Minor League Ball Gameday: Thursday, April 17

Hunter Harvey - Flickr user BeGreen90

Five of the top eight pitching prospects in baseball toed the rubber. Who was best?

Hello everyone. Yesterday may have featured the first pitching match-up between the Beltline's best hurlers. There is no way to overstate the excitement yesterday's duel between Lucas Giolito and Hunter Harvey caused. Giolito, Washington's top prospect, shined through five innings while limited to 66 pitches (43 strikes, 23 balls). He struck out six while walking two, allowing two hits and no runs with four ground outs and two fly outs.

On the other side of the diamond, Hunter Harvey was on a longer leash with his pitch count, throwing 89 pitches (54 strikes, 35 balls) over six sparkling, scoreless innings. He allowed only one hit with seven strike outs, one walk, and he hit two batters. Four outs came via the ground with two in the air, and he also committed a balk.

Other than the marquee match up, Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 in eight scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and one walk. Jon Gray threw 5.2 scoreless innings, Marcus Stroman turned in 5.1 scoreless, Trevor Bauer and Zach Lee each went six scoreless, and and Lance McCullers tossed four clean frames as the back end of a piggy back start. Robert Stephenson and Archie Bradley struggled, and Jake Odorizzi turned in a so-so performance for Tampa

On the hitting side of things, George Springer made his Major League debut while also picking up his first Major League hit. Two players finished one step shy of the cycle. Former teammate and heart of the Oklahoma City lineup Jon Singleton continued his tear; going 3-5 with his fifth home run, sixth double, and first triple to come up a single short of the cycle. He struck out once, drove in two and scored twice as well. Cubs second baseman Arismendy Alcantara finished a homer shy, also knocking his sixth double and first triple to go with an eerily similar strikeout, two runs and two RBI. In a double dip, Raul Mondesi finished 4-8 with a triple, two runs scored and one punch out.

Check out the rest below along with today;s Duel of the Day and the running list of the gimps.

The Top 100

Position Players

Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
1 (1) A+ Byron Buxton, CF MIN - - - - - - Wrist injury
2 (2) MLB Xander Bogaerts, SS BOS 3 0 1 1 0 1 SB (1), 2 BB, 2 HBP
3 (3) AAA Oscar Taveras, RF STL 5 1 1 2 0 0
4 (5) AAA Javier Baez, SS CHC - - - - - - Ankle sprain
6 (7) A+ Carlos Correa, SS HOU 4 1 2 2 1 0 HR (2)
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
7 (8) AA Kris Bryant, 3B CHC 2 1 1 0 0 0 2B (3), BB, HBP
8 (10) AAA Gregory Polanco, CF PIT 4 0 0 1 0 0
9 (13) AA Francisco Lindor, SS CLE 6 1 1 1 0 0 DH – BB, K
10 (14) AA Addison Russell, SS OAK - - - - - - Right hamstring injury
11 (17) AAA Maikel Franco, 3B PHI 4 1 2 0 0 0 BB
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
12 (18) MLB George Springer, CF HOU 5 1 1 0 0 0 BB, 2 K, PO
13 (25) MLB Nick Castellanos, 3B DET 4 0 0 0 0 0
14 (27) AA Austin Hedges, C SD





DNP
15 (29) MLB Jose Abreu, 1B CWS 6 0 0 0 0 0 K
16 (34) AAA Joc Pederson, CF LAD 3 0 0 0 0 0 BB
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
17 (35) AA Gary Sanchez, C NYY 3 0 1 0 0 0 HBP, E (2 – F)
18 (36) A+ Albert Almora, CF CHC





DNP
19 (37) A+ Corey Seager, SS LAD 4 2 2 1 0 1 2B (5), SB (4), BB
20 (38) MLB Travis d'Arnaud, C NYM





DNP
21 (41) AA Jorge Soler, RF CHC - - - - - - Leg injury
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
22 (42) AA Rougned Odor, 2B TEX





DNP
23 (43) MLB Billy Hamilton, CF CIN 3 2 1 0 0 2 2 SB (4), BB, K
24 (47) A+ Raul Mondesi, SS KC 8 2 4 0 0 0 3B (1), K
25 (48) A Clint Frazier, CF CLE - - - - - - Hamstring injury
26 (49) A Austin Meadows, CF PIT - - - - - - Hamstring injury
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
27 (50) MLB Jackie Bradley, CF BOS 6 0 1 2 0 0 2B (3), BB, K
28 (54) A+ Jorge Alfaro, C TEX 7 0 1 0 0 0 DH – 3 K, PO (3B)
29 (58) MLB Kolten Wong, 2B STL 3 0 0 0 0 0 K
30 (60) A+ Joey Gallo, 3B TEX 7 0 1 0 0 0 DH – BB, 2 K, E (2 – F)
31 (61) A Colin Moran, 3B MIA - - - - - - Minor knee injury
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
32 (66) MLB Chris Owings, SS AZ





