Baseball America Prospect Report — Sept. 9, 2020
—Three days after hitting his first big league home run, No. 1 prospect Daulton Varsho added his second with a solo shot that exited the bat at 95 mph. The 24-year-old catcher struggled to begin his big league career, but has begun to heat up, with four hits and two home runs in his last four starts.
—Righthander Kyle Wright continued to struggle, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and two walks over four innings in his team’s loss to the Marlins. Wright allowed three home runs, bringing his total for the season to five in 19 innings.
—Ryan Mountcastle continued his hot start by collecting a two-hit effort against the Mets. He swatted a double and a home run—his fourth of the year—in the O’s runaway win. His latest longball was a 103.5 mph missile just over the wall (and Jake Marisnick’s glove) in dead-center field at Citi Field.
Boston Red Sox
—Bobby Dalbec has power. More accurately, Bobby Dalbec has lots of power. Boston’s No. 2 prospect showed off his carrying tool by swatting homers in both ends of a doubleheader against the Phillies. Both of Tuesday’s home runs were hit at velocities greater than 105 mph. He has five this season, in just nine games.
Chicago White Sox
—No. 4 prospect Nick Madrigal went 2-for-3 with his first two doubles of the season in the team’s loss to the Pirates. The 23-year-old second baseman is hitting .391 with four RBIs in 46 at-bats.
—No. 7 prospect Triston McKenzie struck out seven over five innings in his fourth career start, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk. The 23-year-old righthander led with his plus four-seam fastball that averaged 92.4 mph, inducing four swings and misses. His plus slider was his most effective pitch, however, garnering eight swings and misses. The Top 100 prospect has excelled since his promotion on Aug. 22, pitching to a 2-0, 2.57 mark with 26 strikeouts and five walks in 21 innings.
—No. 18 prospect James Karinchak ended a streak of three consecutive outings allowing at least one run, striking out two in an inning of work. The 24-year-old righthander threw just one fastball, instead relying on his plus breaking ball for four swings and misses.
—Another day brings yet another multi-hit game for No. 13 prospect Willi Castro. The 23-year-old shortstop/third baseman raised his average to .364 and extended his hit streak to five games with a 2-for-3 effort and an RBI in the team’s win over the Brewers. Castro is 13-for-31 (.419) with a home run and eight RBIs in September.
—In his first big league game, No. 26 prospect Sergio Alcantara crushed his first home run. In an encore performance on Tuesday, he knocked a triple with an exit velocity of 97.1 mph to right field.
—No. 20 prospect Enoli Paredes picked up his second win of the season, pitching two-thirds of an inning, allowing a hit, walking two and striking out one.
Los Angeles Angels
—No. 24 prospect Jared Walsh hit his second home run of the season, a solo shot, in the team’s loss to the Rangers. The 27-year-old first baseman is hitting .194 with five RBIs in 31 at-bats.
Los Angeles Dodgers
—No. 1 prospect Gavin Lux crushed a solo home run, his first of the season, off the bat at 96.5 mph in the team’s loss to the Diamondbacks. The 22-year-old second baseman also added an RBI single in the seventh inning and later scored on a double before hitting a three-run homer in the 10th to seal the Dodgers' extra-innings victory. Lux is hitting .219 with two home runs and five RBIs.
—No. 14 prospect Edwin Rios walked twice and drove in two runs on a two-run double in the seventh inning. The 26-year-old third baseman is hitting .214 with three home runs and nine RBIs.
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—Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but Sixto Sanchez is really good. The righthander dominated against the Braves, who stacked their lineup with righthanders in an effort to neutralize Sanchez’s filthy changeup. Even so, Sanchez cut through the Braves with a series of mostly upper-90s heaters and slurvy sliders. In all, he whiffed six in six shutout innings while allowing just a walk and three hits.
—No. 15 prospect Randy Dobnak struggled in the team’s loss to the Cardinals, lasting just 2.2 innings while allowing five runs on two hits and two walks. It was the second shortest regular-season start for the 25-year-old righthander, who struck out two. Two bad starts have stained an otherwise impressive resume for Dobnak, who is 6-3, 3.61 with 23 strikeouts and 12 walks in 42.1 innings.
—No. 7 prospect Ryan Jeffers added another hit, a single, and walked once. The 23-year-old catcher has 10 hits in 35 at-bats and has reached base three times via walk.
—Third baseman Alec Bohm continued to impress in his rookie season. The 24-year-old went 3-for-4 in the first game of his team’s doubleheader with the Red Sox and collected a season-high four RBIs in the process. Tuesday was Bohm’s third three-hit game of the year and second this month. His final hit drove home two runs and won the game, walkoff-style.
—No. 2 prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes went 1-for-3 with a run, an RBI and a walk in the team’s win over the White Sox. The 23-year-old third baseman collected his second triple in 21 at-bats and is hitting .381 with a home run and three RBIs.
San Francisco Giants
—No. 11 prospect Mauricio Dubon went 2-for-3 and hit his second home run, a two-run shot, in the team's win over the Mariners. The 26-year-old utilityman is hitting .282 with two home runs and 13 RBIs.
St. Louis Cardinals
—No. 4 prospect Genesis Cabrera picked up his third win in relief, striking out one and walking one in a scoreless inning of work. The 23-year-old lefthander averaged 96.8 mph on his plus fastball and mixed in his mid-80s breaking ball for two swings and misses. Cabrera is 3-1, 2.70 with 19 strikeouts in 13.1 innings, but has struggled with poor control, walking 10 batters.
