Beaty, meanwhile, was one of three Drillers hitters to tally three hits, as the Dodgers’ No. 30 prospect finished the game 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. The 24-year-old first baseman is batting .367 with four extra-base hits this postseason after pacing the Texas League with a .326 average and an .883 OPS during the regular season en route to honors as the circuit’s Player of the Year
With a win on Thursday, the Drillers can clinch their first Texas League title since 1998.
The rest of the best performances from top prospects Wednesday
• One day removed from pitching Class A Short Season Vermont into the New York-Penn League finals, No. 20 overall prospect Brendan McKay (Rays’ No. 3) delivered a walk-off sacrifice fly to right field in the 13th inning to lead the Renegades past Vermont, 3-2, in Game 1 of the championship series. He finished the game 1-for-5 at the plate, while shortstop Taylor Walls (No. 26) went 2-for-6 with a double, an RBI and one run scored out of the leadoff spot.
“You live for those opportunities as a team,” McKay told MiLB.com. “You just put the ball in play, and if it finds a hole or you get something deep enough and scores a run, it’s a great game.”
On the mound, right-hander Austin Franklin (No. 12) didn’t allow a run until the fifth inning before finishing with two earned runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. The 19-year-old righty struck out six without issuing a walk in the outing, with 58 of his 87 pitches going for strikes.
“He’s been dominant all season from the point I’ve gotten here,” McKay said of Franklin.
• No. 77 overall prospect Jake Bauers (Rays’ No. 5) went 2-for-3 with a two doubles to improve his postseason average to .435, though it wasn’t enough to keep Triple-A Durham from falling to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 4-0, in Game 2 of the Governors’ Cup Finals. The 21-year-old outfielder has hit safely in all six playoff games for the Bulls, including four two-hit performances. Yonny Chirinos (No. 19) was the tough-luck loser in the shutout, as he retired the final nine batters he faced en route to completing five innings of one-run, three-hit ball. He issued two walks and struck out one while throwing 41 of his 63 pitches for strikes. The 23-year-old right-hander is coming off of a breakout season in which he went 12-5 in 22 starts (23 games) and ranked among the International League leaders with a 2.74 ERA (fourth), a 0.98 WHIP (second) and 120 strikeouts (eighth) in 141 innings.
• Making his Double-A debut in Game 2 of the Eastern League finals, No. 83 overall prospect Estevan Florial (Yankees’ No. 4) went 1-for-4 and scored one of Trenton’s two runs in a loss against Altoona. The toolsy, 19-year-old outfielder is playing at his third level this season after a breaking out with a .298/.372/.479 slash line, 43 extra-base hits (13 HR) and 23 steals in 110 games between Class A Advanced Tampa and Class A Charleston. The Thunder have dropped the first two games in the best-of-five championship series.
• No. 92 overall prospect Tyler O’Neill (Cardinals No. 4) was at it again as he connected on a solo home run to help Triple-A Memphis beat El Paso, 6-4, in the first game of the Pacific Coast League finals. The home run was his fourth in six postseason games, during which he’s batting .310 with a playoff-best 11 RBIs. Acquired from Seattle ahead of the 2017 Trade Deadline, the 22-year-old outfielder has now gone deep 16 times in 43 games as a member of the Redbirds.
• No. 97 overall prospect Miguel Andujar (Yankees’ No. 6) tallied an RBI and hit a double in a 2-for-5 performance to support a dominant performance by right-hander Domingo German (No. 21) in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s win over Durham. Working seven scoreless innings, the 25-year-old right-hander allowed just one hit while walking three and striking out eight as he rebounded from a shaky start (5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER) in the Eastern League semifinals.
“He was lights-out,” RailRiders catcher Kyle Higashioka told MiLB.com. “He was throwing everything for strikes. With his stuff, if he makes the pitch he needs to make, he’s usually not going to get beat.”
• A’s No. 14 prospect Sheldon Neuse and Max Schrock (No. 17) both finished with three hits and scored a run in Midland’s loss against Tulsa. Neuse tallied two extra-base hits, including a two-run triple, while Schrock banged out three singles. The duo is batting .625 and .444 in the postseason, respectively.
• Astros No. 20 prospect J.J. Matijevic’s three-run homer with two outs in the first inning proved the difference as Class A Quad Cities defeated Fort Wayne, 6-3, in Game 1 of the Midwest League finals. A Competitive Balance Round B pick in June, the 21-year-old outfielder-first baseman appeared in six games with the Bandits during the regular season after batting .240 with six home runs and 11 steals over 53 games in the New York-Penn League.
“When I came up, I realized the pitcher, Pedro [Avila], was throwing a lot of fastballs,” Matijevic told MiLB.com. “I was just trying to be ready for a fastball. He made a mistake and gave me one, and I capitalized.”
• Red Sox No. 30 prospect Brett Netzer collected two more hits and an RBI to help lead Class A Greenville past Kannapolis, 2-0, and give the Drive a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five game South Atlantic League finals. The 21-year-old second baseman has recorded multiple hits in four straight playoff games for the Drive, and he leads all SAL hitters in the postseason with a .429 average.