In a normal year, each week during the Minor League Baseball season, Scott Greene and I would pick the hitting and pitching prospects from each level (AAA, AA, A+, A, A- (Short Season) and Rookie ball who, in our opinion, had the best week. The 2020 season is a little bit different. Even though there is no minor league action, we are still going to bring you POTW, but instead of highlighting prospects at each level, we are going to highlight prospect eligible players in the majors!
As always, tweet us (@Prospects1500, @berrys_baseball and @Scotty_Ballgame) when you see a great performance that warrants a consider for Prospect of the Week. Enjoy, and make sure you’re keeping an eye out for these prospects in your dynasty leagues.
Jose Marmolejos, 1B/LF (Preseason Unranked)
.375/.444/.875, 2 HR, 2 2B, 6 RBI
Marmolejos signed a minor league deal with the Mariners in the offseason and spent the first 10 or so days of the season with the big league club before he was optioned to the alternate training site on August 6th. Marmolejos rejoined the team last week and had a pretty impressive showing over his five games. The 27 year old hit safely in every game and hit his second and third career home runs. The Florida high school product added two doubles making four of his six hits go for extra bases. He did this while striking out just three times.
Ryan Mountcastle, LF (Baltimore Orioles #4)
.421/.450/.737, 2 HR, 5 RBI
Typically eight hits in five games will get you on the POTW list and that is exactly what Mountcastle did. The Orioles prospect also hit his first two major league homers in Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays. His other six hits on the week were all singles.
Yoshi Tsutsugo, 3B/LF (Tampa Bay Rays #15)
.308/.550/.846, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 7 BB
This one is for you OBP league players. Tsutsugo’s stats weren’t flashy last week as he compiled just four hits, although he did add two homers and a double, but the man walked seven times in five games and posted an OBP of .550.
Jose Marmolejos with a grand slam to put the Mariners up early 💪 pic.twitter.com/N8yg0aFGPl
— Ballplayer Buzz (@ballplayerbuzz) August 27, 2020
Jo Adell, OF (Los Angeles Angels #1)
Adell didn’t have a great week at the plate, but he did smash his first two big league home runs, both coming on Saturday night. This could be the breakout game Adell needed to get the hits rolling.
Jo Adell’s 1st career homer was a bomb. 💪 pic.twitter.com/LJFt1Zu7Ga
— MLB (@MLB) August 30, 2020
Bobby Dalbec, 1B (Boston Red Sox #3)
As soon as Mitch Moreland was traded on Sunday morning, Dalbec got the call to Boston and drove up from their Alternate Site in Pawtucket, RI in time for the afternoon game. He started at first base and after striking out in his first at bat, lofted a pop fly down the RF line and it sailed into the seats past the Pesky Pole for his first MLB homer. It looks like Dalbec could get a decent amount of playing time at 1B with Chavis struggling and could spell Devers at 3B when Raffy gets a day off.
— Red Sox (@RedSox) August 30, 2020
Sixto Sanchez, RHP (Miami Marlins #1)
7 IP, 10 K, 0 ER, 6 H, 3 BB
Sixto got the Friday start against the Rays and was dominant. The 22 year old had everything working against a stout Rays lineup as he shut them out through his seven frames while striking out 10. The Marlins top prospect generated 18 swinging strikes and forced 12 ground balls in his second career outing.
Ian Anderson, RHP (Atlanta Braves #3)
6 IP, 6 K, 1 ER, 1 H, 2 BB
Talk about dominance, Anderson had the debut every Braves fan was hoping for. He started the first game of a doubleheader with the Yankees and threw six innings of one hit ball with the only hit being a homer. Despite that one blemish, it is hard to ask for anymore than this performance from a pitcher in his debut.
Ian Anderson, 94mph Fastball and 87mph Changeup, Overlay. pic.twitter.com/s4ww1kXOtp
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 26, 2020
Deivi Garcia, RHP (New York Yankees #3)
6 IP, 6 K, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 BB
Anderson wasn’t the only pitching prospect with a great debut last week as Garcia also tossed an outstanding six innings. He did allow some fly balls and didn’t generate much swing and miss, but the righty did a solid job of keeping himself out of trouble by issuing no free passes and allowing just four hits.
Josh Fleming, LHP (Tampa Bay Rays, unranked preseason)
The 6’2, 220 lb lefty got W’s in his first two MLB starts this week. He was good in his debut against Toronto (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, HR) but showed dominance in his second start at Miami. The Marlins could only muster 3 hits against him and struck out 6 times in 5.1 IP.
Trevor Rogers, LHP (Miami Marlins #6)
There was another MLB debut this week, and that was Miami’s 2017 1st round draft pick Trevor Rogers. He impressed with 4 innings of 1 hit ball against the Mets on Tuesday, punching out six. Only thing that wasn’t stellar was the command, as he issued 5 free passes. It’s only one start, but 11.3 BB/9 won’t play. Keep an eye on that folks.
Trevor Rogers' MLB debut was impressive:
6⃣ K pic.twitter.com/6VXrOX4ksY
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 26, 2020
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