Today’s roundup features Henry Owens flirting with history again, Jonathan Singleton, Kris Bryant and Francisco Lindor lighting it up and Luis Severino keeping up with the big boys in the South Atlantic League.
Betts was 1-for-5 on Thursday with a run and an RBI. He has reached base in 60 straight games.
Trevor Bauer, rhp, Columbus (Indians): Bauer and his seven-pitch arsenal keeps getting results. After shutting down Durham in his last outing, Bauer repeated the feat on Thursday night at Rochester. He lasted 7 2/3 innings this time out, allowed a run on three hits and two walks and struck out nine. For the season, he’s 4-0, 1.12 with a nearly 4-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Pacific Coast League
Jonathan Singleton, 1b, Oklahoma City (Astros): After a lull over the last week and a half, Singleton was up to his old tricks on Thursday night, the same night former teammate George Springer socked his first major league home run. Singleton, likely to join Springer in Houston sometime this summer, went 3-for-5 with his 11th home run of the season and scored twice. For the year, he’s at .290/.399/.629. It’s only a matter of time.
Henry Owens, lhp, Portland (Red Sox): He almost did it again. In his longest outing as a pro, Owens held New Hampshire hitless for 7 2/3 innings. He did walk five though, including the first two hitters of the eighth inning. An out and a run later, he allowed his first hit and was lifted to an ovation from the robust crowd that packed Hadlock Field to see New England Patriot Shane Vereen, the return of mascot Slugger, who had just completed a walk from Boston to Portland to benefit Tourette’s Syndrome research, and a prime-time matchup of Owens and top Toronto prospect Aaron Sanchez. For the season, Owens is 4-2 with a 3.61 ERA and 41 strikeouts against 18 walks.
Francisco Lindor, ss, Akron (Indians): In a year when the minor leagues are lousy with shortstops, Lindor is rising well above the rest. He plays major league defense right now, and his bat is beginning to make a lot of noise in the Eastern League, one of the best separators of prospects and suspects. He was 3-for-5 on Thursday night with a grand slam that helped bring Akron all the way back against Altoona, and over a scorching week and a half has vaulted his stats .298/.368/.463 with three triples, four home runs and 23 RBIs.
Kris Bryant, 3b, Tennessee (Cubs): The monster is awakening. Bryant was 3-for-4 on Thursday night with his ninth homer of the season. He’s possibly the most complete hitter in the minor leagues, and he’s used a scorching past 10 days to build his overall numbers this season to .328/.437/.630 with the nine longballs, nine doubles and 24 RBIs.
Patrick Wisdom, 3b, Springfield (Cardinals): A true third baseman who earns raves for his glove, the Cardinals pushed Wisdom to Double-A this year after just 25 games with high Class A Palm Beach last year. So far, he’s holding his own at the plate. He socked his third home run of the year on Thursday, and is boasting a .262/.322/.421 line so far in the Texas League.
Jorge Alfaro, c, Myrtle Beach (Rangers): After getting exploited by breaking ball after breaking ball over three games at Winston-Salem, Alfaro ended the skid Thursday. He was 3-for-4, came a double short of the cycle, scored three times and drove in three runs. He still has lots of work to do on both sides of the ball, especially when it comes to receiving.
Florida State League
Jake Thompson, rhp, Lakeland (Tigers): Very quietly, Thompson is having a fantastic season. He held Tampa to a run on two hits over five innings on Thursday, and has surrendered just 26 hits in 42 frames this year. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is better than 3-to-1, and he mixes a pair of lively fastballs with low-80s slider and a developing changeup.
Aaron Blair, rhp, Visalia (Diamondbacks): After getting wrecked for eight runs on eight hits and four walks in his last time out, Blair got a strange postgame gift: The Diamondbacks promoted him. And on Thursday, Blair righted things in a big way. The burly righthander made his Cal League debut and allowed just one run on three hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out nine. He offers a low-to-mid-90s fastball, a plus changeup and two developing breaking pitches.
Ryne Stanek, rhp, Bowling Green (Rays): After losing the first month of the season to hip surgery, Stanek made his season debut on Thursday, holding Lake County to a run on five hits. He struck out six and walked nobody. At his peak, Stanek brings a fastball that can touch as high as 98, a plus slider, and a curve and changeup as his clear third and fourth offerings.
South Atlantic League
Luis Severino, rhp, Charleston (Yankees): With very little fanfare, Severino has held his own in the South Atlantic League, which houses some of the game’s best arms in Hunter Harvey and Lucas Giolito. The righthander on Thursday allowed two runs over seven innings with four strikeouts and no walks. He’s issued seven free passes in 31 innings this season and is seven punchouts off the league lead.