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Here’s how Thursday went for the top prospects.

West Virginia Power (A) — South Atlantic League

No. 2 — Jarred Kelenic, OF
THU: 1-4, 2B, SO
2019: .340/.431/.617, 11-2B, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 14 BB, 25 SO, 4 SB

Kelenic is struggling in his past four at-bats… (LOL)

The 19-year-old is 30 for his last 69.

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

No. 17 Damon Casetta-Stubbs, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 12.1 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 SO

Modesto Nuts (A+) — California League

No. 7 Logan Gilbert, RHS
THU: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO
2019: 24 IP, 14 H, 7 ER, 7 BB, 37 SO

In Gilbert’s first start for Modesto in the California League he lasted just 4 1/3 innings but was terrific other than a shaky second inning that resulted in three runs on two doubles, a passed ball. a walk, a run-scoring ground out and a single.

With two outs pitching coach Rob Marcello went out to tell Logan Gilbert to stop struggling. He did.

He then struck out seven of the final nine batters he’d face before skipper Denny Hocking removed him because he’d used a lot of pitches — 33 in the second — and ended up at 93 on the evening.

No. 11 Cal Raleigh, C
THU: DNP
2019: .220/.304/.407, 5-2B, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 10 BB, 24 SO

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No. 23 Joey Gerber, RHP
THU: DNP
2019: 10 G, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 14 SO, 3.24 ERA, 2 SV

UR Ljay Newsome, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 6 GS, 36.2 IP, 27 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 54 SO

UR Jake Haberer, RHR
THU: DNP
2019: 9G, 13 IP, 5 H, 5 BB, 23 SO

Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

No. 3 Justin Dunn, RHS
THU: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO
2019: 25.1 IP, 21 H, 9 ER, 8 BB, 33 SO, 3.20 ERA

Dunn was very good Thursday, littering the strike zone with 92-95 mph fastball and 50-55 sliders — and even a few solid-average changeups.

He got through seven on just 93 pitches, 63 of which were strikes. The Riders appeared to be trying to wait out Dunn, get him out of the game on pitch counts, but he wouldn’t let them. Despite throwing just 11 first-pitch strikes, Dunn had just three 2-0 counts in 26 batters faced. That means of the 15 counts that started off 1-0, 12 times Dunn came back with a strike. That’s how you avoid hitter’s counts.

And the tough part is, the hitter knows the pitcher wants no part of 2-0, so the 1-0 pitch has to be a quality strike.

No. 5 Kyle Lewis, OF
THU: 1-4, 2 BB
2019: .233/.361/.400, 4-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 17 BB, 28 SO, SB

No. 6 Evan White, 1B
THU: 3-5, 2B
2019: .255/.333/.340, 4-2B, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 11 SO

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White looked good in this game, well beyond the stat line, turning on fastballs, good takes.

No. 14 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
THU: 2-5, 2B, 2 SO
2019: .281/.380/.435, 2-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 12 BB, 23 SO, 7 SB

Thursday was DT-W’s fifth multihit game in his last 10 starts.

No. 15 Ricardo Sanchez, LHS
THU: DNP
2019: 32 IP, 24 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 26 SO, 0.84 ERA

No. 18 Wyatt Mills, RHR
THU:
DNP
2019:
11 IP, 17 H, 11 ER, 6 BB, 9 SO

No. 22 Art Warren, RHP
THU: DNP
2019: 1-0, 5 SV, 1.04 ERA, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 10 SO

No. 24 Jake Fraley, OF
THU: 4-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, SO
2019: .306/.376/.551, 5-2B, 2-3B, 5 HR, 126RBI, 9 BB, 26 SO, 7 SB

Fraley already has set a career-high in home runs and despite a few too many strikeouts on the season, the 23-year-old has looked the part of a future major leaguer.

Fraley is 15 for his last 35 with four homers and four doubles. That’s mashing.

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 1 Justus Sheffield, LHS
THU: DNP
2019: 22 IP, 15 H, 10 ER, 20 BB, 15 SO

No. 8 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF
THU: 2-5, 3B, HR, 2 SO
2019: .264/.350/.443, 4-2B, 3-3B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 14 BB, 27 SO

UR David McKay, RHR
THU: 2 IP, H, BB, 3 SO
2019: 16.2 IP, 17 H, 9 BB, 27 SO

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