Baseball America Prospect Report — Sept. 14, 2020
—Righthander Kyle Wright beat three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer on Sunday evening. Wright pitched six innings, allowed three earned runs, walked two and struck out four in the Braves’ 8-4 win over the Nationals. The two walks were tied for his fewest in a start this season.
—Righthander Ian Anderson threw a gem Saturday, tossing seven shutout innings of one-hit ball with three walks and nine strikeouts against the Nationals. In total, he’s struck out 27 batters in his first 22 career innings.
—Making his second big league start, righthander Dean Kremer stymied the Yankees for five innings. He struck out seven and walked three while allowing one run. He’s faced the Yankees in both of his starts and has a combined line of 11 innings, five hits and two runs allowed, six walks and 14 strikeouts.
Boston Red Sox
—Slugger Bobby Dalbec’s home run streak ended at five games, but he still went 3-for-7 with a walk, a double and an RBI over the weekend. His six home runs, in only 12 games, are already tied with Alex Verdugo for third on the team.
Chicago White Sox
—Nick Madrigal went hitless on Friday, but added two hits and scored a run on Saturday to raise his average to .362 in 58 at-bats this season.
—Jonathan Stiever made his big league debut Sunday against the Tigers and pitched 3.2 innings with two hits and one run allowed, two walks and three strikeouts. The 23-year-old righthander went 10-10, 3.48 at the Class A levels last year in his full-season debut. He was a fifth-round pick out of Indiana in 2018.
—Luis Robert made just one start over the weekend and went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the team’s blowout win over the Tigers on Saturday. The 23-year-old center fielder has struggled of late, with four hits in his last 25 at-bats (.160).
—No. 8 prospect Shogo Akiyama collected a hit and walked once in three at-bats in the team’s win over the Cardinals on Friday. The 32-year-old outfielder then scored and drove in a run on Saturday and added two hits—including a double—on Sunday to raise his average to .226.
—After going hitless in four at-bats on Friday, Jose Garcia collected one hit on Saturday and two more on Sunday to raise his average to .188. The 22-year-old shortstop also drove in his second big league run on an RBI groundout.
—Flame-throwing righthanded reliever James Karinchak struck out the side on Friday for the sixth time this season. The 24-year-old followed that up with his 21st appearance of the season on Sunday, walking two batters in two-thirds of an inning.
—Triston McKenzie pitched 4.1 innings, allowed three hits and five runs, walked on and struck out seven on Sunday. The 23-year-old righthander is 2-1, 3.91 with 33 strikeouts and six walks in 25.1 innings this season.
—Righthander Ryan Castellani pitched 5.2 innings and gave up only one hit and one run allowed in a start against the Angels on Sunday, although he did issue six walks. He took a no-decision and is 1-2, 4.46 in eight appearances (seven starts) this season.
—No. 10 prospect Daz Cameron collected his first big league hit on Friday in the team’s loss to the White Sox, knocking a two-run single in the sixth inning. The 23-year-old outfielder, who was acquired from the Astros as part of the Justin Verlander trade in 2017, hit .214/.330/.377 with 13 home runs and 17 stolen bases at Triple-A Toledo in 2019.
—No. 13 prospect Willi Castro added two more hits over the weekend with a 2-for-11 showing in three games against the White Sox. The 23-year-old shortstop/third baseman is hitting .337/.370/.512 through 86 at-bats to start his career.
Kansas City Royals
—No. 10 prospect Kris Bubic earned his first major league win Friday, pitching five innings of one-run ball, allowing six hits and two walks and striking out six against the Pirates. The 23-year-old lefthander has pitched five or more innings in three consecutive starts with 18 strikeouts and five walks in that span.
—Josh Staumont pitched two innings over the weekend, striking out one and walking one on Friday and allowing two hits in a scoreless inning on Saturday to lower his ERA to 1.80 in 22 appearances. The 26-year-old righthander has struck out 32 and walked 14 over that span.
Los Angeles Angels
—Jared Walsh continued to assert his place as the Angels' first baseman of the future over the weekend. The power-hitting Georgia product hit the game-winning three-run home run in extra innings Saturday over the Rockies and went 2-for-5 against them in a win on Sunday. Walsh has settled into the No. 2 spot in the Angels order between David Fletcher and Mike Trout and is batting .286 with a .975 OPS.
Los Angeles Dodgers
—Brusdar Graterol made his first career start on Sunday and struck out the side in his lone inning of work as an "opener." Graterol lowered his ERA to 3.06 in 18 appearances this season.
— Sixto Sanchez dominated yet again in a win over the Phillies, who traded him to Miami as part of the J.T. Realmuto deal. Sanchez pitched a seven-inning complete game in the opener of a Sunday doubleheader. He allowed just three hits, walked three and struck out four. He has 29 strikeouts against just five walks in his first 32 big league innings.
—Lefthander Braxton Garrett made his big league debut on Sunday, going five innings while allowing one run and striking out six to earn the win against the Phillies in the second game of the doubleheader. Andrew McCutchen, leading off the game, was Garrett’s first big league strikeout.
—No. 17 prospect Devin Williams made two strong appearances in relief over the weekend, striking out two batters and allowing a hit on Friday and striking out two and walking one on Saturday. The 25-year-old righthander is now 3-1, 0.47 with 39 strikeouts and seven walks in 19 innings this season.
—No. 7 prospect Ryan Jeffers crushed his third home run of the season Sunday, a two-run shot in the fifth inning to break up a tie game. The 23-year-old catcher has impressed at the big league level since his promotion on Aug. 20, with 12 hits in 40 at-bats (.300) to go along with six RBIs and five runs.
—Righthander Connor Brogdon pitched 2.1 hitless innings with four strikeouts on Sunday. Brogdon has seven strikeouts over five innings this season.
—Righthander Spencer Howard allowed three earned runs over 3.2 innings against the Marlins. He struck out five while walking two. In all, Howard, the Phillies’ No. 1 prospect, has allowed 16 earned runs over 24.1 innings.
—Third baseman Alec Bohm continued the hot start to his career by going 8-for-17 with a double and home run over the weekend. Overall, Bohm is hitting .330/.381/.500 with nine doubles and three home runs in 106 at-bats since his callup.
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—No. 2 prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes continued to crush the ball in his debut. The 23-year-old third baseman went 2-for-4 with two singles and stole his first base on Friday and added a hit in four at-bats on Saturday. Hayes is batting .344 with a home run and three RBIs since his promotion Sept. 1.
San Diego Padres
—Jake Cronenworth continued his march to the National League Rookie of the Year award Sunday. The 26-year-old second baseman went 2-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored in a doubleheader sweep against the Giants. He is now batting .323 with a .934 OPS this season, best among all qualified major league rookies.
—Rule 5 pick Yohan Ramirez pitched a scoreless inning in relief Sunday to continue his impressive rookie season. The 25-year-old, who was plucked from the Astros system last December, has a 2.70 ERA and three saves in 12 appearances this season.
Tampa Bay Rays
—Yoshitomo Tsutsugo had a solid weekend, going 3-for-11 with two runs, a double and a home run. Even with the hot stretch, Tsutsugo is batting just .198/.319/.422 with seven home runs in 116 at-bats.
Toronto Blue Jays
—Catcher Alejandro Kirk made his big league debut over the weekend and notched his first hit Saturday. Facing Mets reliever, Chasen Shreve, Kirk turned an 82.4 mph splitter into a 106.2 mph line drive just past the shortstop and into left field.