DNP
33 (69) AAA Christian Bethancourt, C ATL





DNP
34 (70) AAA Stephen Piscotty, RF STL 4 1 0 0 0 0 K
35 (72) AAA Matt Davidson, 3B CWS 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 K
36 (73) AA Blake Swihart, C BOS





PPD
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
37 (74) AAA Garin Cecchini, 3B BOS





DNP
38 (75) AA Mookie Betts, 2B BOS





PPD
39 (76) AA Alen Hanson, SS PIT 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 K
40 (78) A JP Crawford, SS PHI 3 0 0 0 0 1 SB (4), BB, K
41 (79) AAA Jake Marisnick, CF MIA 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 K
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
42 (80) A+ Hunter Renfroe, RF SD 5 1 3 2 0 0 K
43 (81) A Reese McGuire, C PIT 2 0 0 0 0 0 BB, 2 PO, E (1 – F)
44 (82) AAA Jon Singleton, 1B HOU 5 2 3 2 1 0 HR (5), 2B (6), 3B (1), K
45 (84) AA Devon Travis, 2B DET - - - - - - Right oblique strain
46 (85) A+ DJ Peterson, 3B SEA 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 K, E (8 – T)
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
47 (86) A+ Rosell Herrera, 3B COL 4 0 1 0 0 0 E (2 – T)
48 (90) AA Jorge Bonifacio, RF KC 4 0 0 0 0 0 K
49 (91) MLB Marcus Semien, 2B CWS 7 0 1 0 0 0 3 K
50 (92) A Dominic Smith, 1B NYM 4 0 0 0 0 0 K
51 (93) AAA Taylor Lindsey, 2B LAA 4 2 1 0 0 0 2B (3), BB, 2 K
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
52 (94) A David Dahl, CF COL 6 1 1 0 0 0 DH – BB, K, 2 OF Assist (1B, 3B)
53 (97) A+ Nick Williams, LF TEX 3 0 2 1 0 0 CS
54 (98) MLB Michael Choice, CF TEX 0 0 0 1 0 0 SF
55 (100) AAA Arismendy Alcantara, 2B CHC 5 2 3 2 0 0 2B (6), 3B (1), K

Pitchers

Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
1 (4) MLB Masahiro Tanaka, RHP NYY 8 2 0 0 1 10 76 S, 31 B, 7 GO, 7 FO, W (2-0)
2 (9) AAA Archie Bradley, RHP AZ 4.1 7 4 4 2 4 2 WP, 2 HBP, 50 S, 42 B, 7 GO, 1 FO, L (1-2)
3 (11) MLB Taijuan Walker, RHP SEA






4 (12) AA Jon Gray, RHP COL 5.2 2 0 0 2 5 WP, 59 S, 27 B, 6 GO, 2 FO, W (1-1)
5 (15) MLB Dylan Bundy, RHP BAL - - - - - - TJ recovery
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
6 (16) AAA Noah Syndergaard, RHP NYM






7 (19) AA Robert Stephenson, RHP CIN 4.1 3 5 4 7 3 HR (Jeff Malm), 48 S, 48 B, 4 GO, 3 FO, L (1-1)
8 (20) AAA Kevin Gausman, RHP BAL






9 (21) A Lucas Giolito, RHP WAS 5 2 0 0 2 6 43 S, 23 B, 4 GO, 2 FO
10 (22) EST Jameson Taillon, RHP PIT - - - - - - TJS
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
11 (23) AA Kyle Zimmer, RHP KC - - - - - - Will begin 5/20
12 (24) AA Eddie Butler, RHP COL






13 (26) MLB Yordano Ventura, RHP KC






14 (28) AA CJ Edwards, RHP CHC






15 (30) AA Andrew Heaney, LHP MIA






Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
16 (31) MLB Carlos Martinez, RHP STL






17 (32) AA Aaron Sanchez, RHP TOR






18 (33) AA Kyle Crick, RHP SF






19 (39) A+ Mark Appel, RHP HOU






20 (40) AA Henry Owens, LHP BOS






Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
21 (44) AA Matt Wisler, RHP SD






22 (45) AAA Alex Meyer, RHP MIN






23 (46) A+ Tyler Glasnow, RHP PIT - - - - - - Back stiffness
24 (51) A+ Julio Urias, LHP LAD






