Prospects of the Week: April 25 – May 1

Anthony Garcia, Yankees minor league intrasquad scrimmage, Tampa, FL, March 14, 2022. Photo credit Scott Greene.

Each week during the Minor League Baseball season we pick the hitting and pitching prospects from each level (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A, and Single-A) who, in our opinion, had the best week. The team awards the Prospects of the Week hitters and pitchers for each level, while also presenting other names at each level that are just as deserving of POTW honors. Feel free to reply in the comments with any player who deserves to be mentioned that may not have made our cut.

Any issues with this week’s POTW? Did we miss anyone deserving? Hit us up and set us straight! As always, tweet us @Prospects1500 when you see a great performance that warrants consideration for Prospect of the Week. Enjoy, and make sure you’re keeping an eye out for these prospects in your dynasty leagues.

Triple-A

HITTER: Darick Hall, 1B (Phillies #47)
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (6 G, .360/.429/1.040/1.469, 9 H, 2 2B, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 7 R, 3 BB)
International League Player of the Week
Another week, another Prospect of the Week honor for Hall. He continues to annihilate the baseball and does not show any signs of slowing down. He is hitting bombs at a torrid pace, with 10 HR in 104 plate appearances so far this year. Last season he hit 14 HR the whole year. Hall is on a mission to mash his way into Philadelphia’s lineup.

Honorable Mentions:
Juan Yepez, 1B (Cardinals #11)
Memphis Redbirds (5 G, .428/.520/1.000/1.520, 9 H, 3 2B, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 6 R, 4 BB)
Shea Langeliers, C (Athletics now, Atlanta #3 preseason)
Las Vegas Aviators (6 G, .338/.481/.905/1.386, 7 H, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 5 BB

PITCHER: Jhonathan Diaz, LHP (Angels #23)
Salt Lake Bees (1 GS, 8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K)
Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week
Diaz was in control throughout his outing against Round Rock last week, needing only 92 pitches to complete 8 innings. Base runners were few and far between in this one as Diaz allowed only one runner in each of the first and second innings, followed by sitting down 17 straight before an error brought his streak to an end. The southpaw has looked impressive to start this season and looks ready to fill in should the Angels have an injury in their rotation.

Honorable Mentions:
Zack Thompson, LHP (Cardinals #6)
Memphis Redbirds (2 GS, 8.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 12 K)
Alex Faedo, RHP (Tigers #20)
Toledo Mud Hens (1 GS, 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K)

Double-A

HITTER: Ezequiel Tovar, SS (Rockies #7)
Hartford Yard Goats (6 G, .478/.556/.913/1.469, 11 H, 2 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 4 SB)
Eastern League Player of the Week
Hartford’s exciting young SS put up another solid week, this time on the road in Harrisburg. It was another double-digit hits week, including a couple of homers and 4 stolen bases. Tovar’s having early success in Double-A as a 20-year-old and some industry sources are talking about a potential 2023 MLB debut. (@Scotty_Ballgame)

Honorable Mentions:
Michael Massey, 2B (Royals #13)
NW Arkansas Naturals (6 G, .417/.429/.792/1.221, 10 H, 3 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 1 SB)
Texas League Player of the Week
J.P. Martinez, OF (Rangers NR)
Frisco RoughRiders (5 G, .450/.522/.850/1.372, 9 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 4 SB)

PITCHER: Eury Perez, RHP (Marlins #4)
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (1 GS, 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K)
Southern League Pitcher of the Week
Remember this. Eury Perez is only 19-years-old. He’s doing this in Double-A. Another brilliant Pensacola start for the kid, giving up only one hit in 5 innings, punching out 12 Biloxi Shuckers. No doubt he was named the Southern League’s Pitcher of the Week. (@Scotty_Ballgame)

Honorable Mentions:
Alec Kisena, RHP (Mets NR)
Binghamton Rumble Ponies (1 GS, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K)
Garrett Williams, LHP (Cardinals NR)
Springfield Cardinals (1 GS, 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K)
Drey Jameson, RHP (Diamondbacks #5)
Amarillo Sod Poodles (1 GS, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K)
Ky Bush, LHP (Angels #7)
Rocket City Trash Pandas (1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K)

High-A

HITTER: Alexander Canario, CF (Cubs #17)
South Bend Cubs (6 G, .500/.536/1.000/1.536, 13 H, 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 7 R, 2 SB)
Midwest League Player of the Week.
During this 6-game series on the road against the Quad Cities River Bandits, Canario led all of Minor League Baseball with 13 hits and extended his consecutive games on-base streak to 17 while hitting 4 HR and driving in 9. He will now get to settle in for a 12-game homestand where South Bend fans can watch him look to extend his on-base streak.

