Here’s a look at Tuesday’s top Minor League performers from each team’s Top 30 Prospects list:
AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST
Blue Jays: Alejandro Kirk, C (No. 24) — 3-for-3, 2 2B, 4 RBI (Class A Advanced Dunedin)
Kirk, a 2016 international signee, matched his career-high for RBIs as he did a little bit of everything in Dunedin’s win over Tampa. The 20-year-old had RBI doubles in the first and sixth innings and also drove in a run with a base hit in the third. Kirk has been swinging a hot bat lately and has hits in 12 of the 15 games since he was promoted from Class A Lansing. After hitting .299 with Lansing (21 games), Kirk is hitting .367 for Dunedin (15 games).
Orioles: Austin Hays, OF (No. 5) — 1-for-4, 2B (Double-A Bowie)
Hays is hitting .273 through five games with Bowie after beginning the season with Class A Advanced Frederick. Hays missed time with both a sore shoulder and a stress fracture in his ankle last season and when he was on the field, he struggled. Hays hit .235/.266/.410 over 75 games.
Rays: Brendan McKay, LHP/DH (No. 2, MLB No. 29) — 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (Triple-A Durham)
McKay may be pitching at a new level … but the results have been the same. McKay spun five scoreless frames in his Triple-A debut and extended his scoreless streak to 25 innings. The fourth overall pick of the 2017 Draft threw 39 of his 65 pitches for strikes while allowing no walks for the third time this season. Prior to his promotion to Durham, McKay went 3-0 with a 1.30 ERA and 62 strikeouts, compared to nine walks, over 41 2/3 innings with Double-A Montgomery.
Red Sox: Triston Casas, 1B/3B (No. 2) — 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI (Class A Greenville)
Casas homered for the second time in as many nights, bringing his total to nine this season. The 2018 first-round pick was viewed as one of the best power hitters in last year’s Draft and he’s shown that early on in his first full season. Casas got off to a slow start and hit .208 with two homers in April, but found his rhythm in May and is hitting .326 with seven homers this month.
Yankees: Luis Gil, RHP (No. 13) — 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K (Class A Charleston)
Gil lowered his ERA to 1.93 as he threw 58 of his 88 pitches for strikes in his fifth scoreless start of the season. After getting lit up for seven runs (six earned) over four innings in his last start, Gil bounced back with a strong start and didn’t issue a walk for the second time this season. Gil, acquired via a trade from the Twins, posted a 1.96 ERA over 12 starts last season. This year, his first with Charleston, Gill has struck out 58 and walked 21 over 42 innings.
AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL
Indians: Bobby Bradley, 1B (No. 6) — 3-for-5, 2 HR, 6 RBI (Triple-A Columbus)
Bradley boosted his home run total to 14 with his second two-homer game of the season. The 23-year-old, who has hit 20 or more homers in each of the past four seasons, got the scoring started with a two-run homer in the first and then put a stamp on the Clippers’ win with a grand slam in the ninth. The six RBIs were Bradley’s most since driving in seven as part of a three-homer game in 2017.
Royals: Austin Cox, RHP (No. 21) — 6.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K (Class A Lexington)
Cox, who was coming off a start in which he threw six scoreless innings, spun another gem for Lexington, throwing 56 of his 91 pitches for strikes. The 22-year-old retired 19 of the first 21 batters he faced before giving up his first hit of the game in the seventh inning. Cox, who has held his opponent scoreless in three of his last four starts, lowered his ERA to 3.09 and picked up his third win of the season.
Tigers: Willi Castro, SS (No. 7) — 3-for-4, HR, RBI (Triple-A Toledo)
Just when you thought Castro couldn’t get any hotter offensively, he turns in another multihit performance. After hitting .337 in April, Castro, who is 7-for-9 over the past two days, is hitting .361 in May. The 22-year-old has hits in 10 of his past 11 games and seven of those are multihit performances.
Twins: Trevor Larnach, OF (No. 5) — 4-for-5, 2B, RBI (Class A Advanced Fort Myers)
Larnach has driven in runs in back-to-back games and has hits in four straight. The 2018 draftee is hitting .296 through 47 games and .348 in May. The Twins took Larnach 20th overall in last year’s Draft in part because of the offensive skillset he showed during his junior season at Oregon State. Clearly it’s still early in his career, but Larnach is certainly living up to the hype thus far.
White Sox: Luis Robert, OF (No. 2, No. 18 in MLB) — 4-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI (Double-A Birmingham)
Robert came up clutch with a bases-clearing, three-run walk-off double to send Birmingham home with a 5-4 victory over Montgomery. Robert, hitting .303 through 23 games with the Barons, has been one of the best hitters in the Minors this season and proved it once again with his second four-hit game of the year. The 21-year-old was highly touted when he signed for $26 million back in 2017, but injuries have slowed his development. Now healthy, Robert has already been promoted once this season and is showing why he was so highly coveted.
AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST
A’s: Jeremy Eierman, OF (No. 10) — 3-for-4, 2B (Class A Advanced Stockton)
Eierman showed some signs that he is breaking out of his funk as he turned in his second three-hit game of the season and his first multihit performance since May 8. The 22-year-old, the 70th overall pick from last year’s Draft, scored a pair of runs in Stockton’s loss to Modesto and is hitting .190 through 47 games this season.
