All Stars. Hot rookies. Surging MLB Draft picks. Good morning everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Morning Report for Saturday, June 30th, 2018.
****The Eastern League All Star rosters were announced yesterday. As expected, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats infield of baseball bloodlines all earned a nod with Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio and Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. all heading to the game. Also newsworthy in the fact that Tim Tebow made it riding a hot June with a .300 batting average and career-best .766 OPS. There are actually a bevy of top prospects; you can see the rosters here: East | West.
**** The Minnesota Twins budding star Royce Lewis had himself a day. The 19-year-old went 5-for-6 in a double-header raising his batting average 13 points to an impressive .314 on the season.
**** Yesterday we reported Francisco Mejia got his struggles figured out pretty quickly. He extended his multi-hit streak to seven games with a four-hit night.
**** Juan Soto’s incredible run continues. The 19-year-old phemon simply won’t slow down, coming off a 4-for-6 night with two home runs and five RBI. I like to remind people that I saw Soto’s first home run of 2018... in Low-A. Fellow rookie Erick Fedde picked up his first win of 2018 in the 17-7 bludgeoning of Philadelphia.
**** The Yankees young dynamic duo of Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar combined to go 5-for-7 with four RBI and a nice double play in the 8-1 romp of the Red Sox. It’s a good year for rookies. Sandy Alcantara showed that in registering his first win as a Marlin, going five innings of one-run ball. He was effectively wild, walking five and striking out two, but got that first win out of the way.
****Welcome to Double-A Bruce Zimmermann. The 23-year-old lefty picked up a no-decision, but he went 6.1 innings of one-run ball in his Mississippi debut, striking out 10 and walking three. The walks were actually high for Zimmermann who is proving his arsenal is very much for real.
**** Duke star Griffin Conine broke out for the Vancouver Canadians with a 3-for-5 performance. He made quick work of the GCL and may not see too many ABs in the Northwest League either. And speaking of draft picks, Seth Beer continues to impress. After making the NYPL his personal batting cage with four home runs in 11 games, he’s continuing to hit in the Midwest League with a three-RBI night last night.
**** Matt Kardos reported that Yankees prospect Freicr Perez is done for the year after having surgery on his shoulder.