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(Photo of Braden Bishop by Jeff Halstead/Tacoma Rainiers)

Here’s how the top prospects performed down on the farm Thursday:

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 1 Justus Sheffield, LHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 49 IP, 44 H, 22 ER, 30 BB, 40 SO, 4.13 ERA


No. 8 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF
FRI: 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
FRI: 2-4, 2B, GSHR, 4 RBI, SB
2019: .293/.378/.500, 13-2B, 7 HR, 29 RBI, 21 BB, 38 SO, 2 SB


No. 12 Erik Swanson, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 3 GS, 11 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 14 SO


No. 23 Gerson Bautista, RHR (rehab)
FRI: G1: 2 IP, H, BB, 0 SO | G2: DNP
2019: 9 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 15 SO, 3 WP

Bautista sat 95-97 mph with a slider at 84-87 he threw for strikes — the slider was above average in this outing, with command in and out of the zone. The hit yielded was a routine ground ball that snuck under the glove of Lopes at third base on a skip-hop.

The walk was of the four-pitch variety, a continual concern for Bautista. Even average control and he is a mainstay big-leaguer.


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


No. 27 Luis Liberato, CF
FRI: DNP (IL)
2019: .288/.363/.444, 5-2B, 7 HR, 29 RBI, 20 BB, 41 SO, 4 SB


No. 33 Matt Festa, RHR
FRI: 0.1 IP
2019: 11 G, 4.50 ERA, 14.1 IP, 12 H, 6 BB, 19 SO


No. 37 Tim Lopes, 2B
FRI:1-4, RBI, SO, SB
2019: .326/.373/.513, 18-2B, 3B, 5 HR, 32 RBI, 16 BB, 34 SO, 11 SB


No. 40 Connor Kopach, 2B/CF
FRI: 0-4, BB, 2 SO
2019: .274/.351/.402, 8-2B, 2-3B, 3 HR, 17 BB, 45 SO, 11 SB


Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

No. 3 Justin Dunn, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 43.1 IP, 40 H, 17 ER, 12 BB, 54 SO, 3.53 ERA


No. 6 Kyle Lewis, OF
FRI: 1-4, 3B, RBI, 2 SO
2019: .226/.325/.350, 9-2B, 2-3B, 3 HR, 27 RBI, 26 BB, 58 SO, 2 SB


No. 7 Evan White, 1B
FRI: 2-4, SO
2019: .248/.341/.333, 4-2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 16 BB, 32 SO


No. 16 Ricardo Sanchez, LHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 55.1 IP, 62 H, 24 ER, 13 BB, 46 SO, 3.90 ERA


No. 17 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
FRI: 0-4, 2 SO
2019: .250/.333/.450, 5-2B, 3-3B, 7 HR, 20 RBI, 19 BB, 46 SO, 10 SB


No. 18 Jake Fraley, OF
FRI: 2-4, HR, 3 RBI, SB
2019: .333/.404/.570, 13-2B, 2-3B, 9 HR, 38 RBI, 17 BB, 44 SO, 13 SB

Fraley’s sason numbers are so good right now there’s no need to use splits to describe how well he’s performed at the plate, but for fun, check this out, eh?

Fraley batted .371/.440/.639 in May and leads the Texas Lead in hitting and slugging percentage, and is 4th in OBP. His nine homers are the third-most in the circuit and he took over the TL’s wRC+ lead with tonight’s performance.

Before the game Friday I caught up with a scout to get some additional 411 on Fraley, starting with the power surge. Is it real?

“Sure, yeah, enough of it is,” the scout said. “He’s not likely to go out and hit long balls at his recent pace all year, but this is baseball. Sometimes big bashes come in big bunches. He’s find the fat part of the bat a lot.”

The scout raved about Fraley’s all-around game more than anything. “It’s tough to find something he sucks at, ya know?” the scout said, laughing. “You never want to get caught looking for reasons not to like a guy but the last three or four times I’ve seen him he’s shown me something. A few weeks back he went 1-5 I think and the one was a single. But he drove a couple more and looked like a fighter.

“He’s sturdy in the box, the head and hands follow only contact and that’s what you want to see. You can pitch to him, but he’s closes some hold and the added pow does a lot to change a pitcher’s willingness to come in.”

Fraley’s quiet mechanically but has above-average bat speed and the swing produces backspin a lot more than it used to, dating back to his college days.

