ESPN's Keith Law issued his updated Top 50 Prospects list (Insider Only) today and Kris Bryant came in at number one. He admits that Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa have higher ceilings than Bryant, but he says that Bryant's nearness to the majors outweighs that. And Bryant has a pretty high ceiling of his own.
He has Addison Russell at number four and Javier Baez at number eight. Jorge Soler was his 28th best prospect.
Arismendy Alcantara, who was on several other midseason lists, was ineligible for Law's list as he excluded anyone who is currently in the major leagues.
The Iowa Cubs shut out the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 7-0.
Pretty easy win for starter Dallas Beeler, who dominated the Express for seven innings. Beeler allowed only three hits, all singles. He walked two and struck out four.
Third baseman Kris Bryant opened the scoring with a solo home run in the second inning. It was Bryant's 32nd home run this year and tenth for Iowa. He went 3 for 5 with a double and two runs scored.
Javier Baez played second base tonight for the first time in his career. He also made the score 2-0 in the fourth inning with his 15th home run on the season. Baez would later have an RBI double in the seventh inning. He was 2 for 4 with a sacrifice fly. That's three total RBI in case you weren't counting.
Center fielder Matt Szczur was 3 for 5 with a stolen base and two runs scored. Right fielder Brett Jackson was 2 for 5. He scored twice and batted two runs in.
Shortstop Chris Valaika was 2 for 5. Catcher Rafael Lopez went 2 for 4.
The Tennessee Smokies stopped the Huntsville Stars (Brewers), 4-1.
Corey Black started and got his fifth win. He allowed a run in the first inning, and then Smokies kept Huntsville off the rest of the way. Black went six innings and allowed one run on four hits. He struck out eight batters and only walked two.
Frank Batista entered the game with no one out in the ninth inning after the first batter of the inning reached after Andrew McKirahan struck him out, but he reached first on a wild pitch. Batista walked a batter with one out to bring the tying run to the plate, but a game-ending double play got him his sixth save. (Fifth for Tennessee.) Batista did not have a strikeout.
In the fourth inning, shortstop Addison Russell hit his first home run in the Cubs system to tie the score at 1-1. Russell was 2 for 4 and scored twice.
Then in the sixth inning, right fielder Jorge Soler hit his sixth home run of the year with a man on to make the score 3-1. Soler was 1 for 2 with two walks. Soler has hit all six home runs in his last 29 at bats.
Third baseman Christian Villanueva closed out the scoring with a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning. It was his ninth home run of the season and third for Tennessee. Villanueva was 1 for 4.
The Daytona Cubs were awed into submission by the Ft. Myers Miracle (Twins), 7-5.
Starter Nathan Dorris allowed five runs on six hits over 4.2 innings. Dorris walked two and struck out two.
Michael Jensen took the loss in relief. Jensen allowed one run on two hits over 2.1 innings. Jensen walked two and struck out two.
First baseman Dan Vogelbach smashed a two-run home run in the third inning, his ninth on the year. Vogelbach was 2 for 3 an also had a sacrifice fly.
Left fielder Kyle Schwarber was 2 for 4 and scored a run.
Kane County Cougars
The Kane County Cougars cracked the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 3-0 in ten innings.
Duane Underwood pitched six scoreless innings, allowing only three hits, all singles. Those were the only three hits the Lugnuts would get all night. Underwood struck out three and walked one.
Kyuji Fujikawa relieved Underwood and pitched an inning in a rehab appearance. He walked one and struck out two.
Gerardo Concepcion pitched the final three innings and got his second win. He walked two and struck out three.
The Cougars broke the scoreless tie when Jacob Rogers singled with the bases-loaded in the top of the tenth. Rogers was 3 for 5.
DH Ben Carhart was 2 for 3 with two walks and he scored on a pinch-hit RBI single by Cael Brockmeyer.
Left fielder Trey Martin was 2 for 4 and scored on the Rogers single.
The Boise Hawks were crushed by the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 12-5.
Josh Conway started and allowed five runs, three earned, in only 2.2 innings. Conway allowed four hits. He walked one and struck out one.
Ryan McNeil took the loss in relief. McNeil was tagged for four runs on four hits, including two home runs, in 2.2 innings. McNeil walked one and struck out one.
While Boise's four-game winning streak was snapped, all the hitting streaks continued. Right fielder Jeffrey Baez singled in the second inning to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. He was 1 for 5.
Center fielder Rashad Crawford hit an infield single to lead off the fifth inning to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. Crawford was 1 for 5 and scored two runs.
Catcher Mark Zagunis was 2 for 5 with two runs scored. Zagunis now has a nine-game hitting streak.
Shortstop Jason Vosler was 3 for 4 with an RBI. DH Justin Marra went 2 for 4 with a double and a two-run single in the fifth inning. Marra scored one run.
Third baseman Jesse Hodges was 2 for 4 with one run batted in.