Baseball America Prospect Report — Sept. 15, 2020
—Fresh off his re-entry onto the Top 100 Prospects list, Ryan Mountcastle spent the first few innings mauling the Braves. In his first two at-bats, Mountcastle smacked an RBI single (105.3 mph exit velocity) and launched the second of back-to-back home runs with D.J. Stewart (103.7 mph). He added another single later, which checked in with an exit velo identical to his home run.
Chicago White Sox
—No. 4 prospect Nick Madrigal collected a hit and drove in a run on an RBI single in the second inning. The 23-year-old second baseman has collected a hit in 11 of his last 13 games.
—No. 5 prospect Tyler Stephenson hit his second home run of the season, a two-run walk off shot to beat the Pirates in the first game of a doubleheader. The 24-year-old catcher, who has five hits in 11 at-bats and six RBIs, crushed the ball at 97.8 mph off the bat and it traveled 390 feet.
—No. 7 prospect Jose Garcia turned in his second consecutive two-hit game in the first game of a doubleheader, singling twice and scoring once in three at-bats. The 22-year-old shortstop is beginning to heat up, with five hits in his last three games.
—No. 17 prospect Devin Williams pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two, walking one and allowing a hit. The 25-year-old righthander has not allowed an earned run since July 27, a stretch that spans 16 appearances. On the season, Williams has struck out 41 batters in 20 innings while walking eight and allowing six hits.
—Sean Murphy crushed his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot that exited the bat at 105.5 mph, in the team’s loss to the Mariners in the first game of a doubleheader. The 25-year-old catcher has four home runs and eight RBIs in his last eight games.
—Jesus Luzardo struggled against the Mariners, allowing four runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings while striking out seven. The 22-year-old lefthander is 2-2, 4.32 with 52 strikeouts and 14 walks in 50 innings.
—Catcher Rafael Marchan, who finished last season with a stint at high Class A Clearwater, made his big league debut on Monday. In his first at-bat, he notched his first big league hit. The milestone came when Marchan turned a 92 mph fastball into a humpback liner that settled into shallow center field.
—No. 2 prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes crushed his second home run, a two-run shot in the team’s loss to the Reds that left the bat at 100.5 mph and had a launch angle of 27 degrees. The 23-year-old third baseman is hitting .316 with two home runs and five RBIs in 38 at-bats.
—Mitch Keller made his first start in over a month after heading to the injured list on Aug. 2 with left side discomfort and allowed three runs on two hits and four walks over three innings while striking out four.
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San Diego Padres
—Jake Cronenworth collected his 13th double of the season off three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw and added another double in the eighth inning of the Padres' 7-2 win over the Dodgers. The 26-year-old utilityman, who started at first base, leads all rookies with 21 extra-base hits.
—Outfielder Jorge Ona hit the go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning of the Padres’ 7-2 win over the Dodgers. Ona was the only Padres player to get a hit off Clayton Kershaw through the first four innings when he singled in the third and then snapped a 1-1 tie with his bloop double into left field into the seventh. He finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
—Kyle Lewis showed why he’s the frontrunner in the American League Rookie of the Year race, hitting his 10th home run of the season—a two-run shot that exited the bat at 106.8 mph in the team’s come-from-behind win over the Athletics—and robbing a grand slam with a sensational leaping catch. The 25-year-old outfielder, who went 1-for-2 in the second game of a doubleheader, is hitting .295 with 27 RBIs.
St. Louis Cardinals
—Kwang Hyun Kim continues to be excellent since moving to the Cardinals rotation. The 32-year-old lefthander pitched a career-high seven innings in the team’s loss to the Brewers, allowing no runs on three hits and three walks and striking out six. Kim has allowed just one unearned run in 24 innings over his last four starts.
|BAL||MAJ||Hays, Austin LF||4||2||2||0||.224||BB (6)|
|BAL||MAJ||Mountcastle, Ryan DH||5||1||3||3||.382||HR (5)|
|CIN||MAJ||Garcia, Jose SS||3||1||2||0||.208|
|CIN||MAJ||Stephenson, Tyler PH||1||1||1||2||.455||HR (2)|
|CWS||MAJ||Madrigal, Nick 2B||4||0||1||1||.345|
|CWS||MAJ||Robert, Luis CF||3||1||0||0||.248||BB (15)|
|LAD||MAJ||Lux, Gavin 2B||2||0||0||0||.184|
|LAD||MAJ||Rios, Edwin 3B||4||0||0||0||.188|
|MIA||MAJ||Chisholm, Jazz SS-2B||4||0||1||1||.171|
|MIA||MAJ||Harrison, Monte RF||0||0||0||0||.132|
|MIL||MAJ||Taylor, Tyrone RF||0||0||0||0||.263||BB (2)|
|MIN||MAJ||Wade, LaMonte 1B||4||0||1||0||.233||2B (3), BB (4)|
|OAK||MAJ||Brown, Seth 1B||0||0||0||0||.000|
|OAK||MAJ||Heim, Jonah C||3||1||1||1||.292||BB (3)|
|OAK||MAJ||Murphy, Sean C||3||1||1||1||.256||HR (6)|
|PHI||MAJ||Bohm, Alec 3B||4||0||0||0||.343|
|PHI||MAJ||Marchan, Rafael C||3||0||1||0||.333|
|PIT||MAJ||Hayes, Ke'Bryan 3B||4||1||1||2||.316||HR (2)|
|SD||MAJ||Cronenworth, Jake 1B||4||0||2||0||.341||2 2B (13)|
|SD||MAJ||Mateo, Jorge 2B||2||0||0||0||.167|
|SD||MAJ||Ona, Jorge DH||4||1||2||1||.300||2B (1)|
|SEA||MAJ||Lewis, Kyle CF||2||0||1||0||.297||2B (3), BB (29)|
|SEA||MAJ||Walton, Donnie SS||2||0||1||0||.154||CS (1)|
|SEA||MAJ||White, Evan 1B||2||0||0||0||.170||BB (14)|
|STL||MAJ||Thomas, Lane CF-RF||4||0||0||0||.114|
|STL||MAJ||Cabrera, Genesis||1||0||0||0||1||3||3.60||W (4-1)|