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PITTSBURGH — The Brewers started their eight-game road trip coming off a homestand that saw them win six of seven, giving them a 1 1/2-game lead in the National League Central.

After dropping Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader with the Pirates at PNC Park, 6-2, Milwaukee has lost a season-high five straight games and six of its last seven. The Brewers also lost the lead in the NL Central and are now 1 1/2 games behind the Cubs.

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PITTSBURGH — The Brewers started their eight-game road trip coming off a homestand that saw them win six of seven, giving them a 1 1/2-game lead in the National League Central.

After dropping Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader with the Pirates at PNC Park, 6-2, Milwaukee has lost a season-high five straight games and six of its last seven. The Brewers also lost the lead in the NL Central and are now 1 1/2 games behind the Cubs.

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“You have to weather these kind of things, and you’ll go through these types of stretches,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “You don’t want to, but you’re going to go through them. We have to weather it, and we can do that by playing a good game [in the finale].”

Video: MIL@PIT: Counsell, Suter discuss Brewers’ 6-2 loss

Much of Milwaukee’s recent struggles have stemmed from a failure to manufacture offensive production. The Brewers went 4-for-21 with runners in position during Saturday’s doubleheader. They’ve gone a combined 10-for-53 with RISP over their five-game losing streak while being outscored 26-13.

“We’re not scoring runs,” Counsell said. “Game 2, we struggled. We just didn’t get any hits when we had men in scoring position. We had quite a few opportunities, actually. We just hit a bunch of singles today. We had singles and walks today. And then we just didn’t get extra-base hits. Every offense needs extra-base hits, some kind of extra-base hits, to produce runs. And we got two extra-base hits in two games.”

The Brewers were in desperate need of an extra-base hit when Jesus Aguilar came to bat with two outs and the bases loaded and the club down six in the ninth inning. Aguilar grinded through a 10-pitch at-bat before floating a two-run single to shallow center field to avoid Milwaukee’s 11th shutout loss this season. Travis Shaw then came to the plate with runners on the corners and struck out on three pitches against Felipe Vazquez to end the game.

Video: MIL@PIT: Aguilar plates two with a single in the 9th

The Brewers have yet to play with the lead over the past four games with the Pirates. A pair of early Pittsburgh home runs proved to be the difference in Game 1, and the long ball forced Milwaukee to play from behind once again in Game 2.

In the third inning, Brent Suter left an 87.9-mph fastball over the middle of the plate that Max Moroff cranked to left field for a leadoff homer. The home run was the only blemish for Suter in his return from the 10-day disabled list, as he allowed just one more hit — a David Freese single in the fourth inning — and finished with three strikeouts over five innings.

“Felt good,” Suter said. “Fastball command maybe wasn’t as great as I would want it to be, but offspeed felt fine out of my hand. [I] felt healthy, and just responded well. So good on that front for sure.”

Right-hander Jeremy Jeffress and lefty Dan Jennings each allowed one earned run over two combined innings, but the Pirates’ offense exploded for three home runs — including back-to-back jacks from Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco — off Aaron Wilkerson in the eighth to open up a six-run lead.

Despite their recent skid, the tone around the clubhouse remains highly optimistic that they can break out of their funk going into the break.

“We’re in a good spot here,” Counsell said. “This hasn’t take Custom Chiefs Jerseys n away from the bulk of the season. We’re in a tough little stretch right now. We’re scuffling offensively a little bit, but we’re going to head in the break in a good place. One-hundred percent we’re Custom Chiefs Jersey  going to head into the break in a good place.”

Video: MIL@PIT: Counsell discusses Saturday’s doubleheader

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Overly aggressive: Trailing by two in the seventh, the Brewers appeared to be putting themselves in a favorable position when Hernan Perez lined a single to left field with Jonathan Villar on first that would’ve put two on with nobody out. However, Villar rounded second base and was thrown out at third for the first out of the inning. Perez stole second in the ensuing at-bat, but Jacob Nottingham and Brad Miller struck out to end the inning.

“It’s not a good play,” Counsell said. “He’s being aggressive, but it’s in a situation when you’re losing and it’s the first out, you’ve got to be conservative in those situations. So that was a mistake.”

Video: MIL@PIT: Brewers challenge Luplow throwing out Villar

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After making a Cheap Custom Kansas City Chiefs Jersey  five-star catch, according to Statcast™, in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader, center fielder Lorenzo Cain flashed the leather again in Game 2. With one out and a runner on second base, Polanco went down and connected on a 1-2 pitch to drive it to right-center field. Cain ran back and to the left to track down the ball, preventing a run-scoring extra-base hit.

Video: MIL@PIT: Statcast™ tracks Cain’s doubleheader defense

HE SAID IT
“It’s just one of those ruts that’s going to happen. But we’re going to come out tomorrow, because what’s happened has happened. We can’t do anything about what’s happened. They’ve played some good ballgames over there. But what we can do is come out tomorrow and control and compete until the very last out tomorrow.” — Suter, on the Brewers’ rough stretch

UP NEXT
Jhoulys Chacin will start for the Brewers on Sunday as they close out a five-game series with the Pirates at PNC Park before heading into the All-Star Break. Chacin has won each of his last two starts, and he has also fared well against Pittsburgh this season. In 12 1/3 innings, the right-hander has allowed two earned runs. Righty Joe Musgrove (3-4, 3.77 ERA) will start for the Pirates. The game is set for 12:35 p.m. CT.

Mason Wittner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Pittsburgh.


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PITTSBURGH — Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Saturday morning that it seems like the Brewers have “had trouble scoring runs in [PNC] Park” over the past couple years.

Milwaukee’s offensive woes in the Pirates’ ballpark continued in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon as Chase Anderson surrendered back-to-back home runs in the first inning and the Brewers were unable to overcome the deficit in a 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh. Milwaukee extended its losing streak to a season-high-tying four games, as it has lost six of its past eight.

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PITTSBURGH — Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Saturday morning  Custom Chiefs Jerseys that it seems like the Brewers have “had trouble scoring runs in [PNC] Park” over the past couple years.

Milwaukee’s offensive woes in the Pirates’ ballpark continued in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon as Chase Anderson surrendered back-to-back home runs in the first inning and the Brewers were unable to overcome the deficit in a 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh. Milwaukee extended its losing streak to a season-high-tying four games, as it has lost six of its past eight.

