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Saturday's top prospect performers

@wboor and @GoldenSombrero
June 9, 2019

Here's a look at Saturday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list: AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST Blue Jays: Anthony Alford, OF (No. 9) – 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, R, 2 BB, SB (Triple-A Buffalo) Alford has had a rough go of things offensively this season. He's hitting .239

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


Blue Jays: Anthony Alford, OF (No. 9) 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, R, 2 BB, SB (Triple-A Buffalo)
Alford has had a rough go of things offensively this season. He's hitting .239 at the Triple-A level and hit .100 over 18 games in Toronto. However, the 24-year-old may be on the verge of a breakout as he's now put together three straight multihit performances. Alford is 7-for-10 over the past three games and has also stolen two bases in that span.
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Orioles: Mason McCoy, SS (No. 30) 3-for-5, 2B, RBI (Double-A Bowie)
The Baysox leadoff man collected a team-high three hits, including a double and an RBI single, and has now recorded three or more hits seven times in 29 games since being promoted to the Double-A level. The 23-year-old shortstop -- a sixth-round pick in the 2017 Draft out of Iowa -- is hitting .320/.390/.451 since joining the Baysox, and, overall, he’s produced a .349/.402/.479 line with 21 extra-base hits in 56 games between two levels.
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Rays: Ronaldo Hernandez, C (No. 7, MLB No. 84) 3-for-4, HR, 3B, 2 RBI (Class A Adv Charlotte)
Hernandez finished a double short of hitting for the cycle as he powered the Stone Crabs over Palm Beach, 5-2, in Florida State League action. The 21-year-old backstop recorded a season-best eight total bases, as he connected on a two-run homer in the first inning, singled in the fourth and hit a triple to left field in the sixth. He struck out swinging in his final at-bat of the game. Defensively, he’s thrown out 6 of 16 basestealers this season but also allowed six passed balls in 34 games behind the plate.
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Red Sox: Bobby Dalbec, 3B (No. 2) 1-for-4, solo HR (13) (Double-A Portland)
Dalbec’s 13th home run of the season was a fifth-inning solo shot off of Bowie left-hander Zac Lowther (Orioles’ No. 8) The homer was his fifth in the last eight games, and he’s now hit safely in eight of his last 10 contests, a stretch in which he’s also batting .297 with nine walks. The 23-year-old third baseman is slashing .251/.381/.513 through 55 games this year after batting .257/.371/.558 with 32 bombs and 109 RBIs in 129 games during a breakout 2018 campaign.
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Yankees: Roansy Contreras, RHP (No. 10) 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K (Class A Charleston)
Contreras, 19, posted his first scoreless start of the season and completed seven innings for the third time in four starts as Charleston blanked Asheville, 7-0. He scattered four hits (all singles) and induced six groundouts, three of which were double plays, while throwing 56 of 86 pitches for strikes in the outing. The Dominican right-hander has lowered his ERA from 5.29 to 4.12 over his last four starts.
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Indians: Aaron Civale, RHP (No. 24) 5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K (Triple-A Columbus)
Civale pitched well in his Triple-A debut, scattering five hits over 5 2/3 innings while striking out seven and generating another nine outs on the ground. He threw 98 pitches, 60 for strikes. The 23-year-old was promoted to the Minors’ highest level from Double-A Akron, where he was 4-0 with a 2.75 ERA in five starts. Overall, Civale logged a 3.62 ERA over 136 2/3 frames (26 starts) in Double-A before advancing to Columbus.
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Royals: Jonathan Bowlan, RHP (No. 29) 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K (Class A Lexington)
Make that back-to-back one run outings (13 innings) for Bowlan, whom the Royals selected in the second round of the 2018 Draft. Bowlan has fared well in his first full season, going 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA and 65 strikeouts over 64 2/3 inning. The 22-year-old threw 58 of his 84 pitches for strikes and hasn't issued a walk in either of his past two starts.
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Tigers: Matt Manning, RHP (No. 2, MLB No. 44) 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 8 K (Double-A Erie)
Casey Mize has been the talk of Detroit’s system this season, with good reason, but Manning, the club’s first-round pick in 2016, has also been very good. After an infield error led to a pair of unearned runs in the first inning Saturday, the 21-year-old settled in to complete six solid frames as he lowered his ERA to 2.34 through 11 starts. Manning also is tied for the Eastern League in WHIP (0.90) and ranks second in strikeouts (80) through 65 1/3 innings, during which he’s issued just 18 walks while limiting hitters to a .177 clip.
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Twins: Wander Javier, SS (No. 4) 1-for-4, HR, 4 RBI, BB (Class A Cedar Rapids)
Javier only collected one hit, but it sure was a big one. The 20-year-old helped lift Cedar Rapids to a win as he hit a go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning. Javier missed all of last season with a torn labrum and got off to a late start in 2019. Javier has only played in 10 games this season and is hitting .231 with two homers.
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White Sox: There were no notable performances from White Sox Top 30 prospects on Saturday.
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A’s: James Kaprielian, RHP (No. 6) 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (Class A Adv Stockton)
Injuries have hit Kaprielian hard over the past two season. The 25-year-old, whom the A's acquired via a 2017 trade with the Yankees, missed both the 2017 and 2018 seasons, but is back on the mound this year. Understandably, the A's are limiting his innings and slowly working him back into the fold, but Kaprielian put together his best start of the season on Saturday. The former first-round pick (2015) threw 25 of his 37 pitches for strikes as he completed three hitless frames.
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Angels: Brennon Lund, OF (No. 27) -- 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI (Triple-A Salt Lake)
Lund hit his fifth homer of the year and matched his season high with six total bases, but it wasn't enough as Salt Lake fell to Round Rock. Lund, an 11th-round pick from the 2016 Draft, is getting his first Triple-A experience this season and although he's off to a slow start, hitting .192 over 50 games, he has been trending upward. After hitting .177 in April, Lund bumped it up a bit to .203 in May. The sample size for June is small, but Lund is 4-for-10 over the past three games.
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Astros: Cristian Javier, RHP (No. 29) 6 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K (Double-A Corpus Christi)
The 22-year-old turned in his longest performance of the season, allowing zero earned runs for the third time in five outings since being promoted to Double-A. He departed the game in the seventh inning, with 95 pitches (57 strikes), after issuing his second walk of the game. Javier, who nets most of his whiffs with his 89-93 mph, high-spin-rate fastball, owns a 1.40 ERA between two levels this season, racking up 67 strikeouts in 51 1/3 innings. He fanned 146 batters in 110 frames last year and has 409 strikeouts in 314 2/3 career innings.
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Mariners: Evan White, 1B (No. 4) 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R; Ricardo Sanchez, LHP (No. 25) – 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K (Double-A Arkansas)
The 2017 first-rounder White went yard for a second straight game and is now hitting .370 during his 11-game hitting streak. The hot stretch at the plate has pushed the 23-year-old's season line up to .275/.351/.416 through 39 games in his first Double-A campaign. Sanchez did his part on the bump by setting a season high in strikeouts over five three-hit innings. Acquired by the Mariners in late November after being designated for assignment by Atlanta, Sanchez, a 22-year-old lefty, has a 3.49 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 17 walks in 67 innings (12 starts) this season.
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Rangers: Julio Pablo Martinez, OF (No. 4) 3-for-3, HR, BB (Class A Adv Down East)
Martinez began the year with Class A Hickory and was promoted to Down East after hitting .250 over 10 games. The Class A Advanced level has been a bit of an adjustment for the 23-year-old as Martinez is hitting just .181 through 43 games. Martinez has shown some pop and hit six homers with the Wood Ducks, but he's also struck out 59 times in 155 at-bats.
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Braves: Trey Harris, OF (No. 28) 1-for-2, R, 2 BB (Class A Adv Florida)
The Braves picked Harris in the 32nd round of the 2018 Draft and that pick is certainly looking like a steal early in Harris' career. The 23-year-old went out and hit .302 last year in his pro debut and has continued to rake in 2019. Harris began the year with Class A Rome and hit .366 with eight homers over 56 games. Harris was then promoted to Florida and although the sample size is still small, Harris seems to be adjusting just fine. Harris has hits in four of the five games he's played at the new level and is 7-for-18 (.389) at the plate.
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Marlins: Isan Diaz, 2B (No. 6) 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI (Triple-A New Orleans)
Diaz extended his hitting streak to 10 games with another multihit performance. The 23-year-old hit his 13th homer of the season, his third during his current hitting streak, and boosted his Triple-A average to .284. Diaz hit .204 over 36 games with New Orleans at the end of last season, but is clearly more comfortable in Triple-A this time around. Diaz has also seen an increase in power this year as he's already matched last year's home run total in roughly half the games. Marlins prospects stats »

