(Photo of Jake Fraley by Mark Wagner)

Here’s the day down on the farm:

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 1 Justus Sheffield, LHS
THU: DNP
2019: 45 IP, 38 H, 19 ER, 29 BB, 34 SO, 3.89 ERA

5.22.2019 — Sheffield showed better control and better command Wednesday — though still not where it needs to be. His slider was fringe-average and his changeup was below average, perhaps explaining the low strikeout total, but this may be a sign of something fixed in the delivery.

The lefty threw 94 pitches, 57 for strikes, and generated 13 ground ball outs.


No. 8 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF
THU: Recalled 5.21.2019
2019: .293/.362/.510, 6-2B, 4-3B, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 16 BB, 35 SO


No. 11 Braden Bishop, CF
THU: 0-4, BB, 2 SO
2019: .287/.368/.478, 8-2B, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 17 BB, 34 SO


No. 12 Erik Swanson, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 1 GS, 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 SO


No. 23 Gerson Bautista, RHR (rehab)
THU: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
2019: 7.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 12 SO, 3 WP


No. 24 David McKay, RHR
THU: Recalled 5.20.2019
2019: 14 G, 5.91 ERA, 21.1 IP, 17 H, 14 BB, 34 SO


No. 33 Matt Festa, RHR
THU: DNP
2019: 9 G, 5.25 ERA, 12 IP, 11 H, 5 BB, 15 SO


No. 37 Tim Lopes, 2B
THU: 0-4
2019: .322/.377/.530, 14-2B, 3B, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 14 BB, 28 SO, 8 SB


MLB Kyle Seager, 3B (rehab) — 1-4

Seager is now 10-39 with two doubles, three walks and seven strikeouts on his rehab assignment.


MLB Sam Tuivailala, RHR (rehab)
THU: DNP
2019: 7 G, 7 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 7 SO


UR Ian Miller, OF
THU: 1-4, 2B
2019: .299/.347/.516, 18-2B, 2-3B, 4 HR, 30 RBI, 13 BB, 36 SO, 10 SB

Miller, 27, isn’t really a prospect at this point — he’s not on the 40-man and lacks the physical tools that project to the big leagues.

But he’s more than taking advantage of the PCL (ballparks, the baseball, pitching) this season — call it the juiced ball if you want, but Miller has 18 doubles this season, four off his career high, and you can’t get to that number in under 170 plate appearances by hitting pop-ups that travel further because of the ballparks and baseballs.

Entering play Thursday, Miller’s line-drive rate was at 26.5% and he’s spraying batted balls evenly to all fields. Time to reca-nyze.


Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

No. 3 Justin Dunn, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 37.1 IP, 34 H, 14 ER, 10 BB, 50 SO, 3.51 ERA


No. 6 Kyle Lewis, OF
THU: 0-3, BB, SO
2019: .225/.333/.351, 8-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 22 RBI, 24 BB, 50 SO, 2 SB


No. 7 Evan White, 1B
THU: 0-4, 2 SO
2019: .233/.328/.330, 4-2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 14 BB, 29 SO


No. 16 Ricardo Sanchez, LHS
THU: DNP
2019: 49 IP, 56 H, 22 ER, 13 BB, 41 SO, 4.04 ERA


No. 17 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
THU: DNP
2019: .262/.346/.461, 4-2B, 3-3B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 17 BB, 41 SO, 8 SB


No. 18 Jake Fraley, OF
THU: 0-2, 2 BB, SB
2019: .316/.394/.506, 10-2B, 2-3B, 5 HR, 26 RBI, 16 BB, 40 SO, 11 SB

Fraley went hitless but drew two free passes and stole a base. The centerfielder is having a strong first half and is ahead of Kyle Lewis and Dom-Thompson-Williams — fellow teammates and outfield prospects — in the path for promotion to Triple-A Tacoma.

Despite 40 strikeouts on the year, Fraley is doing everything else — and 40 whiffs is under 23 percent strikeout rate, which isn’t as bad as it used to be.