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Just how quiet has the Brewers’ offense been in Pittsburgh over the past two years? Dating back to the start of last season, they’ve now plated 34 runs over 15 games (2.27 runs per game) at PNC Park while posting a 4-11 record.

“With our offense, we felt like we were going to score some more runs, but you’ve got to tip your cap,” Anderson said. “Their team made some good pitches when they needed to, and the bullpen’s been pitching pretty good.”

Video: MIL@PIT: Brewers get strike-’em-out, throw-’em-out DP

With one out in the opening frame, Anderson hung a two-seam fastball in the center of the strike zone to Starling Marte that resulted in a 391-foot blast to center field. Seven pitches later, the right-hander served up a four-seamer to Gregory Polanco, who belted it to right field to put the Brewers in a quick two-run hole.

“I think [I threw] five strikes to start the game, and I felt pretty good,” Anderson said Customized Chiefs Jersey For Sale . “Then I cut that two-seamer over the plate instead of sinking it. He hit it out. I’ve got to understand that when I have the count in my favor, to go farther in. And then with Polanco, he just kind of saw everything.”

Anderson settled in considerably after the second homer, scattering four singles and finishing the day with four strikeouts and a pair of walks.

The Brewers began to break through offensively against right-hander Ivan Nova in the fifth. Tyler Saladino led off the inning with a single  Men’s Nike Custom Made Kansas City Chiefs Elite Red Team Color NFL Jersey up the middle, and two batters later, Keon Broxton slapped a one-out single to center field. Broxton later came around to score on Christian Yelich‘s RBI single to right field to cut Milwaukee’s deficit in half.

Video: MIL@PIT: Yelich plates Broxton with a single to right

Lorenzo Cain followed suit with a single of his own to load the bases with two outs for Travis Shaw. Pirates right-hander Richard Rodriguez struck out Shaw to end the threat, however, and the Brewers were unable to put a runner in scoring position for the remainder of the game.

Milwaukee’s bullpen continued to shine as right-handers Taylor Williams and Corbin Burnes combined to allow just one hit over 2 2/3 innings.

“We’ve had a really good first half as a team,” Anderson said. “I know we’re all kind of in a slump right now as a team, but if we can come out and try to finish these next two games, finish on a strong note, that’s kind of our goal now.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Wasted opportunities: After starting the day 1-for-2 at the plate, Shaw stepped into the batter’s box in the fifth inning, having gone 12-for-16 with three home runs in his career against Nova. Shaw didn’t get a chance to face him with the bases loaded, however, as the Pirates lifted Nova and instead sent out Rodriguez, who struck out Shaw on five pitches.

Video: MIL@PIT: Rodriguez K’s Shaw to leave the bases loaded

SOUND SMART
Saturday’s Game 1 loss marked just the second time this season the Brewers have lost four games in a row. The first time came when they were swept in a four-game series with the Cubs from April 26-29.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
With one out in the third inning, Anderson served a two-seam fastball and Marte launched a towering fly ball to right-center field. Cain ranged back to his left, sprinting at 29.4 mph to cover 104 feet in 5.2 seconds for a five-star catch, according to Statcast™.

Video: MIL@PIT: Cain robs Marte with a tough running grab

UP NEXT
Left-hander Brent Suter (8-5, 4.53 ERA) will be on the mound for Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Pirates. Righty Clay Holmes (0-1, 7.11 ERA) will start for Pittsburgh.

Mason Wittner is a reporter for MLB.com.


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Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

Royce Lewis didn’t have the same opportunity as some of his fellow 2017 first-rounders did to showcase his bright future in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on Sunday. But a lack of national stage didn’t stop last year’s No. 1 overall Draft pick from tying his career high with four hits in his second game with Class A Advanced Fort Myers.

Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

Royce Lewis didn’t have the same opportunity as some of his fellow 2017 first-rounders did to showcase his bright future in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on Sunday. But a lack of national stage didn’t stop last year’s No. 1 overall Draft pick from tying his career high with four hits in his second game with Class A Advanced Fort Myers.

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The Twins’ No. 1 prospect (No. 11 overall) rebounded from an 0-for-3 showing on Saturday in his Florida State League debut to finish 4-for-5 with four singles and one run scored in Fort Myers’ 5-4 loss against Lakeland.

Lewis opened the game with a leadoff single to center field for his first hit with the Miracle. He added two more knocks in his next two trips to the plate before grounding into a double play to end the seventh inning, as well as his perfect night at the plate. He picked up his fourth hit in the top of the ninth inning and later came around to score on Miguel Sano‘s two-run double.

Lewis batted .279 with four homers and 18 steals between the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and Class A Cedar Rapids last summer following his selection by the Twins with the No. 1 pick.

In his first full season, meanwhile, the 19-year-old shortstop has elevated his stock by hitting .320/.373/.485 with nine homers, 23 doubles and 53 RBIs in 77 games between Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers. He’s also tallied 22 steals in 27 attempts and has demonstrated an advanced feel for the strike zone, registering strikeout and walk rates of 14.9 and 7.4 percent, respectively, over 336 plate appearances.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Sunday

• No. 5 overall prospect Victor Robles (Nationals’ No. 1) filled out the box score by recording his second multihit performance in three games while on a rehab assignment in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. The 21-year-old outfielder reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and three runs scored. Robl Customized Chiefs Jersey For Sale es also swiped a pair of bags in the contest, giving him four steals to go along with a .385 average in his first six games back from a three-month stint on the disabled list because of a hyperextended left elbow that he suffered on April 9.

• No. 13 overall prospect MacKenzie Gore (Padres’ No. 2) set a career high with 10 strikeouts in five innings but ultimately took the loss as Class A Fort Wayne fell to Peoria, 2-1. He surrendered two earned runs on three hits and a season-high three walks while throwing 93 pitches (56 strikes). Gore has been sharp since his return from a second stint on the disabled list for a blister issue, as Sunday’s outing gives the 19-year-old southpaw a 2.25 ERA and 35 strikeouts over his last 28 innings.

