Minor League Roundup: Meyer Beware

Because of the early game scheduled today at Durham, today’s roundup will be brief. This edition features even more Mookie Betts, good news for Michael Ynoa, bad news for Mac Williamson, and straight-up dominance from Twins righty Alex Meyer.

Injury Updates

• Athletics righthander Michael Ynoa will be activated on Tuesday, tweets Melissa Lockard.

• Giants top position prospect Mac Williamson, a right fielder, will have Tommy John surgery, tweets Hank Schulman

Mookie Meter

Double-A Portland second baseman Mookie Betts doubled and walked three times on Monday, pushing his streak of consecutive games on base to an eye-popping 49 (counting last season). He has a hit in every game but one this season.

International League (AAA) 

Alex Meyer, rhp, Rochester (Twins): With Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton out, the massive Meyer is Minnesota’s best active prospect. He was brilliant again on Monday, using his high-octane fastball and devastating slider to whiff 11 Charlotte hitters over seven innings. In his past two starts, he’s struck out 22 and walked just three, and he leads the IL with 35 punchouts.

 

Pacific Coast League (AAA)

Javier Baez, ss, Iowa (Cubs): Baez has been in the news for the wrong reasons lately, first with an injury to his ankle, then for being benched after an in-game incident in the dugout. On Monday, however, the man with arguably the quickest, most powerful swing in the minors was back to his old tricks. Baez went 1-for-3 with a three-run dinger against Omaha, but nevertheless is 8-for-his-last-43.

Eastern League (AA)

Aaron Sanchez, rhp, New Hampshire (Blue Jays): The Jays’ best prospect was stellar again on Monday, using his mid-90s heater and stellar curveball to carve up Trenton over 6 1/3 innings. He also throws a firm changeup in the high 80s. He’s going to need to iron out his command, however. He walked two on Monday and has 15 for the season against 24 strikeouts.

 

Southern League (AA)

Ryan Brett

Ryan Brett, 2b, Montgomery (Rays): A scrapper if there ever was one, Brett is making the most of his return to Double-A after a quick stop there to end last season. He went 5-for-5 on Monday morning, finishing a home run short of the cycle, with a run scored and two runs driven in. He has a short, compact stroke, gap power and good range at second. He’s hitting .348/.389/.449 with five doubles and two triples.

Texas League (AA)

Jonathan Gray, rhp, Tulsa (Rockies): After a couple of early hiccups, Gray seems to have settled in. He spun 5 1/3 shutout innings in a Monday matinee, and his last three starts have been fantastic. Over that span, he’s gone 17 innings, given up seven hits, allowed one run (earned), walked three and fanned 19. His triple-digit fastball and power slider combination appears to be clicking.

Florida State League (Hi A)

Jeimer Candelario, 3b, Daytona (Cubs): Amazingly, Candelario is the second-best third base prospect in the organization, behind Kris Bryant, of course. He was 2-for-4 with a double and a grand slam on Monday, a bright spot in an otherwise lackluster opening month. He projects as an above-average hitter with slightly better power, but he will need to get a little more sock in his bat and add some defensive seasoning to profile at the position.

Sean Manaea

Sean Manaea (Photo by Tony Campbell)

Carolina League (Hi A)

Sean Manaea, lhp, Wilmington (Royals): The Royals bet that Manaea’s hip labrum injury, which caused him to slide in the draft, wouldn’t be a long-term problem. So far, they’re winning. Manaea whiffed eight over five, one-run innings on Monday, and has fanned 21 against just three walks this season. Monday also represented a pleasant rebound for the lefty, who allowed seven runs (all earned) in his last turn.

California League (Hi A)

Trevor Story, ss, Modesto (Rockies): Things are going quite well for Story so far in his repeat of the Cal League. The shortstop was 4-for-5 on Monday night with a double, a triple and four runs scored in Modesto’s thrashing of San Jose. He got fooled by offspeed pitches last season and got a little pull-happy at times, but has everything working in the early going this season. For the first month, he’s batting .341/.434/.560.

Midwest League (Lo A)

Paul Blackburn, rhp, Kane County (Cubs): Chicago’s supplemental first-rounder from 2012 experienced severe control issues to end last season, when he was with short-season Boise. With that in mind, the fact that Blackburn has issued just five free passes through as many starts has to be a welcome bit of news to the Cubs’ player-development staff. He whiffed four over five innings of three-hit, one-run ball on Monday, and has a stellar 2.84 ERA through the first month.