Minor League Ball Gameday: Sunday, April 27

David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Blake Swihart was an extra base hit machine Saturday.

Hello everyone and Welcome back to the Gameday. We had a couple monster hitting performances to get to along with a couple elite arms struggling. The best offensive showing came from Blake Swihart, catcher for the Red Sox AA affiliate. He came to the dish seven times in a game that included some free baseball, hitting his second bomb of the year, a pair of doubles (his fourth and fifth), and a single so it didn't look like he was hogging all the extra base knocks. He drove in two and came across to score three times.

Cubs second baseman Arismendy Alcantara is making a hell of a case to steal Darwin Barney's job in Chicago. He also had seven at bats in an extra innings affair, and he reached base five times. His day included his fourth triple of the year, four singles, a run scored, and three runs batted in.

On the bump, Archie Bradley, Kyle Crick, and Robert Stephenson failed to be very effective in each of their starts. Crick didn't even escape the second inning, Bradley gave up five runs in four frames, and Stephenson allowed three long balls (luckily for him all were solo shots).

Arguably the best performance of the night by a prospect came out of Eddie Butler's right arm. The co-ace of Colorado's AA team with Jon Gray was solid, giving them 7.2 innings. He allowed two runs on five hits and a walk with four punch outs. He threw only 92 pitches with 57 going for strikes, 35 balls, and he induced 12 ground outs to only six fly outs.

Check out the rest of the Top 50 Hitters and Pitchers below along with all of our other usual goodies. Enjoy!

Top 50 Hitters

Rank Name Pos Team Level AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
1 Byron Buxton CF MIN A+ - - - - - - Left wrist sprain
2 Xander Bogaerts SS BOS MLB





DNP
3 Oscar Taveras RF STL AAA





DNP
4 Addison Russell SS OAK AA - - - - - - Torn right hamstring
5 Gregory Polanco CF PIT AAA 3 1 0 0 0 0 BB, 2 K
6 Javier Baez SS CHC AAA 7 0 1 1 0 1 SB (1), 2 K
7 Francisco Lindor SS CLE AA 3 0 0 0 0 0 BB, K, E (4 – T)
8 Kris Bryant 3B CHC AA 6 1 2 1 1 1 HR (5), SB (5), K
9 Carlos Correa SS HOU A+





DNP
10 George Springer RF HOU MLB 4 0 1 1 0 0 2B (2), K
Rank Name Pos Team Level AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
11 Jose Abreu 1B CWS MLB 4 0 0 0 0 0
12 Miguel Sano 3B MIN AA - - - - - - Right elbow injury – TJS
13 Albert Almora CF CHC A+





DNP
14 Nick Castellanos 3B DET MLB 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 K
15 Maikel Franco 3B PHI AAA 5 0 0 1 0 0 E (2 – T)
16 Jon Singleton 1B HOU AAA 4 1 2 0 0 0
17 Rougned Odor 2B TEX AA 4 0 0 0 0 0 K
18 Gary Sanchez C NYY AA 7 1 2 2 0 0 2B (6)
19 Corey Seager SS LAD A+





DNP
20 Clint Frazier CF CLE A 4 1 1 0 0 1 SB (1), BB, K
Rank Name Pos Team Level AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
21 Austin Meadows CF PIT A - - - - - - Right hamstring strain
22 Joc Pederson CF LAD AAA 6 0 1 0 0 0 BB, 5 K
23 Jesse Winker CF CIN A+ - - - - - - Concussion
24 Jackie Bradley CF BOS MLB 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 K
25 Austin Hedges C SD AA 4 0 0 0 0 0
26 Kolten Wong 2B STL MLB





DNP
27 JP Crawford SS PHI A 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 BB, 2 K
28 Raul Mondesi SS KC A+ 5 0 0 0 0 0 4 K
29 Jorge Soler RF CHC AA - - - - - - Leg injury
30 Travis d'Arnaud C NYM MLB 3 1 1 0 0 0 2B (3), BB
Rank Name Pos Team Level AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
31 David Dahl CF COL A 5 1 1 0 0 0 K
32 Colin Moran 3B MIA A+ 0 0 0 0 0 0 BB, K
33 Ryan McMahon 3B COL A





