(Photo of Tim Lopes by Jeff Halstead/Tacoma Rainiers)

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

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 1 Justus Sheffield, LHS
MON: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 6 SO
2019: 49 IP, 44 H, 22 ER, 30 BB, 40 SO, 4.13 ERA

Sheffield again displayed better control, but ran up some deep counts and threw 87 pitches in four frames. Salt Lake isa hitter’s paradise so the two long balls he allowed aren’t much of a concern. The 6-1 K/BB ratio is encouraging. He’s walked just two combined his last two starts.


No. 8 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF
MON: 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
MON: 0-4
2019: .293/.379/.490, 11-2B, 6 HR, 24 RBI, 20 BB, 34 SO

5.26.2019: Just call him up already, for crying out loud. Is he a star? No. Is he one of the best 25 players in the org right now? Maybe not, but he’s close. And he’s part of the future. Ya know who’s not? Jay Bruce, Ryon Healy, Dee Gordon, Edwin Encarnacion.


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

5.26.2019: For the second start in a row Swanson went just three innings, and since last time out Rainiers skipper Daren Brown said it was planned, this one probably was, too, unless an injury is involved.

I’d guess the Mariners are strongly considering calling up Swanson to either pitch out of the bullpen or to specifically piggyback Yusei Kikuchi‘s next short-script, which could be this next time around.


No. 23 Gerson Bautista, RHR (rehab)
MON: DNP
2019: 9 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 15 SO, 3 WP

5.26.2019: Bautista looks pretty good, but there’s no guarantee he’s activated and called up to the bigs when his rehab is up June 8, despite how battered the Mariners’ bullpen has looked at times this season. There’s still work to be done here, mostly in terms of control, not as much command.

He throws 95-100 mph, but does fall behind too often and forced to battle back into counts. His slider is about average, flashing above average, but its effectiveness takes a dive when he’s behind in the count..


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


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

5.25.2019: Liberato was added for need after all the recent roster shakeup due to injuries to the Mariners 25-man roster as well as the Rainiers’ own issues.


No. 33 Matt Festa, RHR
MON: DNP
2019: 10 G, 4.85 ERA, 13 IP, 11 H, 6 BB, 17 SO


No. 37 Tim Lopes, 2B
MON: 2-4, 2B, SO
2019: .318/.374/.512, 16-2B, 3B, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 16 BB, 30 SO, 8 SB

5.26.2019: We might have to have a conversation at some point about Lopes being a contender for Dylan Moore‘s role with the club. But right now, neither are necessary in Seattle. If Jerry Dipoto trades Tim Beckham or Dee Gordon this summer, that will change.


MLB Sam Tuivailala, RHR (rehab)
MON: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 SO
2019: 8 G, 8 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO


Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

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

5.26.2019: Dunn threw 88 pitches, 65 for strikes and induced nine swinging strikes. His overall control remains very good but at times his fastball command gets him into trouble.

Scouts are telling me the slider is effective but needs to be sharper to get swings and misses in the big leagues, so coupled with his fastball command Dunn has things to work on the rest of 2019, despite the strong numbers.

Dunn is No. 4 in Double-A in K% and his 25.5% K-BB is strong. Dunn’s FIP also ranks in the Top 25 for pitchers above Advanced-A.


No. 6 Kyle Lewis, OF
MON: DNP
2019: .216/.323/.333, 8-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 22 RBI, 25 BB, 53 SO, 2 SB

NEW: Lewis broke a 20 at-bat hitless streak with a backside ground ball in the fifth inning Sunday. Too many swings and misses. Too many bad takes. Not enough hard contact. When Lewis makes contact, it’s good contact — he’s batting over .290 on balls in play — there’s just not enough of it right now, and not enough damage being done, thanks to a 48% ground ball rate.


No. 7 Evan White, 1B
MON: DNP
2019: .234/.323/.324, 4-2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 14 BB, 31 SO

NEW: White hasn’t found his stroke yet and it might just be that simple. There’s never been much doubt as to whether White could hit enough — at least .260-.270 with league average OBP — and we haven’t seen that yet in 2019.