25 (52) A Kohl Stewart, RHP MIN






Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
26 (53) EST Max Fried, LHP SD - - - - - - Left forarm soreness
27 (55) AAA Marcus Stroman, RHP TOR 5.1 5 0 0 0 9 67 S, 27 B, 5 GO, 1 FO, W (1-1)
28 (56) AAA Edwin Escobar, LHP SF






29 (57) A+ Lucas Sims, RHP ATL






30 (59) AAA Mike Foltynewicz, RHP HOU






Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
31 (62) A Braden Shipley, RHP AZ - - - - - - Right bicep tendinitis
32 (63) MLB Erik Johnson RHP CWS






33 (64) AA Nick Kingham, RHP PIT






34 (65) AA Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP BAL






35 (67) MLB Jake Odorizzi, RHP TB 5 5 3 3 3 4 59 S, 36 B, 2 GO, 9 FO, L (1-2)
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
36 (68) AAA Rafael Montero, RHP NYM






37 (71) AA Jesse Biddle, LHP PHI






38 (77) A+ Lance McCullers, RHP HOU 4 1 0 0 2 2 7 GO, 1 FO, SV (1)
39 (83) AAA Trevor Bauer, RHP CLE 6 5 0 0 1 9 WP, 61 S, 38 B, 1 GO, 4 FO, W (1-0)
40 (87) EST Pierce Johnson, RHP CHC - - - - - - Minor leg injury
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
41 (88) AAA Allen Webster, RHP BOS






42 (89) EST Trey Ball, LHP BOS - - - - - - Awaiting assignment
43 (95) AAA Zach Lee, RHP LAD 6 3 0 0 2 3 WP, 53 S, 36 B, 8 GO, 4 FO, W (2-0)
44 (96) AAA Jimmy Nelson, RHP MIL 6 3 1 1 2 6 64 S, 37 B, 7 GO, 2 FO
45 (99) MLB James Paxton, LHP SEA - - - - - - Left lat strain

Duel of the Day

Org Rank BA (JS) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
1 (1) A Lucas Giolito, RHP WAS 5 2 0 0 2 6 43 S, 23 B, 4 GO, 2 FO
4 (4) A Hunter Harvey, RHP BAL 6 1 0 0 1 7 2 HBP, Balk, 54 S, 35 B, 4 GO, 2 FO

Probable Starters

AAA - IL

  • Rubby De La Rosa (RHP - BOS) vs Logan Darnell (LHP - MIN) GAME 1
  • Casey Sadler (RHP - PIT) vs Chien-Ming Wang (RHP - CIN)
  • Brian Gordon (RHP - NYY) vs Ricky Romero (LHP - TOR) GAME 1
  • Chase Whitley (RHP - NYY) vs Kyle Drabek (RHP - TOR) GAME 2
  • Mitch Atkins (RHP - ATL) vs Charlie Leesman (LHP - CWS)
  • Chris Hernandez (LHP - BOS) vs Yohan Pino (RHP - MIN) GAME 2
  • TJ McFarland (LHP - BAL) vs Merrill Kelly (RHP - TB)
  • TJ House (LHP - CLE) vs TBD (DET)
  • Brad Lincoln (RHP - PHI) vs TBD (WAS) GAME 2
  • Greg Smith (LHP - PHI) vs TBD (WAS) GAME 1


AAA - PCL

  • Burch Smith (RHP - SD) vs Henry Sosa (RHP - LAD)
  • Collin McHugh (RHP - HOU) vs Tyler Matzek (LHP - COL)
  • Chris Heston (RHP - SF) vs TBD (OAK)
  • Jared Rogers (RHP - MIA) vs Eric Jokisch (LHP - CHC)
  • Michael Kirkman (LHP - TEX) vs Sugar Ray Marimon (RHP - KC)
  • Scott McGregor (RHP - STL) vs Hiram Burgos (RHP - MIL)
  • TBD (NYM) vs Bo Schultz (RHP - AZ)
  • Justin Thomas (LHP - LAA) vs Andrew Carraway (RHP - SEA)


AA - EL

  • Clayton Blackburn (RHP - SF) v Nick Kingham (RHP - PIT) *****DotD*****
  • Will Roberts (RHP- CLE) vs Tim Berry (LHP - BAL)
  • Keith Couch (RHP - BOS) vs DJ Baxendale (RHP - MIN)
  • Warwick Saupold (RHP - DET) vs Joel De La Cruz (RHP - NYY)
  • Austin Bibens-Dirkx (RHP - TOR) vs Matthew Bowman (RHP - NYM)


