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.
Jake Cronenworth, INF (San Diego Padres #10)
.294/.294/.706, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 2B
Cronenworth’s performance last week was certainly overshadowed by his teammate, Fernando Tatis Jr. but prospects heads took note of the 26 year old’s showing. While the three extra base hits are encouraging, perhaps even more noteworthy than that is he struck out just three times in his 17 at bats. Cronenworth notched two dingers while showing off his versatility by playing at first base, second base, and shortstop last week.
No doubt about it. Jake Cronenworth crushed his first career homer. pic.twitter.com/TAbHIWOFdE
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 5, 2020
Danny Mendick, INF (Chicago White Sox #17)
.375/.375/.438, 6 H, 1 2B
Mendick’s versatility made him extremely valuable in this shortened season and he has taken advantage of the opportunity, especially last week. The 26-year-old logged six hits in his six games, including a three hit showing against the Brewers.
Luis Robert, OF (Chicago White Sox #1)
.273/.385/.318, 6 H, 3 SB, 4 BB
Robert finds himself on the POTW list for the second straight week thanks to his six hits and three steals (which led the league last week), but we can’t overlook the strikeout numbers. Robert logged 11 K’s in his 26 plate appearances, but did also manage to draw four walks.
Matt Foster, RHP (Chicago White Sox #32)
4.2 IP, 8 K, 2 BB, 0 ER, 1 H
Have a week Matt Foster. The 25-year-old made his debut on August 1st where he logged a W and he continued to show strongly last week as well. He was used as an opener in his most recent outing and hasn’t really been in any high leverage situations yet, but the numbers are still eye catching for a guy with less than six major league innings. Last week Foster struck out literally half of the batters he faced while allowing just one hit and two walks. An opposing player still has not crossed the plate in a major league game with Foster on the mound.
Great first inning for Matt Foster. 1-2-3 inning. Struck out Hernandez and Lindor.
— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) August 8, 2020
Jesus Luzardo, LHP (Oakland A’s #1)
2 GS, W, 10.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 10 K
Baby Jesus got his first MLB start on Tuesday and tossed 5 shoutout innings in a no decision. Then on Sunday he notched his first MLB win with 5.2 innings of 2-run ball. The A’s top prospect looks just right in the Oakland rotation at this point.
Proud Mom !! Again !! https://t.co/yP6eIvPRp5
— Monica Luzardo (@monica_luzardo) August 10, 2020
Jorge Alcala, RHP (Minnesota Twins #34)
5 IP, 8 K, 1 BB, 2 ER, 3 H
It is nice when a contending team’s bullpen can get a boost from their relief prospects and that has been the case over the last week with the Twins and Alcala.
— Tom Froemming (@TFTwins) August 6, 2020
Dustin May, RHP (Los Angeles Dodgers #2)
6 IP, 8 K, 1 BB, 2 ER, 3 H
This will be the last time we see May on this list as he is just one inning away from eclipsing his prospect eligibility and he went out with a bang. He picked up the win against a hot Padres lineup last week where he struck out eight and walked one while allowing two earned runs in his quality start.