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Minor League Ball Morning Report: Friday,, April 13th, 2018

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Yesterday’s minor league highlights and today’s recommended reading

Minor League Baseball: Arizona Fall League-All Star Game
Padres prospect Josh Naylor
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Good morning everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Morning Report for Friday, April 13th, 2018.

****San Diego Padres prospect Josh Naylor went 3-for-4 with two homers for Double-A San Antonio. He’s hitting .464/.484/1.036 in his first seven games with five home runs.

****Atlanta Braves third base prospect Austin Riley hit two dingers for Double-A Mississippi, driving in five. He’s at .346/.414/.692 through seven contests.

****Starting pitcher Bryce Conley and relievers Ty Damron and Josh Reagan combined for a no-hitter for the Beloit Snappers in Low-A Midwest League action. The Oakland Athletics drafted Conley in the 22nd round in 2017 from Georgia State University. Damron is out of Texas Tech, a 15th round pick in 2016, while Reagan was a 15th rounder in 2017 from the University of South Carolina. All three are “need to see at higher levels” type prospects.

****Minnesota Twins prospect and 2017 first-overall pick Royce Lewis went 2-for-5 with his first homer of the season for Low-A Cedar Rapids. He’s 5-for-20 with four walks and a stolen base through five games. Teammate and 2016 Twins first-rounder Alex Kirilloff is 8-for-27 (.296) with two homers so far.

*****Yesterday’s Gameday thread with more highlights is here.

RECOMMENDED READING

****Ben Badler at Baseball America continues his 2017 International signee reports for each team.

****Eric Longenhagen did a prospects chat at Fangraphs, always worth a read.

****This article is from several days ago but I missed it at the time: Chris Anders at Beyond the Boxscore dissects each Shohei Ohtani home run.

PERSONAL NOTE

*****I will be busy with family matters this weekend but Wayne Cavadi and the rest of the Minor League Ball staff will be here to keep you guys entertained and informed. I’ll return to normal operations on Monday.