Angels: Jo Adell, OF (No. 1, No. 14 in MLB) — 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI (Class A Advanced Inland Empire), Jeremy Beasley, RHP (No. 24) — 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (Double-A Mobile)
Adell got a late start to the year as he worked his way back from ankle and hamstring injuries, but he’s certainly making up for lost time. The 20-year-old, the No. 10 overall pick from the 2017 Draft, has homered in back-to-back games and is hitting .353 through his first four games. Adell hit .290 over 99 games last season and finished the year in Double-A. Beasley’s 3.89 ERA doesn’t jump off the page, but take out one start (seven runs over 3 1/3 innings) and that number shrinks to 3.06. The 23-year-old has surrendered one earned run or fewer in six of his 10 starts this season and is building off the success he had late last season in his first stint with Mobile. Beasley ended the 2018 campaign at Double-A and went 3-3 with a 2.44 ERA over 10 appearances (seven starts).
Astros: Ronnie Dawson, OF (No. 11) — 1-for-4, HR, RBI (Double-A Corpus Christi)
Dawson hit his seventh homer of the season in Corpus Christi’s loss to Midland. Dawson, who hit .258 across two levels last year, is hitting .225 over 43 games this season. The Astros selected Dawson in the second round of the 2016 Draft.
Mariners: Jarred Kelenic, OF (No. 2, No. 42 in MLB) — 2-for-5, HR, RBI (Class A West Virginia)
Kelenic did go 0-for-3 in the second half of West Virginia’s doubleheader, but in the first half he hit his 10th homer of the season, which was his second in as many games. The 19-year-old, whom the Mariners acquired from the Mets over the offseason, got off to a strong start with West Virginia and hit .303/.391/.564 over 9 games. After the game, he was promoted to Class A Advanced Modesto.
Rangers: Cole Winn, RHP (No. 2, No. 74 in MLB) — 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 1 K (Class A Hickory)
Winn threw just 35 of his 68 pitches for strikes and the five walks marked a career high, but the one run was also the fewest he’s all this year. The Rangers selected Winn with the 15th overall pick in last year’s Draft, and he already has two plus pitches. The 19-year-old is extremely advanced and has a chance to move quickly through the Rangers’ farm system.
NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST
Braves: William Contreras, C (No. 8) — 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI (Class A Advanced Florida)
Contreras and teammate Greyson Jenista (Braves’ No. 14) hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning of Florida’s loss to Fort Myers. Contreras, 21, has driven in five runs over the past three games and is hitting .282 with 19 RBIs through 43 games this season. Contreras, whom the Braves signed in 2015, hit .285 over 105 games across two levels last season.
Marlins: Jeff Brigham, RHP (No. 25) — 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (Triple-A New Orleans)
Remember the last time Brigham gave up a run? Well, it’s been a while. The 27-year-old hasn’t been charged with a run since April 30, a span of nine appearances and 14 innings. Brigham began his career as a starter, but struggled with consistency and the Marlins feel his true value may come as a reliever, where he has thrived this season, posting a 1.13 ERA and striking out 19 over 16 innings.
Mets: Shervyen Newton, SS (No. 4) — 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI (Class A Columbia)
Newton was off to a slow start this season, but he’s clearly starting to turn things around. The three hits were a season-high for Newton, who extended his hitting streak to seven games and has hits in eight of his past 10 games. The 20-year-old signed with the Mets in 2015 and hit .280/.408/.449 in Rookie ball as he made his U.S. debut last season. This year he’s hitting .186 through 32 games, but has raised his average from .108 over his past 10 games.
Nationals: Jose Sanchez, SS (No. 12) — 3-for-4, RBI (Class A Hagerstown)
Sanchez matched his career high with three hits in what was just his second multihit game of the season. The 18-year-old, whom the Nationals signed out of Venezuela in 2016, had been hitless over his last six games (19 at-bats) entering Tuesday and has been struggling to begin the year. Sanchez is hitting .185 through 21 games, but his true value lies in his defense, where he grades out as a plus defender.
Phillies: David Parkinson, LHP (No. 21) — 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K (Double-A Reading)
Parkinson picked up his third win in as many starts as he carved his way through Erie’s lineup. A sacrifice fly in the third inning was all the SeaWolves could muster against Parkinson, who improved to 5-2 and has given up just one run in three straight starts. The 23-year-old, a 12th-round Draft pick (2017), put together a lights-out 2018 as posted a 1.45 ERA over 124 1/3 innings. Bumped up to Double-A for 2019, Parkinson has continued to impress and has a 3.02 ERA through 44 2/3 innings.
NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL
Brewers: Trent Grisham, OF (No. 30) — 2-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI (Double-A Biloxi)
After an 0-for-13 skid, Grisham has bounced back and is 9-for-19 over his past four games. Grisham, hitting .242 this season, has also driven in five runs over the past two games. The Brewers selected Grisham in the first round of the 2015 Draft, but he’s struggled to hit as a professional. The 22-year-old hit .233 over 107 games last year and is back in Double-A for a second go-around.
