Baseball America Prospect Report — Sept. 21, 2020
—Righthander Ian Anderson turned in his first iffy start of the year against the Mets. Anderson, the Braves’ top pitching prospect, struck out eight but allowed three earned runs on four hits and four walks.
—Outfielder/first baseman Pavin Smith continued his solid start to his big league career, going 2-for-4 with a run scored in the D-backs’ 3-2 loss to the Astros on Sunday. Smith, the seventh overall pick in the 2017 draft, has at least one hit in six of his first seven career games.
—Righty Hunter Harvey pitched 1.1 scoreless innings over the weekend against the Rays. He struck out a pair, giving him five whiffs in 7.2 innings this year.
Boston Red Sox
—Righthander Tanner Houck, making his second career start and first at Fenway Park, stymied the Yankees over six innings. He allowed just one hit, struck out four and walked three while permitting just one unearned run.
—Powerful rookie Bobby Dalbec socked another dinger over the weekend, bringing his total to seven in 61 at-bats (albeit with 32 strikeouts). He is just four homers behind Rafael Devers for the team lead.
Chicago White Sox
—No. 4 prospect Nick Madrigal tallied five hits in 10 at-bats, driving in a run and walking once in the team’s series against the Reds.
—Luis Robert went hitless in 10 at-bats, lowering his average to .100 in 60 at-bats in September. The 23-year-old center fielder is likely to finish a distant second to Mariners outfielder Kyle Lewis in the American League Rookie of the Year race.
—Matt Foster picked up his fifth win on Saturday, striking out two in two scoreless innings. The 25-year-old righthander has been excellent for Chicago’s bullpen, pitching to a 5-0, 1.88 mark with 28 strikeouts and six walks in 24 innings.
—Tejay Antone made another multi-inning appearance out of the bullpen, striking out two and walking one in 2.1 innings on Friday. The 26-year-old righthander has pitched well in every role he’s had, with a 2.56 ERA in 11 appearances (four starts) to go along with 39 strikeouts and 16 walks in 31.2 innings.
—Top 100 prospect Triston McKenzie allowed a run on six hits and three walks in four innings of work, striking out three along the way. The 23-year-old righthander is 2-1, 3.68 with 36 strikeouts and nine walks in 29.1 innings.
—First baseman Josh Fuentes continued his scorching stretch by going 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the Rockies’ 6-3 win over the Dodgers on Sunday. After getting his first taste of the majors last year, the former Triple-A Pacific Coast League MVP is batting .348 with an .872 OPS this year and has moved up the No. 5 spot in the Rockies order.
—No. 13 prospect Willi Castro collected two hits in 11 at-bats this weekend against the Indians. Acquired in a 2018 trade deadline deal from the Indians for outfielder Leonys Martin and righthander Kyle Dowdy, Castro has excelled at the big league level this season with a .330/.364/532 slash line, four home runs and 17 RBIs in 109 at-bats.
—No. 6 prospect Isaac Paredes extended his hit streak to seven games, collecting three hits in nine at-bats and driving in a run. The 21-year-old third baseman is hitting .203 with a home run and six RBIs in 79 at-bats.
Los Angeles Angels
— First baseman Jared Walsh extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the sixth inning of the Angels’ 7-2 loss to the Rangers. The 27-year-old is batting .315 with a 1.022 OPS and has solidified himself as the Angels first baseman of the present and future.
—Electric rookie Sixto Sanchez got touched up for the first time in his young career. The Nationals got to the former Phillies prospect who was dealt as the centerpiece of the J.T. Realmuto deal. He allowed five runs in just four innings. To illustrate his previous dominance, he’d allowed just six runs in his previous 32 innings.
—Drew Rasmussen on Friday earned his first career win, striking out two, allowing a hit and a walk in an inning of work. The 25-year-old righthander, who pitched a scoreless inning on Saturday, has struck out 16 and walked seven in 13.2 innings.
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New York Mets
—Lefty David Peterson turned in the best start of his career, striking out 10 in a win over the Braves on Sunday. He allowed just one run on three hits while walking four. The outing was his first with double-digit strikeouts and gave him 36 whiffs over 42.2 innings in his rookie season.
New York Yankees
—Deivi Garcia, stellar to this point in his rookie season, got hit around by the Red Sox on Sunday. The righthander, who ranks as New York’s No. 3 prospect, was touched for six runs (all earned) on eight hits in three innings at Fenway Park. He struck out two and walked one.
—Righthander Connor Brogdon spun 1.2 scoreless over the weekend. He allowed a hit, walked two and struck out a pair. For the season, Brogdon has whiffed 10 in 7.1 innings.
—Catcher Rafael Marchan slugged a three-run home run over the weekend. Not only was it the first blast of his season, it was the first of his professional career, which spans 771 at-bats. Marchan has moved into the backup role while starter J.T. Realmuto has been on the shelf.
—Third baseman Alec Bohm continued his sizzling rookie campaign with a strong weekend. The team’s top hitting prospect went 5-for-10 with a pair of RBIs, three walks and a stolen base. For the season, he is hitting .331/.389/.496 with 10 doubles, four home runs and 22 RBIs.
—Ke’Bryan Hayes continued his blistering rookie campaign, collecting a two-run single on Friday in three at-bats in the first game of a doubleheader. After the 23-year-old third baseman went hitless in three at-bats in the second game of the doubleheader, he crushed a solo homer to dead center on Saturday and collected a double in four at-bats.
San Francisco Giants
—Mauricio Dubon continued his hot streak by going 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI in the Giants 14-2 rout of the A’s on Sunday. Dubon, the Giants No. 10 prospect entering the year, has seven multi-hit efforts in his last 19 games and is now batting .292 with a .347 on-base percentage this season.
St. Louis Cardinals
—Fresh off a promotion to the big leagues on Friday, Dylan Carlson crushed his second homer, a three-run shot that left the bat at 107.4 mph—marking the second-hardest hit ball of his career. The 21-year-old outfielder added another RBI on Saturday and tallied a hit in four at-bats Sunday to raise his average to .176 in 85 at-bats.
—Kwang Hyun Kim struggled as a starter for the first time this season on Saturday, allowing four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four in 5.1 innings. The 32-year-old lefthander is 2-0, 1.59 with 21 strikeouts and 10 walks in 34 innings.
Tampa Bay Rays
—Righthander Kyle Cody picked up his first career win with five innings and one run allowed against the Angels on Sunday. Cody, a sixth-round pick from Kentucky in 2016, allowed three hits, walked none and struck out five.
Toronto Blue Jays
—Righthander Patrick Murphy made his big league debut after persevering through a litany of injuries and a delivery that was deemed illegal. In 1.1 innings, Murphy, drafted by the Blue Jays in the third round in 2013, struck out three, allowed a hit and walked one.
—Yadiel Hernandez, the 32-year-old Cuban rookie, got his first big league hit in a loss to the Marlins on Sunday. Hernandez had been pinch-hitting for Carter Kieboom, who graduated from prospect consideration earlier in the day. Hernandez’s hit, a double, came off of Marlins closer Brandon Kintzler.
—Infielder Luis Garcia brought his average up to .311 with a stellar weekend. He went 6-for-11 with a double, a run and an RBI. For the season, Garcia, still just 20 years old, is at .311/.330/.415.