Mets promote Tebow to Class A Advanced

Ex-Heisman Trophy winner returns to home state with St. Lucie

By Tyler Maun | June 25, 2017 3:56 PM ET

Tim Tebow is continuing his baseball journey in the state in which he achieved football fame.

The Mets promoted the former Heisman Trophy winner to Class A Advanced St. Lucie in the Florida State League on Sunday.

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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Hops' Smith collects first three hits as a pro

D-backs' first-rounder plates run, scores twice in second game

By Andrew Battifarano | June 25, 2017 3:14 AM ET

Pavin Smith walked back to the locker room after Class A Short Season Hillsboro's game on Saturday and saw his first hit of the night wrapped up in a case. He quickly decided what he'd do with the memento. 

"I'll probably give it to my mom," the D-backs prospect said. "She'll probably like it." 

In front of his parents, Smith collected his first three hits as a pro, drove in a run and scored twice as the Hops rallied for an 11-3 win over Boise at Ron Tonkin Field. He doubled between two singles during a 3-for-5 performance.

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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It's a happy birthday for Helena's Henry

Brewers slugger launches homer, plates career-high five

By Gerard Gilberto | June 25, 2017 3:06 AM ET

Getting to celebrate a birthday on a baseball field is something Payton Henry has gotten used to. But putting together a career night when he turned 20 made things that much sweeter for the Brewers catching prospect.

"[It's an] awesome feeling," Henry said. "We needed a win tonight and it was a cool feeling being able to contribute, especially on my birthday."

The 2016 sixth-round pick slugged a three-run homer and collected a career-high five RBIs as Helena snapped a season-opening, five-game losing streak with a 16-9 win over Billings at Kindrick Legion Field.

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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IronPigs' Crawford heating up after brief break

Phillies top prospect gets three hits, extends streak to six games

By Michael Peng | June 25, 2017 2:15 AM ET

J.P. Crawford has been in an uncharacteristic funk for much of the season, but a little time away from the game may have helped him turn things around.

The top-ranked Phillies prospect brought his batting average to a season-high .209 with a 3-for-5 game on Saturday in Triple-A Lehigh Valley's 5-4 loss to Rochester at Frontier Field. He doubled twice and scored a run while extending his hitting streak to six games.

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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Hooks' Tucker hits fourth homer in six games

Astros No. 2 prospect posts first three-hit Texas League game

By Michael Leboff | June 25, 2017 1:56 AM ET

After a rough start, Kyle Tucker is getting settled in with Double-A Corpus Christi.

The Astros' No. 2 prospect homered for the fourth time in six games en route to his first three-hit game in the Texas League, powering the Hooks to an 11-4 win over Frisco on Saturday. 

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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Gillaspie, McKenry lead Bulls' onslaught

Rays No. 5 prospect, veteran backstop, combine for nine RBIs

By Michael Avallone | June 25, 2017 1:32 AM ET

Casey Gillaspie can't go back and change the first two-plus months of the season, no matter how much he wants to. What the Rays' No. 5 prospect can do is ignore what the numbers say, start over and look ahead.

It appears to be working.

Gillaspie reached base five times, fell a triple shy of the cycle and drove in three runs Saturday as Triple-A Durham rolled past Charlotte, 17-3, at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. 

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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Hot Rods' Clark sets career high with nine K's

Rays prospect surrenders one hit, one walk through six innings

By Michael Avallone | June 25, 2017 1:16 AM ET

A return to Rookie-level Princeton might not have been what Ethan Clark had in mind in 2016, but he refused to let the disappointment get to him. 

Instead, the Rays right-hander learned from the experience on his way to a breakout year that has carried over into his first full-season campaign.

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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Riley powers Fire Frogs with two-homer night

Braves No. 12 prospect also doubles, walks, drives in three runs

By Andrew Battifarano | June 25, 2017 12:51 AM ET

So far this month, Austin Riley has seen his hard line drives find more opposing gloves than green grass. On Saturday, he put the ball where no fielder could deny him. 

The 12th-ranked Braves prospect homered twice, doubled and drove in three runs to lead Class A Advanced Florida to a 4-3 victory over Fort Myers at Osceola County 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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Lambert makes strong first impression for Dash

White Sox righty hurls six hitless innings in Carolina League bow

By Gerard Gilberto | June 25, 2017 12:43 AM ET

After clinching a first-half title in the South Atlantic League for Kannapolis on Sunday, Jimmy Lambert found out he would be one of seven players promoted to Class A Advanced Winston-Salem following the three-day All-Star break. 

It turned out to be a memorable debut on Saturday night. 

The White Sox right-hander threw six hitless innings in his Carolina League bow as the Dash claimed a 4-2 win over Buies Creek at BB&T Ballpark. Lambert collected three punchouts while throwing 51 of 86 pitches for strikes and overcame a career-high five walks.

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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Twins' Rooker sticks with what got him here

First-round Draft pick goes 4-for-5, smacks first career homer

By Michael Peng | June 25, 2017 12:15 AM ET

A simple approach to the game has made Brent Rooker a Golden Spikes finalist and a first-round pick in this month's First-Year Player Draft. Now he plans to develop a promising professional career with it.

In his third game since getting drafted 35th overall by the Twins, Rooker went 4-for-5 with his first Minor League homer Saturday as Rookie-level Elizabethton rallied for an 8-7 win over Danville at Joe O'Brien Field.

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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