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Around the Minors: The week of July 19

Sights and sounds from action across Minor League Baseball
July 26, 2021

July 25

July 25

Talk about a perfect night Astros' 25th-ranked prospect Ronnie Dawson helped lift Triple-A Sugar Land to a 10-8 victory after going 4-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and a pair of runs scored for the Skeeters. It's the second straight game with an extra-base hit for the 26-year-old, who has also drive in five runs over his last two games.

Flexing the clutch gene in grand fashion Down two in the seventh inning, Nick Pratto stepped to the dish with the bases loaded. After quickly falling behind 0-2 in the count, the fifth-ranked Royals prospect crushed a go-ahead grand slam that would prove to be the difference for Triple-A Omaha. Not a bad way to get acclimated to your new club just six games in.

Can't touch this In his best start of the season, Adam Wolf was unhittable for six innings -- working around three walks to strike out a career-high nine to pace High-A West Michigan's 3-0 blanking of Lansing. The Tigers' prospect retired the first six batters he faced before issuing a walk to lead off the third. Still, no baserunners made it into scoring position while the left-hander was on the mound. Wolf now has 64 whiffs over 64 2/3 total innings pitched this season.

Feeling at home After mashing 15 home runs with Double-A Birmingham, Micker Adolfo connected with his first long ball for Triple-A Charlotte. The sixth-ranked White Sox prospect enjoyed it so much, he clubbed his second on the very next pitch he saw in the game. Adolfo finished with three knocks and tied a season high with five RBIs in his fourth game with the Knights.

Drilling into the record books
It was a historic effort by Double-A Tulsa on Sunday. The Drillers plated a franchise-best 23 runs -- eclipsing the previous record of 22 set on July 29, 1990. The teams also combined for 31 total runs, which is the second highest tally for a game ever played at ONEOK Field. Dodgers' No. 11 prospect Miguel Vargas led the charge with a career-best eight-RBI effort.

Let's hug it out It's moments like this one that remind everyone that baseball, after all, is still a game. Toronto's No. 3 prospect Jordan Groshans hits a slow dribbler back to the mound, and Phillies' hurler Zach Warren collects it and blocks the path up the first-base line. Rather than be tagged, Groshans opts to hug Warren and playfully knock the ball out of his hand after the out is made.

Fire Sale In a rehab start with Double-A Portland, Red Sox ace Chris Sale was in vintage form. The left-hander recorded nine of his 11 outs via strikeout and allowed two runs on six hits without issuing a walk. Sale was pulled after tossing 46 of his 64 pitches for strikes.

Having a grand ole time If this feels like deja vu, you're not crazy. For the second straight day, Travis Demeritte mashed a grand slam for Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves farmhand has notched three grand slams over his last seven games. Demeritte has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games -- with a dinger in seven of those contests -- and has driven in 12 runs over his last three games.

We have liftoff in center Tigers' prospect Brady Policelli does it all on this play. The 26-year-old tracks this ball into the gap in right-center before taking flight and making the full-extension dive to make the play. The catch took away an extra-base hit, at least one RBI and kept Binghamton off the board to preserve Erie's 1-0 advantage. Policelli, who has played every defensive position this season aside from pitcher, sports a perfect fielding percentage in center this year.

July 24

New level, same results
In his debut at the Minors' highest level, it was more of the same for Reid Detmers. The second-ranked Angels prospect whiffed nine over six scoreless frames for Triple-A Salt Lake. It's the sixth start this season with at least nine strikeouts for the 2020 No. 10 overall Draft pick. It also marked the second scoreless outing for the left-hander this season.

Making his mark It wasn't just that Brett Baty connected with his first Double-A homer since being promoted to Binghamton on July 10. It's that the fourth-ranked Mets prospect did it as part of a perfect 4-for-4 night with a pair of doubles -- that included the go-ahead two-run knock in the bottom of the seventh -- and a Rumble Ponies season-high six RBIs.

Lucky No. 9
Make it nine straight at-bats now for Angels farmhand Gavin Cecchini with a hit. The steak is the longest in the Minors and includes a homer, three doubles and three RBIs. The 27-year-old is currently sporting a .444 average across 14 games with Triple-A Salt Lake this season.

