Minor League Roundup: Giants’ Crick Strikes Out 10

In today’s roundup, Kyle Crick adds a tick back to his prospect status, Renato Nunez justifies his Futures Game selection and the Yankees have a bona fide pitching prospect.

International League (AAA)

Travis Shaw, 1b, Pawtucket (Red Sox). Shaw went 3-for-5 with a homer, two doubles, five RBIs, a walk and three runs scored in the PawSox’s 16-5 rout of Norfolk. The RBIs tied a career high for the 24-year-old, who’s now hitting .266/.305/.413 since being called up to Triple-A after he put up an OPS of .954 in the Eastern League.

Pacific Coast League (AAA)

The league was dark Wednesday.

Eastern League (AA)

Kyle Crick

Kyle Crick, rhp, Richmond (Giants). The Giants’ top prospect struck out a season-high 10 Wednesday and held Harrisburg to one hit over five innings in a 6-2 win. His strikeout total was one shy of his career best, but Crick also walked five and threw just 57 of his 98 pitches for strikes. The Giants keep him on a tight pitch count, and he hasn’t gone beyond 5 1/3 innings since the middle of May. Still, the organization says Crick has been up to 98 mph this season and that his results are secondary to building his workload. Also, he’s still just 21.

Francisco Lindor, ss, Akron (Indians). Lindor, a Futures Game selection, left Akron’s game early Wednesday after he was struck in the face with a groundball hit by Erie’s Devon Travis. The blow drew blood, but the good news was Lindor left the field on his own, and RubberDucks manager David Wallace said he did not think the injury was serious.

Southern League (AA)

Jake Lamb, 3b, Mobile (Diamondbacks). Lamb’s been somewhat overshadowed by a couple of other third basemen this season, guys named Gallo and Bryant. But Lamb went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs Wednesday and for the season is slashing .315/.387/.577. Lamb’s raw power has started to emerge this season, a fact made obvious by his slugging, and he’s a plus defender at third.

Texas League (AA)

Tyler Anderson, lhp, Tulsa (Rockies). Anderson bounced back from arguably his worst outing of the season with perhaps his best as he blanked San Antonio on two hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked two. The Colorado 2011 first-rounder returned from the disabled list on June 9 after experiencing minor shoulder soreness, and the Rockies are limiting his pitches. While his offerings are fringy beyond a plus changeup, Anderson can be a No. 4 or 5 starter, depending on the evaluator.

Florida State League (Hi A)

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Luis Severino, rhp, Tampa (Yankees): While the Yankees don’t have much help for their ailing rotation at the upper levels, Severino represents a rare commodity for New York: a healthy starting-pitcher prospect. On Wednesday, he cemented that reputation with six no-hit innings in which he struck out six and walked one. Flashing a mid-90s fastball, according to pitching coach Danny Borrell, Severino allowed only one ball to leave the infield, racking up eight groundball outs, three pop-ups and a flyout. In two starts since his promotion to Tampa, Severino has struck out 14 and walked two in 10 2/3 innings.

Carolina League (Hi A)

Corey Littrell, lhp, Salem (Red Sox). The 2013 fifth-rounder and former Kentucky weekend starter was impressive Wednesday with six innings of seven-hit, one-run ball. Littrell usually operates at 89-90 mph with his fastball and maxes out at 92. Some scouts say his changeup is his best pitch, while others point to a cutter.

California League (Hi A)

Renato Nunez

Renato Nunez, 3b, high Class A Stockton (Athletics). Nunez, like Lindor a Futures Game selection, is showing why he’s going to Minneapolis in mid-July. The 20-year-old Venezuelan went 4-for-4 with two home runs, three RBIs and a walk as Stockton won its ninth in a row, 10-2, at Lancaster.  Through 19 games in June, Nunez is slashing .400/.488/.771 with five homers, one triple, nine doubles and 16 RBIs.

Carlos Correa, ss, high Class A Lancaster (Astros). While Renato Nunez was torching Lancaster, Correa was receiving bad news. Houston’s top prospect will miss the rest of the season after surgery to repair a fracture of his fibula just above his right ankle, general manager Jeff Luhnow said. The 19-year-old injured his leg Saturday night sliding into third after hitting a triple. Luhnow is optimistic Correa can return for the Arizona Fall League.

South Atlantic League (Lo A)

Jose Briceno, c, and Ryan McMahon, 3b, Asheville (Rockies). Too close to call between the Colorado prospects, so we picked them both. Briceno, the bat-first catcher, went 3-for-5 Wednesday with two doubles, while the slugger McMahon went 2-for-5 with his 11th home run. The Rockies are optimistic about Briceno’s development as a catcher, and one scout says McMahon has the polished bat of a college player with an advanced approach.

Midwest League (Lo A)

Kyle Schwarber (Courtesy Boise Hawks).

Kyle Schwarber, c, Kane County (Cubs): Schwarber scoffs at the notion that transitioning to pro ball is tough. The former Indiana strongman went 2-for-4 Wednesday with his sixth homer in 13 career games. He’s 20-for-39 (.513) since he signed with the Cubs as the fourth overall pick, with half his hits going for extra bases. He’s also walked four times and struck out just five. Behind the plate, he threw out two runners trying to steal, although the Cubs expect to move him out of there, eventually.

New York-Penn League (short-season)

Taylor Gushue, c, Jamestown (Pirates). Gushue, the former Florida catcher and 2014 fourth-rounder, was known for his receiving skills and at least average arm but has shown more at the plate than expected. He went 3-for-4 with two homers and is now slashing .286/.380/.714, albeit in just 11 games.

Rowan Wick, rf, State College (Cardinals). The converted catcher and 2012 draft pick hit two homers in a game for the third time already this season on Wednesday. The lefty swinger, a former Canadian National Team member, has nine homers in 42 at-bats. That’s a slugging percentage of 1.071.

Appalachian League (Rookie)

Nick and Tom GordonNick Gordon, ss, Elizabethon (Twins). With his mom in attendance, Gordon cracked his first big league homer in a 2-for-4 night. Through six games, the fifth overall pick is hitting 7-for-26 (.269) with a double and a homer. He has struck out three times and walked once.

Pioneer League (Rookie)

Dustin DeMuth, 3b, Helena (Brewers). Schwarber’s not the only Indiana player to be torching minor league ball. DeMuth, a fifth-rounder and 2014 first-team All-American, was 2-for-4 Wednesday night and is 15-for-31 (.484) with four extra-base hits. He’s walked twice and struck out twice.

Arizona League (Rookie)

Alex Verdugo, cf, Dodgers. A two-way player in high school in Arizona, Verdugo will be developed as an outfielder. On Wednesday night, the second-rounder hit his first professional home run. While Verdugo has just two hits in his first 14 at-bats, he has not struck out. As a position player, he profiles as a corner outfielder with an above-average arm, below-average speed and hitting potential.

Gulf Coast League (Rookie)

Cam Varga, rhp, Rays. A second-round pick out of Cincinnati Hills Academy, Varga began his pro career with two scoreless innings Wednesday against the GCL Red Sox team. He owns a low-90s fastball that can reach 95 mph with a plus curveball that helped him author eight shutouts and five no-hitters in high school.