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Minor League Ball Morning Report: Monday, June 11th, 2018

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A new week begins

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Hello everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Morning Report for Monday, June 11th, 2018. Here are a few tidbits worthy of your attention as a new week begins.

****Yesterday’s Gameday discussion is here.

****Toronto Blue Jays ultramegasuperduperprospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will miss at least four weeks due to a strained left knee patella tendon. I find this depressing, occuring at the same time that Ronald Acuna’s ACL sprain and the high likelihood that Shohei Ohtani will need Tommy John surgery. It’s not good for baseball.

****In happier news, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Corey Ray went 4-for-4 with three runs scored for Double-A Biloxi. He’s up to .259/.358/.478.

****San Francisco Giants first base/outfield prospect Gio Brusa had the game of his life yesterday, going 3-for-5 with three homers, six RBI, and five runs scored for High-A San Jose. He also drew a walk and stole a base. Drafted in the sixth round in 2016 from the University of the Pacific, Brusa is a powerfully-built switch-hitter with contact issues and a reputation for streakiness, though when he’s hot he’s very hot including .342 in his last 10 games with five homers.

****Speaking of hot, Minnesota Twins prospect Brent Rooker is hitting .421 in his last 10 games with nine walks for Double-A Chattanooga.

****Cincinnati Reds prospect Hunter Greene had his fourth-straight strong starts for Low-A Dayton on Saturday. He’s pitched 28.1 innings over his last seven starts with a 30/11 K/BB and 25 hits allowed with a 3.17 ERA. Redsminorleagues.com has some notes from his last start, with Greene topping at 101 MPH with the heater while showing an improved slider. There’s some nice video too.