), 2 RBI, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 SB (Class A Adv Wilmington)
Lynch, the No. 34 overall pick from last year’s Draft, recorded his longest pro outing, completing seven frames of three-hit ball en route to his second straight win. After experiencing some early struggles to begin the season, the 22-year-old southpaw has now allowed four earned runs in 18 2/3 innings, with 16 strikeouts and two walks, over his last three starts. Hicklen, 23, did a little bit of everything for the Blue Rocks by going deep, swiping two bags and reaching base in four of his five trips to the plate. The 2017 seventh-round pick nearly went 20-20 in his first full season before finishing with 18 home runs and 35 steals in 104 games between Wilmington and Class A Lexington.
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Tigers: Dustin Peterson, OF (No. 29) -- 5-for-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R (Triple-A Toledo)
Peterson was perfect at the plate as he established a new single-game high in hits in his 612th career Minor League game. Optioned to Toledo on April 29 after hitting .227 in 17 games with the Tigers, 24-year-old has hit safely in all four games in his return to the Triple-A level.
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Twins: Jorge Alcala, RHP (No. 18) -- 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K (Double-A Chattanooga)
Alcala, 23, whiffed eight batters for a second time in three starts as he bumped his season strikeout total up to 37 in 28 2/3 frames. The scoreless performance was the right-hander’s first since his season debut and follows a pair of shaky outings in which he gave up a combined 11 earned runs in eight innings.
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White Sox: Zack Collins, C/1B (No. 12) -- 1-for-4, HR (7), 2 RBI (Triple-A Charlotte)
Collins hit a two-run shot in his first at-bat to put the Knights on the board, though it would account for the entirety of their offense in a loss against Norfolk. The homer was the 24-year-old’s seventh this season and second of his six-game hitting streak, during which he’s improved his average from .229 to .274.
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A’s: Jorge Mateo, SS (No. 8) -- 2-for-6, 3B, 2B, 4 RBI (Triple-A Las Vegas)
Mateo hit a two-run double in the second inning and a two-run triple in the fifth inning to finish with a season-high in RBIs. After a disappointing 2018 campaign in Triple-A (.230/.280/.353), the 23-year-old has hit .342 with seven triples and seven doubles over 25 games in his second tour of the level.
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Angels: Brandon Marsh, OF (No. 3) -- 4-for-5, 2B, RBI, SB (Double-A Mobile)
Marsh, 21, was 3-for-19 at the plate over his previous five contests before erupting for a season-high four hits on Thursday. His season average jumped from .209 to .242 with the performance, and he’s now swiped five bases in 24 games in his first Double-A campaign.
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Astros: Kyle Tucker, OF (No. 2, MLB No. 7) -- 3-for-5, HR (6), 2B, 6 RBI, 2 R; Corbin Martin, RHP (No. 5, MLB No. 76) – 4 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K (Triple-A Round Rock)
Having already delivered a game-tying two-run home run in the seventh inning, Tucker put the Express up for good with a bases-clearing double in the 10th inning. He also drove in a run via a single in the contest to finish with six RBIs, a season high. He’s hit four of his six home runs this season in the last seven games. On the mound, Martin took over in the fifth inning and proceeded to face three over the minimum while tossing 4 1/3 one-hit frames. To go along with a 1.40 ERA, the 23-year-old righty has compiled a 24/9 K/BB while holding hitters to a .161 average in 19 1/3 innings.
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Mariners: Jake Fraley, OF (No. 14) -- 4-for-5, 2 HR (5), 4 RBI, 3 R, HBP (Double-A Arkansas)
Fraley drove in four runs as he powered the Travelers to a decisive victory with his first career multi-homer game. He hit a pair of two-run shots and reached base five times in the contest. Acquired from the Rays during the offseason, the 23-year-old outfielder has already tagged five homers in 24 games this season to surpass the career-high total (4) he achieved over 66 games in 2018.
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Rangers: Leody Taveras, OF (No. 6) -- 2-for-4, 2B, R, SB (Class A Adv Down East)
Taveras boosted his average to .333 as he extended his hit streak to six games via his second multihit effort in as many days. The 20-year-old outfielder is repeating the Carolina League after hitting .246/.312/.332 last season in 132 games with the Wood Ducks.
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Braves: Joey Wentz, LHP (No. 12) -- 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K (Double-A Mississippi)
Wentz flirted with perfection in his fifth start of the year, retiring the first 18 batters of the game before he allowed a leadoff walk followed by a single in the seventh inning. He threw a season-high 94 pitches, 59 for strikes. The performance followed what was perhaps the worst start of his career on April 27, when the 21-year-old lefty was charged with seven runs on eight hits in three innings.
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Marlins: Will Banfield, C (No. 10) -- 1-for-4, solo HR (2) (Class A Clinton)
Banfield has hit both of his home runs in his last eight games and has improved his batting average more than 70 points over that span. Considered to be among the best defensive catchers in the 2018 Draft class before the Marlins took him with the No. 69 overall pick, the 19-year-old backstop has hosed 57.7 percent of attempted basestealers this season after posting a 38.3 percent caught-stealing rate in his pro debut.