Watch: Gore strikes out 10th

• No. 63 overall prospect Beau Burrows (Tigers’ No. 4) permitted one earned run on three hits in seven innings to earn the win in his longest start of the season for Double-A Erie. The 21-year-old right-hander racked up nine strikeouts, his second-highest total this season, and walked a pair while throwing 61 of 98 pitches for strikes. At the plate, meanwhile, Daz Cameron (Tigers’ No. 10) paced the SeaWolves’ offense with a 2-for-5, three-RBI performance that was highlighted by two-run homer in the first inning. It was the third straight two-hit game for the 21-year-old outfielder, who’s slashed .311/.371/.566 with five homers and 22 RBIs in 25 games since receiving a promotion to Double-A.

Brewers No. 8 prospect Tristen Lutz hit a pair of doubles and plated three runs to help power Class A Wisconsin past South Bend, 11-7. He accounted for three of his team’s 16 hits in the victory, going 3-for-6 in his fifth multihit performance in nine games. After posting a .182 average with a 32.8 percent strikeout rate across his first 28 games, Lutz, a 19-year-old outfielder, is now hitting .291 with 28 extra-base hits and a 24.3 percent whiff rate over his last 51 games. Altogether, Lutz has produced a .251/.322/.438 batting line with nine homers, 23 doubles and 42 RBIs in 79 games.

Cardinals No. 30 prospect Daniel Poncedeleon fired a one-hit shutout, the first of his career, in Triple-A Memphis’ 8-0 win over Omaha. Facing three over the minimum over nine innings, the 26-year-old right-hander posted five strikeouts against two walks and threw 77 of his 110 pitches for strikes in the Redbirds’ first nine-inning shutout in two years. Spending all of 2018 in the Pacific Coast League — save a for a three-day stint with the Cardinals in June during which he failed to appear in a game — Poncedeleon has pitched to 2.15 ERA with 103 strikeouts and 48 walks in 92 innings (18 games/17 starts). He’s held opponents to a .198 average and just four home runs in the hitter-friendly league.

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Phillies No. 15 prospect Dylan Cozens hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat and later added a solo shot en route to his fourth multi-homer game of the season for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Cozens also tallied a double in the contest to finish 3-for-4 with three RBIs. After leading the Minors with 40 homers in 2016 and hitting 27 more last season, Cozens has produced 14 homers in 54 Triple-A games this season — including seven in the last 10 games.

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Red Sox No. 12 prospect Bobby Dalbec went deep for a seventh time in 10 games for Class A Advanced Salem as he extended his Carolina League-leading home run total to 23. The 23-year-old third baseman reached base in each of his four plate appearances, finishing 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBIs. Dalbec’s now homered eight times in just 14 games in July after totaling 15 homers in 73 games across the season’s first three months. He’s hitting .265 overall, with a circuit-best  Men’s Nike Custom Made Kansas City Chiefs Elite Red Team Color NFL Jersey 25 doubles, 78 RBIs and 176 total bases.

• Cubs first-rounder Nico Hoerner (No. 24 overall pick) connected on his first full-season home run, hitting a solo shot in the sixth inning of Class A South Bend’s loss to Wisconsin. He finished 2-for-4 at the plate, also recording a double to go along with three RBIs in the loss. A 21-year-old shortstop whom the Cubs selected out of Stanford, Hoerner is batting a combined .327/.450/.571 with 10 runs, six stolen bases and six extra-base hits in the first 14 games of his professional career.

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• Giants first-rounder Joey Bart (No. 2 overall pick) slugged the seventh home run of his career and finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in Class A Short Season Salem-Keizer’s loss against Everett. All seven of Bart’s homers have come in the 10 games since his promotion to Salem-Keizer, a stretch during which the 21-year-old cat Custom Chiefs Jerseys cher is hitting .310 with a 1.213 OPS and 16 RBIs.

• Cardinals first-rounder Nolan Gorman (No. 19 overall pick) owns a share of the Rookie-level Appalachian League home run lead after connecting on his seventh home run in 21 games for Johnson City. The homer, a fifth-inning solo shot, marked Gorman’s only hit in four at-bats. The 18-year-old slugger is hitting .309 with 10 extra-base hits, 16 RBIs and 26 runs scored as a pro.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

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PITTSBURGH — The Brewers placed second baseman Jonathan Villar on the 10-day disab Men’s Nike Custom Made Kansas City Chiefs Elite Red Team Color NFL Jersey led list on Sunday with a right thumb injury and recalled outfielder Brett Phillips from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Villar injured his thumb in the seventh inning of Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader when he attempted to go from first to third on a Hernan Perez single. Villar said his thumb bent down and back when he slid into third base. He finished the remainder of the game.

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PITTSBURGH — The Brewers placed second baseman Jonathan Villar on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday with a right thumb injury and recalled outfielder Brett Phillips from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Villar injured his thumb in the seventh inning of Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader when he attempted to go from first to third on a Hernan Perez single. Villar said his thumb bent down and back when he slid into third base. He finished the remainder of the game.

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Brewers manager Craig Counsell said on Sunday that Villar received an MRI earlier in the day that found no structural damage. The Brewers do not currently have a timetable for his return.

Villar is the third Brewer to be placed on the disabled list this weekend, joining Eric Thames and Junior Guerra. Milwaukee now has 10 players on the DL heading into the All-Star break.

“We’re fortunate that we have a lot of depth,” Arnold said. “Right now, we’ve stockpiled a lot of depth for that reason, so we feel good about that. Getting [Phillips] here th Cheap Custom Kansas City Chiefs Jersey is morning is just another guy we feel like can step in and play a pivotal role for us going forward.”

Phillips, the club’s No. 5 prospect, per MLB Pipleline started in right field and batted seventh in the lineup in Sunday’s 7-6 loss. He went 2-for-5 with four RBIs and a triple.

His start came one day after going 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs in New Orleans with Colorado Springs.

Mason Wittner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Pittsburgh.


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WASHINGTON — For every Manny Machado or Noah Syndergaard rumor, there’s a Keston Hiura on the other side, a top  JJ Watt Women’s Jersey prospect waiting to see what the looming non-waiver Trade Deadline sends rippling through the Minor Leagues. In a Double-A Biloxi clubhouse teeming with top prospects, players have made it a running joke.

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WASHINGTON — For every Manny Machado or Noah Syndergaard rumor, there’s a Keston Hiura on the other side, a top prospect waiting to see what the looming non-waiver Trade Deadline sends rippling through the Minor Leagues. In a Double-A Biloxi clubhouse teeming with top prospects, players have made it a running joke.

