MLB Pro Pipeline: Today’s Top Prospects 8/18
So I’ll start this off with how this is article will go. Each day I will go through the previous days top performers, and pull out players that had a great performance and deserve some love. I’ll generally try to get around 8 or so prospects on each article, and will try to find players who have the potential to make the big leagues. Then each Sunday I will write an article on the Prospect Team of the Week, which will highlight the players who had the best week, and again will attempt to focus on prospects with potential to reach the Majors, and this one will really focus on more of the elite level prospects. Lastly, each Wednesday I will do a prospect inbox, where I’ll answer 3-4 questions on prospects, which will rely on fellow GMs to send them in.
Reds’ #1 prospect Kolby Allard made a case for himself to be the one called up as the Major League club has lost two starting pitchers to long term injuries in the last week. The former 2nd overall pick threw a complete game on Thursday, allowing just 6 baserunners, striking out 4 and 2 runs. This lowers his ERA to 2.34 in AAA, and while the Reds have said they won’t call him up, he can’t be far away.
Kansas City’s #5 prospect António Guzmán has now homered and had 4 RBIs in back-to-back games, and has been on a tear this season. Yesterday, he went 5-for-6 with 2 doubles, on top of the home run and 4 RBIs. He also stole third base, just to show off.
White Sox’ #14 prospect Clarence Walker tossed a 1-hitter for Birmingham last night, and they needed it, as the squeaked out a 1-0 win, despite 11 hits. He walked one, and two other hitters reached on errors, but he stranded them all on first base. He now has a 3.66 ERA across A-Adv & AA this season.
White Sox’ prospect Todd Collins may not be highly touted, but since being promoted to A-Adv, he’s been dealing, with a 1.94 ERA and 10.5 K/9. He continued that last night, when he struck out 10 of the 19 batters he faced, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks. He did get through just 5 innings, due to a high pitch count.
Padres’ prospect Michael Wing has 258 career games at AAA, and 6 in the Major Leagues, yet he’s playing in single-A this season. Either way, he single-handedly won the game for the TinCaps, going 3-for-4 with a triple and a home run. His 4 RBIs was two-thirds of their offense, as they won the game 6-1. If he had gotten a double, it would have been his first career cycle.
Cleveland’s #1 prospect Ken Gary has been superb in short-season A, and the 21-year-old had another scoreless outing, his fourth of the season. He went 7 innings, on just 88 pitches, allowing 2 hits and issuing 2 free passes. His 11 strikeouts ties a career high, and sets a season high, and 8 of the 11 came on fastballs 99 MPH or faster.
Tigers prospect Chip Jackson put together his best outing of his young career. In 16 career starts for the GCL affiliate of the Tigers, he has gone more than 5 innings just six times, and more than 6 innings just three times. Yesterday was the first time he completed 7 innings, and he allowed just 1 hit, the only baserunner while he was on the mound.
Matchup of the Day:
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