Each week during the Minor League Baseball season we pick the hitting and pitching prospects from each level (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A, Low-A, and Rookie ball) who, in our opinion, had the best week. Jake Berry and Scott Greene award their 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. Jake is off for this Labor Day holiday so all of these POTW decisions fell to Mr. Greene. 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, @BerrysBraves, and @Scotty_Ballgame) 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.
HITTER: Steven Kwan, OF (Indians #45)
Columbus Clippers (6G, .591/.640/1.000, 13 H, 3 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI. 8 R, 3 BB)
I recently snagged Kwan in Chappy’s Prospect Challenge, and if he’s available in your deep dynasty league, take a flier on him now. Maybe he gets some mid-to-late September MLB action, or at least some 2022 playing time. He’s slashing .363/.434/.536 this season in Triple-A.
#Indians 23yr old OF prospect Steven Kwan led off the game for Clippers with a base hit today. Kwan is now 11-19 .579 AVG since his promotion to (AAA) Columbus. He extends his hitting streak to 10 straight between Akron/Columbus. @skwanzaa @CLBClippers #OurCLE pic.twitter.com/2OwepsaHuL
— Indians Prospective (@indiansPro) September 5, 2021
Otto Lopez, 2B (Blue Jays #10)
Buffalo Bisons (7 G, .370/.367/.519, 10 H, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 5 R, 2 SF, 4 SB)
Curtis Terry, 1B (Texas Rangers #25)
Round Rock Express (6 G, .348/.423/.783, 8 H, 2 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB)
PITCHER: Connor Seabold, RHP (Boston Red Sox #13)
Worcester Red Sox (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K)
It seems like every other outing for Seabold is absolutely stellar. This is his 3rd POTW mention in the last 5 weeks. He tossed a seven-inning, one-hit gem on August 21, but then was not great on August 28. Connor certainly deserves a shot in Boston and likely would have gotten the call over Kutter Crawford had he been on enough days rest.
Ben Rowen, RHP (Los Angeles Angels NR)
Salt Lake Bees (3 G, L, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K)
Triston Casas, 1B (Red Sox #2)
Portland Sea Dogs (5 G, .471/.571/1.353, 8 H, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 6 R, 4 BB)
Triston Casas’ 5th home run in the last two days pic.twitter.com/szGGxxcHci
— Red Sox Stats (@redsoxstats) September 5, 2021
Michael Busch, 2B (Dodgers #3)
Tulsa Drillers (6 G, .542/.581/1.167, 13 H, 6 2B, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 9 R, 5 BB, 2 SF)
#Dodgers 2B Michael Busch is heating up. The 23-year old went 3-for-3, with a walk, 3 runs, 2 HR, and 6 RBI. The lefty is hitting .257/.380/.475 with 19 HR in AA. Busch should begin 2022 in AAA, and would be a trade, injury, or under-performance away from getting his opportunity.
— Michael Richards (@MPRichards1981) September 5, 2021
I just couldn’t justify choosing one over the other, as both Casas and Busch absolutely destroyed Double-A this past week. Just look at these video game-like numbers. I don’t think I have to say anymore. They are easily in the Top 3 for Boston and LA’s farm systems, and you could make an argument that each is THE best prospect for those organizations, period.
Julio Rodriguez, OF (Mariners #1)
Arkansas Travelers (6 G, .565/.630/.696, 13 H, 3 2B, 5 RBI, 5 R, 4 BB, 3 SB)
PITCHER: Matt Brash, RHP (Seattle Mariners #10)
Arkansas Travelers (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K)
Brash has been pretty dominant lately, having given up only 3 earned runs since the beginning of August. The Wind Surge had no shot at rattling him the other day as he took a perfect game into the 7th inning. His Travs teammates completed the no-no. This prospect is a MUST ADD in all dynasty formats with 25-50+ man MiLB rosters.
