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Roman Anthony, OF, Red Sox: After a brief hiatus at High-A Greenville, the surging Red Sox prospect returned to action over the weekend and didn’t miss a beat. In three games, he went 6-for-10 with a triple and two home runs. After hitting just one homer in his time at Low-A, Anthony has already swatted seven at High-A.
Christian Encarnacion-Strand, 3B, Reds: Cincinnati’s current youth movement has done wonders for the Reds’ big league club, but there’s more help on the way. Encarnacion-Strand is one of their remaining pieces on the farm, and this past weekend he showed what he can do. He clubbed a pair of home runs in a dozen at-bats, bringing his season total to an even 20 this season at Triple-A Louisville.
Carson Williams, SS, Rays: There’s little doubt about Williams’ chances to stick as a big league shortstop. He’s an excellent defender with a weapons-grade arm hanging from his right shoulder. His questions revolve more around what he’ll do in the batter’s box. Even so, scouts believe he might be one of the more powerful shortstop prospects in the minors. He lived up to that billing over the weekend, swatting a pair of home runs for High-A Bowling Green. He has 13 homers this season, just six off his total from 2022.
Chase DeLauter, OF, Guardians: A year ago at this time, DeLauter was hearing his name called with the 16th overall pick in the draft. Unfortunately, until very recently, that was the high point of his career. A pair of foot injuries kept him on the injured list both last season and then again this year before he got into rehab games in June. He moved up to High-A Lake County recently and has quickly made up for lost time. The lefthanded slugger went 7-for-10 over the weekend including four doubles. Overall, eight of his first 15 hits have gone for extra bases.
Marcos Torres, OF, Rangers: A great deal of the hype on the Rangers’ team in the Arizona Complex League is going to go to 17-year-old sensation Sebastian Walcott, but don’t forget about Torres. The 18-year-old broke out the power swing over the weekend with two three-run homers in one game. Torres’ outburst tripled his home run total for the season and brought him halfway to the mark he achieved in 2022 in the DSL.
Mason Black, RHP, Giants: Black is white hot. The righthander has been especially stingy lately, including an excellent start over the weekend that included nine strikeouts in four innings with just one earned run. Since June 1, the righthander from Lehigh University has been ridiculously good. In that time, he’s gone 1-1, 1.19 and has allowed just 15 hits in 30.1 innings. He’s walked just seven in that span and racked up 42 strikeouts.