Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies (Double-A Tulsa): 3-for-5, HR (12), 2 R, 2 RBI. Never really surged after entering the year with big expectations; .277/.331/.421 in 129 games.
Dylan Bundy, RHP, Orioles (Double-A Bowie): 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 6 K. And that's 5 1/3 more innings he can't pitch in the big leagues; still could take on a '08 David Price role come September.
Byron Buxton, OF, Twins (Rookie-level Elizabethton): 2-for-4, 2 R, BB, 2 SB. No. 2 overall pick enjoying first extended hot streak of career; 15-for-38 (.395) in last ten games and .286/.368/.429 overall.
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Blackburn is having one of the best pitching seasons in the minors, as after another dominant outing on Monday night, he has a 2.55 ERA with a remarkable 137 strikeouts and just 18 walks in 123.1 innings.
The 14th selection of the 2008 draft, Hicks has always had tremendous tools, but the numbers never matched. 2012 was not a make-or-break year, but as his first exposure to upper-level pitching, it was certainly a critical one, and he's passing with flying colors.
Bryce Harper and Mike Trout has been among the best things in baseball this year. For prospect people, they've been among the worst as they've created ridiculous expectations for every prospect in baseball. Manny Machado is 20 years old, more than holding his own at Double-A, and people yawn because Trout and Harper.
A quick trip through the day in the minors, featuring notes on 25 prospects.
Matt Adams, 1B, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis): 3-for-4, 2B, HR (17), R, RBI. Should at least be September call-up as extra bench bat; .342/.373/.649 in 60 games.
Jesse Biddle, LHP, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K. 2010 first-round pick has gotten up to 94 mph with solid secondaries; 3.23 ERA with 116 Ks in 111.1 innings.
Victor Black, RHP, Pirates (Double-A Altoona): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K. 2009 supplemental first-round pick has found new life in the bullpen; 1.17 ERA with 63 Ks in 46 innings while sitting at 94-97 mph.
Everyone knows how great the MLB.tv product is, but the minor league version is incredible valuable to prospect folks. Sure the video quality varies wildly, and sure the majority of games are at the upper levels, but when the game of the night is in the northwest corner of the country, one is awfully happy it is there. It was the pitching matchup of the night, and it did not disappoint.
Matt Adams, 1B, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis): 2-for-5, HR (15), R, 3 RBI, 3 K. 23 total bases in last four games have his numbers approach levels of ridiculous; .363/.391/.693 in 47 games.
Jorge Alfaro, C, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI. 19-year-old has been troubled by approach issues; .269/.331/.448 in 38 games.
Domonic Brown, OF, Phillies (Triple-A Lehigh Valley): 3-for-5, R. Playing well at the right time and up to .276/.325/.420, but the Phillies aren't buyers anymore.
Gary Brown, OF, Giants (Double-A Richmond): 2-for-4, HR (5), 3 R, RBI, BB, SB. All of the questions about his slow start have disappeared; 30-for-66 (.454) in last 15 games and suddenly up to .292/.357/.401 overall.