Cubs: Brennen Davis, OF (No. 7) — 2-for-4, 3B (Class A South Bend)
A multisport star in high school, Davis is still a bit raw, but his tools make it easy to see why the Cubs grabbed him in the second round of last year’s Draft. The 19-year-old should have a quick learning curve now that he’s solely focused on baseball and the early returns are promising. Davis hit .298 with six stolen bases over 18 games last season and is off to a fast start again this year, hitting .375 with a pair of extra-base hits through four games.
Cardinals: Junior Fernandez, RHP (No. 20) — 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K (Double-A Springfield)
Fernandez lowered his Springfield ERA to 1.02 as he continues to dominate opposing hitters. The 22-year-old hasn’t allowed a run since May 5, a span of seven appearances and 15 2/3 innings. Fernandez needed just 38 pitches, 24 strikes, to cruise through Tuesday’s outing and pick up his sixth save of the season. The Cardinals signed the 22-year-old as a starter out of the Dominican Republic in 2014, however he was inconsistent and the organization moved him to the bullpen last season where he has fared much better.
Pirates: Will Craig, 1B (No. 14) — 1-for-4, HR, RBI (Triple-A Indianapolis)
Another day, another homer for Craig, who has hit one out of the park in four of his past six games. That brings him to 15 blasts on the year, tied for the International League lead with Adam Duvall and Austin Riley, both of the Gwinnett Stripers. He’s quickly approaching a career-high for homers, as the 20 he hit last year for Double-A Altoona is the current mark to beat. The 2016 first-round Draft selection is knocking on the door of the Pirates’ roster with his recent performances, though he may find it tough to displace the red-hot Josh Bell in the Pittsburgh lineup. Craig has played nothing but first base since playing third in short season ball during the 2016 season.
Reds: Scott Moss, LHP (No. 15) — 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K (Double-A Chattanooga)
Moss retired 13 of the first 14 batters faced as he cruised through six solid innings for the Lookouts. The 24-year-old, a 2016 Draft pick, has struck out 58 over 47 innings this year, his first at the Double-A level. Moss has a 3.45 ERA through 10 starts this season and pitched to a 3.61 ERA over 132 innings last season.
NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST
D-backs: Alek Thomas, OF (No. 7) — 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI (Class A Kane County)
Thomas, a 2018 second-round Draft selection out of the Chicago prep ranks, bumped his average up over .300 on the season with a two-hit game featuring his fifth homer of the year. He’s adjusting well to his first year in full-season ball, carrying a better OPS in 44 games at the Class A level than he posted in his 56 game Rookie ball season last year.
Dodgers: DJ Peters, OF (No. 10) — 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB (Double-A Tulsa)
Peters accounted for half of the Drillers’ offense on Tuesday as they fell 7-4 to Springfield. The 2016 draftee is going back through the Double-A level after spending last season with Tulsa, as well. He smacked 29 homers for the Drillers in 2018, and he’s on pace to hit in the mid-20s this season after hitting his seventh, a two-run shot in the fourth inning.
Giants: Abiatal Avelino, SS (No. 17) — 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI (Triple-A Sacramento)
Setting the table for the River Cats, the 24-year-old signed by the Yankees back in 2011 is enjoying a solid season following a short stint in the Majors last year with the Giants. Acquired by the Giants in a trade involving Andrew McCutchen in 2018, the right-handed-hitting middle infielder is batting .314 in May with 12 extra-base hits.
Padres: Luis Patino, RHP (No. 4, MLB No. 45) — 5.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K (Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore), Luis Urias, SS — 2-for-4, HR, RBI, BB, SB (Triple-A El Paso)
After Patino struck out the side in the first inning it was clear that he had his best stuff, and the 19-year-old cruised to his second win in as many starts. He threw 55 of his 86 pitches for strikes and matched his season high with seven strikeouts. Patino, who signed with the Padres in 2016, dominated in the Class A Midwest League last year, going 6-3 with a 2.16 ERA over 17 starts and is off to another strong start in 2019. Patino has given up two earned runs or fewer in eight of his nine starts and has racked up 49 strikeouts over 41 1/3 innings this season. Urias, who spent a bit of time with the Padres earlier this year, has been crushing Triple-A pitching in an effort to get back with the big league club. He smacked his 13th homer of the season and swiped his fourth bag, raising his average to .364 in the Minors. The homer does come after a bit of a power drought, as its his first extra-base hit since May 21. However, he is working on a 10-game hitting streak and is adding to his career-high for homers in the Minors with every big fly.
Rockies: Rico Garcia, RHP (No. 21) — 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 7 K (Double-A Hartford)
Garcia allowed a two-run shot in the fourth inning, but that was the extent of the damage against the 25-year-old. Garcia has yet to allow more than three earned runs in a start this season, and each of his past eight starts have gone at least 5 innings, but only once more than 100 pitches. He’s been efficient and avoided walks, all encouraging signs that have led to a 2.13 ERA and a 6-1 record for the Yard Goats.