Good morning everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Morning Report for Friday, June 29th, 2018.
****Luis Robert seems to be adjusting to life in the Carolina League pretty well. The Chicago White Sox top offensive prospect not named Eloy Jimenez went 4-for-6 last night with three RBI. The 20-year-old right handed hitter is still looking for his first full-season home run, but is making some nice contact.
****With a 3-for-4 night, the Houston Astros Randy Cesar extended his Texas League-record hitting streak to 42. One of Minor League Ball’s prospects to watch this week, Cesar is now leading the Texas League with a .360 batting average for Corpus Christi.
**** Looks like Francisco Mejia got his struggles figured out pretty quickly. The Indians prospect has SIX multi-hit games in a row, getting three yesterday including a home run. And speaking of multi-hit machines, the Astros Kyle Tucker recorded his seventh in his last ten games, launching his 13th home run last night.
****Bruce Zimmermann who broke out in a big way for the Rome Braves as their ace of the first half, skipped right over High-A and was promoted to Mississippi. He’s expected to start tonight against Pensacola.
**** At the big league level, the Orioles Yefry Ramirez bounced back after struggling in his 2018 big league debut to toss five shoutout innings. He allowed just three hits and struck out three and walked none to a pretty solid Mariners lineup. Walker Buehler’s return from the DL for the Dodgers was much less successful. The exciting right-hander was lit up for five runs in his one inning “rehab” appearance in relief of Clayton Kershaw. He struck out none and allowed five hits and a walk. Jaime Barria continued to impress in his big league debut season. Though he picked up the loss, he went 5.1 innings allowing two runs on four hits, striking out four and walking two.