No. 1 Draft pick Lewis homers in first at-bat

Twins shortstop connects in debut, goes 2-for-4 in GCL victory

By Danny Wild | June 26, 2017 5:21 PM ET

Royce Lewis wasted no time making a memorable first impression with the Twins.

The No. 1 overall pick in this year's Draft connected for a home run in his first Minor League at-bat on Monday and finished 2-for-4 in the Gulf Coast League Twins' 5-2 victory over the Orioles at CenturyLink Sports Complex.

"It was awesome," Lewis said. "You work so hard and finally become a player in the Minors, and it's a great start to your professional career. Rounding the bases, it felt amazing."

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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Bieber's 11-strikeout effort earns weekly award

Indians' No. 15 prospect went eight innings to win Carolina honors

By Danny Wild | June 26, 2017 3:14 PM ET

The Frederick Keys may be getting a little tired of dealing with Shane Bieber, but the right-hander isn't saying he's sorry.

"It's a fun challenge," Bieber told MiLB.com after his latest outing against the Orioles affiliate on June 22. "You get familiar with teams and orders, and on the flipside, they get to know the pitchers. It becomes a bit of a game of cat-and-mouse."

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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Rays' Gillaspie among Players of the Week

No. 90 overall prospect goes 12-for-25, plates 10 in seven games

By Sam Dykstra | June 26, 2017 3:14 PM ET

Casey Gillaspie likely began the season thinking a Major League debut was a significant possibility at some point in 2017. As late as the middle of June, it had become clear that he'd have to start hitting and hitting in bunches, if that was going to happen.

Last week brought good news on that front.

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 June 25

Dodgers' Diaz continues scorching June; Manning adds more zeros

By Sam Dykstra | June 26, 2017 11:41 AM ET

Nationals OF Andrew Stevenson, Triple-A Syracuse: 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, R, K -- The Nationals' No. 5 prospect showed speed last Wednesday when he stole three bases. He shower power Sunday with his first homer of the season and first at the Triple-A level. What's most relieving, though, for both Washington and the 23-year-old center fielder is that he's starting to hit again as Sunday was his third multi-hit performance in his last five games. Stevenson is 12-for-27 (.444) over his last seven contests, pushing his International League average up from .222 to .254 through 50 games. The 2015 second-rounder has the speed to burn up the basepaths, and a steadily improving hit tool could hasten an MLB callup to a club looking to do more than just win a division title in a down National League East.

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: Adames smiling more for the Bulls

Rays top prospect putting struggles behind him with torrid June

By John Wagner | June 26, 2017 10:38 AM ET

Willy Adames is just a step away from the Major Leagues as he serves as Durham's everyday shortstop. But knowing that did not serve the top prospect in the Rays system very well at the start of the season.

After collecting two hits on Opening Day, Adames struggled at the plate. He batted .210 in 20 April games, then hit .245 in May to raise his average to .230 with two homers and 21 RBIs.

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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Buehler notches 10 strikeouts for Drillers

No. 4 Dodgers prospect starts outing with five consecutive K's

By Michael Avallone | June 26, 2017 12:36 AM ET

In an era largely dominated by hitting, Walker Buehler and Foster Griffin delivered a classic pitching duel between two of the Minors brightest young hurlers Sunday.

Buehler (1-2) struck out a career-high 10 -- including five consecutive batters -- and allowed two hits over five innings in Double-A Tulsa's 2-1 loss to Northwest Arkansas at ONEOK Field. On the other side, Griffin (5-1) scattered five hits and two walks over six scoreless innings for the Naturals.

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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Fireflies' Szapucki throws six scoreless frames

Mets No. 4 prospect carries no-hit bid into sixth, strikes out 10

By Andrew Battifarano | June 25, 2017 11:48 PM ET

A rusty Thomas Szapucki failed to finish off hitters in his first three outings after returning from a shoulder injury. The No. 4 Mets prospect had no such trouble in his fourth start. 

Szapucki tossed six scoreless innings with a season-high 10 strikeouts, but Class A Columbia fell to Kannapolis, 2-1, on Sunday at Spirit Communications Park. The left-hander, who carried a no-hit bid into the sixth, allowed two hits and two walks while reducing his season ERA to 2.82.

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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Adams collect four hits for Canadians

Blue Jays' Draft pick homers in third Minor League game

By Gerard Gilberto | June 25, 2017 11:01 PM ET

Although recording a four-hit game just three days into his professional career is impressive enough, Riley Adams was one relay throw away from recording his first cycle before taking his first bus trip to a road game.

The Blue Jays' third-round pick in this year's Draft went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs as Class A Short Season Vancouver defeated Spokane, 8-3, on Sunday at Nat Bailey Stadium. Adams' effort included first professional homer and two doubles while getting the start behind the plate for the first time since being drafted.

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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Lessons learned helping Nuts' Bannister

M's prospect yields one hit, fans eight in seven shutout innings

By Michael Avallone | June 25, 2017 10:25 PM ET

If his first three months as a professional has taught Nathan Bannister anything, it's that establishing a routine is almost as important as succeeding on the diamond.

Little by little, he's doing both.

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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Cubs' Cease tosses four hitless frames

MLB.com's No. 65 overall prospect fans five, lowers ERA to 2.76

By Michael Leboff | June 25, 2017 10:25 PM ET

Dylan Cease is doing his best to make the most of his limited time. 

The Cubs' No. 3 prospect hurled four hitless innings and struck out five in Class A South Bend's 2-1 loss against Great Lakes on Sunday.

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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