Sign her up!
Now THIS is flashing the leather. A young fan at the High-A Winston-Salem game shows off her skill when a foul ball goes bouncing into the stands on the first base side. As long arms and masses of people take swipes for the ball, it is the young girl who effortlessly puts her glove out and snatches it with ease. We are with you, Dash, get her a contract!

Not 1, not 2 ...
It was a milestone night for Rockies farmhand Taylor Motter, who became the eighth player in Triple-A Albuquerque history to club a trifecta. The 31-year-old mashed solo shots in his first three at-bats -- achieving the feat when he led off the fifth inning. It might not have happened otherwise either, because it was Game 1 of a doubleheader so the game only lasted seven frames.

Count it! Even with the Minor League-lead in tow, this one had to feel good. Griffin Conine swatted his first dinger with Double-A Pensacola -- a two-run shot with two outs in the fourth inning. The blast was his 24th of the season and continues to pace the circuit. It's his fifth game since joining the Blue Wahoos.

Well, that's one way to get your point across Call on the field, aside, Senators skipper Tripp Keister knew he needed to make this point. In fact, he got so heated, he decided that disrobing was the best way to do that. It might have worked, we're not sure, but he certainly walked off with a look of satisfaction.

Ducks on a pond...no more
Talk about blowing it open. Fourth-ranked Tigers prospect Dillon Dingler turned a one-run game into a five-run cushion for Double-A Erie with one swing of the bat. It's the 22-year-old's third homer with the SeaWolves and 11th of the year.

Getting dirty to make the play
Watch it again! The effort here from Tyler Tolbert is simply outstanding. It's not just all the ground he covers going from second base to deep into foul territory, it's not just the over-the-shoulder grab, it's not just the dive and the extension at the end... it's all of it. What a play by the Royals prospect for Low-A Columbia!

July 23

This one will last a lifetime Anchored by five hitless frames from fifth-ranked Dodgers prospect Bobby Miller -- Clayton Beeter, Jacob Cantleberry and Cameron Gibbens combined to throw a no-hitter for the Loons. The feat served as the first no-no in the 15-year history of Great Lakes, which has served as both a Low-A and High-A affiliate for the Dodgers since 2007, and the fifth in High-A Central this season.

A dozen will do it Talk about winning a battle. On the 12th pitch of the at-bat, top A's prospect Tyler Soderstrom belted his 12th dinger of the season for Low-A Stockton. A three-run blast to right.

A milestone flex
The already short list of things that Keibert Ruiz hasn't done yet in the Minors just got shorter. The top Dodgers prospect clubbed his first professional three-homer game for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The performance marked the 23-year-old's fourth multi-dinger game of the season and seventh of his career.

Talk about a first impression
It's only been four games since Bobby Witt Jr. was promoted to Triple-A Omaha, but the top Royals prospect has made the most of his time with his new club. Witt already notched 10 hits -- including a homer and a double -- scored five times and drove in a pair of runs. He is sporting a .476 average with the Storm Chasers.

Smooth as silk After reaching base four times already in the game, Austin Martin shows he's more than just a bat. The second-ranked Blue Jays prospect makes this silky smooth play at short for Double-A New Hampshire.

You can put it on the board In just his fourth game with the Storm Chasers, Nick Pratto connected with his first Triple-A homer. The fifth-ranked Royals prospect launched 15 dingers with Double-A Northwest Arkansas earlier this year.

I wanna be, I wanna be, like... Jonah? It took a perfectly timed leap, but Jonah Davis takes flight and takes a home run away from Dermis Garcia to keep the Patriots off the board. David entered the game sporting a .992 fielding percentage.

Racking up the K's For the second straight start with Triple-A Louisville, Hunter Greene struck out nine batters and touched 101 mph with his fastball. The second-ranked Reds prospect has posted at least nine punchouts five times this season.

Hard to argue with this
There actually may not be any prospect in the Minors hotter than Orelvis Martinez. The Blue Jays' infield prospect has mashed 10, yes count 'em 10, home runs over his last 10 games with three multihomer games --- including a three-dinger effort -- over this stretch.

