August 4, 2016
Minor League Update
Games of Wednesday, August 3rd
Prospect of the Day:
Dylan Cozens, OF, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 4-for-5, 4 R, 3B, 3 HR, SB.
Others of Note
Josh Hader, LHP, Brewers (Triple-A Colorado Springs): 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K. I’ve said this six times before but it bears repeating: When Hader throws strikes, his stuff competes with that of (almost) anyone.
D.J. Peterson, 1B, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 5-for-5, 2 R, 2B, HR. Peterson’s homer was of the inside-the-park variety, which is always fun. After a disastrous 2015 campaign, he’s responded pretty nicely in 2016.
Lewis Brinson, OF, Brewers (Triple-A Colorado Springs): 2-for-4, HR, K. Since joining the Brewers organization, he’s hitting .750. Milwaukee wins the trade.
Dominic Smith 1B, Mets (Double-A Binghamton): 3-for-4, R, 2B, K. The Mets made this young man basically untouchable at the trade deadline, so New York wins the trade deadline.
Ryan Yarbrough, LHP, Mariners (Double-A Jackson): 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. He’s no longer the Mariners fifth-best prospect like we listed him in the winter, but that’s more due to developments/draft picks than anything Yarbrough hasn’t done. He’s still got a chance to be a good starting pitcher.
Jake Junis, RHP, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K. With so many Royals pitchers struggling on the farm in 2016, Junis has been a revelation, showing two plus pitches and excellent control.
Trevor Clifton, RHP, Cubs (High-A Myrtle Beach): 7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. Slowly but surely, Clifton has become one of the Cubs best pitching prospects, missing plenty of bats with a plus fastball and above-average curve.
Zack Collins, C, White Sox (High-A Winston-Salem): 3-for-4, 2B. 3-for-4, R, 2B. Collins was one of the most advanced bats coming out this year’s draft, so it’s no surprise that he’s handling Carolina League pitching.
Dillon Peters, LHP, Marlins (HIgh-A Jupiter): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. Peters has an out pitch in his curveball, and although nothing else flashes more than average, he has a chance to start because of his ability to locate his arsenal for strikes.
Micker Adolfo, OF, White Sox (Low-A Kannapolis): 3-for-5, HR, SB. Adolfo tantalizes with his talent, and even though it hasn’t translated into even decent numbers yet, he’s still only 19 and has plenty of upside.
Francisco Mejia, C, Indians (High-A Lynchburg): 2-for-4. The hit streak is now at 45 games. Cleveland wins the non-trade.
Kolby Allard, LHP, Braves (Low-A Rome): 6.1, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K. Had the 2015 draft been held in March, Allard would have been a top-five pick. The Braves are very thankful the draft wasn’t held in March.
Nick Banks, OF, Nationals (Short-Season Auburn): 2-for-4, 2B, K. Banks has a great chance to hit for average, and not that long ago, he showed some feel for power at Texas A&M. It’ll be interesting to see if Washington tries to change the swing path back to what he showed as a sophomore.
A.J. Puk, LHP, Athletics (Short-Season Vermont): 4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. They’re taking things nice and slow with Puk, and considering the back trouble he battled at Florida, that’s the right path to take.
Austin Franklin, RHP, Rays (Short-Season GCL): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. The Rays third-round pick in 2015, Franklin has impressed scouts with his above-average fastball and curve combination, and he’ll also show an average change. The command has a long way to go, but there’s plenty of time for that to develop.