Toolshed: Teams taking spotlight early on

Aviators, Woodpeckers among clubs making noise in first month

As the club's starting catcher, Tres Barrera has been involved in many aspects of Harrisburg's hot start. (Andy Grosh/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | April 24, 2019 1:24 PM ET

With the first couple weeks of the 2019 season in the books, Toolshed looks at the lineups, pitching staffs and overall rosters that already grabbing plenty of attention across the Minor Leagues.

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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Carolina notes: Kubat keeps 'em guessing

White Sox prospect finding success with four-pitch mix for Dash

Kyle Kubat is 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in four starts, including a streak of 17 straight scoreless innings. (Chris Robertson/KZONEimages)

By Damien Sordelett | April 24, 2019 10:41 AM ET

White Sox prospect Kyle Kubat entered last offseason with two objectives: continue to develop a slider and learn how to attack hitters in any count. Turns out, the Dash lefty also rekindled his happiness in playing the game.

Damien Sordelett 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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Prospect Roundup: Games of April 23

Tigers' Manning fans nine; M's Kelenic extends hit streak

Matt Manning leads the Eastern League with a .130 opponents' batting average and 0.62 WHIP. (R. Frank Photography)

April 24, 2019 10:13 AM ET

Tigers right-hander Matt Manning struck out nine over six strong innings, while Mariners outfielder Jarred Kelenic extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

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Rolison shines vs. Gore in Cal debut

Rockies No. 5 prospect bests second-ranked Padres counterpart

Ryan Rolison posted a 2-1 record and a 0.61 ERA in three South Atlantic League starts before his promotion. (Jerry Espinoza/MiLB.com)

By Tyler Maun | April 24, 2019 12:05 AM ET

Colorado southpaw Ryan Rolison allowed two hits and struck out seven over six scoreless innings as Class A Advanced Lancaster fell to Lake Elsinore, 3-1, in 10 frames.

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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Wings' Thorpe ties career high ... again

Twins No. 8 prospect fans 12 for second consecutive start

Lewis Thorpe is second in the International League with 33 strikeouts, one behind Louisville's Lucas Sims. (Bare Antolos/Rochester Red Wings)

By Andrew Battifarano | April 23, 2019 10:08 PM ET

Twins No. 8 prospect Lewis Thorpe fanned 12 for the second straight start, allowing one run on three hits over a career-high eight innings as Triple-A Rochester beat Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 8-1, on Tuesday.

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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Threshers' Howard no stranger to the K

Phillies No. 5 prospect fans pro-best 11 in 5 2/3 shutout frames

Spencer Howard has struck out 217 batters in 160 1/3 innings during his professional career. (Joshua Tjiong/MiLB.com)

By Michael Avallone | April 23, 2019 9:45 PM ET

Philadelphia Phillies No. 5 prospect Spencer Howard struck out a career-high 11 over 5 2/3 innings as Class A Advanced Clearwater edged Florida, 1-0, on Tuesday.

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Dragons' Manzanero slugs three homers

Reds prospect becomes fourth in team history to achieve feat

Pabel Manzanero moved into a tie for eighth place in the Midwest League with 12 RBIs in 14 games. (Freek Bouw/Phrake Photography)

By Brian Stultz | April 23, 2019 9:41 PM ET

Reds prospect Pabel Manzanero became the fourth player in team history to hit three homers in a game, powering Class A Dayton to a 7-4 victory over Lake County on Tuesday.

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Padres' Morejon hits seven-day IL

MLB.com's No. 46 overall prospect left Monday's start early

Adrian Morejon stitched together a 3.30 ERA across two levels in 2018, his first full season as a pro. (John Moore/Amarillo Sod Poodles)

By Jordan Wolf | April 23, 2019 9:23 PM ET

Adrian Morejon, MLB.com's No. 46 overall prospect, was placed on the seven-day Injured List on Tuesday due to back and shoulder soreness.

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Franco hustles way to three-double day

Top Rays prospect raises his average to .300 with 3-for-3 effort

Wander Franco has reached in 15 of 16 games to start the season in the Midwest League. (Bowling Green Hot Rods)

By Chris Bumbaca | April 23, 2019 8:32 PM ET

Top Tampa Bay Rays prospect Wander Franco belted three doubles, walked and was hit by a pitch in Class A Bowling Green's 8-7 loss to Fort Wayne on Tuesday.

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Hansen nabs five hitless frames for Bandits

Astros right-hander spins second gem in three full-season outings

Austin Hansen lowered his ERA to 2.77 and carries an 18-to-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio through three starts. (Paul R. Gierhart/MiLB.com)

By Chris Tripodi | April 23, 2019 7:32 PM ET

Houston Astros right-hander Austin Hansen struck out five and walked three over five hitless innings as Class A Quad Cities topped Peoria, 8-0, on Tuesday.

Chris Tripodi is a producer 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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