Like he never left
In his first at-bat after announcing a retirement on social media and then returning to the club about 24 hours later, Yermin Mercedes clubbed a monster home run for Triple-A Charlotte against Durham.

July 22

Tripling up on triples
Padres farmhand Taylor Kohlwey didn't have any triples coming into Thursday's game, but he left with three. It was the first time any Triple-A Chihuahuas player racked up three in a game. And, looking back at the Pacific Coast League that El Paso was part of, the feat was only accomplished nine times from 1903-2019.

Sometimes you just gotta boogie
Second-ranked Astros prospect Pedro Leon celebrated capping his first multihit game with the Triple-A Skeeters following his second double and third hit of the game. Can't remember seeing a better happy dance yet this season.

The squeaky-clean dozen
The Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate notched its franchise-record 12th consecutive victory on the heels of a dominant start by Angel Rondón. The club's ninth-ranked prospect allowed one hit and a walk while fanning five over six innings of relief in the Redbirds' shutout of the Bats.

DSL hitting not on the old DL
Offense was at a premium in the Dominican Summer League. The Mariners squad racked up 22 runs on 15 hits. The Yankees 2 team compiled 21 runs on 13 hits. But there were no cycles or three-homer games. In fact, the lone long ball of the contest belonged to Daury Arias of the Yankees.

Exponential improvement
Tigers No. 13 prospect Kody Clemens has doubled his home run total for the Triple-A Mud Hens this season in two days. On Thursday, he collected the third multihomer game of his career. By the way, in the past two games, he's also gone yard back-to-back with Toledo teammate Renato Núñez.

Wait, which Patriots are they?
Somerset became the Yankees' Double-A affiliate this season, but with a pair of homers from New York's No. 10 prospect Brandon Lockridge and another pair from catcher Jason Lopez, it seemed like they collected a touchdown, an extra point and a field goal in the NFL in a shutout of the visiting Curve.

Finding the fences
Top Indians prospect Nolan Jones has been in a groove for the Triple-A Clippers with homers in three straight games. The 23-year-old now has eight for the season with 34 runs and 30 RBIs in 66 games.

July 21

Spanberger's king for a night
Everything was coming up Chad Spanberger on Wednesday. The Brewers' outfield prospect racked up a three-homer game on a five-hit night in which he drove in nine runs and scored four times for the Double-A Shuckers. The RBI total bested Biloxi's previous record by three.

The future is now
At the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, second-ranked Cubs prospect Brennen Davis homered twice en route to picking up Most Valuable Player honors. On Wednesday, he did that for the first time in a regular-season game for the Double-A Smokies.

Well, that was unexpected
The first Triple-A homer by Bobby Witt Jr. did not leave the yard. The top Royals prospect skied a fly ball to left-center field for the Storm Chasers in the third inning. As the Saints outfielders tried to track it down, Witt raced around the bases and slid head-first into home before the relay got to the plate.

Equal opportunity
The first pro multihomer game by Adley Rutschman was an impressive one. In the fifth inning, the top Orioles prospect launched a two-run homer to right-center field while batting from the left side for the Double-A Baysox. Two innings later, he belted a three-run shot from the right side to left en route to a career-high seven-RBI night.

Everything's under control
On June 22, fifth-ranked Yankees prospect Luis Gil delivered four hitless innings for the Triple-A RailRiders. Trouble was that he walked seven in the contest against Lehigh Valley. On Wednesday against Rochester, the 23-year-old was much sharper. In six no-hit innings, he matched a season high with nine strikeouts while walking only two. RailRiders relievers Reggie McClain and Stephen Ridings finished off the Yankees' first Triple-A no-hitter since May 20, 2004.

Liberating start for Liberatore
Top Cardinals prospect Matthew Liberatore delivered his first scoreless outing of the year for the Triple-A Redbirds. The 21-year-old southpaw matched a season high with nine strikeouts and did not issue a walk, scattering four hits over six frames against the Bats.

Clothes do not make the man
The Stripers donned home pinstriped jerseys for their doubleheader opener against the Tides and then the alternate green jerseys for the second game. It didn't matter to Cristian Pache, who cranked a solo homer in both halves of the double dip. The top Braves prospect has five long balls in 36 games at Triple-A this year.

