Baseball America Prospect Report -- Aug. 12, 2020
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—No. 6 prospect Bryse Wilson struggled in his 2020 debut, pitching 1.2 innings of two-run ball, allowing a hit, walking four and striking out two. The righthander has struggled to throw strikes at the major league level, walking 20 batters in 28.2 innings despite issuing just 2.3 walks per nine innings in the minors.
—Austin Hays hit his first homer of 2020 with a two-run inside the park shot in the 10th inning of the team’s win over the Phillies. The outfielder is hitting .214 with a home run and five RBIs, but has picked up six hits in his last 18 at-bats.
Boston Red Sox
—One day after collecting the first three hits of his career, Jonathan Arauz went 2-for-3 in the team’s loss to the Rays. The shortstop, a Rule 5 draft selection from the Astros, in 2019 hit .241/.311/.389 with three home runs in 28 games at Double-A in his first taste of the upper minors.
—No. 3 prospect Jeter Downs showed off his above-average power with an opposite field home run to right field off Darwinzon Hernandez in an intrasquad game at the team’s alternate site. The bat-first shortstop, who was acquired from the Dodgers in the Mookie Betts blockbuster deal, hit .276/.362/.526 with 24 home runs, 86 RBIs and 24 stolen bases in 119 games between high Class A and Double-A in 2019.
—No. 4 prospect Bryan Mata pitched four innings in the intrasquad game, allowing five hits, striking out two and allowing a walk and home run. The righthander, who sat 94-97 mph on his plus fastball, in 2019 pitched well at high Class A (3-1, 1.75) before struggling in a promotion to Double-A (4-6, 5.03) as a 20-year-old.
Chicago White Sox
—Matt Foster picked up his second win against the Tigers, pitching two scoreless innings and striking out four. The 25-year-old righthander has not allowed a run in his first 7.2 innings while striking out 13 batters.
—Beau Burrows picked up his first career strikeout against phenom Luis Robert and pitched a scoreless inning in the team's loss to the White Sox. The No. 20 prospect has appeared in two games, allowing three runs on three hits, walking one and striking out one in 3.1 innings.
—No. 16 prospect Brandon Bielak made his second start in the team's loss to the Giants, pitching five innings of two-run ball, allowing six hits and a walk and striking out four. The righthander, who has a 1.76 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 15.1 innings, sat in the mid-90s on his fastball and mixed in a mid-80s changeup that showed late movement, as well as a cutter, slider and curveball.
Kansas City Royals
—No. 10 prospect Kris Bubic pitched five innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk and striking out six in the team’s loss to the Reds. In the third inning, Bubic, who sat 92-94 mph on his fastball and mixed in his plus changeup and average curveball, allowed two runs in the second inning and three in the third. The 2018 supplemental first-rounder, who has allowed nine runs on 14 hits and four walks and struck out 15 in 15 innings, retired the last seven batters he faced.
—Ryan McBroom crushed a two-run home run in a pinch hit at-bat in the eighth inning to knot the game at 5-5. McBroom, a 2014 15th-rounder acquired from the Yankees for international bonus pool money in 2019, is 5-for-14 in August with a double, two home runs and three RBIs.
—Tyler Zuber made his eighth appearance out of the bullpen, pitching a scoreless inning and striking out one batter while walking one. The righthander in nine innings has struggled mightily with his control, walking 10 batters, allowing four runs on three hits and striking out six.
—The Royals added lefthander Asa Lacy to the team's alternate site camp. Lacy, the No. 4 overall pick, was the top pitching prospect in the draft class and is the No. 2 prospect in the Royals' system who possesses four above-average or better pitches. No. 17 prospect Carlos Hernandez, who went 3-5, 5.31 between Rookie-level and low Class A in 2019, was also added to the alternate site.
—No. 24 prospect Sterling Sharp, a Rule 5 selection from the Nationals, pitched a scoreless inning in the team’s loss to the Blue Jays. The righthander, who missed a chunk of the 2019 season with an oblique injury but returned to earn pitcher of the week honors in the Arizona Fall League, has struck out a batter in 2.2 innings while allowing one hit.
New York Mets
—No. 6 prospect Andres Gimenez hit his second triple in the team’s loss to the Nationals. The shortstop/second baseman, who is hitting .293 with six runs and one RBI, scored on a sacrifice fly. The shortstop later showed off his defense with a diving grab and a throw to first to get the out.
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San Diego Padres
—No. 16 prospect Jake Cronenworth added another extra-base hit, collecting a double in the team’s win over the Dodgers. The infielder, who’s appeared in eight games at first base, two at second and one at shortstop, has tallied an extra-base hit in five of his last seven games and is hitting .361 with four doubles, two home runs and four RBIs.
—Second baseman Tim Lopes singled, stole a base and scored on a throwing error in the team's loss to the Rangers. The 26-year-old is hitting .250 with eight runs scored, four doubles, four RBIs and four stolen bases.
—No. 4 prospect Nick Solak had his best big league showing with three RBIs and three hits in the team’s win over the Mariners. The outfielder hit a two-run single in the first inning and followed with an RBI single in the third inning. The 2016 second-round pick is hitting .288 with seven RBIs.
—Righthander Jonathan Hernandez has settled in as a trusted setup man, appearing in nine games and allowing just two runs while striking out 14 in 9 innings. The No. 18 prospect pitched a scoreless inning in the team's win over the Mariners.
Toronto Blue Jays
—Righthander Jordan Romano pitched a scoreless eighth inning in the team’s win over the Marlins, striking out one thanks to his mid-90s fastball and sharp low-90s slider. Romano has pitched eight no-hit innings, walking three and striking out 11.
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|BAL||MAJ||Hays, Austin CF||5||1||2||2||.214||HR (1)|
|CLE||MAJ||Chang, Yu SS||0||0||0||0||.111|
|CWS||MAJ||Mendick, Danny 2B||3||0||0||0||.256||BB (4)|
|CWS||MAJ||Robert, Luis CF||4||0||0||0||.278|
|HOU||MAJ||Stubbs, Garrett PR-C||0||0||0||0||.333||CS (1)|
|LAD||MAJ||Rios, Edwin PH||0||0||0||0||.211|
|MIA||MAJ||Harrison, Monte CF||2||0||0||0||.111|
|NYM||MAJ||Gimenez, Andres SS||4||1||1||0||.293||3B (2)|
|OAK||MAJ||Allen, Austin C||3||0||0||0||.136|
|SD||MAJ||Cronenworth, Jake 2B||4||1||2||0||.361||2B (4)|
|SEA||MAJ||Lewis, Kyle CF||3||0||0||0||.357||BB (9)|
|SEA||MAJ||White, Evan 1B||4||0||0||0||.106|
|SF||MAJ||Dubon, Mauricio 2B||5||0||1||0||.214|
|TB||MAJ||Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo PH-DH||2||0||0||0||.152|
|TEX||MAJ||Solak, Nick CF||4||0||3||3||.288|
|TOR||MAJ||Alford, Anthony PR||0||1||0||0||.143|
|ARI||MAJ||Ginkel, Kevin||0||3||4||4||1||0||16.20||L (0-1)|
|KC||MAJ||Staumont, Josh||0||1||1||0||1||0||1.17||L (0-1)|
|MIL||MAJ||Williams, Devin||1||0||0||0||1||2||1.42||W (1-1)|