Top prospect performers for Thursday July 18

Here’s a look at Thursday’s top Minor League performers from each team’s Top 30 Prospects list: AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST Blue Jays: Griffin Conine, OF (No. 14) — 2-for-3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI (Class A Lansing)Conine continued his recent power surge and brought his season total up to 13 homers, a career high. The 22-year-old, a Duke product, has now homered in four of his past 10 games, including two of the past three. Conine’s power is nothing new as he led the Cape Cod league with nine homers while he…

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Mike Trout closer to returning from calf strain

ANAHEIM — Angels center fielder Mike Trout said he expects to rejoin the lineup on Thursday against the Astros after missing three games with a right calf strain, including Wednesday’s game at Angel Stadium. Trout met with team doctors on Wednesday to get a better sense of the calf strain, ANAHEIM — Angels center fielder Mike Trout said he expects to rejoin the lineup on Thursday against the Astros after missing three games with a right calf strain, including Wednesday’s game at Angel Stadium. Trout met with team doctors on…

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Angels defeat Astros for 5th straight win

ANAHEIM — Even with Mike Trout out with a strained right calf and fellow All-Star Tommy La Stella out until September with a broken left tibia, the Angels’ offense just keeps on rolling. The Angels scored at least six runs for a sixth straight game, keyed by a six-run first ANAHEIM — Even with Mike Trout out with a strained right calf and fellow All-Star Tommy La Stella out until September with a broken left tibia, the Angels’ offense just keeps on rolling. The Angels scored at least six runs…

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Mike Trout expects to return from calf strain soon

ANAHEIM — Angels center fielder Mike Trout was held out of the starting lineup with a right calf strain for a second straight game on Tuesday, but he’s optimistic he could return as soon as Wednesday against the Astros. Trout, who sustained the injury while playing center field on Sunday, ANAHEIM — Angels center fielder Mike Trout was held out of the starting lineup with a right calf strain for a second straight game on Tuesday, but he’s optimistic he could return as soon as Wednesday against the Astros. Trout,…

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Prospect Team of the Week for Week 14

MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible. Since signing with the Mariners for $854,000 as a third-rounder last summer at the deadline, Cal Raleigh has been one of the most productive catchers in professional baseball. He has batted .270/.346/.535 with 30 home runs in 120 games and currently tops the Class A Advanced California League with 22 dingers. Raleigh has heated up in July,…

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Top prospect performers for Sunday July 14

Here’s a look at Sunday’s top Minor League performers from each team’s Top 30 Prospects list: AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST Blue Jays: Eric Pardinho, RHP (No. 4, No. 98 in MLB) — 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K (Class A Lansing)The young Pardinho was shut down to begin the season with right elbow concerns, but since his return to the bump, he’s been strong for the Lugnuts. The 18-year-old hurler dropped his ERA to a crisp 1.93 after five innings of scoreless work against the Kernels. His…

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Top prospect performers for Saturday July 13

Here’s a look at Saturday’s top Minor League performers from each team’s Top 30 Prospects list: AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST Blue Jays: Kevin Smith, SS/3B (No. 5) — 3-for-5, 2 R, 2B, HR (Double-A New Hampshire)Smith appears to be in the midst of a much-needed power surge. After slugging two homers on Friday, he went deep again for the Fisher Cats on Saturday and added a double to his two-day tear. The University of Maryland product has above-average power potential, as his .528 slugging percentage in 2018 can attest to, but…

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No Hitter | Los Angeles Angels

There’s nothing quite like the buzz around a ballpark when a pitcher has finished six or seven innings without allowing a hit. By the start of the ninth inning, just about every fan at the park is on their feet hoping to see a piece of history. Players on both sides are just as tense as the fans. Even the announcers are afraid to jinx it. “When you go through the order one time through, you know you have something going,” Max Scherzer said in 2015 after he became just…

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