Hitter of the Day:
Bobby Bradley, 1B, Cleveland Indians (Double-A, Akron): 3-4, 3 R, 2B, 3B, HR, 5 RBI
Only a single away from the cycle, oh well. While Bradley is large (6’1” 225lbs.), that was his 2nd triple of the year, and the 11th of his career. But the footspeed is not the calling card, that would be his double-plus raw power, where he is capable of hitting moonshots out of stadiums.
Pitcher of the Day:
Aaron Civale, RHP, Cleveland Indians (High-A, Lynchburg): 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K
I feel like I have talked about Civale a lot, he just keeps dominating. The FB/SL combination has been too much for A-ball hitters, and might need a stiffer challenge to see if he can be a fast-riser through the ranks.
Other Notable Performances:
Dane Dunning, RHP, Chicago White Sox (High-A, Winston Salem): 6 IP, 4 H, R, ER, 4 BB, 6 K
Not even High-A can stop this be-spectacled man. After working as a swingman in the Florida rotation (behind some guys named Logan Shore, A.J. Puk, and Alex Faedo), he has been durable as a SP. His fastball is a ground-ball machine, and he pairs it with a swing and miss changeup. His slider has good action as well, but is inconsistent.
Freicer Perez, RHP, New York Yankees (Low-A, Charleston): 7 IP, 5 H, R, ER, 0 BB, 9 K
Remember Domingo Acevedo? Imagine Perez like that, including the premium fastball velocity. Signed for a miniscule 10K, Perez pitches at 94-97, and could add more given the leanness in his body. While his secondaries are inconsistent, they flash average often enough for Perez to potentially stick as a SP.
Jordan Romano, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays (High-A, Dunedin): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K
A former 10th rounder out of Oral Roberts, Romano missed some time with TJ but has emerged as an interesting pitcher for the Jays. I will have an eyewitness on him soon.
Bo Bichette, SS, Toronto Blue Jays (Low-A, Lansing): 3-5, 3 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI
Should I have mentioned him more, sure. After going 0’fer yesterday, he is back on track. I don’t know if he will hit .400 for the rest of the year, but it has sure been a fun ride.
Dylan Davis, OF, San Francisco Giants (Double-A, Richmond): 2-3, R, HR, RBI, BB
The 3B experiment didn’t go so well (don’t look it up…I promise you it was not good) so he is now back to his usual RF spot. He profiles there with his plus arm strength, and plus to better raw power, but might not stick in an everyday spot given his pull-conscious ways and chase tendencies.
Carlos Tocci, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (Double-A, Reading): 3-3, 2 R, HR, RBI, 2 BB
Don’t look now, but Tocci is starting to hit. Yes, his home park does play a part of his new power, but he is still hitting .300/.355/.371 on the road. One thing that hasn’t showed up is his speed, which is odd considering he is a plus runner.
Mitch Garver, C, Minnesota Twins (Triple-A, Rochester): 2-4, 3 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K
Garver is the definition of a defensive-oriented backup. He has quality catch and throw skills, shows some raw power in BP, but is light overall with the bat.
Fight Another Day:
Travis Demeritte, 2B, Atlanta Braves (Double-A, Pensacola): 0-4, 3 K
Wilson Karaman’s love-child from last season (since replaced by a much larger love for Edwin Rios), Demeritte has once again struggled to hit for contact. He has an extremely high strikeout rate, paired with an aggressive approach, but is still producing a lot of extra-base hits.
Nathan Webb, RHP, Kansas City Royals (Rookie, Burlington): 3 1/3 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 4 BB, K
A 34th rounder out of Lee’s Summit HS in Kansas City in 2016, Nathan Webb has a World Series ring from being part of the grounds crew during the 2016 season. Pretty sick. As for the pitcher, he has a high 80’s fastball without much in the way of secondaries.
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