“I wasn’t on him that hard,” an area scout remembers from the 2016 draft where Fraley was selected by the Rays at No. 77 overall. “He was a college coach’s dream and it’s easy to fall for him, and most scouts did, but it was tough to see how the bat would project (to the big leagues).”

Well, it’s projecting now, and honestly, the Mariners are probably running out of reasons to keep him in Arkansas. If he gets some time in Tacoma this summer, he probably sees the majors before the end of the year.

I haven’t settled where he’ll land in the June Prospect Rankings Update because the draft picks will have something to say about the Top 40 (and the Top 10), but he’s moving up further than anyone else in the Top 20.


No. 26 Wyatt Mills, RHR
FRI:
DNP
2019:
23 IP, 27 H, 12 ER, 10 BB, 22 SO, 2 SVS


No. 25 Art Warren, RHP
FRI: 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
FRI: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, BB, 5 SO
2019: 10 GS, 3.07 ERA, 58.2 IP, 57 H, 4 BB, 49 SO


Modesto Nuts (A+) — California League

No. 2 — Jarred Kelenic, OF
FRI: 1-4, 2 SO
2019: .308/.392/.595, 14-2B, 3-3B, 12 HR, 31 RBI, 25 BB, 46 SO, 7 SB

Kelenic singled in four trips in Game 2 with Modesto, but also officially and finally was credited with the home run he hit April 20, as the West Virginia Power completed their suspended game Friday. That was Kelenic’s 2nd homer of the year.


No. 5 Logan Gilbert, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 39.2 IP, 28 H, 9 ER, 10 BB, 54 SO, 2.63 ERA

Gilbert pitched in that suspended game and now is credited with three shutout innings with a walk and six strikeouts. He did not give up a hit. He would make one more start with the Power before heading to Modesto.


No. 9 Cal Raleigh, C
FRI: 1-3, BB, SO
2019: .230/.302/.421, 14-2B, 7 HR, 27 RBI, 18 BB, 46 SO

Raleigh may have turned a little corner here the past few weeks at the plate, but scouts are looking at the switch hitter as a legit catcher more and more, too, despite coming out of college with a lot of doubt.

He still has work to do; receiving, blocking, footwork, but he’s been highly accurate on his throws and has above-average arm strength.  He’s worked his way into terrific condition and it appears that’s done wonders for him.


No. 15 Ljay Newsome, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 11 GS, 61 IP, 54 H, 20 ER, 8 BB, 84 SO, 2.95 ERA


No. 20 Jake Haberer, RHR
FRI: DNP
2019: 15 G, 20.2 IP, 12 H, 11 BB, 31 SO, 4.15 ERA


No. 21 Joey Gerber, RHP
FRI: DNP
2019: 17 G, 19 IP, 13 H, 8 ER, 8 BB, 30 SO


No. 36 Joe Rizzo, 3B
FRI: 1-4, 3B
2019: .299/.362/.400, 12-2B, 3B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 19 BB, 39 SO


UR J.T. Salter, RHR
FRI:
DNP
2019: 7 G, 9.2 IP, 7 H, 7 BB 15 SO

UR Sam Delaplane, RHR
FRI: DNP
2019: 28.2 IP, 19 H, 12 BB, 55 SO, 3.77 ERA


West Virginia Power (A) — South Atlantic League

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


No. 15 Damon Casetta-Stubbs, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 29.2 IP, 40 H, 22 ER, 6 BB, 23 SO, 8.01 ERA


No. 22 Ryne Inman, RHS
FRI: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, SO
2019: 11 GS, 50.2 IP IP, 41 H, 25 ER, 23 BB, 64 SO, 4.44 ERA


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


No. 34 Joseph Rosa, 2B
FRI: 1-3
2019: .278/.390/.377, 8-2B, 3B, 2 HR, 24 BB, 36 SO, 5 SB


No. 35 Dean Nevarez, C
FRI: 0-3, 2 SO
2019: .211/.291/.493, 5-2B, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 7 BB, 24 SO


No. 38 Elias Espino, RHR
FRI: DNP
2019: 6 G, 2.57 ERA, 14 IP, 9 H, 9 BB, 17 SO


UR Deivy Florido, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 5 G, 3 GS, 19.1 IP, 21 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 17 SO

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