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Around the Minors: The week of June 14

Sights and sounds from action across Minor League Baseball
June 20, 2021

June 20

June 20

Hitting the trifecta, or three extra points
In the Triple-A Sugar Land-El Paso 24-15 slugfest that seemed more like a football score, Jake Meyers etched his name in the record books by going yard three times for the Skeeters. The Astros farmhand has six long balls in the past three games.

Ever Wander what it was like?
The No. 1 prospect in baseball -- yes, Wander Franco -- heads for his Major League debut with the full support of his Triple-A Durham teammates and coaches.

The time is now ... or Tuesday
Wander Franco is ready to debut in The Show. He posted a slash line of .315/.367/.586 with seven homers, six triples, 11 doubles, 35 RBIs and 30 runs over 39 games for the Triple-A Durham Bulls. And reporter Sam Dykstra has another fun fact on the 20-year-old:

Tork finding his torque
Over the course of a six-game introduction to Double-A, top Tigers prospect Spencer Torkelson has fared well. The top Tigers prospect is batting .311 with three multi-hit games with the SeaWolves. And after homering Sunday, he's got two homers in the past three days.

What he said
We'd be hard-pressed to offer up Father's Day greetings as well as Bobby Witt Jr. Because not only is the Royals shortstop prospect No. 7 in all of baseball, he's also a legacy player. Also, our kicks aren't as cool.

A first for everything
Third-ranked Red Sox prospect Jarren Duran smacked the first walk-off homer since Triple-A Worcester opened the gates of Polar Park at the start of the season. To mark the moment, he discarded his jersey and donned an Uncle Sam hat.

Ending a no-hitter the long way
Double-A Arkansas was working on a six-pitcher no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning when Miguel Vargas stepped to the plate for Tulsa. The Dodgers' No. 11 prospect promptly launched a 468-foot homer.

Immaculate start
Reid Detmers opened his outing by tossing an immaculate inning -- nine pitches, nine strikes, three strikeouts. The second-ranked Angels prospect finished with a career-best 14 punchouts and lowered his ERA to 3.34 while amassing 60 whiffs over 35 innings this season.

June 19

Stealing the night away
The Hillsboro Hops added seven stolen bases on Saturday to bring their MiLB and MLB-leading total to 113 stolen bases in 39 games.

The grass is Greene-r
Riley Greene notched his fourth three-hit game of the season with Double-A Erie -- falling just a single shy of hitting for the cycle. The 20-year-old is sporting a .286/.392/.503 slash line this season.

Top Rangers prospect Josh Jung absolutely hammered this ball to straightaway center and banged it off the batter's eye for his second dinger of the season.

Five alive
Last year's No. 5 overall pick Austin Martin turned in the first five-hit night of his career. The second-ranked Blue Jays prospect finished 5-for-6 with a pair of doubles, four RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base. Martin sports a 65-grade hitting tool and that was clearly on display with Double-A New Hampshire.

Celebrating history
The Pensacola Blue Wahoos welcomed players from the Pensacola Seagulls squad onto the field before Saturday's game as part of the club's Juneteenth celebration.

Milestone effort
Troy Johnston hit for the cycle while driving in six runs for High-A Beloit on Saturday night. The Marlins prospect crushed a two-run homer on the first pitch of the game he saw, laced a two-run double into center in the second, motored around the bags for an RBI triple to center in the fourth and completed the feat with his fourth RBI-knock -- a single back up the middle in the eighth.

Flipping in the rain
Yankees slugger Luke Voit continued his rehab assignment with Double-A Somerset and crushed his second dinger in as many games. The first baseman mashed this one through the rain and added the bat flip for style points.

Jeter shows range at short
Jeter Downs has been swinging a hot bat lately, but the second-ranked Red Sox prospect is also making a case to get a bump on that 50-grade fielding score. Downs makes a sensational diving play in the hole at short for Triple-A Worcester to record the out at first.

It's a walk-off
There would be no extra innings on Peyton Burdick's watch. The No. 12 Marlins prospect blasts this walk-off homer to left with two outs in the ninth to lift Double-A Pensacola to a thrilling victory.

