Minor League Roundup: Difo Hits It, Hits It Good

Today’s roundup features a split-stadium no-hitter, a slugging Dodgers infielder, the best prospect in baseball moving up and a rising Nationals infielder. It also features off-days for the Eastern League, Southern League, Texas League and Carolina and California leagues.

Player Home Runs
Joey Gallo 38
Kris Bryant 38
Peter O’Brien 34
Matt Olson 34

International League • AAA

Logan Darnell, lhp, Rochester (Twins): Two and a half weeks ago, Trevor May started his evening in Durham with three no-hit innings opposite Bulls righty Alex Colome. Then a monsoon hit the area and the game was postponed until Monday night, when it was resumed in Rochester. May is in the majors now, and thus unavailable to complete what he started. That job was left to Darnell, a Kentucky alum who’s made three appearances (two starts) with the Twins this year. In May’s stead, Darnell spun six more no-hit innings and completed the gem nearly three weeks after it started. In the minors, that’s two no-nos in two days—one that went 11 innings and one that started 19 days before and 633 miles away from where it started. Baseball, y’all.

Pacific Coast League • AAA

Alex GuerreroAlex Guerrero, 2b, Albuquerque (Dodgers): After a brief taste of the majors and time lost upon being on the business end of Miguel Olivo’s teeth, Guerrero is back in Triple-A and raking. He’s riding a nine-game hitting streak, and Monday night was 2-for-4 with a double, a run and three RBIs. As always, the questions with Guerrero revolve around his defense and not his bat. He’s at .335/.375/.598 with the Isotopes, but is currently blocked by Dee Gordon in Los Angeles.

Florida State League • Hi A

Byron Buxton, of, Fort Myers (Twins): Just call him Bye-ron Buxton. First, he was 1-for-3 on Monday with a two-run homer in the Miracle’s shortened loss to Palm Beach. Second, he was promoted after the game to Double-A New Britain. After 30 games with high Class A, Buxton is heading to the Eastern League, where he probably would have started had he not injured his wrist twice this season. Despite the injury and all the time missed, we’ve still ranked him as the No. 1 prospect in baseball.

South Atlantic League • Lo A

wilmer-difo-2014-mug-rwWilmer Difo, ss/2b, Hagerstown (Nationals): We could talk about Lucas Giolito‘s shutout effort in this space, but that’d be too easy. Instead, we’ll go with Difo, the middle infielder who’s opened eyes across the South Atlantic League this summer. After an up-and-down career that featured four years between the Dominican Summer League and Gulf Coast League, then 61 games across four levels in 2013, Difo has broken out. He’s hitting .314/.355/.469 with 28 doubles, six triples, 12 homers, 82 RBIs and 42 stolen bases in 51 tries. He was 5-for-6 last night with two runs and two RBIs to back Giolito.