Minor League Roundup: Yes, You May

This version of the roundup is shorter because of Hot Sheet and Scout’s Video View, but it includes another longball from the minors’ preeminent possessor of power, a great day from a righty who likes to rock out in Rochester, and another stolen base from one of the best burglars around.

Mookie Meter

Portland’s game with Reading was rained out.

International League

Trevor May, rhp, Rochester (Twins): May, one of the pieces in the deal that sent Ben Revere to Philadelphia, struck out 11 over six innings on Thursday against Louisville. He allowed two runs on three hits and a walk, and rebounded nicely from his previous outing, in which he let up five runs in three frames. He’s got a low-to-mid-90s fastball, a solid-average curveball and changeup, and a slider as a fourth pitch. He’s also known for dropping funky tracks under the name MAZR. Here’s his latest.

Pacific Coast League

Jacob deGrom, rhp, Las Vegas (Mets): Two scouts this season have mentioned that if the Mets needed a call-up for their rotation, deGrom would be their choice over more known names such as Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero. He has a mid-90s fastball, a devastating slider and a solid changeup. He’s allowed three runs or fewer in all of his starts this year, including 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball on Thursday. That’s no small feat, considering he’s made five of his six starts in Las Vegas.

Eastern League
Alen Hanson
Alen Hanson, 2b, Altoona (Pirates): With the emergence of Gregory Polanco and a glut of promising arms, Hanson has gotten lost in the shuffle a bit. He hit his first home run of the season on Thursday, a small highlight in an otherwise poor start. So far, Hanson, who at 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds is going to need to add strength if he hopes to handle elite velocity, is hitting just .237/.276/.366 through the first month and a day.

Southern League

J.T. Realmuto, c, Jacksonville (Marlins): The Marlins’ best catching prospect doubled twice and tripled on Thursday night. He’s hitting .321/.376/.536 this season, and has used the 1.80-1.85-second pop times he regularly posts to gun down 47 percent of the runners who have tried to steal against him.

Texas League
Cheslor Cuthbert
Cheslor Cuthbert, 3b, Northwest Arkansas (Royals): Amazing what leaving Wilmington can do for a hitter, isn’t it? Coming off a two-homer night on Wednesday, Cuthbert added another longball on Thursday. After a lackluster half-season in the Texas League last year, Cuthbert, a former top 100 prospect, appears to have turned it around, particularly in the case of his plate discipline. He had walked 14 times this season and struck out 13 in 71 at-bats entering the evening.

Florida State League

Tyler Goeddel, 3b, Charlotte (Rays): Goeddel was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, two runs and two RBIs. A supplemental first-rounder from 2011, Goeddel spent his first two professional seasons struggling with low Class A Bowling Green. He’s got above-average athleticism and solid bat speed, though his swing can get long at times. He’s got the tools defensively—strong arm, good hands—but committed 64 errors over two seasons.

Carolina League
Joey Gallo
Joey Gallo, 3b, Myrtle Beach (Rangers): It had been five whole games since Gallo had homered. One-hundred twenty hours. A blink for most hitters, but an eternity for Gallo, the hitter whose power prowess exceeds all others in the minors. The bomb was the 10th of the season for Gallo, who hit 40 in 111 games last season. More impressively, Gallo also stole a base, his first of the season. It had been 241 days since he’d done that. Five-thousand, seven-hundred and eighty-four hours.

California League

Tony Kemp, 2b, Lancaster (Astros): Yes, he’s listed at 5-foot-6 and 165 pounds, but he just keeps hitting. The  Vanderbilt alum collected two more hits on Thursday, and for the season is hitting .318/.423/.495 with 12 strikeouts against 16 walks. He’s also stolen 11 bags. The fifth-rounder has exactly the tool set you’d expect from a guy his size: He’s a slashing line-drive hitter with speed and the ability to work walks, all of which are on display in the hitter’s paradise of the Cal League.

South Atlantic League
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Deivi Grullon, c, Lakewood (Phillies): He might not be there for long, but Grullon, an 18-year-old backstop with a lightning arm who drew raves from evaluators while the Prospect Handbook was being put together, has made his mark. He swatted a home run in the first part of the BlueClaws’ doubleheader with Lexington on Thursday. One scout earlier this week noted that Grullon had a 70 arm, and was especially impressed that he didn’t get the bat knocked out of his hands while making a cameo with high Class A Clearwater.

Midwest League

Mallex Smith, of, Lake Elsinore (Padres): I’ll take Petty Larceny for $100, Mallex. Smith stole 17th base of the season on Thursday night, which remarkably did not give him the lead in either the minor leagues or even among players in that particular game. Both those titles belong to Great Lakes’ Malcolm Holland, who has 21. For reference, Billy Hamilton (who is so fast he could turn off the lights and tuck Cool Papa Bell into bed before the room got dark) had a mere 15 swipes through last April. The even more impressive thing about Smith’s early stolen base total? He’s getting on base at a .315 clip, so he’s making the most of limited opportunities.