Bo Naylor, C, Guardians: After a tough season in 2021, Naylor, who began the season back in the Double-A Eastern League, where he was still one of the circuit’s youngest players, has shown all season that he’s refined his approach and tightened his strike zone discipline. Before a promotion to Triple-A Columbus, Naylor had drawn 45 walks (against just 46 strikeouts), which was eight more than he’d drawn in 87 games at the level in 2021. BA’s Geoff Pontes noted that Naylor has improved in plenty of underlying metrics. He’s shown well in an admittedly tiny sample at Triple-A, and on Wednesday went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles
Griff McGarry, RHP, Phillies: With McGarry, Andrew Painter, Mick Abel and Ben Brown, Jersey Shore has a case for the best rotation in the minor leagues. On Wednesday, it was McGarry’s turn to shine. For the third straight start, McGarry racked up double-digit whiffs. This time, the total was 11 in six one-hit innings against Wilmington. In his last three starts, McGarry, whom the Phillies took out of Virginia in the fifth round of the 2021 draft, has put up some absurd numbers. Specifically, he’s thrown 17.1 innings in those three turns and allowed 10 hits, four runs (all earned), walked seven and struck out 34.
Joe Boyle, RHP, Reds: The man does not give up hits, and that’s nearly literal. In 55.1 innings this season, Boyle, the Reds’ fifth-round choice out of Notre Dame in 2020, has permitted just 15 hits. He’s allowed no more than three hits in any outing, and has had four starts that finished without a hit on his ledger. He allowed just one hit on Wednesday but was a pure filth monster otherwise. He whiffed a career-best 12 and didn’t issue a walk. The last part is important, because control and command were question marks for Boyle coming out of college, and also because he’s walked more than six hitters per nine innings this season.
Tink Hence, RHP, Cardinals: Quietly, Hence has been excellent this season. In seven starts with…