DNP
34 Garin Cecchini 3B BOS AAA 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 BB
35 Stephen Piscotty RF STL AAA 4 0 0 0 0 0
36 DJ Peterson 3B SEA A+





DNP
37 Billy Hamilton CF CIN MLB 4 0 0 0 0 0
38 Phillip Ervin CF CIN A 5 1 1 1 0 1 SB (5), K
39 Jorge Alfaro C TEX A+ 4 0 2 1 0 0 K, E (5 – T)
40 Hunter Dozier 3B KC A+ 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 K
Rank Name Pos Team Level AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
41 Mookie Betts 2B BOS AA 7 1 2 2 1 0 HR (3)
42 Chris Owings SS AZ MLB 3 1 1 0 0 0 BB, E (3 – F)
43 Blake Swihart C BOS AA 7 3 4 2 1 0 HR (2), 2 2B (5)
44 Arismendy Alcantara 2B CHC AAA 7 1 5 3 0 0 3B (4)
45 Andrew Susac C SF AAA





DNP
46 Reese McGuire C PIT A





DNP
47 Mitch Nay 3B TOR A 4 0 0 0 0 0 K
48 Marcus Semien 2B CWS MLB 3 0 0 0 0 0 BB
49 Tom Murphy C COL AA 3 0 0 0 0 0 BB
50 Joey Gallo 3B TEX A+ 4 0 1 0 0 0 BB, K

Top 50 Pitchers

Rank Name Pos Team Level IP H R ER BB K Notes
1 Masahiro Tanaka RHP NYY MLB






2 Archie Bradley RHP AZ AAA 4 7 5 5 4 3 Balk, 58 S, 35 B, 4 GO, 5 FO, L (1-4)
3 Robert Stephenson RHP CIN AA 6 6 3 3 2 8 3 HR (M. Jones, K. Kubitza, B. Schlehuber), 64 S, 36 B, 5 GO, 3 FO
4 Jon Gray RHP COL AA






5 Kevin Gausman RHP BAL AAA 4.2 3 0 0 1 5 51 S, 24 B, 5 GO, 1 FO
6 Carlos Martinez RHP STL MLB






7 Noah Syndergaard RHP NYM AAA






8 Eddie Butler RHP COL AA 7.2 5 2 2 1 4 57 S, 35 B, 12 GO, 6 FO, L (1-2)
9 Andrew Heaney LHP MIA AA






10 Taijaun Walker RHP SEA MLB






Rank Name Pos Team Level IP H R ER BB K Notes
11 James Paxton LHP SEA MLB - - - - - - Left lat strain
12 Lucas Giolito RHP WAS A






13 Yordano Ventura RHP KC MLB






14 Kyle Crick RHP SF AA 1.2 0 0 0 3 1 28 S, 23 B, 2 GO, 1 FO
15 Aaron Sanchez RHP TOR AA






16 Kyle Zimmer RHP KC AA - - - - - - No injury, will begin 5/20
17 Dylan Bundy RHP BAL MLB - - - - - - Right elbow injury – recovering from TJS
18 Trevor Bauer RHP CLE AAA






