Top prospect performers for Thursday May 9


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Here’s a look at Thursday’s top Minor League performers from each team’s Top 30 Prospects list:

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: Patrick Murphy, RHP (No. 18) 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K (Double-A New Hampshire)
A leadoff single in the seventh inning ended Murphy’s no-hit bid, but it was still his best performance of the season, netting him his first win in seven starts. A workhorse starter who logged 152 2/3 innings over 27 starts in 2018, when he garnered Pitcher of the Year honors in the Florida State League, the 23-year-old righty has completed six innings or more on four occasions this season. His ERA sits at 3.72, thanks to a stretch in which he’s given up four earned runs on nine hits over his last 21 frames (three starts). Blue Jays prospects stats »

Orioles: DL Hall, LHP (No. 3, MLB No. 82) 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K (Class A Adv Frederick); Grayson Rodriguez, RHP (No. 5) — 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K (Class A Delmarva)
Baltimore’s first-round picks from the past two Drafts were on full display, as Hall (2017) and Rodriguez (2018) each racked up eight strikeouts while allowing a combined four hits in 9 2/3 innings between their respective affiliates. The 20-year-old Hall entered the game as a piggyback reliever and delivered four dominant frames to seal Frederick’s shutout win against Potomac. He’s totaled 38 strikeouts this season in 22 1/3 innings, allowing almost as many walks (17) as hits (18). Rodriguez, 19, is now 4-0 in five starts for the Shorebirds, who own the best record in the Minors, at 25-5. The right-hander has posted at least five innings with eight strikeouts in each of his wins. Overall, he’s pitched to a 1.04 ERA with 41 strikeouts and a .165 BAA in 26 innings. Orioles prospects stats »

Rays: Nick Solak, 2B/OF (No. 12) 1-for-4, 2B, R (Triple-A Durham)
Solak picked up his third extra-base hit in the past three games and has now scored a run in four straight games for the Bulls. He’s hitting .270/.359/.430 in his first Triple-A campaign, with 19 runs scored in 30 games. Defensively, the 24-year-old has bounced between second base (16 games) and left field (10 games), demonstrating the versatility that the Rays covet at the highest level. Rays prospects stats »

Red Sox: Triston Casas, 1B/3B (No. 2) 3-for-4, HR (6), 4 RBI (Class A Greenville)
That’s four home runs in the last eight games for Casas, the Red Sox’s first-round pick from the 2018 Draft. The 19-year-old corner infielder is batting .367 (11-for-30) with 11 RBIs in the aforementioned eight-game stretch, and his overall season line now sits at .252/.322/.505 through 30 games. Casas appeared in just two games last summer before undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. Red Sox prospects stats »

Yankees: Josh Breaux, C (No. 15) 1-for-4, 2B, RBI (Class A Charleston)
After missing several games recovering from a bruised foot he sustained when he was hit by a pitch on Saturday, Breaux, the Yankees’ second-round pick last June, returned to action to go 1-for-4 with an RBI double as he extended both his hitting and RBI streaks to nine games, respectively. The 21-year-old catcher is hitting .405 (15-for-37) with five home runs and 18 RBIs during the streak, and sports an overall line of .307/.344/.557 on the season, with six homers and 25 doubles in 22 games. Yankees prospects stats »

AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL

Indians: Ernie Clement, SS (No. 15) 2-for-3, HR (1), 3 RBI, 3 R, BB (Double-A Akron)
Making his return from the seven-day injured list, the RubberDucks’ leadoff man reached base three times en route to three runs scored. Clement’s home run, a solo shot in the sixth inning, was his first of the year, and the same goes for his multihit performance. The 23-year-old middle infielder was just 3-for-25 at the plate to begin the season before landing on the IL with a right abductor strain on April 18. Indians prospects stats »

