Prospect Roundup: Games of July 27

Font, Burrows, Duplantier continue dominance on mound

By Sam Dykstra | July 28, 2017 1:37 PM ET

Giants LHP Andrew Suarez, Triple-A Sacramento: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 99 pitches, 65 strikes -- The Giants' No. 11 prospect fanned a season-high nine batters while tying his longest outing of 2017, making Thursday's start arguably his best start since moving up to the Pacific Coast League last month. (He tossed six scoreless innings at El Paso on June 28.) It hasn't been the easiest transition to the Minors' highest level for Suarez, who sports a 4.18 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and .278 average-against over 47 1/3 innings with Sacramento. His strikeout rate has taken a small jump from 19.4 percent at Double-A Richmond to 21.4 percent with the River Cats, but his walk rate has taken a bigger leap from 5.3 percent to what would be a career-high 9.5 percent. Without a true plus offering in his four-pitch arsenal, the 24-year-old left-hander has relied on his control, but he may be trying to pitch more out of the zone to limit contact. Either way, it'll be interesting to see if this is a performance he can carry forward.

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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Minor League Baseball pledges commitment to CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion

MiLB's O'Conner joins more than 250 CEOs in advancing and embracing diversity in the workplace

July 28, 2017 1:06 PM ET

Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O'Conner has joined more than 250 CEOs in committing to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace by joining the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion coalition.

The goal of the initiative is to cultivate workplace environments where diverse experiences and perspectives are welcomed, and where employees feel comfortable and empowered to discuss diversity and inclusion. The ever-growing group represents nearly 70 industries, all 50 U.S. states and millions of employees globally.

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Power ballpark break-in leads to arrest

West Virginia man facing felony charges for clubhouse larceny

By Danny Wild | July 28, 2017 12:49 PM ET

A West Virginia man is facing multiple felony charges, according to police, after he broke into the West Virginia Power's stadium and stole thousands of dollars worth of team items, including a jersey he wore when he was arrested.

Joshua Hanshaw, a 35-year-old from Charleston, West Virginia, was charged with grand larceny and breaking and entering on July 28 after he broke into the Minor League team's locker room and swiped nearly $4,000 worth of valuables, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in Kanawha County. 

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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Toolshed: Top Braves pick shows Wright stuff

Vanderbilt hurler trying to stand out in system loaded with arms

By Sam Dykstra | July 28, 2017 11:40 AM ET

Kyle Wright knows a thing or two about trying to stand out in a crowd.

In 2015, he began his Vanderbilt career in the bullpen as future first-rounders Carson Fulmer and Walker Buehler worked as the primary starters for the Commodores. His sophomore season, he lined up behind 2016 first-rounder Jordan Sheffield in the rotation. He showed enough promise his junior year to be mentioned as a potential top-five pick in the 2017 Draft, perhaps even No. 1 overall, earning a chance to be the best arm in his first farm system. One of those things came true: He was taken fifth by the Braves, an organization that has eight top-100 prospects, five of which are pitchers.

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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NWL notes: Jays' Adams packs punch at plate

Vancouver catcher, a black belt in karate, off to strong start in pros

By Billy Gates | July 28, 2017 10:47 AM ET

Don't mess with Vancouver catcher Riley Adams at the plate -- or anywhere else for that matter. 

One of the Northwest League's premier sluggers, and the starting catcher in Tuesday's Northwest/Pioneer League All-Star Game, Adams' first successful athletic endeavor wasn't on the diamond.

It was in the dojo.

Billy Gates 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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On the Road: Klauke's PCL culinary journey

Bees broadcaster channels inner Fieri via 'Triple-D in Triple-A' blog

By Benjamin Hill | July 28, 2017 10:47 AM ET

Few people know the ins and outs of the sprawling Pacific Coast League better than Salt Lake Bees broadcaster Steve Klauke, especially when it comes to knowing where to eat when visiting each of the Triple-A circuit's 16 cities. 

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

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Timber Rattlers' Herrera goes the distance

Brewers No. 30 prospect allows two hits in first complete game

By Tyler Maun | July 28, 2017 3:03 AM ET

Carlos Herrera watched his club drop the opener of Thursday's doubleheader and decided to take matters into his own hands in the finale.

Milwaukee's No. 30 prospect turned in the first complete game of his career, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out six over seven innings as Class A Wisconsin topped Burlington, 4-0, in the nightcap of the twinbill. The Bees took the opener, 4-1.

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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Dubon scores career-high five runs for Sky Sox

Brewers No. 9 prospect reaches base in all six plate appearances

By Alex Kraft | July 28, 2017 2:43 AM ET

Each time Mauricio Dubon walked from home plate to the dugout Thursday, he never had to do so disappointed.

Milwaukee's No. 9 prospect reached base in all six plate appearances and scored a career-high five runs as Triple-A Colorado Springs routed Tacoma, 16-9, at Security Service Field. The infielder collected three hits -- finishing a triple shy of the cycle -- and drove in a run.

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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McMahon posts another four hits for Isotopes

Rockies' No. 3 prospect finishes double shy of cycle; so does Dahl

By Tyler Maun | July 28, 2017 2:26 AM ET

By this point, Pacific Coast League pitchers must be at a loss in figuring out what to do with Ryan McMahon.

Colorado's No. 3 prospect turned in his latest four-hit game and came within a double of the cycle -- as did teammate David Dahl -- as Triple-A Albuquerque downed visiting Omaha, 9-5, on Thursday night.

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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Snappers' Altamirano wins third straight start

Athletics righty allows two hits over season-high seven innings

By Andrew Battifarano | July 28, 2017 1:26 AM ET

Whether pitching out of the bullpen or as a starter, Xavier Altamirano likes to keep a consistent approach in his preparation. It's a mind-set that has proven successful for the Athletics right-hander. 

Altamirano (7-2) surrendered two hits and a walk over a season-high seven innings as Class A Beloit blanked Kane County, 8-0, on Thursday at Northwestern Medicine Field. The 23-year-old right-hander has won his last three starts, surrendering four runs in 19 innings.

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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