Vilade, Heredia highlight Pioneer All-Stars

Rockies shortstop, Raptors outfielder earn starting nods

By Sam Dykstra | July 25, 2017 4:40 PM ET

July may be nearing its end, but All-Star season isn't over yet.

Ryan Vilade, the Rockies' No. 7 prospect, and Dodgers No. 13 prospect Starling Heredia headline this year's group of Pioneer League All-Stars, the Rookie-level circuit announced Tuesday. The Pioneer squad will take on its peers from the Class A Short Season Northwest League on Tuesday, August 1 at 10:05 p.m. ET in Hillsboro, Oregon.

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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Bader called to St. Louis for Major League debut

Cardinals No. 6 prospect promoted from Triple-A to replace Fowler

By Chris Tripodi | July 25, 2017 4:24 PM ET

Harrison Bader's second go-round at Triple-A has been much better than his first, and it's earned him a shot in the Major Leagues.

The Cardinals promoted their No. 6 prospect from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday to take the roster spot of the injured Dexter Fowler, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list in a corresponding move.

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 24

Johnson goes deep in Potomac debut; Sanchez hurls first shutout

By Sam Dykstra | July 25, 2017 1:28 PM ET

Nationals OF Daniel Johnson, Class A Advanced Potomac: 3-for-6, HR, 2 RBI, R, K -- Washington switched on their outfield prospect conveyor belt this week, most notably moving No. 7 prospect Andrew Stevenson to the Majors and top prospect Victor Robles to Double-A Harrisburg. But the most impressive debut Monday came from Johnson with Class A Advanced Potomac. The Nationals' No. 10 prospect homered to center on the second pitch he saw and added two singles from the leadoff spot in an 11-inning win at Down East. Taken in the fifth round last year out of New Mexico State, the 22-year-old center fielder has been lauded for his plus-plus speed and defensive capabilities, but he's shown that his bat can also translate to the professional level. He left the Class A South Atlantic League sitting second with 17 homers and third with an .890 OPS in 88 games for Hagerstown. Though he won't unseat Robles as the system's most promising center fielder anytime soon, Johnson gives the Nats yet another multi-tooled option at a premium position.

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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Promo Watch: Bowie Baysox honor David Bowie

Pronunciation change, theme jerseys highlight homage to pop icon

By Benjamin Hill | July 25, 2017 10:03 AM ET

On Friday, the Bowie Baysox will once again change their name to the Bowie Baysox. The spelling remains the same; the difference is in how you say it. "Boo-ie," the proper way to enunciate the name of Maryland's third-largest city, becomes "Boh-ee."

This pronunciation oddity is one of many layers within the Baysox's "David Bowie Tribute and 70th Birthday Celebration," a shape-shifting homage to the massively influential British pop icon. Friday's celebration marks the second time the Double-A Baltimore Orioles affiliate has staged such a promotion.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter @bensbiz. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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PCL notes: Vieira plays for national pride

M's prospect moves closer to becoming next Brazilian big leaguer

By Chris Jackson | July 25, 2017 9:53 AM ET

Thyago Vieira was just 20 years old when he was the closer for the Brazilian national team at the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Vieira, a hard-throwing right-hander who had spent two seasons in the Mariners system and had never pitched above the Rookie level, never got a chance to close as Brazil lost all three of its games in group play. Still, it was a remarkable experience for the young pitcher, now the Mariners' No. 9 prospect.

Four years later, Vieira is close to another big career moment: his Major League debut. 

Chris Jackson 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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Cordero homers twice in four-hit game

No. 12 Padres prospect has three jacks since return to El Paso

By Josh Jackson | July 25, 2017 3:22 AM ET

Whatever lessons Franchy Cordero took away from his most recent stint in the Majors, he's put them into practice immediately.

The 12th-ranked San Diego prospect went 4-for-6 with two homers, four RBIs and three runs scored in Triple-A El Paso's 14-6 whooping of visiting Omaha on Monday, giving him three jacks and seven RBIs in two games since returning to the Pacific Coast League.

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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Padres' Gore fans six in second AZL start

No. 3 overall pick hasn't allowed a run in first pro 4 2/3 frames

By Andrew Battifarano | July 25, 2017 3:12 AM ET

After dominating in high school in North Carolina, MacKenzie Gore is quickly adjusting to professional baseball. 

San Diego's top prospect struck out six and surrendered one hit in 2 2/3 scoreless innings in the Rookie-level Arizona League Padres' 4-2 loss to the Mariners on Monday at Peoria Stadium.

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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Missions' De Los Santos dazzles on mound

Padres No. 13 prospect allows three hits, posts seven zeros

By Tyler Maun | July 25, 2017 3:03 AM ET

With each start in recent weeks, Enyel De Los Santos has been gaining momentum in different components of his game.

On Monday night, he rediscovered another piece and used it to construct one of his best starts of the year.

San Diego's No. 13 prospect matched his longest career outing with seven shutout innings, allowing three hits and equaling a career high with eight strikeouts as Double-A San Antonio thumped Corpus Christi, 10-1, at Whataburger Field. 

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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Kendall clubs first pro homer for Raptors

Dodgers No. 5 prospect notches three hits, drives in three runs

By Michael Avallone | July 25, 2017 2:47 AM ET

Only a week into his Minor League career, Jeren Kendall is showing why the Dodgers deemed him worthy of their first-round pick in last month's Draft.

The Vanderbilt product hit his first professional homer, doubled and finished with three hits and three RBIs in Rookie-level Ogden's 5-1 win over Helena on Monday night at Kindrick Legion Field.

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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Coley delivers on mound and at plate

Pirates righty breaks up no-no and throws seven two-hit frames

By Josh Jackson | July 25, 2017 2:28 AM ET

Austin Coley was plenty satisfied with his start Monday night, but what he did on the mound was only a part of the story.

"I'd be lying if I said the hit wasn't exciting," the Pittsburgh right-hander said of his first professional knock, a sixth-inning single that broke up a no-hit bid by Philadelphia righty Tyler Viza. "Hitting's hard. I'm thankful I'm a pitcher."

So are his Double-A Altoona teammates. Coley (4-2) surrendered two hits over seven innings, fanning six and walking one in the Curve's 2-0 shutout of the Fightin Phils at Reading's hitter-friendly FirstEnergy Stadium.

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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