Tuesday's top prospect performers
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.
To say Estevan Florial's rehab assignment is going well would be an understatement. The Yankees' No. 1 prospect (No. 37 overall) has been on fire at the plate and that continued as he posted his fifth straight multihit effort in the Rookie-Level GCL Yankees East's 3-1 loss to the Tigers West.
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The 20-year-old, who missed the bulk of two months due to a broken hamate bone, showed off some extra-base pop as well as his 70-grade speed in a perfect 4-for-4 game at the plate. Florial doubled and tripled in the game, his fourth straight with at least one extra-base hit.
Florial, who was hitting .246 through 36 games with Class A Advanced Tampa prior to his injury, is hitting .548 (17-for-31) over nine games in the GCL and has recorded at least one hit in eight of those contests.
Other top prospect performances from Tuesday's action:
• Baseball's No. 1 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s (Blue Jays' No. 1) rehab assignment is also going quite well. After going 3-for-9 with a pair of doubles across three games with the Rookie-level GCL Blue Jays, Guerrero was bumped up to Class A Advanced Dunedin where he promptly came through with a two-run double in his first at-bat. Guerrero, who later added a singled and finished 2-for-4, will reportedly be promoted to Triple-A Buffalo once his rehab is complete.
• No. 22 overall prospect Brendan McKay (Rays' No. 3) was perfect through four innings in a rehab start with the Rookie-level GCL Rays. The lefty, who was placed on the DL after experiencing tightness in his right oblique, struck out seven of the 12 batters he faced.
• No. 66 overall prospect Alex Kirilloff (Twins' No. 3) hit his 15th homer of the season as part of a multihit effort for Class A Advanced Fort Myers. Kirilloff put the Miracle on the board in the first with an RBI double then showcased some pop with a solo homer in the sixth before finishing 2-for-4.
• No. 79 overall prospect Ryan Mountcastle (Orioles' No. 1) and DJ Stewart (Orioles' No. 10) each doubled and homered in their respective games. Mountcastle, playing for Double-A Bowie, finished 2-for-5 at the plate, while Stewart (Triple-A Norfolk), turned in a 2-for-4 effort.
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• Cardinals No. 9 prospect Austin Gomber was nearly unhittable for Triple-A Memphis. The 24-year-old lefty yielded just one hit, a single in the fifth, as he cruised through five scoreless frames. Gomber threw 49 of his 80 pitches for strikes, issued two walks and struck out six. Through 12 appearances (11 starts), Gomber has posted a 3.42 ERA for the Redbirds.
• Marlins No. 5 prospect Trevor Rogers picked up his first professional win in a quality start for Class A Greensboro. The lefty, a 2017 first-round pick, set a career high with eight strikeouts over six innings. Rogers threw 63 of his 93 pitches for strikes, yielded seven hits and surrendered a pair of runs.
• Padres No. 12 prospect Jacob Nix bounced back from a sub-par start with six strong innings for Double-A San Antonio. Nix, who gave up one run and lowered his season ERA to 1.88, scattered five hits and walked two. The 22-year-old also threw 58 of his 88 pitches for strikes and racked up five strikeouts after failing to record any in his last start.
• White Sox No. 21 prospect Evan Skoug did a little bit of everything for Class A Kannapolis. Skoug, who has struggled this year and is hitting .203 through 63 games, set a career high with four RBIs as he went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.
• Grayson Rodriguez, the Orioles first-round pick from the 2018 Draft, kept his professional ERA at 0.00 with another strong start in the GCL. Rodriguez struck out one over two innings and has totaled four strikeouts, while giving up three hits over five innings to begin his career.