Two of this year’s top draft picks — No. 5 overall Riley Greene and No. 6 overall C.J. Abrams — made their Midwest League debuts this week, for the West Michigan Whitecaps and the Fort Wayne TinCaps, respectively.
Greene was impressive in his MWL debut Thursday, going 2-for-4 with a solo inside-the-park home run and a sacrifice fly. He also made a great catch in centerfield. (Greene and Austin Meadows will be splitting time between centerfield and right field for the Whitecaps.)
Greene, 18, spent the first month of his professional career playing in the Gulf Coast and New York-Penn leagues, cumulatively batting .312 with 10 extra-base hits in 33 games.
Abrams went 0-for-4 in his debut with the TinCaps on Tuesday, but collected a pair of hits and a stolen base the next night. Before the 18-year-old shortstop was promoted to Fort Wayne, he feasted on rookie-level opponents, racking up a .401 batting average with 23 extra-base hits, 22 runs batted in, and 14 stolen bases in 32 games.
Cantillo promoted to High-A
San Diego Padres pitching prospect Joey Cantillo — a star hurler for the TinCaps this season — was promoted to the High-A Lake Elsinore Storm on Thursday.
Cantillo was a dominating force for Fort Wayne, earning three MWL pitcher of the week awards, as well as the Midwest League Player of the Month Award for June. He leads the league with a 1.93 ERA and 128 strikeouts, which he accumulated in 98 innings/19 starts.
Marquez momentum carries to Carolina League
Chicago Cubs pitching prospect Brailyn Marquez carried his Midwest League momentum into his Carolina League debut Tuesday.
Marquez didn’t give up a hit in five innings for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, though he did walk three batters. This came after he made 17 starts for South Bend, going 5-4 with a 3.61 ERA, 102 strikeouts and 43 walks in 77.1 innings.