—No. 4 prospect Nick Solak went 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in the team’s win over the Angels. The 25-year-old second baseman/outfielder is hitting .279 with two home runs and 17 RBIs in 147 at-bats.
—Third baseman Carter Kieboom went 1-for-3 with a double, a run and an RBI in the Nationals’ win over Tampa Bay. He’s collected hits in three of four games since returning from a demotion to the team’s alternate training site.
|ARI||MAJ||Varsho, Daulton C||4||1||1||1||.151||HR (2)|
|BAL||MAJ||Mountcastle, Ryan LF||5||1||2||2||.385||2B (3), HR (4)|
|BOS||MAJ||Dalbec, Bobby 1B||4||1||2||3||.250||HR (5)|
|BOS||MAJ||Grullon, Deivy C||3||0||1||1||.333||BB (1)|
|CIN||MAJ||Garcia, Jose SS||3||0||0||0||.129|
|COL||MAJ||Fuentes, Josh PH-3B||1||0||0||0||.375|
|COL||MAJ||Hilliard, Sam PH-RF||1||0||1||0||.238|
|CWS||MAJ||Madrigal, Nick 2B||3||0||2||0||.381||2 2B (2), BB (2)|
|CWS||MAJ||Robert, Luis CF||4||0||1||0||.259|
|DET||MAJ||Alcantara, Sergio 3B-2B||4||0||1||0||.286||3B (1)|
|DET||MAJ||Castro, Willi SS||3||0||2||1||.349|
|DET||MAJ||Hill, Derek CF||1||0||0||0||.000|
|DET||MAJ||Paredes, Isaac PR-3B||2||0||0||0||.167|
|HOU||MAJ||Toro, Abraham 3B||2||0||0||1||.150||BB (3)|
|KC||MAJ||Olivares, Edward CF-RF||4||0||1||0||.364|
|LAA||MAJ||Adell, Jo RF||3||0||0||0||.176||BB (7)|
|LAA||MAJ||Walsh, Jared 1B||4||1||1||1||.194||HR (2)|
|LAD||MAJ||Lux, Gavin 2B||5||3||3||5||.226||2 HR (2), BB (5)|
|LAD||MAJ||Rios, Edwin 3B||4||1||1||2||.209||2B (4), 2 BB (3)|
|MIA||MAJ||Chisholm, Jazz 2B||4||1||0||0||.063||BB (1), SB (1)|
|MIA||MAJ||Harrison, Monte PR-RF||0||1||0||0||.129|
|MIL||MAJ||Taylor, Tyrone LF||1||0||0||0||.125|
|MIN||MAJ||Jeffers, Ryan C||1||0||1||0||.286||BB (3)|
|MIN||MAJ||Rooker, Brent RF||3||1||1||2||.278||HR (1)|
|MIN||MAJ||Wade, LaMonte CF||3||0||0||0||.259|
|NYM||MAJ||Gimenez, Andres 2B||3||0||1||0||.302|
|OAK||MAJ||Heim, Jonah C||2||0||0||0||.273||BB (2)|
|OAK||MAJ||Murphy, Sean C||2||0||0||0||.231||BB (14)|
|PHI||MAJ||Bohm, Alec 3B||2||0||0||0||.321|
|PIT||MAJ||Hayes, Ke'Bryan 3B||3||1||1||1||.381||3B (2), BB (2)|
|SD||MAJ||Cronenworth, Jake PH-SS||1||0||0||0||.331|
|SD||MAJ||Mateo, Jorge 2B||1||0||0||0||.182|
|SD||MAJ||Ona, Jorge RF||1||0||0||0||.000|
|SEA||MAJ||Lewis, Kyle CF||5||0||2||0||.315||SB (3)|
|SEA||MAJ||White, Evan 1B||4||1||2||0||.190|
|SF||MAJ||Bart, Joey C||4||1||1||0||.278|
|SF||MAJ||Basabe, Luis Alexander LF||0||0||0||0||--|
|SF||MAJ||Dubon, Mauricio CF||3||1||1||2||.273||HR (2)|
|STL||MAJ||Thomas, Lane PR-RF||0||0||0||0||.130|
|TB||MAJ||Arozarena, Randy LF||3||1||0||0||.400|
|TB||MAJ||Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo 3B||4||0||1||1||.182||2B (3)|
|TEX||MAJ||Solak, Nick DH||3||1||1||1||.282|
|TEX||MAJ||Taveras, Leody CF||5||1||1||0||.213||2B (2)|
|TEX||MAJ||Tejeda, Anderson 2B||3||0||0||0||.200||BB (1)|
|TOR||MAJ||Espinal, Santiago SS||3||0||1||0||.240||2B (3)|
|WAS||MAJ||Kieboom, Carter 3B||3||1||1||1||.197||2B (1)|
|ATL||MAJ||Wright, Kyle||4||7||5||5||2||4||8.05||L (0-4)|
|HOU||MAJ||Paredes, Enoli||0.2||1||0||0||2||1||3.45||W (2-1)|
|MIA||MAJ||Sanchez, Sixto||6||3||0||0||1||6||1.80||W (2-1)|
|MIN||MAJ||Dobnak, Randy||2.2||2||5||5||2||2||2.61||L (6-2)|
|SEA||MAJ||Misiewicz, Anthony||1||1||1||1||0||2||4.02||L (0-2)|
|STL||MAJ||Cabrera, Genesis||1||0||0||0||1||1||2.92||W (3-1)|
|TOR||MAJ||Yamaguchi, Shun||2||3||1||1||1||3||3.92||W (2-2)|