Someone gets pulled from a game?

He’s getting traded.

Manager Mike Guerrero steps foot in the clubhouse?

Someone’s about to be gone.

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“It’s just all fun and games,” said Hiura, Milwaukee’s top prospect per MLB Pipeline (No. 30 in MLB Pipeline’s Top 100), and thus, the subject of some of those rumors. “I think that’s how people cope with it and relax a little.”

Hiura was relaxed on Sunday, though he struck out in both of his at-bats as the designated hitter for the U.S. team in a 10-6 win over the World squad in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park. It was a who’s who of baseball’s future, stocked with players who can relate to Hiura’s familiarity with trade rumors.

While his name has not been mentioned much in the Machado derby — Machado, the Orioles shortstop, is a free agent at season’s end, and the Brewers almost certainly wouldn’t part with a player of Hiura’s caliber for a rental — he has surfaced in discussions about potential trade pieces with more club control. Think Jacob deGrom or Syndergaard, if the Mets opt to trade one of their top arms, and the Brewers opt to go big to fortify their starting pitching.

The other Brewers prospect in the Futures Game, right-hander Luis Ortiz (Brewers’ No. 4 prospect), has reportedly been part of the Machado talks. But the Orioles are believed to want Major League pitching in the deal, and Ortiz has been pitching for Biloxi.

Video: WLD@USA: Ortiz gets Diaz to ground out to end 9th

“There’s a lot of talk,” said Hiura. “With all the trade talk, we’ve been joking around with each other that someone’s going to be gone soon. But it’s been fairly easy for me to focus. Whatever happens behind the scenes, I can’t control that.

“Family-wise, my dad always freaks out a little when he gets a text from me. He’s like, ‘Did you get traded or something?’ So there’s a lot of talk, but I’ve been able to handle it pretty well.”

Hiura has handled everything pretty well since the Brewers made him the ninth overall pick in the 2017 Draft. Hiura, a hitting prodigy out of UC Irvine, was mostly limited to DH duty last year and at the start of this season over concerns about his right elbow, but he has avoided surgery and has played 43 games at second base between advanced Class A Carolina and Biloxi while slashing a robust .308/.370/.498.

Recently, Hiura missed about a week with a sprained thumb after tangling with a first baseman, but he reported for Futures Game duty at 100 percent, he said.

“I’ve never seen anybody hit like him,” said Ortiz. “There’s only one guy probably — [Atlanta Braves All-Star] Ozzie Albies. I faced him in 2016 and he’s by far one of the best hitters I’ve seen, and Keston reminds me of him. He’s short to the ball and he just doesn’t miss.”

Ryan Braun (2006) and Corey Ray (2017) are the only other players to participate in the Futures Game the year after being drafted by the Brewers. Hiura’s path so far is most similar to Braun’s, who made it to Double-A midway through his first full professional season.

“It’s been a quick 13-14 months. There’s been a lot to it,” Hiura said. “Playing at four different levels in that time, getting adjusted to the professional baseball lifestyle. It’s been interesting. I’ve learned a lot about myself in the last year.

“I always felt I was ready to compete with the best around. Being able to move up quickly in the system is definitely something I wanted to work toward. I was always up to the challenge.”

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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WASHINGTON — Nobody told JJ Watt Wisconsin Badgers Jersey  the players in Sunday’s SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game that the T-Mobile Home Run Derby wasn’t taking place until Monday night.

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WASHINGTON — Nobody told the players in Sunday’s SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game that the T-Mobile Home Run Derby wasn’t taking place until Monday night.

Box score

The two sides combined for eight home runs — doubling the previous Futures Game record — as the Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park.

Yusniel Diaz, the Dodgers’ No. 4 prospect, became only the second player in the 20-year history of the Futures Game to go deep twice, but it wasn’t enough as the U.S. bashed its way to its second straight win and eighth in the past nine years. 

Video: WLD@USA: Diaz clobbers 2-run jack, game-tying HR

Seven players homered overall in the game, and the eight long balls were more than had been hit in the previous five Futures Games comined, but the decisive run came on a Brendan Rodgers strikeout as Jo Adell (No. 36 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 and the Angels’ No. 1 prospect) scored on a wild pitch.

Taylor Trammell (No. 34 overall, Reds’ No. 3) earned MVP honors, going 2-for-2 with a home run and a triple.

Video: WLD@USA: Trammell launches a 438-foot homer

“You look at the game, the way it went down, there wasn’t much of a difference,” World manager David Ortiz said. “It was back-and forth-type of game. To me, that’s a good sign to know, as a baseball fan like I am right now, that the future of the game is in great hands.”

U.S. Team starter Mitch Keller (No. 12 overall, Pirates’ No. 1) showed his stuff in a perfect opening frame.

Video: WLD@USA: Keller K’s Basabe, retires the side in order

His offense rewarded him with a two-out rally against World Team starter Jesus Luzardo (No. 20 overall, Athletics’ No. 1) in the bottom of the inning Women’s J.J.Watt Houston Texans Nike Elite Alternate Battle Red Football Jersey  as Rodgers (No. 6 overall, Rockies’ No. 1) doubled to left field, scoring the game’s first run on a single by Rays prospect Nate Lowe.

Justus Sheffield (No. 39 overall, Yankees’ No. 2) took the mound for the second inning for the USA, promptly giving up the lead as Seuly Matias (Royals’ No. 3) launched a 93.8 mph fastball over the right-field wall, his leadoff homer tying the game.

Video: WLD@USA: Matias puts the World on the board with a HR

Hunter Greene (No. 18 overall, Reds’ No. 2) came out firing after relieving Sheffield with one out and a man on base in the third. The right-hander’s first pitch clocked in at 100.9 mph, which he followed up with pitches of 102.4, 101.9 and 102.3 mph; unfortunately, the last one was sent soaring over the fence in right-center by Luis Alexander Basabe, the White Sox’s No. 13 prospect.

“He’s not trying to homer, he’s trying to put the ball in play,” Ortiz said. “This guy’s mindset, at this early stage in his career, he’s in the game. It’s something that impressed me a lot.”

The two-run home run gave the World Team a 3-1 lead, which Luzardo and Bryan Mata (Red Sox’s No. 4) held through the third.

Greene threw 19 fastballs during his 27-pitch outing; every one of them registered between 100.0 and 103.1 mph.