No. 26 Wyatt Mills, RHR
THU: DNP

2019:
19.1 IP, 25 H, 11 ER, 9 BB, 19 SO, 2 SVS


No. 25 Art Warren, RHP
THU: DNP (IL)
2019: 1-0, 5 SV, 1.04 ERA, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 10 SO, 5 SVS


No. 29 Darren McCaughan, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 8 GS, 3.74 ERA, 45.2 IP, 47 H, 3 BB, 40 SO


Modesto Nuts (A+) — California League

No. 5 Logan Gilbert, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 29 IP, 18 H, 7 ER, 9 BB, 42 SO, 2.63 ERA


No. 9 Cal Raleigh, C
THU: 2-4
2019: .224/.302/.421, 5-2B, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 16 BB, 38 SO


No. 15 Ljay Newsome, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 10 GS, 58.1 IP, 46 H, 13 ER, 7 BB, 82 SO, 2.01 ERA

5.22.2019 — Newsome threw 77 of 94 pitches for strikes (81.9%). which is ridiculous. Striking out 10 batters while poudning the zone like that strongly suggests his combo of stuff and command may not be enough of a challenge for him at this stage.

Fully expect Newsome to see Double-A Arkansas in 2019 and it may come before the All-Star break.


No. 20 Jake Haberer, RHR
THU: DNP
2019: 13 G, 18 IP, 10 H, 9 BB, 30 SO, 4.26 ERA


No. 21 Joey Gerber, RHP
THU: DNP
2019: 14 G, 15.1 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 7 BB, 23 SO, 2.93 ERA, 5 SV


No. 27 Luis Liberato, CF
THU: DNP
2019: .288/.362/.448, 5-2B, 7 HR, 19 BB, 40 SO, 4 SB

Liberato has the same number of extra-base hits as 45-year-old rookie Jason A. Churchill since May 11, a span of 10 games.


No. 36 Joe Rizzo, 3B
THU: 0-3, BB
2019: .326/.387/.430, 12-2B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 17 BB, 30 SO


No. 40 Connor Kopach, 2B
THU: 2-4, 3B
2019: .275/.340/.420, 7-2B, 2-3B, 3 HR, 11 BB, 37 SO, 11 SB

Kopach played right field and had three assists. He’s a natural shortstop who’s been playing a lot of second base. Plus speed, 55 arm, fluid athlete. Chance to be a utility type of the bats keep moving in this direction.


UR J.T. Salter
THU: DNP
2019: 4 G, 6 IP, 0 H, 2 BB 7 SO


West Virginia Power (A) — South Atlantic League

No. 2 — Jarred Kelenic, OF
THU: 1-4, RBI, 2 SO
2019: .304/.393/.544, 13-2B, 3B, 8 HR, 23 RBI, 22 BB, 43 SO, 7 SB


No. 4 — Julio Rodriguez, OF
THU: (IL, wrist)
2019: .355/.429/.452, 3-2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SO


No. 15 Damon Casetta-Stubbs, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 24.2 IP, 33 H, 17 ER, 5 BB, 20 SO, 7.82 ERA


No. 22 Ryne Inman, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 9 GS, 43 IP, 34 H, 18 ER, 17 BB, 56 SO, 3.77 ERA


No. 31 Nolan Hoffman, RHR
THU: DNP (IL)
2019: 9 G, 1.08 ERA, 4 SVS, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 SO


No. 34 Joseph Rosa, 2B
THU: 3-4, 2-2B, RBI
2019: .268/.390/.359, 7-2B, 2 HR, 22 BB, 33 SO, 5 SB


No. 35 Dean Nevarez, C
THU: 0-4, 2 SO
2019: .230/.344/.574, 5-2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 6 BB, 19 SO


No. 38 Elias Espino, RHR
THU: DNP (IL)
2019: 5 G, 2.77 ERA, 13 IP, 7 H, 9 BB, 17 SO


UR Deivy Florido, RHS
THU: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, BB, 2 SO
2019: 4 G, 3 GS, 16.1 IP, 17 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 14 SO

 

Jason A. Churchill

Churchill founded Prospect Insider in 2006 after getting his start at InsidethePark.com. He spent several years covering prep, college and pro sports for various newspapers, including The News Tribune and Seattle PI.

Jason spent 4 1/2 years at ESPN and two years at CBS Radio prior to joining HERO Sports in July, 2016.

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