Clemens continues power surge

Detroit Tigers

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

Astros: Tyler Brown, RHP (No. 16), High-A Asheville
After giving up nine runs in his previous start, Brown rebounded with his best start of the season for the Tourists, tossing five scoreless innings. He tied his career-high in strikeouts with seven and the Vanderbilt product is now striking out more than one batter per inning on the year. Brown entered his outing with an ERA over seven and only one scoreless start under his belt, but the 2020 third-round Draft pick could build off the solid start to right the ship.

Cubs: Ryan Jensen, RHP (No. 8), High-A South Bend
Jensen set a new career-high in strikeouts with 10 to cap off an incredible month-long stretch. The 2019 first-round Draft pick gave up two runs, one earned, across five strong innings, allowing six hits and one walk. Jensen allowed five earned runs in 22 2/3 innings across his five July starts, good enough for an ERA of 1.99 during that span.

Marlins: Kyle Nicolas, RHP (No. 15), Double-A Pensacola
Nicolas made quite the impression during his first Double-A start. The 22-year-old was unhittable for the Blue Wahoos in five innings against Mississippi, striking out eight and walking four in the process. Nicolas improved his already impressive strikeout numbers from High-A Beloit, where he struck out 86 batters in just under 60 innings and now has a K/9 of 13.2 across both levels.

Padres: Daniel Montesino, RF (No. 25), Rookie DSL Padres
Batting cleanup in the Domnican Summer League, Montesino put together one of his best games as a pro player against the DSL Reds. The 17-year-old belted his first professional homer and went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and two walks to reach base four times, a new personal best. Through 11 professional games, Montesino has only gone hitless twice and has only played one game in which he didn’t reach base. The outfielder’s Tuesday performance lifted his slash line to .297/.409/.459 for the season.

Tigers: Kody Clemens, 2B (No. 13), Triple-A Toledo
Clemens continued his power surge with a homer on Tuesday, his fourth in his past six games, and his first triple since June 11. The former Texas Longhorn mashed his seventh homer of the season in the bottom of the first inning, a solo shot to left-center. After plating a run with a sacrifice fly to center in the third, Clemens roped his RBI triple to right field in the fourth. The 25-year-old reached once more in the seventh when he was hit by a pitch.

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