Video: WLD@USA: Greene K’s Matias swinging in the 3rd inning

“I want someone to look at that and tell me if you see that in the Major League All-Star Game,” U.S. manager Torii Hunter said. “You won’t see it, I promise.”

Team USA battled back in the fourth against Lewis Thorpe (Twins’ No. 11), getting a pair of two-run blasts from Danny Jansen (Blue Jays’ No. 6) and Ke’Bryan Hayes (No. 92 overall, Pirates’ No. 3). Hayes — the son of former big leaguer Charlie Hayes — snapped the tie game with his shot, vaulting the U.S. Team back on top by two runs.

Then again, on this day, a two-run lead didn’t feel like much of a lead at all.

Matt Manning (No. 47 overall, Tigers’ No. 2) recorded two quick outs in the fifth, but like so many other pitchers Sunday, that third out proved to be more difficult.

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Fernando Tatis Jr. (No. 3 overall, Padres’ No. 1) reached on a two-out single, setting up Diaz’s two-run blast to right-center. The No. 85 overall prospect pulled the World Team even again with his blast, the third for his squad and fifth overall between the two teams in the first five frames.

“I gave up one and I was pretty mad, but after watching the rest of the game, that’s just the kind of game it was,” Manning said. “That’s an All-Star lineup. In the Minors, I may get one of those guys a day. To get nine of them at one time is tough, but that’s how it’s going to be in the big leagues.”

Trammell broke the tie in the bottom of the sixth with — what else — a solo home run. The 20-year-old, who plays in the Class A Florida State League, launched a 2-2 fastball from Kieran Lovegrove (Indians) to right-center, giving Team USA a 6-5 lead.

This lead vanished quickly, too.

Diaz belted a two-out solo shot off Shaun Anderson (Giants’ No. 7) to tie the game at 6 in the seventh inning. It was the second homer of the game for Diaz, who joined Alfonso Soriano as the only players in the game’s 20-year history to go deep twice. Soriano hit two homers in the inaugural game back in 1999.

“Those are Minor Leaguers hitting balls like big leaguers,” Ortiz said. “That is impressive. I saw balls hit today that I swear, I was watching a Major League Baseball player.”

Video: WLD@USA: Ortiz on his lineup, talent on World team

Adell opened the bottom of the seventh with a double, moved to third on a passed ball and scored when Rodgers’ third strike went to the backstop, giving USA a one-run advantage. That lead swelled to three nine pitches later as Peter Alonso (Mets’ No. 2) won a battle with Adonis Medina (No. 74 overall, Phillies’ No. 2), crushing a 3-2 fastball down  JJ Watt Color Rush Jersey the left-field line. The two-run homer gave Team USA a 9-6 lead.

To nobody’s surprise, the World Team threatened to tie the game in the following inning, using a walk and an Alonso error to bring the tying run to the plate with nobody out. But Kyle Wright (No. 25 overall, Braves’ No. 2) entered the game and restored order, getting a fly ball and a double play to preserve the three-run cushion.

“That was clutch, man,” USA pitching coach LaTroy Hawkins said. “We needed him to go in there and throw strikes and he did that.”

Dylan Cease (No. 40 overall, White Sox’s No. 4) and Luis Ortiz (Brewers’ No. 4) finished off the World Team with a scoreless ninth.

Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001.

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WASHINGTON — Steps from the United States’ seat of power, Major League Baseball will bring the power to Nationals Park tonight in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby. Homer-hitting host Bryce Harper leads a fascinating — and young — field of Derby entrants who will look to beat the clock and each other in the sport’s most swinging showcase at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Harper is the only one among the eight participating sluggers who has done the Derby before, having finished as the runner-up to Yoenis Cespedes in 2013 at Citi Field. So, Harper has the experience, and he’s got the comfort of competing in his own confines. But he’s also got some of the season’s biggest stars — and biggest surprises — to contend with.

WASHINGTON — Steps from the United States’ seat of power, Major League Baseball will bring the power to Nationals Park tonight in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby. Homer-hitting host Bryce Harper leads a fascinating — and young — field of Derby entrants who will look to beat the clock and each other in the sport’s most swinging showcase at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Harper is the only one among the eight participating sluggers who has done the Derby before, having finished as the runner-up to Yoenis Cespedes in 2013 at Citi Field. So, Harper has the experience, and he’s got the comfort of competing in his own confines. But he’s also got some of the season’s biggest stars — and biggest surprises — to contend w Women’s J.J.Watt Houston Texans Nike Elite Alternate Battle Red Football Jersey ith.

As the hometown star, Harper will have to wait for the field to finish their turns since he’ll go last. In order, it’ll be Rhys Hoskins (Phillies), Jesus Aguilar (Brewers), Kyle Schwarber (Cubs), Alex Bregman (Astros), Javier Baez (Cubs), Max Muncy (Dodgers), Freddie Freeman (Braves) and Harper (Nationals).

Listen: Morning Lineup Podcast breaks down the Home Run Derby

Here are the seedings and first-round matchups for what is the youngest Home Run Derby field ever:

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Left side of bracket
1. Jesus Aguilar, Brewers vs. 8. Rhys Hoskins, Phillies
4. Alex Bregman, Astros vs. 5. Kyle Schwarber, Cubs

Right side of bracket
2. Bryce Harper, Nationals vs. 7. Freddie Freeman, Braves
3. Max Muncy, Dodgers vs. 6. Javier Baez, Cubs

That’s the field, and the rules and format will be the same as they’ve been since 2015, which is to say the ticking clock and the importance of not just going deep but extra deep — with the dinger distances measured by Statcast™ having an impact on extra time allotments — are in full effect.

The average age of the participants is 26.39. As a matter of fact, this year’s oldest participants, the 28-year-old Freeman and Aguilar, weren’t even born when the Derby was first held in 1985.

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Three of the participants — Hoskins, Schwarber and Muncy — are competing in the Derby despite not being selected for the National League All-Star squad. So we’ve got dingers, and we’ve got ringers.

Given the relative youth and the specific inexperience involved here, it’s difficult to know what to expect from this group. Harper can only hope that the groove he got into five years ago, when at 20 years old he became the youngest player to reach the Derby final, will be replicated.

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Harper’s father, Ron, pitched to him then and is expected to pitch to him again.

