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Hitter of the Day: Reese McGuire, C, Pirates (Indianapolis, AAA): 3-4, 3 R, 2 2B, HR, 2 BB

Known for his advanced glove as he's moved through the minor leagues, McGuire’s bat is coming around as an asset as well. Hitting .284 and having popped 18 doubles and six home runs in the season’s first half, McGuire is quickly becoming a well-rounded prospect that should arrive in Pittsburgh in the coming months, before assuming the mantle as the club’s every day catcher in 2018. —Mark Anderson

Pitcher Of The Day: Touki Toussaint, RHP, Braves (Mississippi, AA): ­­8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 10 K

Once a top draft pick by the Diamondbacks, Toussaint found himself part of a cost savings move as Arizona traded him to Atlanta just a year after being drafted. Since then Toussaint has only teased at his potential, as his uneven command has limited the utility of his plus-plus curve. The instruction the Braves have given him regarding his changeup, however, has taken hold this year. On top of that, he’s showing a career-best walk rate, and his improved control is finally allowing his high-end stuff to play up. There will always be inconsistency, but is is the high-three starter package that's starting to come together. —Mauricio Rubio

Best of the rest

J.J. Schwarz, C, Phillies (Williamsport, SS): 2-4, R, 2 2B, BB, K. The top pick in last month’s draft, Schwarz’s professional debut in the NYPL resulted in two doubles and two more hard-hit balls that found the glove of defenders. Schwarz has the chops to stick behind the plate and the raw power to make him an impact player at the Major League level; something a moribund Philadelphia franchise could certainly use. It won’t be long until he gets a full-season assignment.

Dansby Swanson, SS, Diamondbacks (Reno, AAA): 3-3, 2 R, 3 2B, 2 BB, SB. Swanson’s quick accent through the Diamondbacks system has fans anticipating his arrival in Phoenix during the second half. Swanson has lived up to every expectation that comes with being the top pick in the draft, and there’s no reason to believe he won’t start strong at the game’s highest level. Swanson will eventually pair nicely with Paul Goldschmidt as the two faces of the Arizona franchise.

Rafael Devers, OF, Red Sox (Portland, AA): 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, K. Back in Double-A for at least the first half of this season, Devers has had a rough time at the plate as he adjusts to playing left field on a consistent basis. Over the last two weeks, Devers’ potent bat has begun to wake up, including his two-homer outburst last night. Still blessed with immense offensive potential that could see him with two plus offensive tools at the big league level, Devers’ adjustment to his new position will dictate his arrival in Boston. His bat should be ready soon, as long as his glove catches up.

Ozhaino Albies, SS, Braves (Mississippi, AA): 3-5, 3 R, 3B, 3 SB. Sometimes it seems the only thing Albies knows how to do is hit, and hit a lot. A career .339 minor league hitter, Albies is hitting extremely well in his first full taste of Double-A, posting a .351 average through the first half. While he owns a shiny average, Albies has been mostly a slap hitter this year, with yesterday’s triple standing as an aberration in his typical daily stat line. In today’s game, however, Albies’ batting-average driven offensive game and solid glove will be more than enough for him to carve out a career as a quality shortstop. —Mark Anderson

Nick Gordon, SS, Twins (Chattanooga, AA): 3-5, HR, 2B, K. He's not a power hitter by any means but Gordon's sneaky pop is starting to creep into his game, and his hit tool is also starting to mature as well. He's always shown a feel for the barrel and an ability to use the whole field, but now he's starting to produce against better competition. Additionally, Gordon continues to provide above-average defense, rounding out a fun set of skills for a shortstop.

Andrew Benintendi, OF, Red Sox (Portland, AA): 4-4, 2B, 3B. The Red Sox were aggressive with Benintendi and he is finally starting to reward them by displaying feel for the barrel and refined baseball skills in his second season at Portland. He has a smooth swing from the left side and a mature approach that is close to major league ready. Benintendi's broad skill set isn't elite but he stands a good chance to fulfill his second-division floor—and remains a great depth piece for an increasingly shallow Red Sox organization.

Ashe Russell, RHP, Dodgers (Rancho Cucamonga, A+): 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 8 K. Already a divisive prospect, Russell's start from last night will only deepen the divide over his future role. His delivery still raises concerns that the effort is too high to last as a starter, but his size, big fastball-slider combination, and developing feel for a change inspire hope that he can grow into a starter. The Dodgers aren't short on starters by any means, and Russell is still pretty far away so they can take it slow with the righty.

