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Prospect Report: Ryne Nelson, Hunter Brown Dazzle In Major League Debuts



Ryne Nelson, RHP, D-backs – Nelson’s major league debut was one to remember. The 24-year-old righthander pitched seven shutout innings with four hits allowed, no walks and seven strikeouts in his first big league start to lead the D-backs to a 7-0 win over the Padres on Monday. After allowing a double to Jurickson Profar to lead off the bottom of the first, Nelson retired his next 17 batters to take a one-hit shutout into the sixth. He needed only 87 pitches to complete seven innings and earn his first big league win.

Hunter Brown, RHP, Astros – Brown’s highly anticipated major league debut went about as well as one could hope for. The flame-throwing righthander pitched six scoreless innings with three hits allowed, one walk and five strikeouts in his first big league start to earn the win in the Astros 1-0 win over the Rangers. Brown dominated with a fastball that averaged 96 mph and touched 98 and a low-90s slider that peaked at 95.7 mph—the hardest slider thrown this year by any pitcher aside from Mets ace Jacob deGrom.

CJ Abrams, SS, Nationals – The top prospect the Nationals received in the trade for Juan Soto is starting to find his form. Abrams went 4-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored to lead the Nationals to a 6-0 win over the Cardinals on Monday. He is now 9-for-23 (.391) with seven runs scored in his last seven games.

Adley Rutschman, C, Orioles – Rutschman continues to make a late push for American League rookie of the year. The rookie backstop went 5-for-9 with a home run and two RBIs across both games of a doubleheader against the Blue Jays on Monday. With the performance, Rutschman elevated his OPS to .813 – surpassing Mariners center fielder Julio Rodriguez for the highest OPS among qualified AL rookies.

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERABRHRBIAVGNOTES
ARIMAJ#3Alek Thomas, OF30120.2562B (25),
ARIMAJ#4Geraldo Perdomo, SS41100.1872B (9),
ARIMAJ#15Jake McCarthy, OF31100.323BB (37), 2 SB (25), E (3),
ARIMAJ#30Emmanuel Rivera, 3B40000.255
BALMAJ#1Adley Rutschman, C51320.2632B (31), HR (13),
BALMAJ#1Adley Rutschman, C41200.263
BALMAJ#4Gunnar Henderson, SS40100.298
BALMAJ#4Gunnar Henderson, SS40100.298
BALMAJ#7Kyle Stowers, OF41200.266
BALMAJ#7Kyle Stowers, OF10000.266
BOSMAJ#2Triston Casas, 1B40000.281
CLEMAJ#1Tyler Freeman, SS41110.270
CLEMAJ#13Richard Palacios, 2B10000.267
CLEMAJ#27Steven Kwan, OF40200.291BB (50),
COLMAJ#2Michael Toglia, 1B30000.249BB (62),
CWSMAJ#15Romy Gonzalez, SS31100.249
DETMAJ#1Riley Greene, OF30000.256BB (31),
DETMAJ#2Spencer Torkelson, 1B30100.2062B (18), BB (54),
DETMAJ#7Ryan Kreidler, SS30000.213
DETMAJ#17Kody Clemens, 2B10000.236
HOUMAJ#2Jeremy Pena, SS40100.243
KCMAJ#1Bobby Witt, SS41000.246BB (25),
KCMAJ#3M.J. Melendez, C41110.212BB (66),
KCMAJ#4Nick Pratto, 1B50100.224
KCMAJ#4Drew Waters, OF41220.2632B (16), HR (13),
KCMAJ#6Kyle Isbel, OF20000.218
KCMAJ#15Michael Massey, 2B31000.297BB (39), SB (16),
KCMAJ#35Nathan Eaton, 3B20100.282SB (27),
LADMAJ#3Miguel Vargas, 3B40100.301
MILMAJ#4Garrett Mitchell, OF40000.273SB (18),
MINMAJ#5Jose Miranda, 3B40100.270
MINMAJ#19Gilberto Celestino, OF20100.241BB (23), SB (2),
NYYAAA#1Anthony Volpe, SS50310.257
NYYMAJ#8Oswaldo Cabrera, 2B30000.246
NYYAAA#20Josh Breaux, C40000.217
SEAMAJ#1Julio Rodriguez, OF40200.273
SFMAJ#33David Villar, 3B22220.257HR (29),
STLMAJ#2Nolan Gorman, 3B30000.261
STLMAJ#6Lars Nootbaar, OF40000.234
TBAAA#2Josh Lowe, OF40000.264BB (47),
TBAAA#8Xavier Edwards, 2B41000.272
TBAAA#29Alika Williams, SS30000.250
TBAAA#37Miles Mastrobuoni, 3B51410.3003B (3),
TEXMAJ#4Ezequiel Duran, 2B30100.280
TEXMAJ#32Bubba Thompson, OF30100.297CS (4), E (3),
WASMAJ#1Keibert Ruiz, C31210.256HR (7), 2 BB (30),
WASMAJ#1CJ Abrams, SS52400.2693B (2),
WASMAJ#30Josh Palacios, OF51100.285
Astros

2023 Houston Astros Top 10 Prospects Chat

Geoff Pontes hosted a chat to discuss the Astros system. You can read the transcript here.

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERIPHRERBBKERANOTES
ARIMAJ#6Ryne Nelson, RHP7.0400075.12W (11-5)
BALMAJ#3D.L. Hall, LHP0.1433105.01
BALMAJ#11Michael Baumann, RHP5.0833024.20L (3-9)
COLMAJ#29Justin Lawrence, RHP0.2222003.88
COLMAJ#36Ryan Feltner, RHP5.1544175.01L (7-8)
DETMAJ#17Kody Clemens, 2B1.0311014.50
DETMAJ#38Garrett Hill, RHP1.0322113.55
HOUMAJ#3Hunter Brown, RHP6.0300152.25W (10-4)
KCMAJ#29Collin Snider, RHP1.0100015.94
LAAMAJ#38Andrew Wantz, RHP1.0000122.89
LADMAJ#22Justin Bruihl, LHP2.0311013.91
NYYMAJ#30Greg Weissert, RHP1.1000222.65W (4-1)
SDMAJ#21Steven Wilson, RHP1.0111013.20
SEAMAJ#29Penn Murfee, RHP1.0100122.29
SFMAJ#12Camilo Doval, RHP1.0100022.68Sv (20)
STLMAJ#12Zack Thompson, LHP1.0100103.97
STLMAJ#16Andre Pallante, RHP0.1444103.21
TBMAJ#24Calvin Faucher, RHP1.0100224.42W (5-6)
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