“Growing up, you always play catch with your dad and enjoy those moments, and I was able to do that every single day,” Harper said last week. “I’m looking forward to just having the family around at the All-Star Game. Having my dad in the clubhouse. That’s truly cool.”

Video: Home Run Derby Matchup: Harper vs. Freeman

This Derby group reflects some of the coolest stories of the 2018 season. Who knew that Aguilar and Muncy would be viable everyday players for contending clubs, let alone Derby entrants (with Aguilar on the NL roster)?

Muncy was released by the A’s at the start of the 2017 season. A year later, he shocked the baseball world by becoming the fastest Dodger to reach 20 homers in a season (he did it in 183 at-bats) in franchise history. Aguilar was a former Milwaukee waiver claim seemingly relegated to part-time duties at the start of the season, but he took advantage of an injury opportunity to become an early NL MVP Award candidate, the NL Final Vote winner and the top seed in this Derby by virtue of him leading the group in home runs at the time the field was selected.

Video: Home Run Derby Matchup: Aguilar vs. Hoskins

“They asked me if I want to do it and it was like, ‘Let’s do it, let’s be part of the big moment and the big show,'” Aguilar said. “I just agreed. We’re going to have fun with my little kid up there and those superstars behind me. So let’s do it. Why not?”

Beyond the great stories of Muncy and Aguilar, you’ve got the great swagger of Bregman and Baez, smaller in physical stature but big in confidence. You’ve got Schwarber, the natural-born slugger seemingly made for an event like this. You’ve got Hoskins with a chance to show the baseball world that the personal Home Run Derby he staged late in 2017, when he became the first player in history to hit 18 homers in his first 35 games, applies to this special setting. And you’ve got the understated but long-tenured and respected Freeman getting a rare opportunity on a national platform and a rare chance to let it loose in a batting practice-type setting. Freeman is so disciplined with his BP approach that he told ESPN he hasn’t homered in BP in three years.

Video: Home Run Derby Matchup: Muncy vs. Baez

Harper, though, will be uniquely positioned as the central figure of the field.

“I m JJ Watt Jersey ight have sent a text to him earlier to start the trash-talking,” Freeman said. “It should be fun. I’m hoping the fans are too excited for him and he gets nervous and hits zero.”

We know the temperature won’t be zero. With a forecasted high of 96 in the District on Tuesday and little cooling off expected in the evening, conditions will be ripe for homer heroics.

Video: Home Run Derby Matchup: Bregman vs. Schwarber

While watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX on Tuesday, fans can submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive natio JJ Watt Women’s Jersey nal radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.

For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.


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PITTSBURGH — Sunday’s outcome isn’t how the Brewers wanted to go into the All-Star break.

After coming from behind twice earlier in the game, Milwaukee lost the five-game series finale with the Pirates at PNC Park, 7-6, when Josh Bell plated a pair of runs on a walk-off double to center field. It was the sixth straight defeat for the Brewers, their longest losing streak since dropping six in a row Aug. 6-11, 2017.

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PITTSBURGH — Sunday’s outcome isn’t how the Brewers wanted to go into the All-Star break.

After coming from behind twice earlier in the game, Milwaukee lost the five-game series finale with the Pirates at PNC Park, 7-6, when Josh Bell plated a pair of runs on a walk-off double to center field. It was the sixth straight defeat for the Brewers, their longest losing streak since dropping six in a row Aug. 6-11, 2017.

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The loss marked the third five-game sweep the Brewers have taken i JJ Watt Jersey n franchise history and the first in Major League Baseball since August 2006. They headed into the break having dropped eight of their last 10 games, falling to second place in the National League Central.

In addition to the losses they’ve accumulated over the past week, the Brewers went into the break having played 21 games over a 20-day span. The club placed three players on the disabled list over the weekend, bringing their current total to 10. It appears as though the four-day hiatus couldn’t have come soon enough.

“One thing we stress on a lot is rest and recovery,” Jeremy Jeffress said. “We just need both the mental and physical break. We’ll go see our families and come back with a clear head, strong mind, recuperated body and get ready for [Friday].”

Jeffress entered the game in the eighth with a 5-2 lead after Brett Phillips — who was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Sunday — launched a three-run tripl JJ Watt Color Rush Jersey e to break a tie earlier in the inning. Jeffress struck Jordy Mercer on three pitches and induced a Jordan Luplow flyout on just one pitch, but served up a double Corey Dickerson before allowing a run to cross on Starling Marte‘s RBI single.

Video: MIL@PIT: Marte plates Dickerson with single to right

The Brewers lifted Jeffress for closer Corey Knebel, who walked the first batter he faced but got out of the eighth unscathed. Knebel led off the ninth by giving up back-to-back singles to Colin Moran and Bell before walking Max Moroff to load the bases with nobody out. The lefty allowed a run on a double play before giving up an RBI triple to David Freese that tied the game and forced extra innings.

“I thought the walk to Moroff hurt,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s ahead in the count to  Women’s J.J.Watt Houston Texans Nike Elite Alternate Battle Red Football Jersey Moroff, and [Moroff] figures out a way to walk. And then we get the great double play, and we’re ahead in the count on Freese, too … We just didn’t make a good pitch.”

Phillips came through for the Brewers once again in the 10th inning. With runners on first and second base and the game tied, he laced an RBI single to center field to give Milwaukee a 6-5 lead.

Video: MIL@PIT: Phillips lines go-ahead RBI single in 10th

“It was a fight until the end,” Phillips said. “They capitalized more on the mistakes than we did, and that’s the game of baseball. It was a well-fought game going into the All-Star break. Both teams giving it everything they’ve got like it’s the last game of the season. That’s how we’re going to have to continue to play after the break.”

The schedule doesn’t get much easier for the Brewers coming out of the All-Star break, as they begin a six-game homestand with a three-game series against the resurgent Dodgers followed by a set against the Nationals.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
As rain began to fall, left-hander Dan Jennings took the ball in the 10th inning with two outs, a one-run lead and Gregory Polanco on first base. Jennings served up a single to Moran to put runners on the corners for Bell. After falling behind in the count, 1-0, Jennings hung an 89.4-mph two-seam fastball over the heart of the plate that Bell ripped to center field.

Lorenzo Cain corralled the ball and relayed it to Tyler Saladino, whose throw home bounced in front of the pitcher’s mound before rolling through the legs of catcher Erik Kratz to allow Moran to slide in safely and end the game.