Straight gas
Fourth-ranked Marlins prospect Edward Cabrera touched 100 mph on the radar gun Saturday while whiffing seven over 4 1/3 frames. It was the right-hander's first Double-A start since 2019.

Now that's a flex
Red Sox outfielder Marcus Wilson helps Triple-A Worcester out of a bases loaded, one-out jam in the first inning after making the play in right and sending an absolute laser to the plate for the 9-2 double play.

Honoring history
Lansing will honor the Page Fence Giants tonight with these special jerseys. The Giants played out of Adrian, Michigan, from 1895 to 1898 and were considered one of the top Black teams of the 1890’s.

June 18

Express cycle
Getting the hard parts out of the way early with a triple in second and a homer in the fourth, Curtis Terry doubled in the eighth and completed the cycle with an RBI single in the ninth. It marked the third cycle in Triple-A Round Rock history while also being the first four-hit game of the season for the Rangers' No. 26 prospect.

Bandits take all the hits away
Royals No. 18 prospect Zach Haake spun six hitless frames before turning the ball over to Dante Biasi, who nailed down the final nine outs and secure the 12th no-hitter in Quad Cities history. It was also the first nine-inning no-no for the River Bandits since 2001.

Tork Tank 2.0
After launching five homers for High-A West Michigan, Spencer Torkelson left the yard for the first time with Double-A Erie. Baseball's No. 3 overall prospect also added his first double at the level in his fourth game since the promotion.

Ring the alarm
At a Minor League game, you never know what could happen. On Friday, things got alarming in the Low-A Southeast. In the bottom of the fourth, Jupiter catcher Cameron Barstad stepped up to the plate and fouled a ball so far from the field of play, it hit a fire alarm, causing it to go off and the game to be delayed. To apologize for the damage, Barstad then signed the ball for Hammerheads general manager Jamie Toole.

Near-perfect first impression
In his first Triple-A start, Zach Logue held Rochester to one hit and no walks over seven scoreless innings. The Blue Jays prospect, who made one relief appearance for Buffalo in 2019, struck out eight in his return to the level.

Voit powers up with Patriots
In his second rehab game with Double-A Somerset, Luke Voit ripped a two-run double off the wall, then slugged a solo shot for the Patriots. The Yankees slugger was placed on the injured list on May 27 with a right oblique strain.

June 17

The silver lining
Although St. Paul fell to Iowa, 12-2, Milwaukee's Triple-A affiliate did achieve a milestone -- the first triple play in the club's history. Third baseman Daniel Descalso knocked down a line drive by Ian Miller and threw to Tomás Telis at home for the first out. The backstop went to JT Riddle, who was covering third, and he relayed to Drew Maggi at second to complete the feat.

Out at the plate
Playing as the Micro Brews, Carolina capped off a victory over Fayetteville by catching a runner trying to steal home. Abner Uribe -- Milwaukee's No. 30 prospect -- threw to 11th-ranked Zavier Warren to nab Bryan Arias at the plate.

Location, location
Pirates No. 14 prospect Mason Martin apparently can send home runs careening over the fence in left-center field as easily as the one in right. After doing both to lead the Double-A Curve to victory, the first baseman has seven total this season.

Perfect night at the plate
After a couple weeks with the Smokies, Brennen Davis looks like he has found his bearings. The Cubs' No. 2 prospect went a career-high 4-for-4 with his first Double-A homer, four runs scored, two RBIs, a stolen base and a walk.

The good news for Greene
In his Triple-A debut, second-ranked Reds prospect Hunter Greene struck out the side in the first inning for Triple-A Louisville, reaching 104 mph. The bad news was that the 21-year-old righty also allowed three solo home runs by Omaha.

Collecting dingers
Before this week, Andrés Giménez had one homer in 21 games after Cleveland sent the shortstop to Triple-A Columbus. But now he's hit one in each of the past four games.

'Touch-'em-all time'
Dictionary definition of no-doubter: Second-ranked Tigers prospect Riley Greene leaves the park (and maybe the zip code) with his seventh homer of the year for the Double-A SeaWolves.

