In today’s roundup, Byron Buxton breaks out, Rougned Odor makes his mark in Frisco and a Farmer’s working hard in the Midwest.
Mookie Betts went 1-for-4 with an RBI on Tuesday in Double-A Portland’s 4-0 win against Reading. He extended his season-long on-base streak to 28 games and is hitting .407/.463/.610 with 15 extra-base hits and 14 walks in 118 at-bats.
International League (AAA)
Chase Whitley, rhp, Scranton/Wilkes Barre (Yankees): The Yankees’ major league rotation is suddenly short following injuries to Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda, and Whitley might be the next callup, with Bruce Billings, Chris Leroux, Alfredo Aceves and Matt Daley already riding the Scranton shuttle this season. The 24-year-old, selected by the Yankees in the 15th round in 2010 out of Troy, struck out a career-high 11 and did not walk a batter in 6 2/3 innings Tuesday in a 2-1 win against Indianapolis. Whitley has spent the majority of his four years in the organization as a reliever. His fastball is unremarkable (89-91 mph) and he relies on secondary stuff to be effective.
Eastern League (AA)
A.J. Cole, rhp, Harrisburg (Nationals): Cole is showing why the Nats wanted to get him back after dealing him to Oakland for Gio Gonzalez. He used his explosive fastball to strike out seven over six scoreless innings in a 5-1 win against Richmond. The 6-foot-5 Cole is 3-1, 2.86 with a 23/4 SO/BB mark in 28 innings.
Southern League (AA)
Andrew Heaney, lhp, Jacksonville (Marlins): The Marlins’ top prospect, Heaney set down the first 11 batters Tuesday en route to six solid innings (three hits, one run, two walks, four strikeouts). He has easy velocity that peaks at 97 mph and throws an above-average changeup. His command remains above-average with a 37/10 SO/BB mark. He could make his big league debut later this season if he continues to progress.
Texas League (AA)
Rougned Odor, 2b, Frisco (Rangers): Odor hit a double, a triple and a homer in a wild, wind-aided 12-7 win for Frisco against Midland. Odor has hit in nine straight games, going 16-for-38, and now is hitting 279/.314/.450. Odor has a compact, fluid swing with surprising power given his 5-foot-11, 170-pound frame. He’s walked just seven times in 129 at-bats, so his plate discipline remains a work in progress.
Carolina League (Hi A)
Hunter Dozier, 3b, Wilmington (Royals): Dozier hit the go-ahead grand slam as Wilmington knocked off Salem 6-3. The eighth overall pick in 2013 out of Stephen F. Austin State is hitting .375/.524/.563 over his last 10 games with two home runs, 10 walks and eight RBIs. The righthanded hitter has an advanced approach at the plate and is comfortable hitting with two strikes.
California League (Hi A)
Michael Ynoa, rhp, Stockton (Athletics): Ynoa remains one of Oakland’s top prospects, despite entering the season with just 115 innings since signing in 2008. Seemingly healthy, he’s flashing the plus velocity that got him $4.25 million upon signing. On Tuesday, the 6-foot-7, 22-year-old struck out five in two relief innings in Stockton’s loss to Visalia. Is it a blip or a turnaround? So far this season, Ynoa’s allowed seven hits and nine runs in 6 1/3 innings with seven walks and 13 strikeouts.
Midwest League (Lo A)
Buck Farmer, rhp, West Michigan (Tigers): At 23 in low Class A ball, one could argue Farmer is doing what he should: dominate. The 2013 fifth-rounder and former Friday starter for Georgia Tech had his fifth straight quality start (six innings, six hits, one runs, three walks, 6 strikeouts) and is now tied for the MWL with four wins, while taking over the strikeout lead (49) from South Bend’s Aaron Blair.