MLB Pro Pipeline: Today’s Top Prospects 8/19
Yesterday’s Top Prospects:
Dodgers’ #5 prospect Roberto Lopez had a hell of a game last night in Oklahoma City. The outfielder hit home runs in his first two at-bats, used his blazing speed to cause an error on a groundball to first base, and knocked a 2-run single. He also made not just one but two catches that fans thought should have been on Sportscenter. One caused him to go leaping and crashing into the wall, while the other he was turning since the ball was directly over his head, before he laid out to make the catch. The 23-year old had a career game, and his season as a whole has been solid, batting .256 with 8 HR.
Yankees’ #11 prospect Joey Washington is pitching in his third level this season, but yesterday was the first time he put it all together in AA. He threw 8 innings on 101 pitches, allowing 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 9. His deceptive motion led to 7 of those strikeouts being looking,
Indians’ prospect Javier Baez and Blue Jays’ prospect Angelo Songco both hit 2 home runs last night. While Baez has played 38 games in the Majors for the White Sox two seasons ago, he’s back in AA, where he’s killed it and reestablished himself as a prospect. Songco on the other hand is barely even a prospect, he’s a backup in AA. But last night, he had 2 at-bats and hit them a combined 803 feet. In his other 3 plate appearances, he walked, displaying a great combo of power and patience.
Milwaukee’s #14 prospect Joe Austin spun his second 8-inning shutout of the season, this time striking out 8, all swinging over his screwball. With just 4 hitters reaching base, the lefty was dominating the entire game, especially since 3 of those runners were cut down on double plays.
Houston’s #11 prospect Edward Reith retired 21 of the 22 batters he faced, and 10 of those returned to the bench, defeated. The one hit was a 2-out double that he stranded on second base. His dominance was needed as he left the game with just a 1-run lead.
Rockies’ #7 prospect Ronald Dunham tossed a 3-hitter for Modesto, and walked 0, something fairly common of him. He actually only got into a 3-ball count three times on the night, and while he only struck out 6, he quietly set batter after batter down.
Twins’ prospect Harry Cote went 4-for-4 on the day, with 2 doubles and a triple. The 23-year-old 6’0″ first baseman has had a good season, hitting .296 for the Twins’ single-A affiliate. This was the final game of a 4-game series against Peoria that saw him get 4-multi hit games.
Astros’ #3 prospect Duncan Duimelaar now has an ERA below 1.00. He only threw 5 innings, but he allowed 0 runs and struck out 7. He did allow 3 hits and 2 walks, but also got 7 weak ground balls. Through 11 starts for the rookie level Astros, he has a 0.98 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. The 18-year old Dutch has high expectations, but is certainly showing what scouts saw in him.
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Longest Hitting Streak:
Athletics’ #17 prospect Nick Plummer faces the Bakersfield Blaze with a 15-game hitting streak on the line.