19 Henry Owens LHP BOS AAA






20 Julio Urias LHP LAD A+






Rank Name Pos Team Level IP H R ER BB K Notes
21 CJ Edwards RHP CHC AA






22 Mark Appel RHP HOU EST - - - - - - Demoted 4/25
23 Alex Meyer RHP MIN AAA






24 Sean Manaea LHP KC A+






25 Marcus Stroman RHP TOR AAA






26 Rafael Montero RHP NYM AAA






27 Matt Wisler RHP SD AA






28 Lance McCullers Jr RHP HOU A+






29 Miguel Almonte RHP KC A+






30 Tyler Glasnow RHP PIT A+






Rank Name Pos Team Level IP H R ER BB K Notes
31 Braden Shipley RHP AZ A






32 Mike Foltynewicz RHP HOU AAA






33 AJ Cole RHP WAS AA






34 Kohl Stewart RHP MIN A






35 Max Fried LHP SD EST - - - - - - Left forearm soreness
36 Erik Johnson RHP CWS AAA






37 Jake Odorizzi RHP TB MLB






38 Lucas Sims RHP ATL A+ 5.1 5 3 3 3 3 8 GO, 3 FO, L (1-3)
39 Jesse Biddle LHP PHI AA






40 Edwin Escobar LHP SF AAA 4.1 3 1 1 2 6 HBP, 47 W, 23 B, 5 GO, 1 FO, L (0-2)
Rank Name Pos Team Level IP H R ER BB K Notes
41 Hunter Harvey RHP BAL A






42 Alex Reyes RHP STL A






43 Jimmy Nelson RHP MIL AAA






44 Vince Velasquez RHP HOU A+






45 Aaron Blair RHP AZ A






46 Zach Lee RHP LAD AAA






47 Clayton Blackburn RHP SF AA






48 Daniel Norris LHP TOR A+






49 Jameson Taillon RHP PIT EST - - - - - - Right elbow injury – recovering from TJS
50 Nick Kingham RHP PIT AA






Duel of the Day

Team Rank Name Pos Team Level IP H R ER BB K Notes
8 Jason Hursh RHP ATL AA 5 4 3 1 1 5 HR (Juan Silverio), 48 S, 31 B, 8 GO, 3 FO
1 Robert Stephenson RHP CIN AA 6 6 3 3 2 8 3 HR (M. Jones, K. Kubitza, B. Schlehuber), 64 S, 36 B, 5 GO, 3 FO

Probable Starters

AAA - IL

  • Trevor Bauer (RHP - ATL) vs Eddie Gamboa (RHP - BAL)
  • Rubby De La Rosa (RHP - BOS) vs David Buchanan (RHP - PHI)
  • Charlie Leesman (LHP - CWS) vs Logan Darnell (LHP - MIN)
  • Blake Treinen (RHP - WAS) vs Casey Sadler (RHP - PIT)
  • Daniel Rodriguez (LHP - ATL) vs Drew VerHagen (RHO - DET)
  • Chris Leroux (RHP - NYY) vs Merrill Kelly (RHP - TB)
  • Chien-Ming Wang (RHP - CIN) vs Ricky Romero (LHP - TOR)


AAA - PCL

  • Jimmy Nelson (RHP - MIL) vs Bobby Doran (RHP - HOU)
  • Zach Petrick (RHP - STL) vs TBD (TEX)
  • Eric Jokisch (LHP - CHC) vs Christian Bergman (RHP - COL)
  • Henry Sosa (RHP - LAD) vs Jason Berken (RHP - SF)
  • John Lamb (LHP - KC) vs Elih Villanueva (RHP - MIA)
  • TBD (SEA) vs Logan Verrett (RHP - NYM)
  • Billy Buckner (RHP - SD) vs Sean Murphy (RHP - OAK)
  • Matt Shoemaker (RHP - LAA) vs Bo Schultz (RHP - AZ)


AA - EL

  • Tim Berry (LHP - BAL) vs Felipe Rivero (LHP - WAS)
  • Graham Stoneburner (RHP - NYY) vs Henry Owens (LHP - BOS)
  • Rainy Lara (RHP - NYM) vs TBD (DET)
  • Adrian Sampson (RHP - PIT) vs Joseph Colon (RHP - CLE)
  • Perci Garner (RHP - PHI) vs Casey Lawrence (RHP - TOR)
  • Virgil Vasquez (RHP - MIN) vs Kelvin Marte (LHP - SF)


