Minor League Roundup: Bryant Goes Boom, Pike’s Peak

Today’s Roundup features yet another home run by Peter O’Brien, Kris Bryant‘s second four-hit game this month, a former Jay named Jaye doing well for the Pale Hose and Tyler Pike‘s peak.

International League (AAA)


Carlos Sanchez, 2b, Charlotte (White Sox): Sure, the Pirates’ Gregory Polanco went 3-for-3 with a double, but Sanchez broke a 3-3 tie in the 10th inning with a three-run homer off Nick Hagadone as the Knights beat Columbus 5-2. It was Sanchez’s second homer of the year, but the switch-hitter, who has little power, has hit two in five days after not hitting one in 751 days.

Pacific Coast League (AAA)

Kyle Jensen, dh, New Orleans (Marlins): Jensen, who has the best power in the system, showed some might Wednesday with three hits, including two doubles and two RBIs in a win against Round Rock. Already 26, Jensen still struggles to identify pitches (18 walks, 56 strikeouts), but he could help the Marlins or another team in a platoon role.

Eastern League (AA)

Peter O’Brien, dh, Trenton (Yankees): Move over, Joey Gallo. O’Brien took over the minor league lead in homers Wednesday with his 19th, a grand slam—and he did so with known Gallo groupie Josh Norris in attendance. More encouragingly, perhaps, to the Yankees was O’Brien drawing his first two walks since being promoted to Trenton. He has struck out 45 times and walked six across two levels this season.

Southern League (AA)

Kris BryantKris Bryant, 3b, Tennessee (Cubs): The No. 2 pick in last year’s draft went 4-for-4 with a double and his 15th homer in his second four-hit game this month. Bryant leads the Southern League in eight categories, including home runs, hitting (.349), on-base percentage (.452), extra-base hits (29) and slugging (.667).

Texas League (AA)

Lane Adams, cf, Northwest Arkansas (Royals): The athletic Adams was added to the 40-man roster despite a brutal Arizona Fall League, and now after a slow April he has begun to reward the Royals’ faith. He went 2-for-4 with a double and triple and two RBIs Wednesday and is hitting .256/.385/.384 in May. Adams is a double-plus runner who can play all three outfield positions.

Carolina League (Hi A)

Myles Jaye, rhp, Winston-Salem (White Sox): Jaye struggled mightily in his first full month at Double-A Birmingham (0-6, 6.32), but back in Winston-Salem, he pitched a complete-game, four-hit shutout with no walks and five strikeouts against Potomac. He needed just 92 pitches and retired the final 20 batters. Chicago acquired the 22-year-old from the Blue Jays prior to the 2012 season for Jason Frasor. Jaye attributed his Southern League struggles with trying to utilize his four-seam fastball, rather than the sinkers he used when successful in the Carolina League.

Florida State League (Hi A)

Tyler Glasnow

Tyler Glasnow, rhp, Bradenton (Pirates): Glasnow was part of a spate of spring injuries for top Pirates prospects. Jameson Taillon had Tommy John surgery, and Austin Meadows still is out with a hamstring issue. But Glasnow returned to action on April 25 after the tightness in his lower back cleared up and has looked mostly sharp. On Wednesday, he was at his best, striking out a season-high 12 and allowing only one hit and two walks in 5 2/3 innings against Tampa. At his pinnacle, Glasnow humps up his fastball to 99 mph, but he sits a comfy 93-95. His curve can be inconsistent, but flashes plus. The lanky, 6-foot-7 Glasnow has issues with repeating his delivery, hence the 22 walks in 33 innings.

California League (Hi A)

Tyler Pike, lhp, High Desert (Mariners): On most other nights, we’re writing about Carlos Correa here after his homer and 3-for-4 night for Lancaster, but Pike combined with Mark Bordonaro and Blake Hauser on a no-hitter against Rancho Cucamonga. Pike tied a career high with eight strikeouts over six innings. The 20-year-old lefty, whom the Mariners bought out of a Florida State commitment for $850,000 as a supplemental third-round pick in 2012, said he worked with pitching coach Andrew Lorraine to make adjustments. Prior to Wednesday, Pike had allowed 14 earned runs in 5 2/3 innings, walking five against just two strikeouts in that span. The average-sized Pike has a fastball in the 88-91 mph range and decent deception, but his control is erratic.

South Atlantic League (Lo A)

Johan Camargo, ss, Rome (Braves): In his first two pro seasons, Camargo, signed out of Panama in 2010, showed an advanced approach at the plate. He had good plate discipline and made solid, consistent contact. But that came in the Dominican Summer League and at Rookie-level Danville. This season at Rome, Camargo struggled mightily in April, going 14-for-84 and slashing .167/.242/.167. This month, however, he has turned it around, and Wednesday was just the latest example. Camargo went 5-for-5 with a double and triple and is at .325/.380/.422 for the month. He might be rangy enough to stick at shortstop as he moves up.

Midwest League (Lo A)

Danny Lockhart, 2b, Kane County (Cubs): Buried in a deep Cubs system, Lockhart is the son of former big leaguer Keith Lockhart. The junior Lockhart went 3-for-5 on Wednesday night and has stepped up his offense after a slow April. The 2010 10th-round pick out of Dacula, Ga., Lockhart has a solid lefthanded swing, but he lacks power. He does show good plate awareness (17 walks, 14 strikeouts) and is a reliable defender.