Hitter of the Day:
Pedro Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies (Rookie, Grand Juncton): 3-4, 2 R, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Signed for $1.3M in 2014 out of the Dominican, Gonzalez is one of the most polarizing players in the system. While he has an extremely high ceiling, he offers plus speed, arm strength, and raw power, he has been prone to chase in Rookie ball. While still young (will be 20 in November), and with a long way to go, I wouldn’t exactly be rushing to pick him up in your fantasy leagues.
Pitcher of the Day:
Michel Baez, RHP, San Diego Padres (Low-A, Fort Wayne): 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, BB, 9 K
Now if you need a guy to pick up in fantasy leagues…I would suggest him. John Eshleman talked about him in a Ten Pack here, and Nathan Graham wrote him up in an eyewitness, with video.
Other Notable Performances:
Steven Brault, LHP, Pittsburgh Pirates (Triple-A, Indianapolis): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Expect a lot of these lines from Brault in the near future. While not overpowering, Brault relies more on his heavy fastball to induce weak contact, and to mix in his average change and slider.
Pablo Lopez, RHP, Miami Marlins (High-A, Jupiter): 6 1/3 IP. 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 3 K
Acquired from the Mariners for David Phelps, Lopez, like Brault, also has to rely on sequencing and mixing in his arsenal to succeed. His command could be plus, as he has only walked 16 men in 119 IP this season.
MacKenzie Gore, LHP, San Diego Padres (Rookie, Arizona): 3 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, ER, BB, 5 K
The third overall pick in this past draft, Gore has a lot to love. Athleticism, a competitive streak, a potential 7 FB and a plus curve to boot.
Nick Ciuffo, C, Tampa Bay Rays (Double-A, Montgomery): 4-5, 3 R, 2B, 2 RBI
While the Rays were seemingly loaded with catching prospects at one point, not many of them have panned out. Justin O’Conner is gone, Chris Betts is hurt, and Ciuffo hasn’t lived up to his offensive potential.
Emmanuel Rivera, 3B, Kansas City Royals (Low-A, Lexington): 3-4, 2 2B
Drafted in the 19th round in 2015, Rivera struggled initially, but has broken out in this past year. He has average raw power, and a sound swing to help him tap into more. His plus arm profiles well at 3B, and in the OF if needed.
Chance Sisco, C, Baltimore Orioles (Triple-A, Norfolk): 2-5, R, 2 2B, K
With Baltimore still competing in the Wild Card race, don’t expect to see Sisco in the big leagues anytime soon, but he could see some time in September if they find themselves out.
Mark Zagunis, OF, Chicago Cubs (Triple-A, Iowa): 3-3, R
After debuting earlier this year, Zagunis doesn’t have a clear path to playing time with the Cubs right now, hence why he was being floated as a trade chip. But he provides value by playing both OF corners and showing on-base skills with some power.
Francisco Mejia, C, Cleveland Indians (Double-A, Akron): 2-5, R, HR, 2 RBI
There is no rush with Mejia, as Cleveland is known to take it slow with their prospects. While he will need to be placed on the 40-man this year, I wouldn’t expect Mejia to debut until next season.
Thomas Jones, OF, Miami Marlins (Short-Season, Batavia): 2-3, 2 R HR, 2 RBI, BB, K, SB
One of the most athletic players in the system, Jones has a lot of tools, but a lot of rawness. A 70 runner, his lanky frame looks like it can add loads of good weight while maintaining that speed and athleticism.
Willie Abreu, OF, Colorado Rockies (Low-A, Asheville): 4-4, R, HR, RBI, SB, 2 CS
A 6th rounder in the 2016 draft from the University of Miami, Abreu has a lot going for him. A plus runner with an arguably 70 arm, Abreu also has loads of raw power, but has always struggled with his timing, and just the overall length of his swing.
Fight Another Day:
Seth Corry, LHP, San Francisco Giants (Rookie, Salem-Kaizer): IP, 0 H, 2 R, ER, 4 BB, 3 K
Taken in the 3rd round from Highland, UT; Corry didn’t throw a lot because of a torn ACL, and playing safety for his high school. Corry can show you a plus fastball and curve, but is rather raw and needs a lot of mound development.
Kingsport Mets Pitchers, New York Mets (Rookie, Kingsport): 6 IP, 16 H, 16 R, 13 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 3 HRA
Rough day for Ronald Sanchez, Garrison Bryant, and Yeudy Colon. Luckily the rain came and washed the rest of the game away.
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