Baseball America Prospect Report -- Aug. 5, 2020
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—Orioles No. 5 prospect Austin Hays collected two hits and stole a base in the team’s loss to the Marlins. Hays, who is hitting .152 with two stolen bases, hit in the fifth spot after batting leadoff in his previous eight starts.
Boston Red Sox
—Red Sox No. 8 prospect Jay Groome threw a live bullpen session at the team’s alternate training site as he continues his return from Tommy John surgery. Groome returned from the May 2018 surgery in 2019 to make three appearances between the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and short-season New York Penn League, allowing a run on five hits in four innings while striking out six and walking one.
Chicago White Sox
—Luis Robert extended his hit streak to four games with a 2-for-4 effort and added a stolen base in the team’s win over the Brewers. The outfielder, who has reached base in 10 of 11 games, is hitting .364 with two home runs, six RBIs and four stolen bases and continues to be at the center of the American League Rookie of the Year discussion.
—White Sox No. 4 prospect Nick Madrigal collected a hit in his only at-bat before exiting the game with a shoulder injury while attempting to slide into third base in the third inning. Madrigal, who was promoted to the big leagues on July 31, is 5-for-17 (.294) in five games.
—Rockies No. 7 prospect Sam Hilliard knocked in his third run of the season and added a 1-for-4 effort in the team’s win over the Giants. Hilliard is hitting .200 with a home run and three RBIs in 19 at-bats.
—Cristian Javier picked up the first win of his career in the team’s win over the Diamondbacks, pitching six innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits, walking one and striking out two. The Astros No. 8 prospect has pitched to a 1.42 ERA in 12.2 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out 11.
Cristian Javier, Wicked 76mph breaking ball. 🤢 pic.twitter.com/cFIcQwrb05— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 5, 2020
Kansas City Royals
—Royals No. 5 prospect Brady Singer made his third start, pitching five innings, allowing four runs on five hits, walking two and striking out eight. The righthander breezed through the first inning, allowing a single but striking out two batters before giving up a two-run home run to Jason Heyward in the second inning and allowing two more runners to reach base via walk. He settled down in the third for his first 1-2-3 inning, but gave up his second two-run home run in the fourth, this time to Jason Kipnis. Singer got a 1-2-3 frame in the fifth to finish his day. The righthander, who sat 91-93 mph on his fastball and mixed in his slider, rarely threw his changeup, a third offering that he had worked on improving ahead of the season.
Los Angeles Angels
—Jo Adell, the No. 3 prospect in baseball, made his first start hours after receiving a promotion to the big leagues and didn’t take long to get his first career hit in the team's win over the Mariners. With two outs in the first inning, Adell hit a chopper to the left side of the infield and showed off his plus speed to beat the throw to first. The five-tool outfielder hit .289/.359/.475 with 10 home runs and 7 stolen bases in 76 games between high Class A, Double-A and Triple-A in 2019.
Jo Adell’s first big league hit. pic.twitter.com/vkSCpPm4OC— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) August 5, 2020
Los Angeles Dodgers
—Dustin May went six innings for the first time in his big league career, striking out eight batters, allowing two runs on three hits and walking one to get the win. The righthander retired the first seven batters he faced, five via strikeout, before allowing an RBI double in the third inning to score a run. He got the next batter to strike out to end the inning, and a solo home run in the fourth inning was the only other blemish on his day. May’s 97-99 mph plus-plus sinker fooled hitters with its movement, and he mixed in his mid-80s curveball, low-90s cutter and changeup to subdue a lineup that ranked first in the majors in runs scored entering the day.
Dustin May.... what 🤯 pic.twitter.com/NYsQhg6GUS— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) August 5, 2020
Jake Cronenworth: Padres 2020 Rookie Of The Year
Jake Cronenworth's dedication to helping his team win was reflected in his offensive production and defensive versatility.
Jesus Luzardo impressed in his first career start, throwing five shutout innings, allowing two hits, walking two batters and striking out five. The lefthander, who is the No. 9 prospect in baseball, attacked hitters with his 95-97 fastball, his mid-80s breaking ball and upper-80s changeup, a 70-grade pitch that looked the part against an overmatched Rangers lineup. Luzardo retired the first six batters and got out of every jam he faced, including a runner in scoring position in the second and fourth inning. Luzardo, who has pitched to a 2.31 ERA in 11.2 innings with 12 strikeouts, eight hits and five walks, should anchor the top of the rotation for years to come.