Mets: Anthony Kay, LHP (No. 7) 5 1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K (Double-A Binghamton)
The 2016 first-round pick did not allow an earned run for the seventh time in 12 starts this season as he lowered his ERA to 1.49, the second-best mark in the Eastern League (behind Casey Mize’s 1.27 ERA). The left-hander didn’t allow a hit over the first 3 1/3 innings and scattered three hits overall in the outing, as he and a trio of relievers tossed a combined three-hit shutout against Hartford. Kay, 24, has been sensational so far in his second pro campaign. In addition to his ERA, he ranks among the Eastern League leaders with seven wins (tied-first), a 0.92 WHIP (fifth) and 70 strikeouts (tied-fifth). Opposing hitters, meanwhile, are batting just .165 against him in 66 1/3 innings.
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Phillies: Simon Muzzioti, OF (No. 12) 2-for-4, R, BB (Class A Adv Clearwater)
Muzzioti, a 20-year-old whom the Phillies signed in 2016 out of Venezuela, bounced back from a trio of hitless games with a multihit effort. Muzzioti was red-hot in May, hitting .370 over 17 games and although he's cooled off a bit, he's still slashing .294/.344/.401 on the year.
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Nationals: Luis Garcia, INF (No. 2, MLB No. 64) 4-for-5, 2B, RBI (Double-A Harrisburg)
The 19-year-old switch-hitter’s third multihit performance in his last five games was of the four-hit variety and included his seventh extra-base hit of the season. More than five years younger than the average Eastern League player, Garcia is hitting a very reasonable .234/.270/.271, all things considered.
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Brewers: Payton Henry, C (No. 10) 2-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI, R (Class A Adv Carolina)
Henry, 21, delivered a two-run double and also hit a sacrifice fly in a three-RBI performance that helped lead the Mudcats over Salem, 7-3. He has four multihit efforts and nine RBIs amidst his six-game hitting streak, and he’s improved his season average from .214 to .240 during that stretch. Henry’s 39 RBIs, meanwhile, is good for a share of fourth place in the Carolina League. Brewers prospects stats »

