MLB Prospect Summer Camp Roundup: July 21
—OF Austin Hays went 2 for 4 with a run scored out of the leadoff spot in a rain-shortened 6-4 exhibition loss to the Nationals. All indications are the Orioles No. 4 prospect will be their starting center fielder and leadoff hitter.
—LHP Nick Lodolo lasted only 1.1 innings in his start against the Tigers. The Reds’ No. 3 prospect allowed eight hits and five runs, including back-to-back-to-back home runs in the second inning, in only 35 pitches.
—OF Shogo Akiyama hit a two-run double and finished with three RBIs out of the leadoff spot.
—3B/1B Abraham Toro, the Astros No. 6 prospect, went 2-for-2 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in Houston’s 15-6 exhibition win over the Royals. Toro made his major league debut last year and is in line for an expanded role this season.
Kansas City Royals
—RHP Jackson Kowar got roughed up by the Astros. The Royals No. 3 prospect allowed five hits and five runs, walked two and hit a batter in two innings of relief.
Los Angeles Dodgers
—RHP Josiah Gray started against the Angels and pitched 3.2 innings, gave up three hits and two runs, walked one and struck out two. The Dodgers No. 6 prospect held Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and Albert Pujols hitless in six combined plate appearances.
—INF/OF Zach McKinstry homered in his lone at-bat against the Angels The Dodgers No. 21 prospect hit well in spring training before camps shut down and has carried it over to summer camp as he moves closer to his ML debut.
—OF Jesus Sanchez hit a 416 foot home run that left the bat at 101.9 mph in the Marlins’ exhibition game against the Braves. The No. 58 prospect on the BA Top 100 struggled after his promotion to Triple-A last year, but has a chance to make his debut this year in Miami’s outfield.
—OF Leody Taveras continued his hot preseason with a single in his lone at-bat against the Rockies. Despite only 65 career games above the Class A levels, the Rangers No. 3 prospect is making a case for the Opening Day roster with his summer camp performance.
Toronto Blue Jays
—RHP Nate Pearson got the start against the Red Sox at Fenway Park and pitched 3.2 innings, allowed five hits and four runs, walked two and struck out five. The Jays’ top prospect gave up all four runs in the first inning, including a three-run homer to Mitch Moreland, before settling in and retiring eight of his final 11 hitters, including the final three via strikeout.