AA - SL

  • Brent Suter (LHP - MIL) vs JR Graham (RHP - ATL)
  • Justin Nicolino (LHP - MIA) vs TBD (LAD)
  • Stephen Landazuri (RHP - SEA) vs Corey Black (RHP - CHC) GAME 1
  • Mike Colla (RHP - TB) vs Jon Moscot (RHP - CIN)
  • Moises Hernandez (RHP - SEA) vs Dae-Eun Rhee (RHP - CHC) GAME 2
  • Scott Snodgress (LHP - CWS) vs Michael Lee (RHP - AZ)


AA - TL

  • Devin Jones (RHP - BAL) vs Tanner Peters (RHP - OAK)
  • Drew Rucinski (RHP - LAA) vs Seth Blair (RHP - STL)
  • Colton Cain (LHP - HOU) vs Nick Martinez (RHP - TEX)
  • Greg Billo (RHP - KC) vs Tyler Anderson (LHP - COL)


A+ - CAL

  • Martin Agosta (RHP - SF) vs TBD (CIN)
  • Tyler Pike (LHP - SEA) vs Chris Devenski (RHP - HOU)
  • Matt Flemer (RHP - COL) vs Bryan Rodriguez (RHP - SD)
  • TBD (LAD) vs Jesse Darrah (RHP - AZ)
  • TBD (OAK) vs TBD (LAA)


A+ - CAR

  • Jonathan Dziedzic (LHP - KC) vs Jarrett Miller (RHP - ATL)
  • Corey Littrell (RHP - BOS) vs Cole Sulser (RHP - CLE)
  • Pedro Encarnacion (RHP - WAS) vs TBD (TEX)
  • Brady Wager (RHP - BAL) vs Tony Bucciferro (RHP - CWS)

A+ - FSL

  • Endrys Briceno (RHP - DET) vs Cole Hamels (LHP - PHI)
  • Steven Matz (LHP - NYM) vs Brett Lee (LHP - MIN)
  • Bruedlin Suero (LHP - TB) vs Joe Cuda (SRHP - TL)
  • Jesse Hernandez (RHP - TOR) vs Jorge Lopez (RHP - MIL)
  • Scott Lyman (RHP - MIA) vs Orlando Castro (LHP - PIT)
  • TBD (NYY) vs TBD (CHC)

A - MWL

  • Braden Shipley vs Gonzalo Sanudo ()
  • Jeremy Gabryszwski vs Kyle Finnegan ()
  • Jimmy Reed vs Pete Kelich ()
  • TBD vs Victor Diaz ()
  • Daury Torrez vs Amir Garrett ()
  • TBD vs Randy Rosario ()
  • TBD vs Adam Plutko ()
  • Carlos Misell vs Jordan Harrison ()


A - SAL



Duel of the Day

Injuries

  • Cubs SS Javier Baez (7 day DL; left ankle sprain) - 4/11
  • Tigers 2B Devon Travis (7 day DL; right oblique strain) - 4/10
  • Mariners LHP James Paxton (15 day DL; left lat strain) - 4/8
  • Athletics SS Addison Russell (7 day DL; torn right hamstring) - 4/6
  • Cubs RF Jorge Soler (7 day DL; leg injury) - 4/4
  • Indians CF Clint Frazier (7 day DL; right hamstring strain) - 4/3
  • Pirates CF Austin Meadows (7 day DL; right hamstring strain) - 4/3
  • Marlins 3B Colin Moran (7 day DL: minor knee injury) - 4/3
  • Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy (60 day DL; TJS recovery) - 4/3
  • Padres LHP Max Fried (7 day DL; left forearm soreness) - 4/3
  • Diamondbacks RHP Braden Shipley (7 day DL; right bicep tendinitis) - 4/3
  • Cubs RHP Pierce Johnson (7 day DL; minor leg injury) - 4/3
  • Rays SS Hak-Ju Lee (three to four weeks; left calf strain) - 3/24
  • Pirates RHP Tyler Glasnow (7 day DL; tight lower back) - 3/23
  • Twins CF Byron Buxton ("a couple of weeks"; left wrist sprain) - 3/16
  • Rays 2B Tim Beckham (season; torn right ACL) - 3/30
  • Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon (season; right elbow - TJS) - 3/23
  • Tigers RHP Bruce Rondon (season; right elbow - TJS) - 3/21
  • Dodgers RHP Ross Stripling (season; right elbow - TJS) - 3/14
  • Twins 3B Miguel Sano (season; right elbow - TJS) - 3/12

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