Paul DeJong, 3B, Cardinals (Springfield, AA): 3-4, 2 2B, R. A bit of a surprise from the 2015 draft, DeJong just continues to impress against upper-level pitching, and he's getting closer to factoring into the Cardinals’ near-term plans. DeJong's hit tool is his calling card and his gamer tendencies, along with his ability to play multiple positions around the diamond, draw positive attention from evaluators. —Mauricio Rubio

Fight Another Day

Tyler Kolek, RHP, Marlins (Jupiter, A+): 3 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 3 K. Repeating High-A after a near disastrous 2016 season, Kolek has had far too many starts like last night, and with that comes growing concern. There’s still the high-octane fastball that draws significant attention, but Kolek’s body remains soft, his control/command continue to lag significantly behind, and general consistency is lacking. Unfortunately, instead of measurable signs of progress in a return to the Florida State League, Kolek is beginning to invoke more references to former Royals first round pick and massive bust, Colt Griffin. —Mark Anderson

Micker Adolfo, OF, White Sox (Winston-Salem Dash A+): 0-5, 3 K. Contact woes are preventing the maturely built Adolfo's from achieving his potential as a power hitter. His over-the-fence strength is obvious from his frame down to his leveraged swing, but it still hasn't actualized in game, as his hit tool is tempering the power output. It’s way too early to give up on the 20-year-old , but Adolfo will have to figure out the contact issues soon if he wants to avoid taking his place among the White Sox failed power prospects. —Mauricio Rubio

Notable Prospect Starters

  • Erick Fedde, RHP, Nationals (Harrisburg, AA): 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
  • Franklyn Kilome, RHP, Phillies (Reading, AA): 5.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 9 K
  • Jason Groome, RHP, Rockies (Asheville, A-): 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
  • Rob Kaminsky, LHP, Cardinals (Memphis, AAA): 8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  • Jose De Leon, RHP, Marlins (Jacksonville, AA): 4 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K

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cageman
7/08
Write ups on Devers and Benintendi are a bit confusing. Don't think either are in AA...much less repeating the level
woodwardt2
7/08
Is this article predictive of future performance? Touki didn't pitch last night...
cageman
7/08
July 17, 2017....that's why I come here ... the comedy
OuagadougouGM
7/08
I was disappointed that all of these guys are still in the minors and have not even been promoted in two years.
MatternK
7/08
You come here because BP provides some really good info on young players.

Obviously they made a mistake. It happens....
karp62
7/08
Well played Mauer!
jcalixte
7/08

Relax Kevin Gausman got shelled last night. The Orioles are still all in.
jjf1041
7/08
I love BP but this advance to the future fell flat. Doing something humorous on April 1 makes sense. But on July? Not so much. BP doesn't need gimics to be a great site. Please stick to what you do well every other day. Thank you.
granbergt
7/08
Yeah, I don't want to be a wet blanket, but I guess I'll just come back tomorrow for real info.
drscott46
7/08
If you're looking for real analysis, you should go to BOFA instead. They'll have you covered.
JasonPennini
7/08
The other Jose de Leon??
JasonPennini
7/08
I was wanting to believe Swanson was in Reno so badly so I could see him in CO Springs. #starvedCObaseballfans
BobbyMcNeill
7/08
Got me!
kcshankd
7/08
It was tough giving up Russell in the Greinke deal, but the 2015 Flag will fly forever!
dantroy
7/08
Nice to see Groome's control returning after TJ surgery.
fbraconi
7/08
This type of projection exercise has some value-- providing the imagined write-ups are consistent with BP's true evaluations. For example, having recently picked Jose De Leon first in my league's minor league draft partially on the basis of BP's coverage (12th pick, btw), I don't find his consignment to AA in 2017 particularly funny. This future-cast might also be more suited to run on one of the dreadful off days before or after the All-Star game.
stevegoz
7/08
Fedde will only be in AA two years from now? Sad face!
perfectsouthern
7/08
Once I finally "got it", I kind of liked it, LOL.
Muboshgu
7/08
Here are some results from July 7, 2015:

Jon Gray: 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 8 K
Stephen Tarpley: 6 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 4 K
Jesus Montero: 3-for-4, 2 3B, 4 RBI
Joey Rickard: 0-for-0, 6 BB, 3 SB, 1 RBI, 2 R
Rob Refsnyder: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
ratkinsonks
7/08
Looks to me that Reese McGuire is in Bradenton, and has no HRs.
ratkinsonks
7/08
Oh. 2017. Whoops.
BarryR
7/08
This whole idea is a little worse than a waste of space, since it takes the place of real articles on the subject. I read BP for information, if I want satire, I'll go to The Onion, which has the advantage of being funny.
flyingdutchman
7/08
Thumbs down. Please just stick to what you do well.
albryna
7/08
Great idea!

...reads comments

goes and dies in a hole
ifickey
7/08
pointless and misleading......the "call-up" article on Gleyber was better because it focused on 1 scenario and was obviously set in the future......this???? mine as well say that Al Bundy Jr. scored 3 TD's for Polk High in 2018
ifickey
7/08
which he did!
qwik3457bb
7/11
What was the point of these articles projecting 2 years into the future? I don't see it. If it was just to keep the writers from being bored, that's not good enough.
mattofaction
7/08
The Dansby Swanson bit is especially funny two years later.