2020 2nd-round pick hits grand slam

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Here’s a look at Thursday’s top Minor League performers from each team’s Top 30 Prospects list:

Rays: Shane Baz, RHP (MLB No. 76), Double-A Montgomery
Baz bounced back from his roughest start of the season to toss what was arguably his best. The hard-throwing right-hander gave up just three hits as he racked up eight strikeouts over five scoreless innings. Baz also threw 64 of his 90 pitches for strikes and didn’t issue a walk, a feat he’s accomplished in four of his six starts this season. The eight punchouts brought Baz’s total to 43 through 27 2/3 innings. Rays prospects stats »

Braves: Bryce Elder, RHP (No. 12), High-A Rome
Elder carried a shutout into the sixth inning before allowing an unearned run in what was arguably his best start as a professional. The 22-year-old struck out a career-high 10, including five of six to begin the game, to give him 41 in 31 2/3 innings this season. After allowing five runs in 4 2/3 innings during his debut, Elder has surrendered five earned runs in four starts since, lowering his ERA to 2.84. Braves prospects stats »

Cardinals: Levi Prater, LHP (No. 23), Low-A Palm Beach
Brendan Donovan, 2B (No. 27), High-A Peoria
Prater continued his early-season success with his fifth start out of six surrendering one earned run or fewer. The southpaw allowed an unearned run and struck out seven over 4 1/3 innings for Palm Beach, giving him 26 in his last 13 2/3 frames. Prater walked three and hit a batter, but yielded just two hits during his 89-pitch outing. The 21-year-old has a 1.46 ERA and is holding opponents to a .113 average.

Donovan extended his hitting streak to four games and hit his first-ever grand slam as part of a three-hit night for Peoria. The 24-year-old fell a triple shy of the cycle during his second three-hit performance of the season. Donovan has gone 7-for-18 with five RBIs during his hitting streak, which has pushed his slash line to .295/.367/.432. He’s amassed eight extra-base hits, 10 RBIs and seven stolen bases in eight attempts. Cardinals prospects stats »

Cubs: DJ Herz, LHP (No. 28), Low-A Myrtle Beach
Virtually unhittable to begin 2021, Herz was exactly that Thursday night for Myrtle Beach, producing his fourth scoreless outing in five starts. The 20-year-old struck out a career-high nine over four hitless innings and retired all but one of the 13 batters he faced. Herz issued a leadoff walk in the third and watched the runner reach third on a pair of stolen bases with nobody out. He responded by fanning the next three batters. The southpaw sports an 0.56 ERA and has allowed three hits and struck out 29 in 16 innings. Cubs prospects stats »

Mets: Carlos Cortes, 2B/OF (No. 19), Double-A Binghamton
It was a career night in every sense of the word for Cortes, who filled up the box score in Binghamton’s win. The 23-year-old established personal bests with four hits, five RBIs and collected the first multi-homer game of his career, including a leadoff blast on the first pitch of the game. Cortes improved his slash line to .266/.343/.521 with 14 extra-base hits and 16 RBIs in 24 games. All five of his home runs have come in his last 10 contests. Mets prospects stats »

Rays: Cole Wilcox, RHP (No. 9), Low-A Charleston
Make that four scoreless starts for Wilcox this season as the right-hander twirled another gem for Charleston. Wilcox, who has pitched to a 1.67 ERA through six starts, gave up just one hit and struck out six over five scoreless innings. The 21-year-old threw 44 of his 77 pitches for strikes and picked up at least one strikeout in four of his five frames. Wilcox has held opponents to three runs or fewer in each of his outings this season and has yet to surrender a homer. Rays prospects stats »

Red Sox: Frank German, RHP (No. 29), Double-A Portland
After a rough start to the season, German came out on Thursday and twirled a gem for Portland, putting together his first scoreless outing of the year. The 23-year-old threw 51 of his 69 pitches for strikes, struck out three and surrendered just two hits over five innings. German has a 6.55 ERA through six starts this season and gave up five runs in each of his two previous outings. He pitched across three levels of the Red Sox system in 2019, but this season is his first exposure to the Double-A level. Red Sox prospects stats »

Rockies: Ryan Rolison, LHP (No. 2), Triple-A Albuquerque
Rolison certainly appears to be adjusting to life at the Triple-A level. After being hit hard for five runs over 1 2/3 innings in his Triple-A debut, the lefty has thrown 10 2/3 innings of one-run ball. Rolison fired 5 2/3 scoreless frames against Las Vegas on Thursday, striking out four, walking one and giving up a pair of hits. Rolison threw 59 of his 87 pitches for strikes and retired five of the final six batters he faced. Rockies prospects stats »

Tigers: Dillon Dingler, C (No. 5), High-A West Michigan
It’s safe to say Dingler has adjusted to life as a professional. The 22-year-old’s first career grand slam highlighted a three-hit, five-RBI performance for West Michigan. Dingler went deep for a second consecutive night and for the fourth time in six games. The 2020 second-round Draft pick has gone 13-for-26 with 13 RBIs in that stretch. The hot streak has raised Dingler’s slash line to .302/.413/.628 through 22 games. Tigers prospects stats »

Yankees: Anthony Volpe, 3B (No. 11), Low-A Tampa
Volpe blew past his personal best for RBIs, plating six as part of the first multi-homer game of his career. The 20-year-old added a double to produce his third game with three or more hits this season. Volpe drove in two runs with a double and slugged a three-run homer during Tampa’s nine-run third inning. His solo homer in the fifth punctuated his second consecutive multi-hit game. The Yankees’ first-round Draft pick in 2019 is batting .257/.378/.514 with 16 extra-base hits, including five home runs, 26 RBIs and 26 runs in 24 games. Yankees prospects stats »

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