Hot Prospects for April 18

The minor leagues had their first three homerun game and Greg Allen reaches into double digits in stolen bases.

Kyle Garlick 1B (Dodgers) - Kyle banged out four hits, three of them sailing over the fence to drive in six runs in Rancho Cucamonga’s 12-5 pasting of Lancaster. The three homeruns were one third of what he hit in all of 2015.

Gabby Guerrero OF (Diamondbacks) - The son of Vladimir is starting to show his stick falling a homerun short of the cycle in a 3 for 5 day with four runs driven in to lead Mobile to an 11-6 win over Jacksonville. The three hits raised his average to a respectable .265.

Michael Chavis 3B (Red Sox) - The first round 2014 pick is repeating his time in Greenville and it is paying off with an improved bat. For the second day in a row Chavis had a three hit day, driving in four runs and hitting his second homerun. The four RBIs give him eight in his last three days and 12 for the year. The previous year Chavis hit 16 homeruns but only hit .223 with 144 whifss.

Ian Happ 2B (Cubs) - The Cubs 2015 first round pick is earning his reputation as the best college bat drafted with a four hit night to lead his Myrtle Beach team to a 6-4 win. For Happ two of his four hits went over the fence for his first two jacks of the year.

Greg Allen CF (Indians) - The sixth round 2014 pick is turning out to be quite the leadoff hitter with more runs scored (14) than hits (13). On this day he only had two hits but crossed the plate four times as Lynchburg pounded Potomac 9-6. He stole three bases to give him 12 for the year in 11 games without yet getting caught. Both of his hits were doubles, his first extra base hits of the season. For the season Greg has a 13/6 walk to whiff ratio.

Ke’Brayn Hayes 3B (Pirates) - The son of Charlie and the first round pick of the Pirates in 2015 had his first four hit game and his first homerun to lead West Virginia to an 8-7 16 inning marathon win over Kannapolis. Hayes slugged a three run homer in the fourth and delivered a two run single in the tenth to tie the game at 7-7.

Paul Blackburn RHP (Cubs) - Paul was a first round pick of the Cubs back in 2012. The Cubs have not developed their share of pitchers but Blackburn has had solid, vanilla outings his last three years. He went beyond vanilla in his seven innings of two hit ball to lead Tennessee past Montgomery 4-0. In three starts Blackburn has only given up one run for a 0.50 ERA.

Kyle McGowin RHP (Angels) - Kyle retired the first 19 hitters to give Arkansas a 3-0 win over Frisco. It was a complete game seven inning victory with the only hit being slapped through the infield in the seventh. Kyle struck out nine and walked one in the game.

Ben Lively RHP (Phillies) - The Reds traded Ben to the Phillies back in 2014 for Marlon Byrd. Ben has not really delivered as a starting pitcher but his seven inning two hitter led Reading to a 6-2 victory over Richmond.

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