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Here’s how Wednesday went for the top prospects.

West Virginia Power (A) — South Atlantic League

No. 2 — Jarred Kelenic, OF
WED: 2-4, 2B, BB, SO
2019: .344/.438/.622, 10-2B, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 14 BB, 24 SO, 4 SB

Kelenic is 29 for his last 65 (April 11-May 1) and has increased his slugging percentage 502 points during that span, including five home runs.

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

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

Modesto Nuts (A+) — California League

No. 7 Logan Gilbert, RHS
WED: DNP
2019: 19.2 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 30 SO

Gilbert was promoted to Modesto Wednesday and will start Thursday versus Lancaster. Perhaps the California League will present a bit of challenge to Gilbert, who mowed through South Atlantic League batters with ease, often times without needing to use the secondary stuff — rarely the changeup.

No. 11 Cal Raleigh, C
WED: 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI
2019: .220/.304/.407, 5-2B, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 10 BB, 24 SO

No. 23 Joey Gerber, RHP
WED: 1 IP, H, ER, BB, SO
2019: 10 G, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 14 SO, 3.24 ERA, 2 SV

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

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

UR Joe Rizzo, 3B
WED: 2-4, 2B, SO
2019: .309/.394/.362, 5-2B, 14 BB, 21 SO

Rizzo is a hit tool-only prospect at present, meaning he hits for average and gets on base, but has yet to bring anything else significant to the table.

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He’s started to hit more balls in the air two seasons ago, but the bat speed is ordinary so he’s topped out at seven home runs and 27 total xtra-base hits, good for a career best slugging percentage of .346. He’s sitting at .362 right now.

Pulling the ball more may be part of the answer and he’s up 3% in that category in 2019, but it’s not enough. Rizzo, a 40-45 glove with firmly below-average athleticism, must hit for some power to have any shot to see the big leagues in any role.

Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

No. 3 Justin Dunn, RHS
WED: DNP
2019: 18.1 IP, 16 H, 7 ER, 8 BB, 27 SO

No. 5 Kyle Lewis, OF
WED: 0-3, BB
2019: .233/.353/.407, 4-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 15 BB, 28 SO, SB

Lewis leads all of Double-A in pitches seen, but he’s hitting too many ground balls. He’s been a little better lately, but his average is suffering from that and the 29% strikeout rate.

Lewis’ 3-Run HR Tuesday:

No. 6 Evan White, 1B
WED: DNP
2019: .214/.292/.282, 3-2B, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 11 SO

No. 14 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
WED: 2-3, BB, SO
2019: .275/.379/.425 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 12 BB, 21 SO, 7 SB

Wednesday was DT-W’s fourth multihit game in his last nine starts and he’s also drawn six.

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

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

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

No. 24 Jake Fraley, OF
WED: 0-4, 3 SO
2019: .280/.350/.473, 5-2B, 2-3B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 9 BB, 25 SO, 7 SB

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 1 Justus Sheffield, LHS
WED: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 4 SO
2019: 22 IP, 15 H, 10 ER, 20 BB, 15 SO

Sheffield struggled once again with control and threw just 33 of his 70 pitches for strikes. At this point, the club may want to start thinking about how to intervene at a deeper level.  The  positives Wednesday were that the lefty was squeezed out of a handful of strikes and the slider looked above average.

No. 8 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF
WED: 2-5, RBI, 2B
2019: .257/.348/.396, 4-2B, 2-3B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 14 BB, 25 SO

UR David McKay, RHR
WED: DNP
2019: 14.2 IP, 16 H, 8 BB, 24 SO

Jason A. Churchill

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