July 20

Kneed for approval
Fifth-ranked D-backs prospect Blake Walston was in the midst of the start of his career for the High-A Hops. The 20-year-old southpaw took a no-hitter into the seventh en route to a career-high 11 strikeouts. But something rather unusual happened to bust his bid for history. Brett Auerbach homered on one knee for the Emeralds' first hit. The Astros' catching prospect probably felt right at home in that unconventional stance.

Hungry like the Yankees' No. 15 prospect
Tonight's dictionary definition: Duran Duran. That's '80s speak for Ezequiel Duran homering twice. The 22-year-old second baseman notched his second career multihomer game and also tripled en route to a professional-best six-RBI night for the High-A Renegades.

Mother Nature tops 'em all
Double-A Erie and Binghamton got in the full nine innings with the SeaWolves emerging victorious, 12-7, but then torrential rains rolled in at Mirabito Stadium. Top Tigers prospect Spencer Torkelson and fourth-ranked Dillon Dingler pinched in to help the Mets affiliate's crew get the diamond covered as quickly as possible.

Career day
Right-handed Rays prospect Tobias Myers was not only unhittable, he was downright perfect over six frames for the Double-A Biscuits. The 22-year-old threw 81 pitches, 60 for strikes, en route to racking up a career-high 12 strikeouts against the Blue Wahoos.

Ready for his closeup
Yankees infield prospect Armando Alvarez dove into the camera well and came up with the out to end the third inning for the Triple-A RailRiders at PNC Field. The 27-year-old has spent the bulk of his time at the hot corner, but was playing first for the eighth time this season against the visiting Red Wings.

Tork's torque
You know a home run is impressive when the opposing broadcaster waxes poetic about it. That was the case when Spencer Torkelson teed off for the eighth time this year for Double-A Erie. Binghamton announcer Jacob Wilkins declared Detroit's top prospect is living up to the hype and his no-doubter was the longest dinger seen at Mirabito Stadium this year.

Triple-A, meet Bobby Witt Jr.
Top Royals prospect Bobby Witt Jr. didn't waste any time getting up his first hit with the Storm Chasers out of the way. He laced a line-drive single to center field in his first at-bat against the Saints. The 21-year-old shortstop went 2-for-6 with a run scored in his first game at the new level. Fifth-ranked Nick Pratto, who also made his debut, went 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored.

July 19

A memory second to none
Planning to retire after the next Triple-A River Cats game, Drew Robinson made an indelible impression in his penultimate game against the Express with a circus catch on a sinking liner by Elier Hernandez. It took a minute or two to confirm that, as umpires discussed whether or not the ball hit the ground between the first time the Giants outfielder caught the ball and the second time. In the end, the out was recorded and Robinson's web gem sealed.

Is it man or Machín?
It was both in the first inning for the Triple-A Aviators. A's farmhand Vimael Machín absolutely crushed his sixth homer of the year to clear the bases and highlight the club's six-run start to the game.

Back in the swing of things
Making his first rehab appearance since a back strain sent him to the injured list on June 25, Angels outfielder Justin Upton couldn't wait to swing the stick. Most fans at Rainier Stadium had not even reached their seats when the five-time Major League All-Star blasted the first pitch of the game over the left-field fence for a leadoff home run for the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees.

Hot to the touch
If Osiris Johnson isn't careful, he's going to start getting billed for new baseballs. The No. 28 Marlins prospect went deep three times, tallying four hits and a career-high seven RBIs in the Rookie-level Florida Complex League. After struggling with Low-A Jupiter to begin the Minor League season, Johnson has been a nightmare for opposing pitchers in the FCL. Through 12 games, the 20-year-old is batting .370/.453/.826 with 11 extra-base hits, including five homers, and 19 RBIs.

The week that was
Top Yankees prospect Jasson Dominguez made his Low-A debut to high fanfare. Walk-off grand slams and inside-the-park homers were in vogue, as were multiple-homer games and double-digit strikeout totals by prospects at almost every level of the Minor Leagues. Review all the action here.