MiLB teams take Eclipse 2017 in perfect stride

Players, fans soak in historic event at ballparks across the country

August 21, 2017 5:51 PM ET

From Salem-Keizer to Columbia, Minor League teams across the country helped give fans a front-row seat to Monday's much-anticipated total solar eclipse. Check out our rundown of the events:

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Bachar's perfect afternoon earns weekly award

Padres prospect combined on one-hitter in fourth TinCaps outing

By Danny Wild | August 21, 2017 5:08 PM ET

Lake Bachar was perfect for seven innings last Thursday, making him an easy choice when it came to handing out the latest weekly awards. But the right-hander said he wasn't fazed by the gem he threw.

"At a certain point, I don't really try to hide from it, because I feel like that can kind of get you in trouble, at least for me," Bachar told MiLB.com. "I accept it and continue to go out there and do what I need to do."

Bachar and Class A Fort Wayne combined on a one-hitter on Aug. 17 and the right-hander was honored Monday as the Midwest League's Pitcher of the Week. He struck out seven and earned his third win on the circuit. 

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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Jays' Guerrero leads Players of the Week

No. 6 overall prospect hits .462 with three homers in seven games

By Sam Dykstra | August 21, 2017 5:08 PM ET

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s 2017 season has been full of acclaim.

At just 18 years old, the third baseman has climbed from Class A Lansing to Class A Advanced Dunedin and seen his name appear on the Midwest League mid-season and post-season All-Star teams -- thanks to a .316/.409/.480 line with seven homers, one triple and 21 doubles in 71 games. He appeared in the All-Star Futures Game in Miami, where he was the only player on the World Team roster with multiple hits. He's moved from No. 34 on MLB.com's preseason prospect list to his current spot at No. 6.

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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Prospect Roundup: Games of Aug. 20

Acuna continues to tear up Triple-A; German stars as starter

By Sam Dykstra | August 21, 2017 12:42 PM ET

Braves OF Ronald Acuna, Triple-A Gwinnett: 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R, K -- What can possibly stop the Braves' top prospect in 2017? Acuna extended his hitting streak to eight games Sunday with his third straight multi-hit performance. Since joining Gwinnett on July 13, the 19-year-old is hitting .355/.417/.618 with eight homers, two triples, 12 doubles and four steals. That slash line is better than the one he produced over 57 games with Double-A Mississippi and 28 games at Class A Advanced Florida, despite the fact that he's the only teenager in Triple-A. (Brayan Hernandez played three games for Tacoma in June.) Acuna's 20 homers and 37 steals on the season make him one of two members of the 20-30 club -- along with No. 23 Reds prospect Jose Siri (20 homers, 40 steals) -- and one of seven in the 20-20 club: Siri, Scott Kingery, Fernando Tatis Jr., Monte Harrison, Kyle Tucker and Daniel Johnson. At No. 8 on MLB.com's top-100 list, Acuna is the highest prospect of that group, and the fact that he's taken so well to the Minors' highest level only solidifies that standing. He's a strong candidate to move to Atlanta before season's end, though he'd have to move to a corner with Ender Inciarte manning center. That would require bumping Matt Kemp (signed through 2019) or Nick Markakis (signed through 2018) out of the lineup, but with the way Acuna has grown, the Braves shouldn't hesitate to make such a move.

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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IL notes: Bisons' Tellez eyes strong finish

Blue Jays No. 13 prospect has hiked average 60 points in August

By John Wagner | August 21, 2017 10:14 AM ET

Rowdy Tellez had a huge offensive year in 2016.

The slugging first baseman hit 23 homers for Double-A New Hampshire, surpassing the total from his previous two pro seasons combined. And Tellez finished with a career-high 81 RBIs while ranking among the Eastern League leaders in on-base percentage (.387) and slugging (.530) .

But that big year had one negative side effect: it affected his play with Buffalo to start this season.

"I put a lot of pressure on myself to try and reproduce what I did last year instead of just playing the game and letting my abilities show," Tellez said. "I think I put too much pressure on myself by trying to control the uncontrollable -- trying to get to the big leagues instead of focusing on the day-to-day task of putting together solid at-bats to help my team win."

John Wagner 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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Sheffield puts six zeros on board for Quakes

No. 10 Dodgers prospect fans eight in longest Cal League start

By Andrew Battifarano | August 21, 2017 12:51 AM ET

After struggling in his first two California League starts, Jordan Sheffield reminded himself to have a short memory and get back to what he does best on the mound. That worked out just fine for the No. 10 Dodgers prospect on Sunday.

Sheffield allowed three hits and two walks while fanning eight over six scoreless innings as Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga pulled out a 4-3 win over Lake Elsinore at The Diamond.

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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Castro wields heavy lumber for Hawks

Rehabbing Rox infielder ties career highs with five hits, four RBIs

By Michael Avallone | August 21, 2017 12:14 AM ET

Even in a season marred by a two-month stint on the disabled list, Luis Castro figured he'd go out with a bang.

Castro tied career highs with five hits and four RBIs as Class A Short Season Boise outlasted Eugene, 11-6, in 15 innings Sunday night at PK 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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Kingery, Crawford pile up hits in 'Pigs' loss

Phillies No. 3 prospect goes yard again, No. 4 mans hot corner

By Josh Jackson | August 20, 2017 11:47 PM ET

The Phillies' third- and fourth-ranked prospects again demonstrated why they're near the top of the heap in a deep system on Sunday.

Scott Kingery went 3-for-4 with a homer and three runs scored and J.P. Crawford -- a shortstop playing his first professional game at third base -- was 3-for-5 with an RBI in Triple-A Lehigh Valley's 5-4 loss to Charlotte on Sunday at BB&T Ballpark.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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'Wolves' Stewart homers on four-hit day

Tigers prospect leads Double-A with 26 long balls; Hays hits 30th

By Michael Leboff | August 20, 2017 10:59 PM ET

Christin Stewart grabbed the Eastern League home run lead, but the Bowie Baysox inched closer to an Eastern League playoff spot.

The Tigers' No. 5 prospect belted his 26th long ball and posted his second four-hit game of the season in Double-A Erie's 6-5 setback to the first-place Baysox on Sunday at Prince George's Stadium. Stewart also tied a season high with eight total bases, falling a triple shy of the cycle.

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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On the Road: RiverDogs' Murray ponders eclipse

Astronomical phenomenon puts comedic icon in a reflective mood

By Benjamin Hill | August 20, 2017 10:41 PM ET

What does a total solar eclipse have in common with the apocalypse? 

Hopefully nothing, but Monday's astronomical phenomenon put Bill Murray in a reflective mood. Shortly after the conclusion of Saturday evening's Class A Charleston RiverDogs game, the legendary comedian shared his thoughts on the matter with MiLB.com's Ben Hill. 

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

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