Ross, Dominguez continue hot streaks

Ty Ross, the first catcher San Francisco selected in the 2013 draft, wasn't doing much offensively for the Augusta GreenJackets until July. His highest monthly batting average was a .254 mark in June, and he had just 11 extra-base hits in 236 plate appearances. July was a different story. He began hitting in the middle of the lineup and began connecting for clutch, power hits. The month brought the Louisiana State University product nine doubles, three home runs, and 23 runs batted in — all numbers that eclipsed his three-month totals heading into July.

He continued the streak into August, as last night he collected two hits — a double and a home run. He has three doubles and three home runs in his last six games.  

Ross recently clocked a 1.85-second pop time throwing out a runner from behind the plate. according to beat writer David Lee.

Fresno Grizzlies utility player Chris Dominguez has a nice streak of his own, as well. His 18th home run of the year Saturday night was also his third in consecutive games.

The 27-year-old has had an interesting season for the Grizzlies. His numbers aren't too different from when he joined the Triple-A club in 2012, but he's taking on new roles. With 19 stolen bases on the season, Dominguez has more than doubled his total from the previous two years. He's also played six different defensive positions, including 16 games at shortstop. He had never before seen time at short since being drafted in 2009. 

Other Notable Performances: It's only been two games since his promotion, but former GreenJackets outfielder Tyler Horan is showing his versatility in the San Jose Giants lineup. In nine plate appearances, he has three hits, three walks, two stolen bases, and a home run. Horan slugged .481 in 417 South Atlantic League plate appearances, with 42 of his 101 hits requiring him to run past first base. He led the club in hits, doubles, triples, and home runs.

Skyler Ewing continues to produce offensively in Salem-Keizer He played 10 games for the rookie team but was then transferred to Salem-Keizer where he's posted a .314/.438/.480 line in 28 games. Most notable are his 21 walks to just 13 strikeouts combined with five doubles and four home runs. Last night, he went 3-for-5 with a homer and a walk.

—Flying Squirrels infielder Kelby Tomlinson, who had cleared the fence four times in his almost three-year pro career, homered on Saturday for the first time since June of 2013. 

—18-year-old Venezuelan Deiyerbert Bolivar has been the Dominican Summer League team's best starting pitcher, going 52 innings this season with a 1.56 ERA and 0.94 WHIP. On Saturday, he pitched 6.1 scoreless allowing five baserunners. 

All Other Box Scores: Richmond Flying Squirrels, San Jose Giants, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, AZL Giants, DSL Giants

Top-20 Prospect Roundup

  1. Kyle Crick: DNP
  2. Tyler Beede: DNP
  3. Andrew Susac: DNP
  4. Adalberto Mejia: DNP
  5. Keury Mella: DNP
  6. Ty Blach: DNP
  7. Clayton Blackburn: DNP
  8. Joe Panik: 0-for-4, SO
  9. Chris Stratton: DNP
  10. Aramis Garcia: 0-for-4, R, BB, SO
  11. Steven Okert: DNP
  12. Luis Ysla: DNP
  13. Christian Arroyo: 0-for-4, R, 2 BB
  14. Ryder Jones: 1-for-6, RBI
  15. Mac Williamson: Out for season
  16. Derek Law: Out for season
  17. Kendry Flores: DNP
  18. Matt Duffy: DNP
  19. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  20. Mike Kickham: DNP