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Scoreboard

Triple-A: Columbus Clippers 1, Nashville Sounds 0 (Suspended Top 4 – Rain)
Double-A: Akron RubberDucks 11, Erie SeaWolves 5
High-A: Lake County Captains 9, Dayton Dragons 0
Single-A: Carolina Mudcats 11, Lynchburg Hillcats 2
Rookie (Arizona Complex League): ACL Indians 14, ACL Reds 4
Rookie (Dominican Summer League): Red 5, Blue 4

Highlights

Bo Naylor (C, Akron): 2-5, 2 HR, 6 RBI – Five of six of Naylor’s homers have come in July now, including a two run homer and a grand slam in this game alone. Now that Bryan Lavastida is up in Akron with him, this is a dangerous competition and there may be some internal competition going on here too.

Bryan Lavastida (DH, Akron): 3-5,, HR, 4 RBI – Speaking of Lavastida, his first game in Double-A went swimmingly. He singled in Brayan Rocchio in his first at bat and then followed it up with a three run homer late in the game. He did strike out twice but still a great debut.

Brayan Rocchio (SS, Akron): 2-3, 3B, 2 BB – The debut of the Killer B’s continued with Brayan Rocchio’s two hits, the first of which was a triple.

Jhonkensey Noel (DH, Lynchburg): 3-4, HR, RBI – All Noel is doing in Lynchburg is hitting .385 with a 1.124 OPS with another moonshot. Rostering a 20 year old first basemen with an aggressive approach is awfully tough, but boy of Cleveland doesn’t, this might be a bat you don’t want to risk losing.

Steven Kwan (CF, Akron): 3-5 – Normally a three hit game would be enough to be THE highlight. But this was an offensive showing for the entire system tonight. That shouldn’t underscore the fact that he’s now hitting over .300 with a .900 OPS, had three homers in July and walked more than he struck out. He’s hit lefties better than righties this year too. It’s easy to bag on the future Guardians outfield, but watch out for Steven Kwan as a solid regular you might not expect.

Junior Sanquintin (1B-3B, ACL): 2-4, HR, 2R, 3 RBi – Sanquintin is now officially a corner only player it seems as he’s added a ton of weight to his frame after he was signed a shortstop, but it looks like he might have the power to play the corner.

Best of the rest

Micah Pries (LF, Lake County): 2-4, 2B, RBi – Pries has gotten off to a running start in High-A since the promotion after recovering from his hamstring issue. He did get pinch it for late in the game and Victor Nova went into LF for him, so maybe he’s not quite playing full games yet. But it’s something to keep an eye on.

Luis Durango Jr. (CF, ACL): 2-5, 2B, RBi, 2R – The only thing missing from Durango’s line is a steal. He’s been impressive in his pro debut.

Jorge Burgos (RF, ACL): 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI – In addition to Durango, Burgos’ stateside debut at 19 has been very impressive.

Richie Palacios (2B, Columbus): 1-1, RBI – Before the rain suspended the game, Palacios continued his breakout season with an RBI single to give the Clippers a 1-0 lead. Because the game was suspended and will be continued Sunday, it still counts.

Kirk McCarty (SP, Columbus): 3IP, 3BB, 4K – McCarty won’t get to continue this start Sunday, but he’ll get credit for three hitless innings nonetheless.

Milan Tolentino (3B-2B, ACL): 2-4, 2 RBi – Tolentino has six hits in the last five games now.

Will Benson (RF, Akron): 1-4, HR, SB, BB – Benson hit his 12th homer of the year and fifth against Erie alone.

Fran Alduey (SS, DSL Red): 2-4, RBI – The young shortstop is hitting .283 so far.

Victor Nova (DH-LF, Lake County): 2-5, 2 RBI, 2R – Nova has picked things up over the last month after a quick start and then he kind of fell off. He finished a .946 OPS in July.

Petey Halpin (LF, Lynchburg): 2-4 – Halpin has been pretty swing happy in his full season, pro debut but otherwise has been able to find some success lately with some big hits.

Raynel Delgado (2B, Lake County): 2-5, RBI – Delgado continues to show flashes of being a productive middle infield bat but can’t maintain any consistency. This was one of the flashes.

Aaron Bracho (3B, Lake County): 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB – It looks like Bracho won’t be a first base option anymore and he’s played a lot of the hot corner now. He’s had a tough year but this opposite field was good to see from him.

Hunter Gaddis (SP, Lake County): 6IP, 2H, 2BB, 6K – As evidenced by his 4.73 ERA and this kind of pitching line, that Gaddis is very inconsistent. He’s hit or miss. He can get outs with three different pitches (FB top of the zone, big slow curveball and the bugs bunny changeup). But he’s also extremely hittable at times.

Wilmer Hernandez (C, DSL Red): 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI – Hernandez took over for Robert Lopez as catcher before Lopez was even able to get an at bat, so who knows what that was about. But Hernandez ended up having a good game.

Skeiling Rodriguez (LF, ACL): 1-5, HR, 3 RBI – Rodriguez and Sanquintin each hit a three run homer in the ACL Trib’es nine run sixth inning. Plus the name Skeiling just sounds really cool.

Esteban Gonzalez (RF, DSL Red): 2-4, 2B – The 5’8 outfielder hit his second double of the year.

Juan Hillman (SP, Akron): 6.2IP, 11H, 5ER, BB, 4K – Not the best line of the year or much of one at all for Hillman, but he now leads the Double-A Northeast in wins this year with eight.

Maikol Flores (CF, DSL Red): 2-2, RBI – The switch hitting 18 year old outfielder drove in the second RBI of his young pro career.

Manuel Mejias (C, DSL Blue): 2-3, 2B – This was the first extra base hit of the 17 year old backstops career.

Nate Ocker (RP, Lake County): 3IP, H – Nothing special about the line but Ocker had a rare three inning save.

Richard Polanco (2B, DSL Blue): 1-2, RBI, 2BB, SB – This was just Polanco’s second hit.

Diego Navarro (SP, DSL Blue): 4IP, 4H, ER, 5K – Navarro has 14 strikeouts in 12 innings and has been the most impressive statistical arm on the DSL squad so far.

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