Here’s the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Saturday, August 26th, 2017. Let’s get down to business!
****Yesterday’s Highlights can be found in the Friday discussion thread.
COOL STUFF THAT HAPPENED FRIDAY
****Atlanta Braves rookie infielder Ozzie Albies went 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, and a stolen base against the Colorado Rockies. Through his first 22 major league games he’s hitting .247/.314/.455, with four doubles, three triples, and two homers along with two steals. A very credible beginning for what should be a long and productive career.
****Philadelphia Phillies rookie Rhys Hoskins went 1-for-3 with a home run, a walk, and two RBI against the Chicago Cubs. In his first 56 major league at-bats he’s hitting .286/.412/.786 with nine homers. What a year this has been for slugging rookies. . .Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger, Paul DeJong, Josh Bell, Trey Mancini, etc. . .there are 16 rookies with 10 or more homers this year and at least five others who could get there by the end of the season.
****Braves prospect Ronald Acuna continues his destruction of the International League, going 3-for-4 yesterday for Gwinnett and now hitting .358/.408/.587.
****Oakland Athletics prospect Franklin Barreto went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI for Triple-A Nashville.
****What happens when you put a 28-year-old minor league veteran in the California League? Stuff like this happens: Los Angeles Dodgers farmhand Quincy Latimore went 4-for-4 for Rancho Cucamonga last night against Inland Empire, with two homers and eight RBI. He’s hitting .556/.667/1.259 in nine games since going down to the Cal League rehabbing an injury. Latimore has been playing Double-A or Triple-A since 2011 so the Cal League isn’t exactly a challenge.