AA - SL

  • Williams Perez (RHP - ATL) vs Jon Moscot (RHP - CIN)
  • Stephen Landazuri (RHP - SEA) vs Michael Lee (RHP - AZ)
  • Taylor Jungmann (RHP - MIL) vs Pierce Johnson (RHP - CHC)
  • Mike Colla (RHP - TB) vs Justin Nicolino (LHP - MIA)
  • Scott Snodgress (LHP - CWS) vs Andres Santiago (RHP - LAD)


AA - TL

  • Daniel Winkler (RHP - COL) vs Tim Melville (RHP - KC)
  • Seth Blair (RHP - STL) vs TBD (LAA)
  • Kyle Lotzkar (RHP - TEX) vs Aaron West (RHP - HOU)
  • Nate Long (RHP - OAK) vs TBD (SD)


A+ - CAL

  • Ben Lively (RHP - CIN) vs Chris Stratton (RHP - SF) *****DotD*****
  • TBD (HOU) vs Tom Windle (LHP - LAD)
  • TBD (SEA) vs Seth Streich (RHP - OAK)
  • Andrew Brown (RHP - COL) vs Spencer Arroyo (LHP - AZ)
  • Alex Keudell (RHP - LAA) vs Ruben Mejia (RHP - SD)

A+ - CAR

  • Greg Ross (RHP - ATL) vs Doug Fister (RHP - WAS)
  • Chi Chi Gonzalez (RHP - TEX) vs Daniel Stumpf (LHP - KC)
  • JB Wendelken (RHP - CWS) vs TBD (BOS)
  • Michael Peoples (RHP - CLE) vs Jesse Beal (RHP - BAL)


A+ - FSL

  • Jake Thompson (RHP - DET) vs Rafael De Paula (RHP - NYY)
  • Kyle Helisek (LHP - STL) vs Alex Wimmers (RHP - MIN)
  • Reinaldo Lopez (RHP - TB) vs Scott Lyman (RHP - MIA)
  • Jed Bradley (LHP - MIL) vs Tayler Scott (RHP - CHC)
  • Miguel Nunez (RHP - PHI) vs Ben White (RHP - TOR)
  • John Kuchno (RHP - PIT) vs TBD (NYM)


A - MWL

  • Aaron Slegers (RHP - MIN) vs Edwin Diaz (RHP - SEA)
  • Sal Romano (RHP - CIN) vs Zachary Bird (RHP - LAD)
  • Caleb Hamrick (RHP - CLE) vs Aaron Blair (RHP - AZ)
  • Adrian De Horta (RHP - SD) vs Kevin Ziomek (LHP - DET)
  • Barrett Astin (RHP - MIL) vs TBD (CHC)
  • German Marquez (RHP - TB) vs Jeremy Gabryszwski (RHP - TOR)
  • Gonzalo Sanudo (RHP - HOU) vs Chase Brookshire (LHP - STL)
  • TBD (OAK) vs Ryan Etsell (RHP - LAA)


A - SAL

  • Lucas Giolito (RHP - WAS) vs Shane Carle (RHP - PIT)
  • Johendi Jiminian (RHP - COL) vs Christian Jones (LHP - SF)
  • Ryan Newell (RHP - MIA) vs Cole Wiper (RHP - TEX)
  • Luis Severino (RHP - NYY) vs Luc Rennie (RHP - BAL) GAME 2
  • Cody Reed (LHP - KC) vs TBD (BOS)
  • Chris Flexen (RHP - NYM) vs Tyler Viza (RHP - PHI)
  • Giovanny Gallegos (RHP - NYY) vs Austin Urban (RHP - BAL) GAME 1
  • James Dykstra (RHP - CWS) vs Carlos Salazar (RHP - ATL)


Duel of the Day

RHP Ben Lively (CIN - A+) vs RHP Chris Stratton (SF - A+)

Injuries

  • Reds OF Jesse Winker (7 day DL; concussion) - 4/26
  • Orioles LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (7 day DL; left knee sprain) - 4/21
  • 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
  • Pirates CF Austin Meadows (7 day DL; right hamstring strain) - 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
  • Mariners RHP Taijuan Walker (15 day DL; right shoulder impingement) - 3/21
  • 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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