Royals: Khalil Lee, OF (No. 2) 2-for-3, 3B, HR, RBI (Double-A Northwest Arkansas)
Lee hit .245 in a brief 29-game stint at the Double-A level last season and perhaps that experience served as a bit of a springboard for the 20-year-old, who is hitting .272 this season. Lee, a third-round pick (2016), is hitting .333 over his past six games and has two triples and two homers so far this season. Royals prospects stats »

Tigers: Sergio Alcantara, SS (No. 15) 3-for-4, 2 2B, 3 R (Double-A Erie)
The 22-year-old switch-hitting shortstop hit a pair of doubles and scored a team-high three runs from the bottom of Erie’s lineup. It was the second multihit performance in three games for Alcantara, who’s batting .273/.364/.364 so far this season after posting a .271/.335/.333 line in 120 games last season in his first Double-A campaign. Tigers prospects stats »

Twins: Blayne Enlow, RHP (No. 9) 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 6 K (Class A Cedar Rapids)
After giving up 10 earned runs across his two previous starts, Enlow rebounded to complete six innings of four-hit ball without allowing an earned run. In addition to striking out six, the 20-year-old right-hander — Minnesota’s third-round pick from the 2017 Draft — recorded 11 groundouts while throwing 61 of his season-high 95 pitches for strikes. He’s fanned 33 batters in 29 1/3 innings (six starts) overall this season, all while generating nearly three times (2.87, to be exact) as many groundouts as air outs. Twins prospects stats »

White Sox: Jonathan Stiever, RHP (No. 27) 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 8 K (Class A Kannapolis)
A University of Indiana product whom the White Sox took in the fifth round of the 2018 Draft, Stiever recorded his second consecutive seven-inning start as he improved to 3-0 in his last four starts. After a shaky start in his first full season, the 21-year-old righty has gone five straights turns tossing at least five innings without allowing more than two earned runs. He sports a 3.32 ERA through seven starts, with 43 strikeouts and eight walks in 38 innings. White Sox prospects stats »

AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST

A’s: Jorge Mateo, SS (No. 8) 2-for-4, 2B, RBI (Triple-A Las Vegas)
Mateo extended his hitting streak to eight games with another multihit performance, his fourth during his current streak and his 16th out of 32 games this season. Mateo struggled last year, his first full season in the Athletics’ organization as he hit .230 over 131 game, but he’s bounced back in a big way in 2019 and is hitting .344. A’s prospects stats »

Angels: Jose Soriano, RHP (No. 13) 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K; Kevin Maitan, 3B/SS (No. 14) — 2-for-5, HR (3), 2B, 2 R (Class A Burlington)
Soriano turned in the longest outing of his career as the Bees fell three outs short of tossing a combined no-hitter against Dayton. The 20-year-old right-hander struck out nine, a new career high, and walked three, ultimately throwing 52 of his 88 pitches for strikes in the outing. Maitan led off the game with a double and later added his second homer in as many days when he connected on a solo shot in the fifth inning. Playing his first full season, the once highly touted 19-year-old switch-hitter is slashing .207/.273/.302 through 31 games. Angels prospects stats »

Astros: Enoli Paredes, RHP (No. 27) 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 9 K; Cristian Javier, RHP (No. 30) — 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K (Class A Adv Fayetteville)
Paredes, 23, picked up his second win of the season and set a career high with nine strikeouts. The right-hander threw 53 of his 84 pitches for strikes and although the four hits were the most he’d allowed in a start this season, Paredes limited the damage and reduced his ERA to 2.16. Speaking of low ERAs, Javier boats a 0.94 mark after his latest gem. The 22-year-old set a season high for strikeouts and has surrendered one run or fewer in all seven of his appearances (five starts). Astros prospects stats »

Mariners: Kyle Lewis, OF (No. 7) 2-for-4, RBI, R, SB (Double-A Arkansas)
After hitting .241 in April, Lewis is off to a strong start and hitting an even .300 in May. The 23-year-old has put together back-to-back two-hit games and also picked up his second stolen base of the season. In 86 games last season, Lewis stole just one base and his career high is three, set over 49 games in 2017. Mariners prospects stats »

