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Pitching Prospect of the Day: Andrew Heaney, LHP, Marlins (Double-A Jacksonville): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. While not throwing a game with huge numbers, Heaney pitched very well in his first start at Double-A after dominating the Florida State League. Armed with a plus fastball and curve, he could be seeing his prospect status rise if he continues on this pace.

Position Prospect of the Day: Tyler Heineman, C, Astros (High-A Lancaster): 3-4, 2B, 2 HR, 2 BB, 7 RBI. Heralded as a good defensive catcher getting drafted out of UCLA, Heinemann has hit very well in his first two seasons of pro ball. And while he is in a launching pad in Lancaster, the friendly confines can only aid him further up the chain.

Other notable prospect performances on August 1:

“The Good”

  • Julio Urias. LHP, Dodgers (Class A Great Lakes): 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. You know the deal already. Just the fact that Urias is 16 years old and pitching in full-season ball is ridiculous enough. He’s on an innings limit, obviously, but once the handcuffs come off, watch out.
  • Christian Walker, 1B, Orioles (Double-A Bowie): 3-4, 3 2B, R. Walker has been a traveling man so far this season, as this is his third level of the campaign. He’s small for a first baseman, so that stick really needs to play if he’s going to get a shot.
  • Clayton Blackburn, RHP, Giants (High-A San Jose): 8.0, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Blackburn is a prototypical workhorse. His body is built to log innings and he has the type of stuff that can play in the middle of a rotation, maybe even as high as a no. 3.
  • Nolan Fontana, SS, Astros (High-A Lancaster): 1-2, 2 R, 5 BB, 1 RBI. I just love me some Fontana. Honestly, I really could have picked anyone from Lancaster’s lineup; they scored 26 runs on the night. Those five walks really stuck out to me, however. Someone said something about his great eye at the plate… hmmm.
  • Max Fried, LHP, Padres (Class A Fort Wayne): 6 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K. Fried is still very young and working on his craft. With two potential plus pitches (FB and CB) and a developing change, he could be very good soon. Games like this from him are a positive.
  • Christian Lopes, 2B, Blue Jays (Class A Lansing): 3-5, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, K. The first big night in a while for Lopes. He’ll need to have nights like this much more often if he wants to be taken seriously as a prospect.

“The Bad”

  • James Paxton, LHP, Seattle (Triple-A Tacoma): 3.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. Paxton had been fairly consistent his last 10 starts, before this short outing. He could be a back-end guy, but his plus fastball and curve might play better in the bullpen.
  • Michael Ynoa. RHP, Oakland (High-A Stockton) 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K. This isn’t really about the stats: Ynoa was removed from the game with shoulder tightness. Yeesh.

The Ugly

  • Andres Avila, RHP, Oakland (Class A Beloit) 1.0 IP, 13 H, 12 ER, 0 BB, 1K. Well, he didn’t walk anyone, I guess.

The Farewell

These two nights have been fun, but it’s time to hand the reins back to Star Mortimer. He’ll be back Monday. I cover the Cal League for BP, and you can follow me on Twitter (@chrisrod13) if you’d like.

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I'm officially starting the countdown to Julio Urias' 17th birthday. It is in 10 days. He's practically lighting the candles now.
Urias is fascinating in that he's probably still growing yet seems to have great control already over his arsenal. Is it likely that he's going to add a few ticks to his FB? Is there a write-up of him anywhere? I don't remember him being in the Dodgers top 10 prospect list.

Thanks guys, keep up the grandiose work.
On July 17th, Jason Parks wrote this about Urias:

Also, he wasn't on the top 10 but he was mentioned in the "prospects on the rise" section with this comment:
"2. LHP Julio Urias: High value international signing from Mexico, Urias has projection and pitchability, already working his fastball in the upper-80s, touching the low 90s with a promising CH/CB secondary arsenal."- Jason Parks.