(AP Photo” Elaine Thompson)
Two top starters were in action down on the farm for the Seattle Mariners Tuesday. Here’s how they and the rest of the top prospects fared:
2019 Top 25: Justus Sheffield is No. 1
Class-A West Virginia — South Atlantic League
No. 2 — Jarred Kelenic, OF
2019: .091/.286/.136, 2B, 6 BB, 7 SO, SB
Kelenic, it appears, is having some timing issues early, but it’s been but six games and his strikezone judgment and discipline still are showing.
No. 4 — Julio Rodriguez, OF
TUE: 1-2, 2 BB
2019: .478/.538/.609, 2B, RBI, 3 SO, 3 BB
Rodriguez’s two walks Tuesday were more impressive than the single.
No. 7 Logan Gilbert, RHS
TUE: 5 IP, H, 0 BB, HBP, 9 SO
2019: 9 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, HBP, BB, 14 SO
Gilbert threw 45 of 66 pitches for strikes while overpowering the Lexington lineup with a 93-95 mph fastball and what sure looked like a plus curveball.
He worked well down in the zone and appeared to strategically use the pitch up to set up the spike curveball in the 73-75 mph range.
But Tuesday the curveball looked sharpe enough to get a average grade at minimum and he showed solid command of it, too.
High-A Modesto — California League
No. 11 Cal Raleigh, C
TUE: 0-2 2 BB
2019: .222/.417/.389 HR, 3 RBI, 6 BB, 5 SO
No. 23 Joey Gerber, RHP
2019: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
UR Ljay Newsome, RHS
TUE: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 SO
2019: 1-1, 1.80 ERA, 10 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 20 SO
Newsome is more of a good org arm than a prospect but he’s just 23 and racking up 11 strikeouts in 20 batters faced is worth noting. I didn’t see any of this game and don’t have any notes from scouts on it but it might be worth making a point to watch his next few starts to see if something’s clicking with the offspeed stuff.
Double-A Arkansas — Texas League
No. 5 Kyle Lewis, OF
2019: .278/.435/.667, 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 BB, 5 SO
No. 6 Evan White, 1B
TUE: 2-5, 2-2B, SO
2019: .292/.357/.375, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 8 SO
White logged his first two extra-base hits of the year in his final two at-bats Tuesday.
No. 14 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
TUE: 1-4, 2B, BB, SO, SB
2019: .333/.435/.722, 2 HR, 2B, 7 RBI, BB, SO
DTW walked and struck out for the first time in 2019 Tuesday, but also doubled and stole a bag.
No. 3 Justin Dunn, RHS
TUE: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 SO
2019: 8.2 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 13 SO
Dunn had somewhat spotty command, particularly away from LHBs with his fastball early on in this one and the pitch count got away from him, hence the 78 pitches before finishing four frames.
The right-hander sat 92-95 mph showed again he can throw two sliders — the chase bait and the get-it-over type. He also flashed a straight change with command, though the pitch lacks sink and fade and beats batters with arm speed and deception only at this point.
It also appeared threw a curveball or two, getting a called strike early in the count in the second inning on one.
No. 18 Wyatt Mills, RHR
2019: 2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
No. 22 Art Warren, RHP
TUE: 1 IP, BB, SO
2019: 1-0, 3.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 SO
No. 24 Jake Fraley, OF
2019: .261/.292/.348, 3B, RBI, BB, 5 SO, SB
Triple-A Tacoma — Pacific Coast League
No. 1 Justus Sheffield, LHP
2019: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, SO, 2 HR
No. 8 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF
2019: .304/.360/.348, 2B, 2 BB, 6 SO
No. 16 Braden Bishop, OF
TUE: 1-4, 2B, SO, 2 RBI
2019: .385/.484/.577, 5 2B, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 5 SO
Teams are already adjusting to Bishop and pitching him away and getting him to reach a bit and roll over and hit the ball on the ground. But he made the fix in his third of four PAs Tuesday and forced El Paso starter Jerry Keel to come in to him and Bishop turned on it and hit a sharp grounder down the left-field line to drive in two big runs in Tacoma’s three-run fifth.
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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