Honorable Mentions:
Eddy Diaz, IF (Rockies #34)
Spokane Indians (6 G, .407/.452/.593/1.045, 11 H, 2 2B, HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 1 SB)
Northwest League Player of the Week
Coby Mayo, 3B (Orioles #7)
Aberdeen IronBirds (5 G, .333/.364/.905/1.269, 7 H, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 6 R)

PITCHER: Trent Palmer, RHP (Blue Jays #24)
Vancouver Canadians (1 GS, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 8 K)
Northwest League Pitcher of the Week
What a way to start the month of May! Palmer turned in a literal perfect performance against Hillsboro Sunday, going 18 up & 18 down in his 6 innings of work. He worked ahead all day throwing first pitch strikes to 11 of the 18 batters he faced. He showed great command only going to a three-ball count three times all day and threw 50 of his 72 pitches for strikes.

Honorable Mentions:
Nick Swiney, LHP (Giants #25)
Eugene Emeralds (1 GS, 5.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K)
Braden Olthoff, RHP (Angels #44)
Tri-City Dust Devils (1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K)
Andrew Abbott, LHP (Reds #14)
Dayton Dragons (1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K)

Single-A

HITTER: Adael Amador, SS (Rockies #9)
Fresno Grizzlies (6 G, .423/.500/.962/1.462, 11 H, 2 2B, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 8 R, 4 BB)
California League Player of the Week
In Fresno’s sweep of the Stockton Ports, Amador tallied 11 hits with over half of them going for extra-bases, four of which were long-balls. The 19-year-old now leads the California League in hits (28) and home runs (6) and has the second best OPS (1.117). Go ahead Rockies fans, dream of a future MI combo of Tovar & Amador.

Honorable Mentions:
Anthony Garcia, OF (Yankees #16)
Tampa Tarpons (4 G, .615/.667/1.615/2.282, 8 H, 4 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB)
Florida State League Player of the Week
Edwin Arroyo, IF (Mariners #14)
Modesto Nuts (6 G, .391/.481/.826/1.307, 9 H, 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 3 SB)
Rainer Nunez, 3B (Blue Jays NR)
Dunedin Blue Jays (6 G, .423/.448/.769/1.217, 11 H, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R, BB)
Yhoswar Garcia, OF (Phillies #14)
Clearwater Threshers (4 G, .438/.526/.438/.964, 7 H, RBI, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 8 SB)
If you get on base at that clip and steal 8 bases in a week you deserve a mention. That speed is a weapon.

PITCHER: Royber Salinas, RHP (Braves NR)
Augusta GreenJackets (2 GS, 9 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 21 K)
Carolina League Pitcher of the Week
Salinas is now a two-time Prospects1500 Single-A Pitching Prospect of the Week and a two-time Carolina League Pitcher of the Week. This week he did it with a staggering 21 K’s in just 9 innings of work. That performance now gives Salinas 52 strikeouts overall this season, good for an average of 19.7 K/9. He might not be around Augusta much longer at this rate.

Honorable Mentions:
Ricky Tiedemann, LHP (Blue Jays #15)
Dunedin Blue Jays (1 GS, 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K)
Trent Baker, RHP (Cardinals NR)
Palm Beach Cardinals (1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K)
Florida State League Pitcher of the Week
Cristian Mena, RHP (Chicago White Sox NR)
Kannapolis Cannon Ballers (1 GS, 6.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10K)

Jeremy covers the Oakland organization and contributes on Prospects of the Week for Prospects1500. Born and raised in the Midwest, as a lifelong baseball fan he is passionate about the game from Little League to the Big Leagues. You can follow him on Twitter @JMahyfam for more baseball content.

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2 Comments

  1. I thought Hunter Gaddis – RHP – Guardians – (Double -A – Akron) – Eastern had a good week : 2 G, 1 GS, 10 IP, 10 H 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 14 SO

    -I love that you added this to your website.

    • Chuck, glad to hear you enjoy our POTW posts. Thank you for your feedback!

      You are right about Hunter Gaddis. He did have a very strong week and I gave him strong consideration. He is off to a really good start this year with an excellent WHIP of 1.19 highlighted by his 4.5% walk rate.

      I hope that you will continue to follow along each week.

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