Video: MIL@PIT: Bell drills a walk-off 2-run double in 10th

SOUND SMART
The Brewers hadn’t been swept in a five-game series since Aug. 2-5, 1990, at the hands of the White Sox. The only other occurrence in franchise history was when the Royals completed a five-game sweep Sept. 5-8, 1985.

HE SAID IT
“You definitely have to say we’ve put ourselves in a good position. We can’t change what’s behind us. This one stings today. It’s going to sting on the flight home. It is. It’s the kind of loss that stays with you a little bit. But we’ve got a break, and we’ve got to take that and use it to our advantage. Come back a little healthier, and come back ready for an exciting second half.” — Counsell, on the Brewers going into the break

UP NEXT
The Brewers will look to turn things around coming out of the All-Star break when they open up a three-game series against the Dodgers at Miller Park on Friday at 7:10 p.m. CT. Milwaukee lost eight of their last 10 games going into the break, including six straight.

Mason Wittner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Pittsburgh.


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After a quick ascent through the Minor Leagues, Corbin Burnes is ready to make an impact at the highest level.

The Milwaukee Brewers selected the contract of Burnes, the club’s No. 2 prospect and No. 56 overall, from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Sunday, marking one of eight roster moves mad Women’s J.J.Watt Houston Texans Nike Elite Alternate Battle Red Football Jersey e by the Crew to close out the week. Expected to pitch exclusively in relief, Burnes will bolster a Brewers bullpen that currently ranks third in the National League with a 3.14 ERA.

After a quick ascent through the Minor Leagues, Corbin Burnes is ready to make an impact at the highest level.

The Milwaukee Brewers selected the contract of Burnes, the club’s No. 2 prospect and No. 56 overall, from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Sunday, marking one of eight roster moves made by the Crew to close out the week. Expected to pitch exclusively in relief, Burnes will bolster a Brewers bullpen that currently ranks third in the National League with a 3.14 ERA.

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Burnes’ promotion comes amidst a stretch of three JJ Watt Wisconsin Badgers Jersey  straight scoreless relief appearances for the Sky Sox during which he allowed just two hits across 4 1/3 scoreless frames. The outings were a marked improvement compared to Burnes’ first three relief outings, when Burnes permitted seven earned runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 frames.

The Brewers shifted Burnes to the bullpen from the starting rotation in mid-June, after the 23-year-old right-hander had pitched to a 4.96 ERA over 69 innings and 13 starts for the Sky Sox. Despite his struggles in the role, Burnes still managed to complete at least five innings in 10 of those 13 turns, all while registering 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings.

Overall, Burnes posted a 5.15 ERA across 19 games in the Pacific Coast League, compiling 81 strikeouts and 31 walks in 78 2/3 innings.

Burnes’ Draft stock took off behind his strong showing in the 2015 Cape Cod League, and he built upon that performance the following spring as St. Mary’s Fright-night starter. The Brewers made Burnes their fourth-round pick in the 2016 Draft, signed him for slot value and then watched him advance to Class A Wisconsin in his professional debut.

Assigned to Class A Advanced Carolina to begin his first full season, Burnes made quick work of the Carolina League, going 5-0 with a 1.05 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 10 starts en route to a late-May promotion to Double-A Biloxi. The Bakersfield, Calif. native was even more impressive during his time in the Southern League, registering a 2.10 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with 84 strikeouts in 85 2/3 innings (16 starts).

He ultimately garnered honors as Milwaukee’s Minor League pitcher of the year after finishing second in the Minors with a 1.67 ERA to go along with a 0.95 WHIP, .200 opponents’ average and 140-to-36 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 145 2/3 innings (26 starts).

Burnes offered Brewers fans a glimpse of his impressive stuff and bullpen potential this past spring with three strong relief appearances, two of them scoreless, in his first big league camp.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder demonstrates advanced feel for executing and sequencing four average-or-better pitches, all of which play up thanks to his above-average command.

A lightning-fast arm enables Burnes to generate a 92-95 mph fastball that has natural cutting action and could play up a few ticks in short bursts out of the bullpen. He pounds the strike zone with the pitch, using it to attack hitters on both sides of the plate, and he maintains velocity deep into starts.

Burnes’ above-average curveball, thrown with a high spin rate and late, downer action, is his best secondary offering, and he also shows earns above-average grades from evaluators for his mid-80s slider. Burnes rounds out his arsenal with an effective changeup that has splitter-like action in the mid- to upper-80s, giving him a weapon against left-handed hitters.

Though he’ll be utilized in relief in his first taste of the big leagues, Burnes still projects as a starter long term for the Brewers. That, of course, was also said about Josh Hader at the time of his first callup in 2017, and the left-hander has since developed into one of the more valuable bullpen assets, headlining a Milwaukee bullpen replete with strikeout artists.

Regardless of his future role, Burnes, with his combination of stuff, pitchability and overall aptitude on the mound, has the potential to immediately impact a Brewers club that currently sits atop the National League Central with a 54-36 overall record and 1.5-game lead over the second-place Cubs.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.


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MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

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Red Sox No. 12 prospect Bobby Dalbec’s raw power drew him some comparisons to the Cubs’ Kris Bryant while he was at Arizona, but an inconsistent junior season with the bat helped him drop to the fourth round of the 2016 Draft. Boston looked like it might have a steal when Dalbec logged a 1.101 OPS in his pro debut, but then a hamate injury marred his ’17 season and he didn’t cross the Mendoza Line for good until May 20 this spring.

Dalbec has hit for power all year, however, and he exploded last week. In seven games for Class A Advanced Salem, he batted .481/.484/1.185 with four home runs, and he led all Minor Leaguers in slugging percentage, extra-base hits (10), total bases (32) and RBIs (14). The 23-year-old went deep in three straight games from Thursday through Saturday, then he finished a single shy of the cycle on Saturday.

