Indians C prospect Francisco Mejia stretched his hitting streak to 23 games Saturday in a win for Low-A Lake County.
That matches the longest streak in the Midwest League this season. Mejia has hit a remarkable .422 during the streak with five homers and 19 RBI. The 20-year-old leads the league in batting average (.343) and is second in OPS at .895. He's also third in RBI (49) and second in total bases (122). Mejia has outgrown the level and should be nearing a promotion to High-A Lynchburg.
Brian Dozier went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Yankees.
Let us pause to appreciate the sheer magnitude of the Twins' power display. All seven of their runs scored via the home run, with Dozier, Danny Santana, Trevor Plouffe, Max Kepler, Eduardo Nunez and Juan Centeno upping their homer totals by the end of the game. Dozier's was the only non-solo shot, as he cranked a two-run dinger off of Yankees starter/pinata Nathan Eovaldi in the sixth inning. After a sluggish start to the season, the versatile second baseman is now hitting .252/.336/.436 with 10 homers, 32 RBI and six steals across 266 at-bats. On the micro level, he has homered in back-to-back games.
Mark Teixeira went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Twins
Teixeira was just activated off the disabled list on Saturday after missing close to a month due to a cartilage tear in his right knee. His solo homer off Twins starter Tyler Duffey in the eighth inning provided the only Yankees run of the afternoon. Prior to the injury, the veteran slugger was slashing just .180/.271/.263. Fantasy owners should feel free to utilize him as normal moving forward, though it might be best to keep him on the bench until he starts to find something of an offensive groove.
Indians RHP prospect Matt Esparza surrendered just four hits over seven scoreless frames Saturday in a win for Low-A Lake County.
He fanned a career-high 12 hitters and didn't walk anyone. Esparza hasn't allowed a run in his two starts against Great Lakes this month, winning both while providing 22 strikeouts over 13 shutout innings. The 21-year-old has taken the Midwest League by storm this year with 86 punch-outs (tied for second-most in the league) and a 1.07 WHIP (fifth-lowest). He hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in a start since his season debut on April 10.
Tyler Duffey was phenomenal in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Yankees, striking out eight and allowing one run on two hits over eight innings.
Duffey did not walk a batter on the afternoon. He finished the contest having thrown 104 pitches (70 strikes). The Twins were actually considering pulling him from the rotation prior to Sunday's outing, as he entered the weekend the owner of a 6.18 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. He had allowed at least four runs in each of his seven starts since May 15. While the 25-year-old right-hander probably earned another start with his domination of the dormant Yankees, he will need to keep this up if he wants to keep the gig. A home start against the Rangers shows next on his schedule.