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New Reds Prospect Jose Acuna Stymies His Old Mates

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Jose Acuna, RHP, Reds: Naturally, in his first start since being traded to the Reds as part of the two-player freight the Mets used to acquire Tyler Naquin, Acuna faced … St. Lucie. Even armed with a couple of starts of familiarity, Acuna’s old teammates couldn’t do much damage. Acuna went five innings and allowed just one unearned run while striking out six and walking nobody. All in all, a good start with his new organization.

Miguel Bleis, OF, Red Sox: One of the Red Sox’s highest ceiling prospects, Bleis has put together an excellent campaign so far in the Florida Complex League. He’s showing more power than he did a year ago in the DSL and has eclipsed last year’s totals for doubles, triples and home runs. On Tuesday, the 18-year-old went 2-for-5 with his sixth double and fifth home run of the season.

Andres Alvarez, 2B/3B, Pirates: Normally, when Pirates prospects go through massive power breakouts, it’s because they’re playing at Greensboro, one of the most homer-friendly ballparks in the minors. That’s not the case for Alvarez, Pittsburgh’s 22nd-rounder from 2019 out of Washington State. He’s spent all season long at Double-A Altoona, where he’s clubbed 17 home runs so far this season, including two on Tuesday night. He entered the season with seven home runs in 83 career games. In 10 games this season, he’s bested that total by 10.

Moises Ballesteros, C, Cubs: After tearing up the Arizona Complex League—seven home runs in 32 games, .891 OPS, nearly as many walks as strikeouts—Ballesteros earned a promotion to Low-A Myrtle Beach. It didn’t take him long to make his mark. The 18-year-old connected for a home run in his first game at the new level, no small feat considering Myrtle Beach is a very pitcher-friendly atmosphere. Perhaps even more impressive, Ballesteros’ blast went to dead center, clanging off the batter’s eye before bounding back into play.

ORG CLASS RANK PLAYER AB R H RBI AVG NOTES
ARI AAA #1 Corbin Carroll, OF 5 0 1 0 0.304
ARI HiA #2 Jordan Lawlar, SS 4 0 0 0 0.312
ARI MAJ #3 Alek Thomas, OF 3 1 1 2 0.260 2B (20), BB (31),
ARI MAJ #4 Geraldo Perdomo, SS 1 0 0 0 0.189
ARI HiA #8 Deyvison De Los Santos, 3B 4 1 1 0 0.330
ARI HiA #9 AJ Vukovich, 3B 3 0 0 0 0.265 2 SB (26), E (15),
ARI HiA #14 Ryan Bliss, SS 3 0 0 0 0.195
ARI MAJ #15 Jake McCarthy, OF 4 0 1 0 0.325
ARI AAA #16 Dominic Canzone, OF 4 1 1 1 0.285 HR (15),
ARI MAJ #21 Seth Beer, 1B 4 0 0 0 0.230
ARI LoA #25 Alvin Guzman, OF 4 0 2 0 0.203 2B (8),
ARI AA #26 Tim Tawa, OF 4 0 0 0 0.249
ARI HiA #28 Wilderd Patino, OF 4 1 2 0 0.287 2 SB (60), CS (9),
ARI LoA #30 Manuel Pena, 3B 4 0 1 0 0.250
ARI AAA #31 Cooper…

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