Cubs: Trent Giambrone, INF (No. 20) 2-for-3, HR, 2B, 2 R (Triple-A Iowa)
Giambrone turned in his first multihit effort since May 25 and hit his 10th homer of the season in the process. The 25-year-old, a 25th-round pick from the 2016 Draft, is hitting .207 through 59 games in his first Triple-A experience. Giambrone spent the 2018 season with Double-A Tennessee where he hit .251 with a career high 17 homers. Cubs prospects stats »

Cardinals: Ivan Herrera, C (No. 18) 2-for-4, 2 RBI (Class A Peoria)
Herrera's two-run single with two outs capped a four-run eighth inning in the Chiefs' contest against Cedar Rapids. The 19-year-old catcher is having a solid first full season so far, hitting .271/.377/.429 with five homers and 24 RBIs over 38 games in the Midwest League. He put himself on the prospect map last year in his U.S. debut by hitting .348/.423/.500 in 28 Gulf Coast League games. Cardinals prospects stats »

Pirates: Pablo Reyes, UTIL (No. 15) Game 1: 1-for-3, 2B, RBI; Game 2: 2-for-3, 2 2B, RBI (Triple-A Indianapolis)
The 25-year-old utility man tallied three doubles and RBIs on the day, playing left field in the opener and second base in the nightcap. Reyes cracked the Pirates’ Opening Day roster but was demoted to Indianapolis after batting .218 in 39 at-bats spanning 23 games. Reyes has fared much better back at the Triple-A level, hitting .255 with a .770 OPS and 15 extra-base hits in 28 games.
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Reds: Andy Sugilio, OF (No. 21) -- 3-for-5, SB (Class A Adv Daytona)
Sugilio hit three singles in his third three-hit game of the season for the Tortugas. Though the 22-year-old hasn't offered much in the way of power so far this season, with just one homer, he does have a .290 average with 11 steals in 54 games.
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D-backs: Alek Thomas, OF (No. 7) 2-for-4, solo HR (Class A Kane County)
Thomas is having a a very good first full season, hitting for average and showing some pop as a 19-year-old in the Midwest League. His solo shot proved the game winner and gives him six homers on the season to go along with a .311/.401/.508 line and 22 extra-base hits. D-backs prospects stats »

Dodgers: Jeter Downs, SS/2B (No. 7) 2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI (Class A Adv Rancho Cucamonga)
Downs teed off in his second at-bat of the game and later added an RBI single in the seventh to extend the Quakes' lead over Inland Empire. Downs' homer, a three-run shot, was his 10th this season, which is his first in the Dodgers system after they acquired him in the offseason trade that sent Yasiel Puig and others to Cincinnati.
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Giants: Joey Bart, C (No. 1, MLB No. 20) 2-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI (Class A Adv San Jose)
So, Joey Bart's hand is just fine. On Saturday he hammered a 2-0 pitch out to center field in the fourth inning, then hit a two-run shot to right-center field in his next trip to the plate. It was his third multi-homer performance in 65 games in the Minors since being drafted by the Giants with the No. 2 overall pick in last year's Draft. Bart's gone deep three times in four games since returning from a nearly two-month stint on the injured list with a broken hand.
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Padres: Ty France, 3B (No. 30) 3-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI (Triple-A El Paso)
France has gone 4-for-8 with five RBIs in the two games since the Padres optioned him to Triple-A. The 24-year-old is back in the Minors after a 34-game stay with the Padres in which he hit .235/.290/.357 with two homers and 10 RBIs.
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Rockies: Grant Lavigne, 1B (No. 5) 3-for-3, SB (Class A Asheville)
The Tourists, as a team, recorded four hits on Thursday, and Lavigne had three of them. The 19-year-old first baseman is hitting .421 over his last 10 games and .260 on the season, with a .760 OPS in 58 games in his first full season since being taken by the Rockies with the No. 42 overall pick in the 2018 Draft.
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