• Stetson Allie, 1B, Pirates (Rookie-level GCL Pirates): 2-for-5, 4 RBI, 2 K. Ex-power pitching prospect has shown plenty of raw power but inability to tap into it. .217/.321/.350 in 40 games with 48 Ks.
  • Tyler Austin, OF, Yankees (High-A Tampa): 3-for-4, 2B, R, RBI, 2 SB. Is hitting in Florida State League, but power has yet to show; .329/.394/.459 in 22 games.
  • Javier Baez, SS, Cubs (High-A Daytona): 3-for-4, 2B, HR (1), 2 R, 3 RBI. First big Florida State League game after going 3-for-30 in first eight games.
  • Bobby Borchering, 3B, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 2-for-3, 2B, 3B, R, 2 RBI, BB. Eight of 13 hits since trade have been for extra bases as he's been moved back to third base; .283/.370/.652 in 15 games.
  • Gerrit Cole, RHP, Pirates (Double-A Atloona): 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 9 K. Career-high in strikeouts and seems to be finding a groove; 22 IP, 12 H, 6 BB, 26 K in last four starts.
  • Conner Crumbliss, 2B/LF, Athletics (Double-A Midland): 3-for-4, 3 HR (8), 4 R, 7 RBI, BB. Walking machine (103) with the most surprising three home run game in recent memory; .255/.405/.383 in 111 games.
  • Keury De La Cruz, OF, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 3-for-5, 2 HR (18), 2 R, 7 RBI, K. 20-year-old Dominican has never stopped hitting and is now considered a very real prospect; .316/.362/.553 in 104 games.
  • Adam Eaton, OF, Diamondbacks (Triple-A Reno): 3-for-6, 2B. As he continues to hit, more scouts are lining up as seeing him as more than just a future fourth outfielder; .382/.456/.543 in 109 games.
  • Maikel Franco, 3B, Phillies (Low-A Lakewood): 2-for-3, 2B, 3B, R, 3 RBI. 19-year-old Dominican had ugly first half but is hitting .317/.381/.492 in 53 games since the All-Star break.
  • Scooter Gennett, 2B, Brewers (Double-A Huntsville): 2-for-4, HR (4), R, 2 RBI, K. A remarkable 22-for-46 (.476) in 11 game hitting streak that includes ten multi-hit efforts; .301/.339/.395 in 117 games.
  • Jedd Gyorko, 3B/2B, Padres (Triple-A Tucson): 3-for-4, 2B, HR (18), R, 3 RBI, K. First game after missing a week with an ankle injury; .339/.385/.590 in 75 Pacific Coast League games.
  • Pierce Johnson, RHP, Cubs (Short-season Boise): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K. Supplemental first-round pick has command of good three-pitch mix; 7 Ks in first four pro innings.
  • D'Arby Myers, OF, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 5-for-5, 2 2B, R, 3 RBI, 2 SB. Athletic outfielder has taken big step forward with bat; .324/.355/.448 at Double-A, but doesn't profile well in corner outfield slot due to lack of power.
  • Renato Nunez, 3B, Athletics (Rookie-level AZL Athletics) 3-for-6, R, 2 RBI. 18-year-old Venezuelan was given big bonus for bat and is showing why; .341/.384/.545 in 33 games.
  • Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers (High-A Rancho Cucamonga): 1-for-4, HR (16), 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K, SB. Hit two home runs in 45 games before the All-Star break, but 14 in 49 games since; .310/.397/.507 overall.
  • Wily Peralta, RHP, Brewers (Triple-A Nashville): 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 7 K. Frustratingly inconsistent starter has the stuff to start in the big leagues; 4.75 ERA with 128 Ks in 130.2 innings.
  • Ronny Rodriguez, SS, Indians (High-A Carolina): 3-for-4, HR (16), R, 3 RBI, K, CS. Once again having a quietly impressive year, although impatience remains a big issue; .267/.305/.448 in 110 games.
  • Addison Russell, SS, Athletics (Short-season Vermont): 2-for-4, R, RBI, 2 K, SB. First-round pick's explosive debut made all the more impressive by doing it now in college-heavy setting; .340/.389/.520 in 12 games since promotion.
  • Richie Shaffer, 3B, Rays (Short-season Hudson Valley): 3-for-4, HR (3), R, 2 RBI, BB. First-round pick has shown power, patience and hitting ability so far; .308/.393/.500 in first 15 pro games.
  • Sebastian Valle, C, Phillies (Triple-A Lehigh Valley): 3-for-4, HR (3), 2 R, 2 RBI, K, CS. Forced to Triple-A after Tommy Joseph acquisition but .289/.300/.579 in 11 games.
  • Christian Yelich, OF, Marlins (High-A Jupiter): 2-for-4, R, RBI, BB, 2 K, SB. Fifth multi-hit game in last six as he's thrived after surprising move to leadoff role; .327/.403/.531 in 92 games.
  • Mike Zunino, C, Mariners (Double-A Jackson): 3-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB. Third Southern League game for No. 3 overall pick in June.

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Your comment about Yelich's improvement makes me wonder whether teams consider lineup order as part of a prospect's development. Hitting in front of say Mike Stanton must be pretty nice as hitting behind Billy Hamilton is probably really annoying. Do teams consider that, given that on a any minor league roster there are likely only 2-3 potential major leaguers, can they?

Regarding Allie, do you think his struggles as a hitter in the GCL will force him to focus on pitching next year?
Follow up on Allie, is he a legit prospect as a position player? Or did the Pirates spend a ton of money on a fringy guy?
And you'd think they would play him at a position that would better suit his strong arm.
I've never heard of the younger Adam Eaton before, but I'm now rooting for him to succeed on his name alone.
KG, keep up the great work! Two quick questions:

1) How can we evaluate whether Gyorko's performance is a PCL mirage?

2) For prospects moving from hitting-friendly stadiums and leagues (PCL for example) to the opposite (Petco Park), is there a risk they develop bad habits (becoming pull-happy for example)? How do organizations work with young hitters to avoid those traps?

How excited should I be about Russell? I haven't seen him on any lists so while I've seen positive reviews, I don't have a good sense of where he really stands. Or is the fact that he doesn't make prospect lists mean I should tone it down?
3 Phillies. Nice!