Here’s the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Sunday, August 13th, 2017. Below are the normal links that help you get through the night.
****Yesterday’s Highlights can be found in the Saturday discussion thread.
COOL STUFF THAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY
****Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospect Steven Brault continued his quest to make International League hitters look bad, throwing seven shutout innings for Indianapolis against Syracuse and lowering his ERA to 1.94.
****Baltimore Orioles outfield prospect Austin Hays went 2-for-4 for Double-A Bowie, is hitting .415 in his last 10 games, and holds an overall slash line of .349/.383/.657 in 172 at-bats since being promoted to the Eastern League. Drafted in the third round last year from the University of Jacksonville, Hays has destroyed pro pitching thus far, hitting .336/.375/.592 with 32 homers in 572 at-bats.
****It was another good night for Chicago White Sox prospects, with outfielder Eloy Jimenez going 3-for-5 with two homers for High-A Winston Salem and right-hander Michael Kopech fanning 10 over seven shutout innings for Double-A Birmingham.
****Minnesota Twins 2017 first-round pick Royce Lewis made his debut for Low-A Cedar Rapids in the Midwest League, going 4-for-4 with two runs scored. He’d hit .271/.390/.414 in 133 at-bats for the Gulf Coast League Twins before his promotion, with 15 steals and a 19/17 BB/K ratio, showing enough polish that the Twins were comfortable skipping him past Elizabethton in the Appalachian League and moving him up to full-season ball. That’s quite a leap for a high schooler.