Baseball America Prospect Report — Sept. 2, 2020
—In just two starts righthander Ian Anderson, the Braves No. 3 prospect, has already established himself as the team’s No. 2 starter. There’s not really a lot of tough competition for the role in a very shaky Braves starting rotation, but Anderson has provided much-needed stability. Anderson mixed his fastball, curveball and changeup adroitly—he threw 34 fastballs, 32 changeups and 30 curveballs. Anderson allowed two earned runs in six innings as he gave up six hits and one walk while striking out eight. He’s now 2-0, 2.25.
Boston Red Sox
—Lefty Kyle Hart is having a very rough introduction to the majors. Hart allowed six runs and seven hits (including two home runs) in two innings. This is the third time in four MLB outings that Hart has allowed six or more runs.
Chicago White Sox
—No. 4 prospect Nick Madrigal extended his hit streak to five games with a 1-for-3 effort in the team’s loss to the Twins. The 23-year-old second baseman is 13-for-33 (.394) with three RBIs and a stolen base.
—Jose Garcia went 1-for-4 with a single in the team’s blowout loss to the Cardinals. The Reds No. 7 prospect is 4-for-17 since his promotion on Aug. 26.
—No. 13 prospect Willi Castro went 2-for-5 with two runs, a double and an RBI in the team’s win over the Brewers. The third baseman/shortstop raised his average to .325 with two home runs and six RBIs in 40 at-bats.
—No. 6 prospect Abraham Toro turned in his third multi-hit effort of the season with a 2-for-4 day in the team’s loss to the Rangers. The 23-year-old third baseman, who also scored once, is hitting .167 with three home runs and seven RBIs in 60 at-bats.
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Los Angeles Dodgers
—No. 14 prospect Edwin Rios drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in the team’s win over the Diamondbacks. The 26-year-old third baseman is hitting .250 with three home runs and seven RBIs.
—Third baseman Alec Bohm, the Phillies No. 2 prospect, had an excellent game for the Phillies. Bohm doubled and homered, scoring two runs and driving in two. Bohm’s home run was a 379-footer off Patrick Corbin. He also added a double against Kyle Finnegan.
—No. 2 prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes didn’t wait long to earn his first hit hours after a promotion to the big leagues. The 23-year-old third baseman hit an RBI double in the sixth inning of the team’s loss to the Cubs. Hayes crushed the ball at 108.5 mph off the bat and later scored on an RBI single. Later in the game, Hayes crushed his first home run to center field.
San Francisco Giants
—No. 2 prospect Joey Bart had his first multi-hit game as a big leaguer, collecting three hits in four at-bats in the team’s win over the Rockies. The 23-year-old catcher, who scored twice and drove in one, has eight hits in 36 at-bats.
—Mauricio Dubon went 2-for-5 with a run and two RBIs in the team’s win over the Rockies. The 26-year-old utilityman is hitting .282 with a home run and nine RBIs.
St. Louis Cardinals
—Andrew Knizner went 2-for-2 with a run scored and two RBIs in the team’s win over the Reds. The Cardinals No. 9 prospect entered the game as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning and immediately drove in two runs with a single. The 25-year-old catcher is 4-for-16 with four RBIs.
—Kwang-Hyun Kim pitched five shutout innings, allowing three hits and two walks and striking out four to earn his second win. The 32-year-old lefthander has turned in three straight starts of five or more innings while allowing no earned runs and is 2-0, 0.83 in five appearances (four starts) with 11 strikeouts and six walks in 21.2 innings.
—No. 18 prospect Jonathan Hernandez picked up his fifth win against the Astros, pitching two scoreless innings and allowing two hits.
—One day after his five-game hit streak ended, No. 4 prospect Nick Solak went 2-for-5 with an RBI. The second baseman/outfielder raised his average to .273 with two homers and 14 RBIs.
Toronto Blue Jays
—Righthander Julian Merryweather was effective as an opener for the Blue Jays. Merryweather held the Marlins hitless for two innings, walking one and striking out three. Sitting at 96 mph, Merryweather generated five swings and misses in 31 pitches with a fastball-changeup approach.
|ARI||MAJ||Varsho, Daulton CF||4||0||0||0||.138|
|BAL||MAJ||Mountcastle, Ryan LF||4||0||0||0||.324|
|CHC||MAJ||Hoerner, Nico 2B||1||1||0||0||.214|
|CIN||MAJ||Garcia, Jose SS||4||0||1||0||.235|
|COL||MAJ||Fuentes, Josh 3B||1||0||1||1||.300|
|COL||MAJ||Hilliard, Sam PR-RF||1||0||0||0||.235|
|CWS||MAJ||Madrigal, Nick 2B||3||0||1||0||.394|
|CWS||MAJ||Robert, Luis CF||4||0||0||0||.287|
|DET||MAJ||Castro, Willi 3B||5||2||2||1||.325||2B (2), 3B (1)|
|HOU||MAJ||Toro, Abraham 3B||4||1||2||0||.167|
|LAD||MAJ||Lux, Gavin 2B||3||0||0||0||.118||BB (1)|
|LAD||MAJ||Rios, Edwin 3B||3||0||0||1||.250|
|MIA||MAJ||Chisholm, Jazz SS||0||0||0||0||--|
|MIA||MAJ||Diaz, Lewin 1B||3||0||0||0||.158|
|MIL||MAJ||Taylor, Tyrone PH-CF||1||0||0||0||.000|
|MIN||MAJ||Jeffers, Ryan C||2||0||0||0||.273|
|NYM||MAJ||Gimenez, Andres SS||4||1||1||2||.269||HR (1)|
|NYM||MAJ||Sanchez, Ali C||2||0||0||0||.111||BB (1)|
|PHI||MAJ||Bohm, Alec 3B||4||2||2||2||.314||2B (5), HR (2)|
|PIT||MAJ||Alford, Anthony PR-CF||1||0||0||1||.000|
|PIT||MAJ||Hayes, Ke'Bryan 3B||5||3||2||2||.400||2B (1), HR (1)|
|SF||MAJ||Bart, Joey C||5||2||3||1||.211|
|SF||MAJ||Dubon, Mauricio CF||5||1||2||2||.282||2B (2)|
|STL||MAJ||Elledge, Seth P||0||0||0||0||--|
|STL||MAJ||Knizner, Andrew PH-C||2||1||2||2||.250|
|STL||MAJ||Thomas, Lane CF-RF||5||1||1||0||.125||2B (1), BB (3)|
|TB||MAJ||Arozarena, Randy PH||1||0||0||0||.167|
|TB||MAJ||Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo DH||3||0||0||0||.165|
|TEX||MAJ||Solak, Nick 2B||5||0||2||1||.273|
|TEX||MAJ||Taveras, Leody CF||3||1||0||0||.261||BB (4)|
|TOR||MAJ||McGuire, Reese C||3||0||0||0||.077|
|WAS||MAJ||Garcia, Luis 2B||3||0||1||0||.259||2B (3)|
|ATL||MAJ||Anderson, Ian||6||6||2||2||1||8||2.25||W (2-0)|
|NYM||MAJ||Kilome, Franklyn||3||5||4||4||1||2||7.2||L (0-1)|
|STL||MAJ||Kim, Kwang-Hyun||5||3||0||0||2||4||0.83||W (2-0)|
|TEX||MAJ||Hernandez, Jonathan||2||2||0||0||0||0||1.77||W (5-0)|
|TOR||MAJ||Yamaguchi, Shun||2.2||3||1||1||0||3||4.02||L (1-2)|