— Mariners Player Development (@MsPlayerDev) September 3, 2021
Ryan Smith, LHP (Los Angeles Angels NR)
Rocket City Trash Pandas (1 GS, W, 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K)
Adam Scott, LHP (Cleveland Indians NR)
Akron Rubberducks (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K)
Jay Groome, LHP (Boston Red Sox #8)
Portland Sea Dogs (1 GS, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K)
HITTER: Philip Clarke, C (Toronto Blue Jays NR)
Vancouver Canadians (5 G, .520/.538/.920, 13 H, 4 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, BB)
A catcher with 13 hits in 5 games? Has to be POTW worthy, right? Has to be for the player possibly most known for his 2020 Bowman non-auto (card that was supposed to be autographed, has the spot for it, and isn’t signed).
Nick Gonzales, 3B (Pittsburgh Pirates #2)
Greensboro Grasshoppers (6 G, .364/.440/.955, 8 H, 2 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB, SB)
The former 1st round pick just keeps on hitting. Is it possible he sees Double-A in the last couple of weeks of the MiLB season? Unlikely but not out of the realm of possibility.
Spencer Horwitz, 1B (Toronto Blue Jays NR)
Vancouver Canadians (6 G, .440/.516/.880, 11 H, 5 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, 4 BB)
PITCHER: Mason Hickman, RHP (Cleveland Indians #36)
Lake County Captains (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K)
If you look up and down this article, there are a few six-inning, one-hit masterpieces. Hickman’s was one of the more impressive as he added nine strikeouts.
— CLE Futures (@CleFutures) September 6, 2021
Evan Lee, LHP (Washington Nationals #30)
Wilmington Blue Rocks (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K)
HITTER: Tanner Murray, SS (Tampa Bay Rays #46)
Charleston RiverDogs (6 G, .483/.545/.690, 14 H, 6 2B, 11 RBI, 7 R, 2 BB)
Murray and Encarnacion-Strand (below) tied for the lead in all of MiLB with 14 hits apiece. Tanner gets the POTW nod because of the six doubles and 11 runs knocked in. Stellar week.
In the top of the 10th, DH Tanner Murray of the @ChasRiverDogs gets his third hit of the night, driving in two runs that would be the difference. The @ColaFireflies get one in the bottom half but lose 7-6 on an exciting night of baseball#TheCarolinas #16ballparks pic.twitter.com/8sUCEcjfUh
— Mapping the Path (@MappingThePath) September 6, 2021
Christian Encarnacion-Strand, 3B (Twins #54)
Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (6 G, .538/.556/.808, 14 H, 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, BB)
PITCHER: Connor Phillips, RHP (Seattle Mariners #16)
Modesto Nuts (1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 13 K)
How do you choose between this Phillips gem and the equally impressive Abeyta outing (see next player)? Both Game Scores are actually the same at 78. My son told me he liked the outing with 0 runs given up, so I decided to go with the other one. Either way, it’s a coin toss for POTW.
Connor Phillips is through 6IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 13K, 86-58. pic.twitter.com/gC5DbAN293
— Mariners Minors (@MiLBMariners) September 3, 2021
Blane Abeyta, RHP (New York Yankees NR)
Tampa Tarpons (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K)
Owen White, RHP (Texas Rangers #44)
Down East Wood Ducks (1 GS, W, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 12 K)
HITTER: Mike Jarvis, SS (Pittsburgh Pirates NR)
FCL Pirates Gold (4 G, .500/.611/1.071, 7 H, 2B, 2 3B, HR, 3 RBI, 9 R, 2 BB, 5 SB)
Pittsburgh’s 2021 6th round draft choice killed it in 4 games this past week, and the 5 stolen bases are sweet to see. Jarvis is slashing .316/.422/1.001 through his first 12 games (45 PA) in Rookie ball.
Manuel Sequera, SS (Detroit Tigers NR)
FCL Tigers East (4 G, .467/.500, 1.133, 7 H, 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R, BB)
It's a three-homer game for Tigers prospect Manuel Sequera!
The 18-year-old leads the Florida Complex League with 11 HRs, 33 RBIs and 78 total bases. pic.twitter.com/inRkEhVyJi
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) September 4, 2021
PITCHER: Arlinthon De Dios, RHP (Pittsburgh Pirates NR)
FCL Pirates Gold (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K)
We don’t always award relief pitchers, but in this case, De Dios earned it. Only 14 batters faced in four innings, punching out nine of them.
Luis Devers, RHP (Chicago Cubs NR)
ACL Cubs (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K)