Crawford adds rare feat to July surge

Phillies No. 4 prospect races for wild inside-the-park grand slam

By Alex Kraft | July 27, 2017 12:20 AM ET

You never know what you might see when J.P. Crawford takes the field. On Wednesday, he produced one of his more unusual highlights.

The fourth-ranked Phillies prospect raced for the first inside-the-park grand slam in Triple-A Lehigh Valley's history to help the IronPigs top the Gwinnett Braves, 8-2, at Coca-Cola Park.

Alex Kraft is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and chat with him on Twitter @Alex_Kraft21. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Dragons' Siri extends hit streak to 31 games

Reds No. 24 prospect leads off game with first of two homers

By Michael Leboff | July 26, 2017 11:43 PM ET

Jose Siri wasted no time in extending the longest hitting streak in the Minor Leagues this season to 31 games.

Cincinnati's No. 24 prospect homered on the first pitch of the game and added a three-run jack in the seventh inning of Class A Dayton's 11-7 loss at Lansing on Wednesday. Siri also doubled in the ninth in the third straight multi-hit game for the native of the Dominican Republic.

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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Nats promote Fedde for big league debut

Club's No. 3 prospect expected to take Strasburg's slot Saturday

By Chris Tripodi | July 26, 2017 10:29 PM ET

At one point this season, it looked like Erick Fedde's Major League debut would come in a relief role. The 24-year-old right-hander instead will take the hill as a starter this weekend.

Washington skipper Dusty Baker confirmed the Nationals will promote their No. 3 prospect from Triple-A Syracuse to start in place of Stephen Strasburg on Saturday against the Rockies. Strasburg was removed from Sunday's start vs. Arizona with right forearm discomfort, but has not been placed on the disabled list.

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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Padres' Morejon promoted to Fort Wayne

No. 81 prospect jumps to full-season ball in first stateside campaign

By Sam Dykstra | July 26, 2017 4:57 PM ET

One of the game's most intriguing left-handed pitching prospects is headed to a new challenge.

The Padres have promoted Adrian Morejon, their No. 6 prospect, to Class A Fort Wayne, the Midwest League club announced Wednesday. Morejon will make his TinCaps debut Saturday at home against Dayton.

Sam Dykstra is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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D-backs' Smith highlights NWL All-Stars

First-rounder among seven Hops selected for Aug. 1 showcase

By Chris Tripodi | July 26, 2017 4:14 PM ET

Hillsboro first baseman Pavin Smith has hit the ground running to start his pro career, and he'll try to continue that momentum in front of his home crowd as a Northwest League All-Star.

The D-backs' new top prospect headlines the Class A Short Season circuit's All-Star team, announced by the league Wednesday. The NWL squad will face off against the Rookie-level Pioneer League on Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 10:05 p.m. ET in Hillsboro, Oregon.

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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Prospect Roundup: Games of July 25

Soroka goes seven strong; Adames continues push in Triple-A

By Sam Dykstra | July 26, 2017 1:41 PM ET

Rays SS Willy Adames, Triple-A Durham: 3-for-5, 2B, RBI, R -- After a mid-month mini-slump, the Rays' No. 2 prospect has turned it on again. Adames is 9-for-22 (.409) with four doubles and seven walks in his last six games for Durham, raising his season average from .263 to .272. It's taken some time for the 21-year-old shortstop to adjust to Triple-A. He was hitting just .230 with a .653 OPS through the end of May but has produced a .316/.421/.497 line in 47 games since June 1, earning an International League All-Star nod along the way. Adames has the defensive capabilities to stick at shortstop, but the Bulls gave him back-to-back starts at second base last Wednesday and Thursday to perhaps ease the transition to a Major League look down the stretch. The Rays sit only one game behind the Royals for the second Wild Card spot and 2 1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the American League East. Even with the acquisition of Adeiny Hechavarria, Tampa Bay could use a talent like Adames down the stretch.

Sam Dykstra is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Toolshed: A look back at 2016's trade deadline

Checking in on the top prospects who were dealt one year ago

By Sam Dykstra | July 26, 2017 12:47 PM ET

The date is Aug. 1, 2016. The time, a little after 4 p.m. ET. The dust has settled on the 2016 Major League Baseball trade deadline. Numerous prospects, some the most promising in the game, have been moved to new organizations, and questions abound about what lies ahead for them in their new homes.

One year later, with the 2017 deadline nearly upon us, we're closer to having some answers. Some of those prospects have grown their profiles since were moved; others have seen their stock slip or remain about the same as they've tried to work their way up new Minor League ladders.

Sam Dykstra is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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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."

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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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