Rangers: Ronny Henriquez, RHP (No. 30) 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K (Class A Hickory)
Henriquez has put together his best two starts in his past two trips to the mound. The 18-year-old, who signed with the Rangers in 2017, threw 38 of his 54 pitches for strikes as he set a season high for strikeouts. Henriquez threw 58 innings (1.55 ERA) in Rookie ball last year and is making his full-season debut this season. Rangers prospects stats »

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves: Freddy Tarnok, RHP (No. 16) 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K (Class A Adv Florida)
Tarnok, the Braves’ third-round pick from the 2017 Draft, had struggled over his past two starts, giving up 12 runs over eight innings, but got back on track and picked up his first win over Jupiter. Tarnok did issue three walks, something that’s been a problem for him this season (18 over 31 innings), but found a way to limit the damage to just the one run. The 20-year-old spent last season with Class A Rome, where he posted a 3.96 ERA over 77 1/3 innings. Braves prospects stats »

Marlins: Jose Devers, SS/2B (No. 12) 2-for-4, BB (Class A Adv Jupiter)
Devers extended his hitting streak to eight games and lifted his average to a ridiculous .370 in the process. The 19-year-old is hitting .467 (14-for-30) over eight games in May. Devers signed with the Yankees in 2016 and the Marlins acquired him via trade in December 2017. He hit .272 over 87 games in his full-season debut last year. Marlins prospects stats »

Mets: Mark Vientos, 3B (No. 2) 1-for-4, HR (2), 2 RBI (Class A Columbia)
Vientos hit his second homer of the season and his first since April 12. The 2017 second-rounder is hitting .227 through 28 games, but the slow start is nothing new. The 19-year-old also got off to a slow start in 2018 before finishing among the Appalachian League leaders with 11 homers (fourth) and 52 RBis (third). Mets prospects stats »

Phillies: Nick Maton, SS (No. 18) 3-for-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB (Class A Adv Clearwater)
Make that three straight multihit games for Maton, the Phillies’ seventh-round pick from the 2017 Draft. Maton is 7-for-11 over the past three games and hitting .280 through 26 games this season. The 22-year-old hit .256 over 114 games in his full-season debut last year. Maton doesn’t have any tools that jump off the page, but he does have the chance to have four at least average tools. Phillies prospects stats »

Nationals: Carter Kieboom, SS/2B (No. 1, MLB No. 23) — 1-for-4, HR (4), 2 RBI, 2 R, BB (Triple-A Fresno); Tim Cate, LHP (No. 5) 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K (Class A Hagerstown)
Playing his first game since being optioned to Triple-A on Tuesday, Keiboom put the Grizzlies ahead for good with a two-run homer in extra innings. The 21-year-old appeared in 11 games with the Nationals, hitting .128 (5-for-39) with two home runs. Cate, the Nationals’ second-round pick from the 2018 Draft, completed six innings with at least seven strikeouts for a third straight start and has now completed six innings in five straight for the Suns. The 21-year-old southpaw is too advanced to still be pitching in the South Atlantic League, where he’s registered a 1.60 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings. Nationals prospects stats »

NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL

Brewers: Mauricio Dubon, SS/2B (No. 5) 2-for-3, HR (3), 2B, RBI, 2 R, BB (Triple-A San Antonio)
Dubon’s solo homer in the first inning put San Antonio on the board and also proved the difference in the Missions’ 5-4 win over New Orleans. It was the first multihit performance in 10 games for the 24-year-old middle infielder, who’s hitting .262/.302/.393 overall, with 10 extra-base hits in 33 games. Brewers prospects stats »

Cubs: Cole Roederer, OF (No. 5) 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R (Class A South Bend)
With two hits including his eighth double of the season already under his belt, Roederer — the No. 77 overall pick in last year’s Draft — provided the Cubs with a key insurance run when he pushed across a run via a groundout in the seventh inning. With a .250/.324/.385 line through 26 games in the Midwest League, the 19-year-old outfielder continues to hold his own this season in the face of a challenging full-season assignment. Cubs prospects stats »

