Today’s Roundup includes more homers for Joey Gallo and Kris Bryant.
|MINOR LEAGUE HOME RUN RACE
International League • AAA
Marcus Semien, ss/3b, Charlotte (White Sox). Semien has heated up in July (.298/.388/.587) after a slow first half that included a .614 OPS in the big leagues. He went 2-for-3 Tuesday with his 10th homer. Semien, who now has 234 at-bats for Chicago, moved off second base for Micah Johnson and now has played shortstop, third base and left field in the past few weeks.
Pacific Coast League • AAA
Kris Bryant, 3b, Iowa (Cubs). Like Joey Gallo, Bryant went through a home run drought (12 games). And like Gallo, that ended Tuesday when he blasted his 34th homer and 12th since moving to Triple-A. Bryant has fallen off just slightly in July from June, but he is drawing more walks.
Eastern League • AA
Luis Severino, rhp, Trenton (Yankees). In the same game in which Jose Berrios left with an arm injury, Severino made his longest start since a promotion to Double-A, striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings and allowing only an unearned run. The Dominican righthander was hitting 97 mph, pitching coach Tommy Phelps told milb.com, and mixing in a changeup and slider. The Yankees’ top prospect has struck out 20 in 15 innings at Trenton.
Southern League • AA
Justin Nicolino, lhp, Jacksonville (Marlins). The 22-year-old lefthander, another part of the prospect haul acquired from the Blue Jays in a 2012 blockbuster, pitched his second shutout of the season, blanking Montgomery 1-0 on seven hits. Nicolino need 92 pitches (68 strikes) and did not walk a batter while striking out four. Nicolino’s fastball sits 88-92 mph, topping out at 94, but his best pitch a straight change with some diving action.
Texas League • AA
Joey Gallo, 3b, Frisco (Rangers). After a nine-game drought, Gallo’s power has come back with a vengeance. He blasted his 37th homer and 16th with Frisco—a grand slam—and has hit six in the past eight games to help beat Midland. He did acknowledge he needs to cut down on his whiffs—he’s struck out in nearly half his at-bats at Double-A, but he’s slugging .616 since the promotion.
Florida State League • Hi A
Kyle Schwarber, c/lf, Daytona (Cubs). After tearing through the Northwest and Midwest leagues, Schwarber has been slowed by a move to the FSL. He’s 13-for-49 (.265) at Daytona overall, but he blasted his second homer at the level Tuesday night. Since he was drafted No. 4 in June, Schwarber’s slashing .361/.451/.638 across three levels.
Carolina League • Hi A
Tyler Danish, rhp, Winston-Salem (White Sox). As witnessed by BA’s Josh Norris, Danish outclassed Frederick’s Dylan Bundy Tuesday night in a matchup of two excellent righthanders. Danish hurled five scoreless innings, walking two and striking out six. Since moving to high Class A, Danish is 4-2, 3.10, showing characteristic control (48/14 SO/BB ratio) with his plus fastball and hard slurve.
California League • Hi A
Teoscar Hernandez, cf, Lancaster (Astros). Signed out of the Dominican in 2011, Hernandez has had a steady season in his move to high Class A. Surprisingly, he’s hitting much better away from Lancaster, one of the most hitter-friendly parks in the minors, and on Tuesday at High Desert went 2-for-6 with an RBI. For the season, the 21-year-old righthanded hitter is slashing .290/.370/.540.
South Atlantic League • Lo A
Dylan Cozens, rf, Lakewood (Phillies). Cozens, the 2012 second-rounder who passed on Arizona when the Phils gave him $659,800 bonus, clubbed his 14th homer and drove in four runs Tuesday in a win against Kannapolis. The 6-foot-6 Cozens, once recruited as a defensive end, gets his power not only from his size but his quick swing. July has been his best month so far, slashing .337/.371/.520.
Midwest League • Lo A
Clint Coulter, c, Wisconsin (Brewers). The 27th overall pick in 2012, Coulter has had a breakout offensive season in his first full year in pro ball. The righthanded hitter is slashing .272/.410/.521 with 17 homers, one of which he hit Tuesday. As he’s showing this season, Coulter gets good leverage and power from a quick bat and makes consistent contact, minimizing his strikeouts.