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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Gwinnett's Acuna homers on four-hit night

Atlanta's top prospect busts out of slump, drives in two runs

By Michael Avallone | July 25, 2017 1:38 AM ET

Ronald Acuna's meteoric rise through the Minor Leagues has left him on the doorstep of "The Show," both literally and figuratively.

And while the top Braves prospect shouldn't be house hunting in Atlanta, having a few of the city's better realtors on speed dial might not be a bad idea

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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RockHounds' Holmes puts up seven zeros

A's No. 9 prospect rediscovers command, allows three hits

By Michael Peng | July 25, 2017 1:20 AM ET

The fastball command Grant Holmes seemed to lose nearly three weeks ago appears to be back.

In a July 8 outing against Double-A Tulsa in which Oakland's No. 9 prospect surrendered a career-high eight runs through five innings, Holmes struggled to harness what he said was "the best stuff I've had all year."

But since then, the 21-year-old right-hander has rediscovered that control. He turned in seven scoreless innings in Midland's 13-1 rout of Frisco on Monday at Security Bank Ballpark. Holmes allowed three hits, struck out five and didn't walk a batter for the first time since June 20.  

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

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Tovalin collects six RBIs in Tri-City debut

Astros infield prospect smacks slam on two-homer, four-hit night

By Andrew Battifarano | July 25, 2017 1:02 AM ET

Three days after hearing he was headed to the New York-Penn League, Adrian Tovalin suited up in his first game with the ValleyCats. With four swings of the bat, the Astros infield prospect made quite the introduction.

Tovalin belted a grand slam and a solo homer as part of a career-high six-RBI game to power Class A Short Season Tri-City to a 9-1 win over Vermont on Monday at Centennial Field. He finished 4-for-4 and scored four times in his New York-Penn League debut.

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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Siri extends hitting streak to 30 games

Reds outfielder singles in third frame on two-hit night for Dragons

By Chris Tripodi | July 24, 2017 11:26 PM ET

Jose Siri continues to inch closer to Midwest League history.

The Cincinnati outfield prospect ran the longest hitting streak in the Minor Leagues this season to 30 games Monday, going 2-for-4 and scoring a run as Class A Dayton topped Burlington, 3-1. The multi-hit game was his second straight and his sixth in his past 11 games.

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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Ynoa headed to Braves in Garcia deal

Twins send No. 22 prospect to Atlanta in three-player trade

By Sam Dykstra | July 24, 2017 6:01 PM ET

The heavily rumored on-again, off-again Jaime Garcia-to-the-Twins deal is officially on again, and a pitching prospect is going the other way. 

The Braves have acquired No. 22 Twins prospect Huascar Ynoa in the deal that sent Garcia and catcher Anthony Recker to Minnesota, both clubs announced Monday. The Twins will also receive cash considerations in the deal.

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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Rucker again reels in Pitcher of the Week

Myrtle Beach righty struck out 17 across two scoreless starts

By Danny Wild | July 24, 2017 4:21 PM ET

Michael Rucker's third straight scoreless outing helped him earn his second straight award.

The Cubs prospect turned in a pair of gems to repeat as Carolina League Pitcher of the Week.

Danny Wild is an editor for MiLB.com. Follow his MLBlog column, Minoring in Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Yanks' Cave leads Offensive Players of the Week

Outfielder boosts resume by going 15-for-26 (.577) for RailRiders

By Sam Dykstra | July 24, 2017 4:21 PM ET

Jake Cave has seen former teammates Aaron Judge and Clint Frazier take off as rookies in the Bronx. He's seen good friend and former pinstriped prospect Ben Gamel prove to be an impressive Major League hitter in Seattle. After some mechanical adjustments and changes to his approach, Cave is heating up and hoping his chance is next.

The Yankees' No. 29 prospect was named International League Offensive Player of the Week after going 15-for-26 (.577) with two homers, two doubles and eight RBIs over a seven-game stretch for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. His .607 on-base percentage last week was tops among hitters on the circuit, while his 15 hits were tied for the most among all Minor Leaguers.

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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Prospect Roundup: Games of July 23

Schrock rolls during doubleheader; Cody continues to add zeros

By Sam Dykstra | July 24, 2017 1:06 PM ET

Athletics 2B Max Schrock, Double-A Midland: 5-for-7, HR, 2B, 5 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, K in doubleheader -- Oakland's No. 18 prospect has a big hit tool, and he showed it Sunday. Schrock matched a season high with four hits in the first game of a doubleheader against visiting Corpus Christi -- going 4-for-4 with a homer, double and three RBIs -- and reached base three more times in the nightcap. The 22-year-old second baseman, a career .323 hitter over three Minor League seasons, ranks fourth in the Texas League with a .314 average through 72 games in 2017 and has the circuit's second-lowest strikeout rate at 9.4 percent. There isn't a ton of power on his resume as Sunday's homer was his sixth of the season, but the left-handed-hitter puts the ball in play enough to provide plenty of value. After acquiring him from the Nationals last August, the A's should be pleased with the 2013 15th-rounder's continued development in his first full season with the organization.

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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Nationals promote top prospect Robles

Washington moves 20-year-old outfielder to Double-A Harrisburg

By Danny Wild | July 24, 2017 12:52 PM ET

The Nationals promoted top prospect Victor Robles to Double-A Harrisburg on Monday.

Robles, a 20-year-old outfielder, was a Carolina League All-Star with Class A Advanced Potomac, where he hit .289 with seven homers, 33 RBIs and 16 stolen bases in 77 games through Saturday. Right-handers Dakota Bacus and Kyle Schepel were also promoted to Harrisburg, according to Potomac.

Danny Wild is an editor for MiLB.com. Follow his MLBlog column, Minoring in Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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