Dalbec is the standout performer on our Prospect Team of the Week, based on performances from July 2-8. Here  Women’s J.J.Watt Houston Texans Nike Elite Alternate Battle Red Football Jersey is the complete squad:

2018 Prospect Teams of the Week

C: Will Smith, Tulsa Drillers (Double-A)
(Dodgers’ No. 9 prospect)
.563/.600/1.313, 5 G, 16 AB, 5 R, 9 H, 3 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 SB

Tulsa easily has the best backstop tandem in the Minors in Keibert Ruiz and Smith, with the latter’s athleticism allowing him to shuffle between catcher and third base so both prospects can get regular at-bats. Smith joins Francisco Mejia (Indians) as the only two catchers to earn PTOW honors twice this season after a week in which he drove in two runs in each of his five games and had multihit efforts in each of his last four. He’s batting .287/.384/.580 with 14 homers in 52 games after hitting a combined .238/.357/393 in his first two pro seasons.

1B: Chad Spanberger, Asheville Tourists (Class A)
(Rockies’ No. 24 prospect)
.542/.538/1.083, 6 G, 24 AB, 8 R, 13 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 3 K, 2 SB

Spanberger also makes the PTOW for the second time this year, joining Will Craig (Pirates) as the only first basemen t JJ Watt Color Rush Jersey o do so. He homered in three straight games to begin last week and leads the South Atlantic League in slugging (.604), OPS (.962), extra-base hits (42), total bases (183) and RBIs (69), while also ranking third in batting average (.317) and home runs (21).

Watch: Spanberger knocks three-run shot

2B: Cavan Biggio, New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Double-A)
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.286/.500/.762, 7 G, 21 AB, 8 R, 6 H, 1 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 9 BB, 9 K, 2 SB

It’s not easy to make the PTOW with a sub-.300 batting average, though Biggio managed to do so because he posted a 1.262 OPS for the week. Biggio blasted three homers and drew nine walks, reaching base at least twice in six of his seven games. The son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio paces the Eastern League in homers (19), RBIs (67) and walks (64), and he is hitting .269/.402/.549 in 83 games.

Watch: Biggio’s 19th home run

3B: Bobby Dalbec. Salem Red Sox (Class A Advanced)
(Red Sox’s No. 12 prospect)
.481/.484/1.185, 7 G, 27 AB, 8 R, 13 H, 5 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 2 BB, 6 K

Dalbec tops the Carolina League in doubles (25), homers (19), extra-base hits (45), total bases (154) and RBIs (70). He leads all Red Sox farmhands in those categories as well, and he is batting .249/.362/.548 in 81 games.

SS: Jordy Barley, Arizona League Padres 2 (Rookie)
(Padres’ No. 30 prospect)
.421/.478/.947, 5 G, 19 AB, 8 R, 8 H, 4 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K, 3 SB

Known more for his glove than his bat, Barley went just 6-for-45 (.133) in his first 11 games as he repeated the Arizona League this summer. He matched that hit total in his first two games last week, recorded a four-hit contest (three for extra bases) on Wednesday and boosted his season line to .219/.329/.500 with three homers, five steals and an AZL-best 19 runs in 16 games.

OF: Gilberto Celestino, Tri-City Valley Cats (Class A Short Season)
(Astros’ No. 22 prospect)
.393/.433/.786, 7 G, 28 AB, 6 R, 11 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K, 5 SB

Celestino has drawn Albert Almora Jr. comparisons since the Astros signed him for $2.5 million out of the Dominican Republic in 2015, and like Almora, he’s enjoying his best offensive season. Still just 19, Celestino homered three times last week after going deep just six times in his first 134 pro games. He finished the week with four straight mulithit efforts and is batting .338/.402/.519 with three homers and 12 steals in 21 New York-Penn League games.

Watch: Celestino smashes a solo shot

OF: Josh Lowe, Charlotte Stone Crabs (Class A Advanced)
(Rays’ No. 10 prospect)
.409/.536/.682, 6 G, 22 AB, 5 R, 9 H, 3 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 6 BB, 4 K, 2 SB

After beginning the season 9-for-23, Lowe batted .198 over his next 57 games, a tailspin that extended until the end of June. The No. 13 overall pick in the 2016 Draft has hit safely in his past nine games, however, including all six last week when he reached base 15 times. He pulled his season line up to .246/.316/.384 with five homers and 13 steals in 71 games.

OF: Troy Stokes, Biloxi Shuckers (Double-A)
(Brewers’ No. 20 prospect)
.381/.480/.762, 6 G, 21 AB, 3 R, 8 H, 1 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 6 K, 1 SB

One of 10 Minor Leaguers with 20 homers and 20 steals in 2017, Stokes is on pace to join that club again, and has reached base safely in each of his past 18 starts. He did a little of everything in six games last week, posting four extra-base hits, getting on base a dozen times and stealing a base. He’s hitting .252/.358/.461 with 12 homers and 13 steals in 85 games.

LHP: Matt Hall, Erie SeaWolves (Double-A)
(Tigers’ No. 23 prospect)
2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 GS, 12 1/3 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 18 K, 0.65 WHIP

Hall led NCAA Division I with 171 strikeouts and 12.3 strikeouts per nine innings as a junior for Missouri State in 2015, when the Tigers drafted him in the sixth round, and he displayed consistent success as a starter while advancing to Double-A by the end of ’17. Detroit decided to move him to the bullpen to begin ’18, and while he had a 2.52 ERA in that role, he has yet to allow a run in four starts and 21 1/3 innings since returning to the rotation in late June.

Watch: Hall’s 10th strikeout

RHP: Ian Anderson, Florida Fire Frogs (Class A Advanced)
(Braves’ No. 4 prospect/MLB No. 43)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 GS, 11 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 18 K, 0.55 WHIP

The lone Top 100 Prospect on this week’s PTOW, Anderson spun consecutive scoreless starts for the second time in 2018 and struck out a career-high 11 in six innings last Monday. He’s excelling as a 20-year-old in Class A Advanced, posting a 2.96 ERA while leading the Florida State League in strikeouts (94) and strikeout rate (11.1 per nine innings). Anderson had three times as many whiffs as hits allowed in a pair of wins last week and now sports a 5-2 record with a 1.58 ERA, 76 strikeouts and a .165 opponent average in 57 innings.

RP: Trevor Lane, Tampa Tarpons (Class A Advanced)
(Yankees’ No. 25 prospect)
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0.75 WHIP

Lane’s ERA jumped from 1.35 on May 15 to 5.75 by June 29, but he righted himself last week by striking out eight of the 15 batters he faced. Including three rocky appearances in Double-A, he has an overall 5.18 ERA with a 56/14 K/BB ratio in 40 innings.

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.