Notable performances from prospects around the minors on Tuesday.
• George Springer, cf, Astros. Houston’s No. 1 power-speed threat has the juice to drive the ball out of any ballpark, so his 22 homers in half a season at high Class A Lancaster last season was no Cal League mirage. The 23-year-old has hammered home the point early this season at Double-A Corpus Christi. Springer connected for two homers as part of a 3-for-4 day at the plate that included three RBIs, three runs scored, a walk and a stolen base.
• Jorge Alfaro, c, and Joey Gallo, 3b, Rangers. The low Class A Hickory teammates each collected two hits and each went deep yesterday at Greensboro, a noted homer haven in the South Atlantic League. Alfaro, the tooled-up 19-year-old catcher, homered twice and now is hitting .308/.361/.554 through 65 at-bats on the season. While he still takes a swing-first-and-ask-questions later hitting approach, Alfaro’s strikeout rate is down from 28 percent in 2012 to 23.6 percent in the early going this year. Gallo, who may be the SAL’s premier power hitter, went 2-for-4 with a homer and a double versus the Grasshopper, and he now leads the league with seven homers.
• Brian Goodwin, cf, Nationals. The 22-year-old appeared overmatched at Double-A Harrisburg last season, batting a mere .223 in 42 games, but Goodwin has caught up to speed in the Eastern League during his encore with the Senators. He went 3-for-5 with a solo homer yesterday, bringing his season line to .276/.353/.487 through 76 at-bats with eight walks and nine extra-base hits in 19 games.
• Miguel Sano, 3b, Twins. With home runs in two of his last three games, Sano pushed his season batting line to .384/.493/.740 in 73 at-bats and his Florida State League-leading homer total to seven. He went 2-for-5 with a longball and two RBIs in yesterday’s action for high Class A Fort Myers.
|TUESDAY’S NOTABLE PERFORMANCES
|The top individual batting performances based on the simplest of formulas: total bases minus strikeouts.|
|The top individual pitching performances based on the simplest of formulas: strikeouts minus baserunners.|
• Dylan Bundy, rhp, Orioles. The top pitching prospect in baseball requested a second opinion on his ailing right elbow. He visited Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday to see if he reaches the same diagnosis—flexor mass tightness—as Orioles team doctors.
• Michael Wacha, rhp, Cardinals. At this rate, the 19th pick in last year’s draft may not require more than a half season at Triple-A Memphis before he’s ready to join the St. Louis rotation, which already includes homegrown arms Jaime Garcia, Lance Lynn and Shelby Miller (who, coincidentally, was the 19th pick in his draft). Wacha improved to 3-0, 1.96 through four starts after dealing seven innings of three-hit, one-run ball against Iowa yesterday. He struck out six and walked two, throwing 71 strikes in 105 pitches.
• Henry Owens, lhp, Red Sox. The 20-year-old Owens turned in another commanding performance for high Class A Salem yesterday, allowing three hits and no runs over six innings at home against Wilmington yesterday. He struck out six, but the key numbers is one—as in walks issued. So far this season, Owens has walked no more than two batters in any start, and his walk rate (2.6 BB/9) is a far sight better than last year’s (4.2) for low Class A Greenville.
• Noah Syndergaard, rhp, Mets. After being rocked for seven runs in three innings his last time out, Syndergaard turned in his best start of the season for high Class A St. Lucie yesterday. He allowed one unearned run on three hits over six innings, striking out four Charlotte batters and walking two.