Torkelson smacks 16th home run

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

Tigers: Spencer Torkelson, 3B/1B (MLB No. 2), Double-A Erie
Torkelson got off to a slow start in August, but got back on track with two extra-base hits in Erie’s come-from-behind victory. The 21-year-old swatted his 16th homer and 20th double, driving in two runs, scoring twice and striking out twice. Torkelson’s bat is his standout tool and it has played differently across the two levels he’s played at. At High-A, he was more contact oriented with a .312 batting average. At Double-A, he’s seen an uptick in power with 11 homers in 45 games. Put it all together, and the top pick in the 2019 Draft has mashed his way to a .934 OPS in 332 plate appearances this season. Tigers prospect stats »

Braves: Christian Pache, OF (MLB No. 8), Triple-A Gwinnett
After slashing .233/.311/.390 through his first 45 games with the Stripers, Pache has had improved numbers at the plate of late and continued that success by going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, two RBIs and a walk on Sunday. His home run and double came in Game 2 of the Stripers’ doubleheader against the Knights. In the last 22 at-bats, the Braves’ top prospect is slashing .318/.400/.545. Braves prospect stats »

Pirates: Nick Gonzales, 2B (MLB No. 27), High-A Greensboro
Jared Jones, RHP (No. 17), Low-A Bradenton
Gonzales, the Pirates’ top prospect, had his first two-homer performance of his Minor League career after going deep twice for the Grasshoppers on Sunday. The 7th overall pick from the 2020 Draft connected on a solo home run in the third inning, then cleared the bases with a grand slam in the eighth inning for a total of five RBIs as he went 3-for-3 at the plate that also included a double and two walks. Gonzales is batting .270 with an .843 OPS, but has had a strong stretch at the plate recently. The New Mexico State product has batted .354, doubled five times, homered four times and driven in 16 runs in his last 20 games.

Jones picked up his third win of the season in a dominant five inning scoreless start for Bradenton. The right-hander struck out seven, scattering two hits and three walks in a 14-0 win over Clearwater. In his first professional season, Jones has flashed the talent that made him a second round pick in the 2020 Draft. In 12 games and 46 innings, Jones has a 3.33 ERA with 70 K’s, good for a 13.7 K/9. The 20-year-old is prone to allowing baserunners with a 1.35 WHIP, 43 hits and 19 walks, but with an MLB ETA of 2024 he has plenty of time to hone his command. Pirates prospect stats »

Reds: Ivan Johnson, SS (No. 11), Low-A Dayton
Johnson went 3-for-4 on Sunday which included a homer, a double and two RBIs in the Tortuga’s 4-3 loss to the Flying Tigers. The multihit game continues the 22-year-old’s hot start to August as he has slashed .370/.469/.704 with five extra-base hits in his first 27 at-bats to begin the month and continues his season turnaround. After batting .156 in his first 18 games with Dayton, the switch-hitting middle infielder has posted a .320 average in his last 34 games. Reds prospect stats »

Mets: Jose Butto, RHP (No. 14), Double-A Binghamton
Butto took a no-hitter into the sixth before allowing a hit with two outs, but finished off the inning to wrap up an impressive start. The 23-year-old twirled six scoreless innings and struck out eight en route to a 5-0 Binghamton victory. It was Butto’s second straight start going six innings and not allowing a run. Since his call up to Binghamton on July 19, the righty has elevated his game. In four Double-A starts, Butto owns a 2.35 ERA with 29 strikeouts to three walks. Mets prospect stats »

Royals: Seuly Matias, OF (No. 16), High-A Quad Cities
Matias did it all for Quad Cities — he slugged his sixth homer in his last 10 games, drove in three runs, scored two and stole a base in a 3-for-4 performance. He got the scoring started in the top of the first after the first three men reached base via singles. The 22-year-old grounded out to bring in the game’s first run, and he singled on the first pitch he saw in the third to extend the score to 2-0. His fifth-inning solo shot was his 10th of the year in High-A (11th overall), and he added a single to cap off his day. Matias is batting .210 with 28 RBIs through 31 games for the River Bandits. Royals prospect stats »

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