Zombro tweets his thanks
The baseball world gave thanks for Tyler Zombro's recovery after the right-handed Rays prospect was felled by a line drive during Triple-A Durham's game on June 3. The 26-year-old has returned the favor in his first Twitter posts since that night.

June 16

Off on the right foot
After a stress fracture in his foot delayed the start of his season, top Rangers prospect Josh Jung homered in his second game with the Double-A RoughRiders.

There's warm and there's red-hot
Gametime temperature was 82 degrees at Double-A Rocket City's Toyota Field, but it didn't bother Cooper Criswell a bit. The right-handed Angels prospect bested his single-game career high in strikeouts by five while racking up 14 for the Trash Pandas against the Shuckers.

A more Natural triple
The first three-bagger of the year for Bobby Witt Jr. was actually a home run that turned into a triple because Kansas City's top prospect was ruled to have never touched the plate. On this one in the first inning for Double-A Northwest Arkansas, Witt slides in safely at third. The 21-year-old added his 11th long ball in the fifth and a ground-rule double in the ninth to fall a single shy of the cycle.

Can't wait to see the treats
One of these things is not like the other. But all canines -- real or human -- are welcome at the Triple-A Nationals affiliate's friendly confines.

The future in the present
The Rays and their fan base might be dreaming of Wander Franco lacing a triple, but two? Well, yeah, they probably are. In the first, the top prospect in baseball drove in Vidal Bruján with a three-bagger for the Triple-A Bulls. Then he added another, his fifth triple of the year, in the third.

From the infield out
Even though he plays shortstop for Double-A Altoona, third-ranked Pittsburgh prospect Oneil Cruz showed he can man the outfield as well. Baseball's No. 50 overall prospect made a perfect throw from left field to nail the 15th-best prospect in the game, Erie's Riley Greene, at home plate.

First hit, first RBI
It's an old axiom that the jump to Double-A can be the toughest adjustment for a prospect, but it didn't take long for top Tigers prospect Spencer Torkelson to get into the swing of things for the SeaWolves. The 21-year-old drove in his first run with his first single.

June 15

Smooth as silk
MLB Pipeline's No. 12 overall prospect Marco Luciano stroked his eighth homer of the season with the San Jose Giants. The effortless looking swing created a 112 mph exit velocity on the blast.

Not missing a step
Top Rangers prospect Josh Jung returned to action after missing time with a foot injury and knocked a base hit into left in his first at-bat for his first knock of the year.

Clutch powerJo Adell's latest blast didn't just continue to pace all of the Minor Leagues at 16, the roundtripper also tied the game for Triple-A Salt Lake.

Cycle watch!
MLB Pipeline's top overall prospect Wander Franco is now just a dinger shy of a cycle for Triple-A Durham.

June 14

The Bart-er system
With his fourth game with at least three hits this season, second-ranked Giants prospect Joey Bart improved his slash line for the year with the Triple-A River Cats to .353/.396/.635. In 22 games, he's plated 23 runs and scored 15 times.

Back in the groove
Top Mariners prospect Jarred Kelenic isn't letting the proverbial turf grow under his feet since returning to the Triple-A Rainiers. The 21-year-old went yard in his second straight game.

Only one-third of the game is over
By the end of the top half of the third inning in the Triple-A Reno-Las Vegas game, Josh VanMeter had two home runs for the Aces. Vimael Machin capped the bottom half of the third with a grand slam to give him seven RBIs for the Aviators after three frames.

Padding his stats
Angels outfielder Jo Adell already tops the Triple-A West leaderboard in homers. With his third triple of the year, the 22-year-old moved into a six-way tie for the circuit lead in three-baggers with teammates Matt Thaiss and Luis Rengifo, El Paso's John Andreoli, Reno's Ben DeLuzio and Las Vegas' Luis Barrera.

Twice as clutch
Third-ranked Padres prospect Luis Campusano delivered with two outs twice for the Triple-A Chihuahuas. He roped an RBI double in the third and then singled in a run in the seventh.

The week that was
The home runs are starting to leave ballparks with great frequency, not to mention great velocity. But that doesn't mean pitchers aren't finding success. Some have been downright unhittable. Review the action here.