It’s the time of year when heralded prospects start to get called up to the major leagues.
Touted left-hander Julio Urias was summoned from Oklahoma City to the Los Angeles Dodgers three weeks ago, and earlier this week the Chicago Cubs called up top-ranked catching prospect Willson Contreras from Iowa.
Still, the Pacific Coast League has plenty of top prospects. Here are some key players who remain in the Pacific Coast League:
Fresno first baseman A.J. Reed was ranked the No. 11 prospect in the game by Baseball America coming into 2016, but the first baseman has struggled in his first taste of Triple-A. Noted for his power potential, Reed was hitting .249 with eight home runs going into Saturday’s game at Cheney Stadium.
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The Milwaukee Brewers’ top prospect is shortstop Orlando Arcia, who is currently playing for Colorado Springs. Arcia is batting .290 with a .333 on-base percentage, but it’s his defensive play that stuns onlookers. Arcia and the Sky Sox are slated to visit Tacoma on July 14-17.
Memphis recently added power pitcher Alex Reyes to its starting rotation. Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 1 prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals system, Reyes had to serve a 50-game suspension after testing positive for marijuana. The suspension has ended, and Reyes is 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA after five starts, while striking out 39 batters over his first 21 2/3 innings.
The Texas Rangers still have their No. 1 prospect Joey Gallo stashed away at Round Rock. Considered by many scouts to have more power than anyone in the minor leagues, Gallo has hit 13 homers in 139 at-bats for the Express.
El Paso’s prospect-laden outfield of Manuel Margot, Hunter Renfroe, and Alex Dickerson remains intact. Margot and Renfroe rank as the San Diego Padres No. 2 and No. 3 prospects, while Dickerson leads the PCL with a .401 batting average.
AQUASOX DIVE IN
The Mariners short-season Everett affiliate opened Northwest League play with a 5-4 loss at Tri-City on Friday night.
A common launching spot for college draftees, 12 of the Mariners’ first 14 selections in the draft earlier this month have begun their professional careers with Everett.
Included is Kyle Lewis, the outfielder from Mercer College who was selected by Seattle with the 11th overall pick. Lewis went 1 for 4 in his professional debut, hitting a double and scoring a run.
The AquaSox start the season with a six-game road trip before hosting Boise in their home opener on Thursday.
Mike Curto is the radio broadcaster for the Tacoma Rainiers.