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Top prospect performers for August 1 2021

Here’s a look at Sunday’s top Minor League performers from each team’s Top 30 Prospects list:

Pirates: Liover Peguero, SS (No. 4), High-A Greensboro
Pegeuro has been on a power kick lately. The 20-year-old has launched five homers in his last four games, capped off by a two-homer performance on Sunday, his second such effort of the season. Peguero drove in four runs and added a walk to his 2-for-4 day, giving him a career-high 32 RBIs on the season to go with 11 home runs, 17 stolen bases and a .266 batting average. Pirates prospect stats »

Royals: Nick Loftin, SS (No. 8), High-A Quad Cities
A lot of things went Loftin’s way in the River Bandits’ 14-12 marathon win. First, he set a new career-high in hits, going 5-for-6 at the plate after never recording more than three hits in a game. Second, he hit for the cycle, the first of his young career. Third, he completed said cycle on a walk-off two-run homer in an at-bat that was supposed to result in a bunt to advance the runners before a wild pitch changed the course of the game. Yeah. It was certainly the best game of Loftin’s career, and the 2020 Draft pick is now batting .268 with seven homers, 14 doubles and only two more strikeouts (39) than RBIs (37). Royals prospect stats »

D-backs: Luis Frías**, RHP (No. 9), Double-A Amarillo**
Frias was unhittable for the Sod Poodles in their victory over Mississippi as he fired a seven-inning no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader. It was the first hitless outing of Frias’ career and the second time in three starts that he went seven innings. The 23-year-old only allowed two baserunners — the first coming on a wild pitch third strike that allowed the runner to take first, and the second a four-pitch walk in the sixth. Frías struck out four of the first seven batters he faced and added a strikeout in the sixth and the seventh to give him six on the day. He threw 62 of his 90 pitches for strikes. D-backs prospect stats »

Reds: Riley O’Brien, RHP (No. 13), Triple-A Louisville
After a rough month of June that saw his ERA jump from 2.86 to 5.40, O’Brien picked it up in July and started August off strong with five hitless innings in relief in Louisville’s 2-0 win. The 6-foot-4 righty struck out six and allowed only one baserunner on a four-pitch walk in the fourth; the threat was promptly taken care of when O’Brien induced a double-play ball five pitches later. O’Brien threw 33 of his 50 pitches for strikes and has lowered his season ERA to 4.12 with 78 strikeouts in 74 1/3 innings. Reds prospect stats »

Indians: Jose Tena, SS (No. 23), High-A Lake County
Tena collected the second multihomer game of the season on a 3-for-4, two-RBI day at the plate. The power wouldn’t come until the top of the fifth, after he started his day with a single in the first. His first solo shot broke a 1-1 tie, and his second dinger in the eighth extended Lake County’s lead to 7-1. After hitting only one homer in each of his last two Minor League seasons, Tena has seven long balls in 2021 to compliment his .281./331/.441 slash line. Indians prospect stats »


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