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


No. 17 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
MON: DNP
2019: .255/.337/.448, 4-2B, 3-3B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 17 BB, 42 SO, 9 SB


No. 18 Jake Fraley, OF
MON: DNP
2019: .324/.398/.519, 11-2B, 2-3B, 6 HR, 28 RBI, 16 BB, 41 SO, 12 SB

Fraley is in the top 20 in all of Double-A in wRC+, batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. He’s running on a very high BABIP right now, but it’s one of the more misunderstood statistics, particularly when discussing developing young players.

Good hitters have high BABIP — Mike Trout, Joey Votto, Paul Goldschmidt, Aaron Judge all carry .350+ BABIP marks.


No. 26 Wyatt Mills, RHR
MON:
DNP
2019: 20
.1 IP, 25 H, 11 ER, 10 BB, 20 SO, 2 SVS


No. 25 Art Warren, RHP
MON: 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
MON: DNP
2019: 9 GS, 3.42 ERA, 52.2 IP, 51 H, 3 BB, 44 SO


Modesto Nuts (A+) — California League

No. 5 Logan Gilbert, RHS
MON: DNP
2019: 35 IP, 25 H, 8 ER, 9 BB, 49 SO, 2.63 ERA

5.25.2019: Gilbert induced 12 swings and misses, flashed a plus curveball and average changeup to go with 93-96 mph with the fastball. The heater showed some armside run and the right-hander did a good job mixing upper-zone life with downward plane, helping him maximize his fastball value.

Gilbert is No. 5 in all of the minors in K-BB% at 31.6, a category led by Ljay Newsome at 34.2%. Gilbert ranks No. 7 in K% and is No. 18 in FIP at 2.40.


No. 9 Cal Raleigh, C
MON: 1-4, SO
2019: .228/.303/.425, 12-2B, 7 HR, 26 RBI, 17 BB, 41 SO


No. 15 Ljay Newsome, RHS
MON: 2.2 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, BB, 2 SO
2019: 11 GS, 61 IP, 54 H, 20 ER, 8 BB, 84 SO, 2.95 ERA

Newsome was not himself Monday with command nd his stuff was down a tick, too. But he still threw 50 of 77 pitches for strikes, because, well, that’s what he does.


No. 20 Jake Haberer, RHR
MON: DNP
2019: 14 G, 18.2 IP, 10 H, 10 BB, 30 SO, 4.12 ERA


No. 21 Joey Gerber, RHP
MON: DNP
2019: 15 G, 17 IP, 12 H, 8 ER, 8 BB, 27 SO


No. 36 Joe Rizzo, 3B
MON: 0-3
2019: .316/.377/.412, 12-2B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 18 BB, 34 SO


No. 40 Connor Kopach, 2B
MON: 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB, SO
2019: .285/.355/.424, 8-2B, 2-3B, 3 HR, 14 BB, 39 SO, 11 SB


UR J.T. Salter, RHR
MON:
2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO
2019: 6 G, 8.2 IP, 7 H, 5 BB 13 SO

UR Sam Delaplane, RHR
MON: 1 IP, BB, 2 SO
2019: 28.2 IP, 19 H, 12 BB, 55 SO, 3.77 ERA


West Virginia Power (A) — South Atlantic League

No. 2 — Jarred Kelenic, OF
MON: DNP (weather)
2019: .304/.394/.558, 13-2B, 3-3B, 9 HR, 25 RBI, 25 BB, 45 SO, 7 SB

Kelenic is heating up again and ranks No. 3 in Class-A in wRC+ and is one of two teenagers to rank in the top 10.


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

Contrary to what I wondered in the latest Baseball Things, Rodriguez is swinging a bat and is expected to take BP this week. All this suggests a return sometime the first half of June.


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


No. 22 Ryne Inman, RHS
MON: DNP
2019: 10 GS, 49 IP, 38 H, 18 ER, 18 BB, 63 SO, 3.31 ERA

Inman is No. 9 in Class-A in K% at 30.1 and his 2.96 FIP ranks No. 12.


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


No. 34 Joseph Rosa, 2B
MON: DNP (weather)
2019: .268/.389/.356, 7-2B, 2 HR, 23 BB, 34 SO, 5 SB


No. 35 Dean Nevarez, C
MON: DNP (weather)
2019: .231/.315/.538, 5-2B, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 7 BB, 21 SO


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


UR Deivy Florido, RHS
MON: DNP
2019: 4 G, 3 GS, 16.1 IP, 17 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 14 SO

Jason A. Churchill

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