Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.Making his Twins organizational debut, Jhoan Duran was untouchable, firing seven hitless innings to help lead Class A Cedar Rapids over Quad Cities, 8-0.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.
Making his Twins organizational debut, Jhoan Duran was untouchable, firing seven hitless innings to help lead Class A Cedar Rapids over Quad Cities, 8-0.
MILB Video - Title: Duran's eighth strikeout - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=2329677783
Minnesota's No. 22 prospect struck out eight and issued one walk while throwing 59 of 92 pitches for strikes. He retired the first 12 batters he faced before permitting a leadoff walk in the fifth inning. He ultimately faced one over the minimum in the outing, which tied for the longest of his career.
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Acquired from Arizona, along with Gabriel Maciel and Ernie De La Trinidad last Friday in exchange for Eduardo Escobar, Duran, 20, had pitched to a 4.73 ERA with 71 strikeouts in 64 2/3 innings (15 starts) with Class A Kane County before the trade. The 6-foot-5, 175-pound right-hander was originally signed by the D-backs for just $65,000 back in December 2014.
Maciel, No. 17 on the Twins' Top 30, went 1-for-5 and scored two runs out of the leadoff spot of the Kernels, while Jose Miranda (No. 28) finished 3-for-5 with a homer, double and five RBIs. The 20-year-old infielder is hitting .279 on the season, with 12 homers, 22 doubles and 70 RBIs in 98 games.
The rest of the best performances from top prospects Monday
• No. 3 overall prospectEloy Jimenez (White Sox No. 1) homered for a second straight game and reached base in each of his four plate appearances in Triple-A Charlotte' 5-3 win over Norfolk. The 21-year-old slugger went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and also reached twice via walks as he recorded his seventh mutlihit performance during his current 10-game hitting streak. Jimenez is batting a robust .583 in that stretch and owns a .396/.443/.729 in 26 games at the Triple-A level. Altogether, he's produced a .342/.392/.611 line with 18 homers, 23 doubles and 59 RBIs in 79 games spanning two levels.
MILB Video - Title: Jimenez goes yard - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=2328779283
• No. 42 overall prospect Yordan Alvarez (Astros' No. 3) connected on his seventh home run in 19 games with Triple-A Fresno. The homer, a two-run shot in the third inning, was also his 16th of the year -- a total he's produced in 62 games between Fresno and Double-A Corpus Christi.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Alvarez goes yard - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=2330216783
• No. 45 overall prospect Dylan Cease (White Sox No. 5) has not allowed a run in his last 17 innings after tossing six scoreless frames in a no-decision for Double-A Birmingham. He scattered five hits, walked a pair and struck out seven. The 22-year-old has dominated in his past two turns, striking out 19 over 13 frames, and now owns a 2.34 ERA with 49 strikeouts over 34 2/3 innings (six starts) at the Double-A level.
MILB Video - Title: Cease picks up a strikeout - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=2329411383
• Astros No. 11 prospect Framber Valdez set a career high with 12 strikeouts as he tossed 7 2/3 scoreless frames to help lead Double-A Corpus Christi past San Antonio, 3-0. The 24-year-old southpaw allowed just two hits and threw 64 of his 98 pitches for strikes in the outing. Valdez has now racked up double-digit strikeouts in three of his last seven turns, giving him 116 strikeouts in 92 2/3 innings on the year.
MILB Video - Title: Valdez's 12th strikeout - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=2329451483
• Marlins No. 20 prospect Thomas Jones did a little bit of everything in Class A Greensboro's 6-5 win over Rome, going 3-for-5 with a solo homer, a double and two stolen bases. Though he hasn't hit for much average in his first full season, the toolsy 20-year-old outfielder has totaled nine home runs and 16 steals in 75 games.
• Reds No. 5 prospect Tony Santillan matched his season high with 11 strikeouts as he recorded his fourth win in five starts since being promoted to Double-A Pensacola. Working 5 2/3 scoreless frames, the 21-year-old righty permitted four hits and two walks and threw 66 of his 97 pitches for strikes. He sports a 1.84 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings at the Double-A level. On the offensive side, Jose Siri (No. 17) stole three bases as part of a 3-for-5 performance that included a triple and three runs scored. The 23-year-old outfielder is slashing .248/.318/.547 with nine homers and eight steals through 37 games with Pensacola.
MILB Video - Title: Santillan's 11th strikeout - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=2328869283
• Twins No. 27 prospect Kohl Stewart tossed seven scoreless frames in a no-decision for Triple-A Rochester. Facing four over the minimum in the outing, the 23-year-old right-hander mixed three hits with one walk and four strikeouts. He also recorded 10 ground-ball outs. Stewart has been sharp over his past four turns, posting a 1.50 ERA in 24 innings.
• Yankees No. 6 prospect Anthony Seigler connected on his first career home run, hitting a first-inning solo shot as part of a 1-for-4 showing for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Yankees West. Through 11 games, the 2018 first-rounder is batting .314/.415/.457.
• Yankees No. 13 prospect Chance Adams carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning but ultimately took the loss as Triple-A Rochester walked off Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 1-0, in eight innings. It was one of the better starts this season by the 23-year-old right-hander, who ultimately allowed two hits, walked four and fanned eight while completing a season-high 7 1/3 innings.
MILB Video - Title: Adams' eighth strikeout - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=2328989483
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