Biggio blazing his own trail with Blue Jays

Dunedin second baseman hoping to build on father's success

By Michael Avallone | July 26, 2017 10:24 AM ET

Cavan Biggio understands the greatness his father displayed during his 20-year Major League career. He realizes shying away from Craig's legacy, cemented with a plaque in the hallowed halls of Cooperstown, is an impossibility.

Despite the inevitable comparisons, the second of three Biggio children wants to make his own mark on the game, outside the shadow of his famous dad. To do that, he needs to be Cavan, Blue Jays second baseman. Nothing more, nothing less.

Michael Avallone is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @MavalloneMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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EL notes: Hinojosa relishes Double-A return

Giants No. 16 prospect heats up at plate after late start to season

By Craig Forde | July 26, 2017 10:07 AM ET

Though a quad injury may have hampered the start of C.J Hinojosa's season, it's hardly slowed him down.

After missing the first month, the Richmond shortstop has put together his most consistent season yet, playing new positions and becoming an integral bat in the Flying Squirrels lineup during his second stint with the club.

"I worked hard every day just to get back," said the Giants' No. 16 prospect. "I struggled at the beginning, but to be at where I am at this point in the season, I feel good."

Craig Forde is a contributor to MiLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Dodgers' Davis sets career high with five RBIs

No. 28 prospect accomplishes feat in third game with Quakes

By Josh Jackson | July 26, 2017 3:51 AM ET

Brendon Davis is happy to be home in Southern California and he's given his new teammates plenty of reasons to be happy he's joined them.

"I played with most of these guys, whether last year or in Spring Training, so I already have good relationships with a lot of them," the Dodgers' No. 28 prospect said. "So I didn't feel like I have to prove anything, but it's been good to make an impression."

In his third California League game, Davis set a career high with five RBIs while going 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a walk, a run scored and a head-turning play at third base in Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga's 11-4 romp over Lancaster at LoanMart Field.

 

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Davis powers Grizzlies with two homers

No. 15 Astros prospect drives in five in seventh Triple-A contest

By Tyler Maun | July 26, 2017 3:46 AM ET

J.D. Davis bashed the ball all over the Texas League for the first three-plus months of the 2017 season, and now that he's closer to home, he's not slowing down.

In his seventh Triple-A game, Houston's No. 15 prospect belted two homers -- one a grand slam -- as Triple-A Fresno scored seven times in the eighth inning en route to a 10-3 win over New Orleans.

Tyler Maun is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylerMaun. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Canha's turnaround continues for Sounds

A's outfielder belts two homers, drives in four on five-hit night

By Tyler Maun | July 26, 2017 2:41 AM ET

Mark Canha returned to the Minor Leagues mindful of what he needed to fix and confident he could get the job done. More and more, it looks like he's figured things out.

Canha led the way on a potent offensive night for Triple-A Nashville, going 5-for-5 with two homers and four RBIs as the Sounds scored all of their runs in the first four innings of a 10-4 win over Las Vegas at First Tennessee Park.

Tyler Maun is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylerMaun. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Homer-happy Schwindel belts another one

Omaha first baseman tallies eighth long ball of 10-game stretch

By Josh Jackson | July 26, 2017 2:09 AM ET

Frank Schwindel admits he's been a streaky power hitter from time to time, but he's never had a run quite like the one he's currently on.

"It's crazy," the Royals first-base prospect said. "It's kind of hard to believe. I'm just trying to ride it out and take it day by day. I try to keep it simple and good things are going to happen."

On Tuesday, Schwindel went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and his fourth home run in four games, to lead Triple-A Omaha to a 5-1 win over Albuquerque at Isotopes Park. He's gone yard eight times in his last 10 outings.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Verdugo hits wacky homer, plates four

Dodgers prospect teams with roommate Calhoun for five hits

By Andrew Battifarano | July 26, 2017 1:57 AM ET

It had been more than a month since Alex Verdugo had gone deep, so he didn't mind getting some assistance when he homered on Tuesday night. 

"I was just hoping it'd get over [right fielder Zach Borenstein's] head and it'd be a double," said the second-ranked Dodgers prospect, who rounded the bases for the first time since June 14. "I think it wound up hitting him in the forehead or something and cleared the fence." 

That's pretty much what it did as Verdugo picked up two hits and four RBIs in Triple-A Oklahoma City's 9-7 loss to Reno at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Dodgers No. 4 prospect Willie Calhoun homered in his third straight game on a three-hit night.

Andrew Battifarano is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, @AndrewAtBatt. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Rodgers heating up at plate for Yard Goats

Top Rockies prospect raises average to .262 with three-hit effort

By Michael Leboff | July 26, 2017 1:21 AM ET

Nearly a month into his Double-A career, Brendan Rodgers looks to be finding his footing in the Eastern League. 

Colorado's top prospect recorded his 17th three-hit game of the year in Hartford's 7-1 loss in the completion of Monday night's game against Trenton. 

Michael Leboff is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Knights' Giolito rebounds with seven zeros

No. 7 White Sox prospect allows four hits, aims to be consistent

By Michael Leboff | July 25, 2017 11:52 PM ET

Lucas Giolito has taken some lumps during his first season with the White Sox. But Tuesday night, the No. 7 White Sox prospect again showed that when things are right, he's capable of dominance. 

Giolito scattered four hits and three walks while striking out six in seven scoreless innings as Triple-A Charlotte beat Columbus, 4-1, at BB&T Ballpark. 

Michael Leboff is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Ports' Ruiz suspended for doctoring baseball

A's No. 20 prospect to miss 10 games for using foreign substance

By Chris Tripodi | July 25, 2017 8:42 PM ET

Norge Ruiz tried to get tricky Monday night, and it will cost him at least one start.

Oakland's No. 20 prospect was suspended 10 games by the California League on Tuesday for doctoring a baseball. The Class A Advanced Stockton starter was ejected in the third inning of Monday's game against Visalia after a foreign substance was found on his left arm.

Chris Tripodi is an editor for MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @christripodi. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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