Redbirds' Bader locked and loaded at the plate

Cardinals No. 6 prospect homers, scores career-high four runs

By Michael Peng | May 27, 2017 3:10 AM ET

There are many fine details that go into a good swing, but Harrison Bader realizes none of that matters if you're not ready to hit.

"I think what it all really boils down to, regardless of where you put your hands, how wide your stride is, whatever it may be, one thing that always has to be consistent is getting into a good hitting position," Bader said. "So mechanically speaking, you just have to have the confidence and load up earlier and earlier on every pitch you see and just do your best to swing in your hot zone."

The Cardinals No. 6 prospect turned that approach into results on Friday. He belted a homer among three hits and scored a career-high four runs in Triple-A Memphis' 13-3 rout of Sacramento at Raley 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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Rodgers jacks two for JetHawks

Rockies top prospect boosts OPS to 1.035, makes great catch

By Michael Leboff | May 27, 2017 2:36 AM ET

On May 16, Brendan Rodgers went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts, earning himself the figurative "golden sombrero." The next day, the Rockies' top prospect took infield practice wearing an actual golden sombrero.

It turns out the hat, supplied by Class A Advanced Lancaster hitting coach Derrick May, may have brought a bit of extra luck for Rodgers.

Since donning the sombrero, Rodgers has hit safely in seven of eight games. On Friday, he smacked two homers to help power the JetHawks to an 8-1 triumph over Inland Empire at The Hangar.

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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Dunedin's Perdomo ties season high for K's

No. 20 Blue Jays prospect fans seven in six scoreless innings

By Andrew Battifarano | May 27, 2017 2:30 AM ET

Angel Perdomo was wild as he slogged through his previous start, so when it came down to making adjustments for Friday's outing, he went largely with two pitches.

Relying heavily on fastballs and sliders, the Blue Jays' No. 20 prospect matched season highs with seven strikeouts over six scoreless innings to lead Class A Advanced Dunedin to a 3-1 win over Lakeland at Joker Marchant Stadium. The left-hander surrendered three hits and walked one. 

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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Baby Cakes' Hood extends homer streak

Marlins' No. 29 prospect goes yard in fourth consecutive game

By Gerard Gilberto | May 27, 2017 2:09 AM ET

Although he may have the thin Rocky Mountain air to thank, homers in four consecutive games for Triple-A New Orleans has Destin Hood emphatically pounding on the door back to the big leagues.

The Marlins' No. 29 prospect launched his 13th roundtripper to move into a tie for the Pacific Coast League lead on Friday as the Baby Cakes dropped a 10-5 loss to Colorado Springs at Security Service Field. Hood added a single to finish 2-for-4 and raise his average to .266 with 36 RBIs in his fourth stint in the Triple-A circuit.

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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Cardinals' Pearce goes the distance again

Springfield righty has six complete games since start of '16

By Michael Avallone | May 27, 2017 1:23 AM ET

All pitchers strive to pitch as deep as possible into games, but few do so with any regularity, particularly in this age of pitch counts and specialty relievers.

Cardinals prospect Matt Pearce is a rare breed among his fellow hurlers.

The 23-year-old tossed his second straight complete game and second career shutout in Double-A Springfield's 4-0 win over San Antonio on Friday night at Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium.

Michael Avallone is a contributor to MiLB.com. Followhim 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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Chasers' Junis ties career high with 12 K's

Royals No. 5 prospect posts seven zeros, lowers ERA to 2.48

By Alex Kraft | May 27, 2017 1:07 AM ET

Jake Junis has received small doses of the big leagues this season. On Friday, he pitched like someone looking for a more permanent role.

The Royals' No. 5 prospect tied his career high with 12 strikeouts and allowed two hits and a walk over seven scoreless frames in Triple-A Omaha's 8-3, 11-inning win over Nashville at First Tennessee 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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Keys' Mountcastle goes deep three times

Orioles No. 4 prospect turns trick two days after teammate

By Gerard Gilberto | May 27, 2017 12:42 AM ET

After seeing a teammate record the first home run hat trick in the 28-year history of Class A Advanced Frederick on Wednesday, Ryan Mountcastle felt no pressure to do the same thing.

But matching the milestone in the same week gave the Orioles' No. 4 prospect plenty to smile about.

"It was pretty cool that he [Austin Hays] did it the other day and I happened to do it today," Mountcastle said. "It was pretty funny. We made a joke out of it. It was cool to do that with another teammate."

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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Old faces bringing out the best in Frazier

Yankees' No. 2 prospect homers in third consecutive game

By Michael Peng | May 27, 2017 12:03 AM ET

Long before Clint Frazier became one of the poster boys for the Yankees revitalized farm system, he filled a similar role in the Indians organization.

Seeing some familiar faces the past few days drew out a new version of him.

"We spent the last few games in Columbus, so I got a chance to see some guys that I played with before I was traded," he said. "I think that's where it started, whenever I started feeling better in the box. I guess just being around people that I hadn't seen in a while sparked a different side of me at the plate."

After hitting a home run in his first two games against his former team, the Yankees' second-ranked prospect went deep again on Friday as part of a 2-for-3 night that powered Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to a 4-2 win over Toledo at Fifth Third 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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Kluber shows award-winning form for 'Ducks

Former AL Cy Young winner allows one hit over five in rehab start

By Michael Avallone | May 26, 2017 11:14 PM ET

The Indians' present and future was on full display for the 7,706 fans at Canal Park on Friday night. They didn't leave disappointed.

Corey Kluber allowed one hit over five innings in a rehab start and Francisco Mejia had three hits and an RBI as Double-A Akron recorded its second straight shutout, 10-0 over visiting Bowie.

Indians No. 4 prospect Bobby Bradley singled, doubled and drove in three runs for the RubberDucks, who have won four in a row.

Michael Avallone is a contributor to MiLB.com. Followhim 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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Bucs' Keller placed on DL with back strain

Pirates No. 2 prospect exited last start early for Bradenton

By Chris Tripodi | May 26, 2017 8:02 PM ET

Mitch Keller has been pulled early in consecutive starts for different reasons, the second of which landed him on the seven-day disabled list.

The Pirates' No. 2 prospect was placed on the DL on Friday by Class A Advanced Bradenton due to a back strain, a move retroactive to Wednesday. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-hander lasted one inning in his last start on May 16 and allowed two runs, both of which came on a homer by Reds top prospect Nick Senzel.

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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