Lewis back at full strength for Modesto

Mariners top prospect bashes first California League homer

By Gerard Gilberto | July 22, 2017 3:12 AM ET

Kyle Lewis entered the professional ranks from college with a crowded mantle and lived up to the acclaim until a torn ACL derailed his progress last summer. Almost a full year since the injury, MLB.com's No. 20 overall prospect has a new approach to the game that he hopes can block out some unnecessary noise.

"When you're injured, the results don't come as fast, so you have to trust your process," Lewis said. "I go into games and at-bats, I'm able to just continue to work on my process versus worrying about results where before I was so used to getting results that that kind of became the focal point."

Gerard Gilberto is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @GerardGilberto4. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Chukars' Jones delivers first five-hit game

Royals 29th-round pick is batting .462 through first 18 contests

By Michael Peng | July 22, 2017 3:04 AM ET

Travis Jones continues to rake, no matter where he plays or what kind of bat he uses. 

In his second Pioneer League game and playing for his third team in less than a month, Jones had a career-high five hits and two RBIs in Rookie-level Idaho Falls' 13-1 rout of Helena on Friday night at Kindrick Legion Field.

"My approach has been pretty consistent since the beginning of my career and it's simply just trying to find the barrel early in the count," the Royals' 29th-round pick in last month's Draft said. "Realistically, I'm just trying to put the ball in play every at-bat and letting God do the rest because you can't control where the ball goes once you hit it.

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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Flaherty fans nine in Redbirds' shutout

Cardinals No. 6 prospect allows four hits, drops ERA to 3.24

By Alex Kraft | July 22, 2017 2:19 AM ET

Jack Flaherty had hit a rough patch in his first stint at Triple-A, but he rebounded nicely on Friday night.

The Cardinals' sixth-ranked prospect gave up four hits and struck out nine without issuing a walk over 6 1/3 innings as Memphis blanked Las Vegas, 6-0, at AutoZone 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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Goats' Castellani tosses first career shutout

Rockies No. 3 prospect surrenders three hits in seven innings

By Andrew Battifarano | July 22, 2017 2:06 AM ET

Knowing that he had a chance to finish what he started on Friday, Ryan Castellani decided to break something out of his bag of tricks. It worked, to say the least. 

"Out of nowhere, and this is exactly what I'm thinking and that's why me and [catcher Dom Nunez] are on the same page. We got to a two-strike count on the last hitter and on pitch 99, he calls a curveball and we execute it," the Rockies' No. 3 prospect said. "It's a separation pitch that they're not expecting."

Castellani recorded his first professional shutout by yielding three hits and striking out six over seven innings as Double-A Hartford topped Portland, 2-0, in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Hadlock Field. 

Andrew Battifarano is a contributor to MthiLB.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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Generals' Young fires six scoreless frames

D-backs prospect allows two hits, fans season-high eight

By Michael Avallone | July 22, 2017 1:36 AM ET

Alex Young had no margin of error to work with for much of his start on Friday night. Given a slim lead, he made sure it held up as long as he was on the mound.

Young gave up two hits and a walk while recording a season-high eight strikeouts over six scoreless innings as Double-A Jackson edged Birmingham, 2-1, at Regions 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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'Riders' Mendez ties season high with nine K's

Rangers No. 2 prospect scatters four hits over seven innings

By Chris Tripodi | July 22, 2017 1:16 AM ET

Yohander Mendez is learning to use all of his pitches. And that's bad news for Texas League hitters.

Texas' No. 2 prospect matched a season high with nine strikeouts over seven innings as Double-A Frisco won a pitchers' duel over San Antonio, 1-0, on Friday night. The left-hander scattered four hits and walked two.

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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Bulls' Yarbrough strikes out career-best 13

Rays No. 23 prospect goes six, climbs atop IL leaderboards

By Michael Peng | July 22, 2017 12:54 AM ET

Ryan Yarbrough climbed atop the International League leaderboards in wins and strikeouts with a dominant start on Friday, and he'd like to think those numbers are an accurate reflection of his growth as a pitcher this season.

The Rays' 23rd-ranked prospect set a career high with 13 punchouts while allowing two runs on four hits over six innings in Triple-A Durham's 5-3 win over Lehigh Valley at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. He did not walk a batter en route to his 10th win, tying him with three others for tops in the league.

"I'm not normally considered a strikeout pitcher," Yarbrough said. "Even last year, I don't think I've had this amount of strikeouts and I had more innings. So it kind of shows that I'm able to improve on some things. The wins are especially a good sign. It shows that you're keeping your team in the games and going deep in the games. And as a starting pitcher, that's all you can really ask for."

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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Fisher Cats' Reid-Foley racks up 12 K's

Jays top pitching prospect ties career high in 6 2/3 innings

By Alex Kraft | July 22, 2017 12:34 AM ET

Sean Reid-Foley glanced at the scoreboard as he walked toward the dugout to get a look at his final pitching line on Friday night. What he saw came as a minor shock.

"I looked up whenever I was getting taken out and saw the number [of strikeouts]," he said. "It was kind of surprising, but I would just say it was one of those nights where everything was working."

Toronto' s No. 2 prospect tied a career high with 12 punchouts over 6 2/3 frames in Double-A New Hampshire's 5-1 victory over Trenton on Friday at ARM & HAMMER Park. The right-hander allowed a run on four hits and two walks to help the Fisher Cats snap a 15-game skid against the Thunder.

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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Legends' Bender twirls six hitless innings

In second start, Royals prospect strikes out season-high seven

By Gerard Gilberto | July 22, 2017 12:11 AM ET

Changing pace after a midseason shift from the bullpen to the rotation is an adjustment with which Anthony Bender is familiar. And it didn't take long for him to get the hang of things for Class A Lexington.

The Royals prospect pitched six hitless innings in his second start of the season, striking out seven and walking two, in the Legends' 2-1 victory over Columbia at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

Gerard Gilberto is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @GerardGilberto4. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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D-Jays' Fisk almost unhittable

Toronto prospect allows single, strikes out six in eight innings

By Michael Avallone | July 21, 2017 10:38 PM ET

The way Conor Fisk sees things, some days he takes the mound feeling good and gets rocked, other times he feels lousy and excels. Then there are nights like Friday, when he couldn't really tell what type of performance he would have. 

It ended up being one of the best of his five-year Minor League career.

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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