San Diego Padres
—Jake Cronenworth hit a solo home run to right-center field to extend his hit streak to four games. Cronenworth, the Padres No. 16 prospect, is 6-for-18 with a home run, three RBIs and five runs scored in six games.
—One inning after hitting his first home run, Cronenworth made a great leaping grab at first base to save a Corey Seager base hit.
—A day after his 10-game hit streak ended, Kyle Lewis went 1-for-4 with a run scored and collected his first double in the team's loss to the Angels. The Mariners No. 10 prospect is hitting .375 with three home runs, nine RBIs and seven runs in 12 games.
Toronto Blue Jays
—Blue Jays No. 27 prospect Anthony Alford went 1-for-2 in his second start in the team’s loss to the Braves. Alford collected his first RBI of the season with a single to left field that scored Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The outfielder was later lifted in the seventh inning for a pinch hitter.
—Blue Jays No. 10 prospect Anthony Kay entered the game with bases loaded and no outs in the sixth inning and did not allow a run to score, inducing a double play and later getting a strikeout to end the inning. Kay— who pitched two innings, walking one batter and striking out three—has struck out five batters in 4.2 innings while allowing a run on three hits.
—Carter Kieboom picked up his first RBI of the season with a one-out single in the third inning to score Starlin Castro. The Nationals No. 1 prospect has made four starts this season, going 5-for-12 with four runs scored, an RBI and four walks. Kieboom in his major league debut in 2019 hit .128 with two home runs and two RBIs in 39 at-bats.
|ARI||MAJ||Varsho, Daulton LF-C||4||0||0||0||.000|
|BAL||MAJ||Hays, Austin CF||3||0||2||0||.152||SB (2)|
|COL||MAJ||Hilliard, Sam LF||4||0||1||1||.200|
|CWS||MAJ||Collins, Zack PH-DH||2||0||0||0||.000|
|CWS||MAJ||Madrigal, Nick 2B||1||0||1||0||.294|
|CWS||MAJ||Mendick, Danny 2B||3||1||0||0||.063|
|CWS||MAJ||Robert, Luis CF||4||0||2||0||.354||BB (5), SB (4)|
|HOU||MAJ||Toro, Abraham DH||3||2||0||0||.067|
|KC||MAJ||Heath, Nick PR||0||0||0||0||.000||SB (1)|
|LAA||MAJ||Adell, Jo RF||4||0||1||0||.250|
|LAD||MAJ||Rios, Edwin 1B||1||0||0||0||.250|
|MIA||MAJ||Harrison, Monte CF||3||0||0||0||.000|
|NYM||MAJ||Gimenez, Andres SS||4||0||2||0||.333|
|OAK||MAJ||Murphy, Sean C||3||0||0||0||.150|
|SD||MAJ||Cronenworth, Jake 1B||4||1||1||1||.333||HR (1)|
|SEA||MAJ||Lewis, Kyle CF||4||1||1||0||.375||2B (1)|
|SEA||MAJ||White, Evan 1B||4||0||0||0||.114|
|SF||MAJ||Dubon, Mauricio 2B||3||1||1||0||.240|
|TB||MAJ||Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo 3B||3||1||0||0||.182||BB (4)|
|TEX||MAJ||Solak, Nick 2B||4||0||0||0||.185|
|TOR||MAJ||Alford, Anthony LF||2||0||1||1||.250|
|WAS||MAJ||Kieboom, Carter 3B||3||0||1||1||.417||BB (4)|
|HOU||MAJ||Javier, Cristian||6||4||1||1||1||2||1.42||W (1-0)|
|KC||MAJ||Singer, Brady||5||5||4||4||2||8||4.80||L (0-1)|
|LAD||MAJ||May, Dustin||6||3||2||2||1||8||2.63||W (1-0)|
|MIL||MAJ||Williams, Devin||1||1||1||0||1||3||2.08||L (0-1)|
|SEA||MAJ||Dunn, Justin||4||3||3||3||4||4||6.43||L (0-1)|