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Mets: Anthony Kay, LHP (No. 8) -- 5 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K (Double-A Binghamton)
The 2016 first-rounder out of Connecticut allowed one or fewer earned runs for the fifth time in six starts this season as he lowered his ERA to 1.52 ERA, the fifth-best mark in the Eastern League. He has 33 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings -- albeit with 14 walks and three hit batsmen -- and opposing hitters have mustered a paltry .149 average against him.
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Phillies: Adam Haseley, OF (No. 3) -- 2-for-4, HR (3), 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB; Mickey Moniak, OF (No. 9) – 3-for-6, 2 RBI, R, 2 SB (Double-A Reading)
The former first-rounders combined for five hits, four runs and four RBIs as they helped power the Fightin Phils past Akron, 9-6, in 10 innings. Haseley, the Phillies' 2017 first-round pick, went deep in his second straight multihit effort while reaching base four times. Moniak, the No. 1 overall pick in 2016, had a season-high three hits in his first multihit game since April 15. Haseley and Moniak are batting .205 and .216 on the season, respectively.
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Nationals: Kyle McGowin, RHP (No. 30) -- 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K; 2-for-3, 2 2B, R (Triple-A Fresno)
McGowin racked up a season-high nine strikeouts over six dominant frames to pace the Grizzlies in a combined three-hit shutout against El Paso. The 27-year-old threw 61 of 97 pitches for strikes in what was his best outing of the season. What’s more, McGowin hit a pair of doubles, the first of his career, and scored a run to help his own cause. He entered the day with two hits in 22 Minor League at-bats.
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Brewers: Trey Supak, RHP (No. 11) -- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K (Double-A Biloxi)
The 6-foot-5 righty returned to form on Thursday as he recorded his fourth scoreless start in six turns this season. His 2.20 ERA is the sixth-best mark in the Southern League. Overall, Supak, 22, has compiled a 2.72 ERA in 119 1/3 innings (22 starts) with Biloxi dating back to last year.
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Cubs: Justin Steele, LHP (No. 8) -- 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (Double-A Tennessee)
The 23-year-old lefty faced one over the minimum, allowing one hit and striking out four while pounding the zone with strikes on 35 of 45 pitches. The Cubs added Steele to their 40-man roster during the offseason after he finished 2018 with a 2.31 ERA and 53/13 K/BB in 46 2/3 innings across three levels including Double-A.
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Cardinals: Ivan Herrera, C (No. 18) -- 3-for-5, 3 RBI (Class A Peoria)
Herrera matched his season high with a trio hits and lifted his average up to .306 in the process. The 18-year-old is regarded as an advanced hitter and hit .348 last season as he made his United States debut in the Rookie level Gulf Coast League.
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Pirates: Mitch Keller, RHP (No. 1, MLB No. 18) -- 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K (Triple-A Indianapolis)
He helped himself with a strong showing at the plate, going 1-for-2 with an RBI double and a run scored. On the mound, Keller picked up his third win of the season and his second in as many starts. The 23-year-old, a second-rounder from the 2014 Draft, has a 3.48 ERA with 38 strikeouts through 31 innings this season.
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Reds: Andy Sugilio, OF (No. 22) -- 2-for-3, RBI, R (Class A Adv Daytona)
Sugilio extended his hitting streak to five games and has boosted his batting average from .233 to .266 in the process. The 22-year-old outfielder has also driven in at least one run in four of those games, bringing his season total to 12. Sugilio is coming off a season in which he hit .278 over 91 games.
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D-backs: Domingo Leyba, 2B/SS (No. 25) -- 4-for-4, HR (3), 2 R (Triple-A Reno)
Leyba put together his first four-hit game since 2016 in Reno's loss to Las Vegas. The 23-year-old is hitting .333 this season after hitting .269 over 83 games with Double-A Jackson in 2018.
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Dodgers: Marshall Kasowski, RHP (No. 25) -- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (Double-A Tulsa)
The 13th-round pick from the 2017 Draft hasn't allowed a run in six of his eight relief appearances this season. Kasowski did issue a walk, but was otherwise lights out as he threw 22 pitches (14 strikes) to strikeout the side. Kasowski appeared in 41 games last season and posted a 2.09 ERA with 111 strikeouts in 64 2/3 innings (15.5 K/9) across three levels.
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Giants: Sean Hjelle, RHP (No. 6) -- 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 6 K (Class A Augusta)
Hjelle, 21, hasn't allowed an earned run in two of his past three starts and has an ERA of 3.04 through the first six starts of his full-season debut. The 2018 second-round Draft pick threw 54 of his 79 pitches for strikes and matched his season high with six strikeouts.
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Padres: Reggie Lawson, RHP (No. 29) -- 6 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K (Double-A Amarillo)
Lawson picked up his third win in as many starts as he cruised through his longest outing of the season. The 21-year-old threw 58 of his 91 pitches for strikes and issued a trio of free passes, but stayed out of trouble as he gave up just one hit. Lawson has struggled with walks a bit this season, giving out 11 through 22 2/3 innings, but he's also amassed 31 strikeouts.
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Rockies: Yonathan Daza, OF (No. 14) -- 3-for-5, HR (3), 2B, 2 R (Triple-A Albuquerque)
Daza pushed his average up over the .400 mark (.408) with his second straight multihit performance. The 25-year-old has been on fire this season through 17 games at the Triple-A level, but was 0-for-11 during a brief stint in the Majors.
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