Cardinals: Justin Williams, OF (No. 13) 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R (Double-A Springfield)
Williams’ RBI single in the third inning but Springfield on the board and he later added a double. It was the second multihit effort in three games for the 23-year-old, who got a late start to the season after he suffered a second metacarpal fracture in his right hand after punching a television during the offseason. The Cardinals acquired Williams from the Rays in the Tommy Pham deal at last year’s Trade Deadline. Cardinals prospects stats »

Pirates: Lolo Sanchez, OF (No. 17) 2-for-4, 2B, R (Class A Greensboro)
Sanchez, scored a run and collected two of his team’s five hits as the Grasshoppers fell to red-hot Delmarva, 5-2. After a disappointing introduction to full-season ball in 2018, the 20-year-old center fielder appears to be righting the ship this season, with a .319/.386/.540 line, 14 extra-base hits and 12 steals through 31 games in his return to the South Atlantic League. Pirates prospects stats »

Reds: TJ Friedl, OF (No. 13) 2-for-3, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R, BB, 2 SB (Double-A Chattanooga)
Friedl has reached base six times in his last two games, going 5-for-6 with four extra-base hits (3 2B, 1 3B) and two walks out of the leadoff spot. The 23-year-old outfielder recently returned from a stint on the 7-day IL for right shoulder soreness. He batted .276/.359/.360 over 67 games in the Southern League in 2018. Reds prospects stats »

NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST

D-backs: Alek Thomas, OF (No. 7) 2-for-3, 3B, 2 R, BB (Class A Kane County)
A 2018 second-round pick out of the Illinois prep ranks, Thomas has posted multiple hits in consecutive games for the Cougars after having his hitting streak snapped at 11 games on May 6. Though he only recently turned 19, Thomas is proving advanced beyond his years in full-season ball, hitting .297/.388/.406 over 29 games in the Midwest League. D-backs prospects stats »

Dodgers: Will Smith, C (No. 5) 2-for-3, HR (4), 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB (Triple-A Oklahoma City)
The 24-year-old backstop has tallied five hits in his last two games after he delivered a two-run home run and a double in OKC’s win over Nashville. Known for his raw power and plus defensive behind the plate, the 2016 first-round pick has hit four home runs and doubles apiece this season after a 2018 campaign in which he set career highs in both categories (20 HR, 18 2B). Dodgers prospects stats »

Giants: Shaun Anderson, RHP (No. 4) 5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 5 K (Triple-A Sacramento)
Anderson departed a scoreless game after loading the bases via a single and two walks with one out in the sixth inning, Steven Okert replaced him on the mound and immediately surrendered a first-pitch grand slam to close the book on Anderson’s otherwise strong outing. The 24-year-old righty has allowed more than three earned runs just once in seven starts this season en route to a very respectable 4.11 ERA in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Giants prospects stats »

Padres: Xavier Edwards, SS (No. 12) 3-for-4, R, 2 BB, SB (Class A Fort Wayne)
Edwards has 11 multihit performances in 27 games this season after his latest three-hit effort — one in which he reached base in five of six trips to the plate. The 19-year-old switch-hitter has gotten off to a terrific start in the Midwest League, leading the circuit in average (.370), on-base percentage (.440) and steals (tied-11). Padres prospects stats »

Rockies: Ryan Rolison, LHP (No. 5) 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K (Class A Adv Lancaster)
Rolison has finished six innings in three of four starts since his promotion to the California League, posting a 1.52 ERA over 23 2/3 frames in that span. The 2018 first-rounder (No. 22 overall pick) was bumped up to Lancaster after he had registered a 0.61 ERA and 0.68 WHIP in three starts at Class A Asheville. Overall, the 21-year-old southpaw owns a 1.17 ERA in 38 1/3 innings between the two stops. Rockies prospects stats »

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.



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