Prospects of the Week: August 5 – August 11

Bret Boswell, Hartford Yard Goats vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (April 12, 2019) - photo credit Bill Mercey, hartford.baseball on Instagram and BillMerceyPhotos.com

Each week during the Minor League Baseball season we 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. 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 on vacation this week, so blame Scotty Ballgame if you don’t agree with any of the following selections.

We’re always on the lookout for candidates, so tweet us (@Prospects1500@berrys_baseball and @Scotty_Ballgame) when you see a great performance. Enjoy, and make sure you’re keeping an eye out for these prospects in your dynasty leagues.

Triple-A

HITTER: Ramon Urias, 2B (St. Louis Cardinals #17)
Memphis Redbirds (6 G, .591/.667/1.227/1.894, 13 H, 2 2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 5 R, 4 BB)

Honorable Mentions:
Andy Young, 2B (Arizona Diamondbacks #18)
Reno Aces (6 G, .450/.522/1.300/1.822, 9 H, 2 2B, 5 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 2 BB)

Abraham Toro, 3B (Houston Astros, preseason #15)
Round Rock Express (5 G, .542/.577/.667/1.244, 13 H, 3 2B, 6 RBI, 5 R, BB)

PITCHER: Keegan Akin, LHP (Baltimore Orioles #9)
Norfolk Tides (2 GS, W, 10 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 13 K)


Honorable Mentions:
Bryse Wilson, RHP (Atlanta Braves #5)
Gwinnett Stripers (1 GS, W, 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K)

Rogelio Armenteros, RHP (Houston Astros, preseason #21)
Round Rock Express (1 GS, 6.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K)


Double-A

HITTER: Bret Boswell, 2B (Colorado Rockies, preseason #28)
Hartford Yard Goats (5 G, .316/.350/.947/1.297, 6 H, 3 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R, BB)


Honorable Mentions:
Daulton Varsho, C (Arizona Diamondbacks #4)
Jackson Generals (5 G, .421/.421/.947/1.368, 8 H, 2 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R)

Chris Gittens, 1B (New York Yankees, preseason NR)
Trenton Thunder (5 G, .467/.500/1.067/1.567, 7 H, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 3 R)

PITCHER: Daniel Castano, LHP (Miami Marlins, NR)
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (1 GS, W, 9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 13 K)


Honorable Mentions:
Leo Crawford, RHP (Los Angeles Dodgers, preseason NR – updated Top 50 list coming soon!)
Tulsa Drillers (2 GS, W, 11 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 18 K)


Jorge Guzman, RHP (Miami Marlins #13)
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 13 K)


Cristian Javier, RHP (Houston Astros, preseason #19)
Corpus Christi Hooks (2 G, 1 GS, W, SV, 9 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 16 K)

Daniel McGrath, LHP (Boston Red Sox #27)
Portland Sea Dogs (2 GS, 2 W, 13 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, 16 K)


High-A

HITTER: Steven Kwan, OF (Cleveland Indians updated #33 – coming soon!)
Lynchburg Hillcats (6 G, .462/.548/.654/1.202, 12 H, 3 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 5 BB, 5 R, 0 SO)


Honorable Mentions:
Casey Golden, OF (Colorado Rockies, preseason #15)
Lancaster JetHawks (6 G, 333/.407/.833/1.241, 8 H, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB)

Xavier Edwards, SS (San Diego Padres updated #7 – coming soon!)
Lake Elsinore Storm (6 G, .417/.481/.667/1.148, 10 H, 3 3B, 3 RBI, 6 R, BB, 3 SB)

Gabriel Arias, 2B (San Diego Padres updated #22 – coming soon!)
Lake Elsinore Storm (6 G, .423/.464/.615/1.080, 11 H, 2 2B, HR, 6 RBI, 4 R, 2 BB, SB)

Brewer Hicklen, OF (Kansas City Royals #15)
Wilmington Blue Rocks (6 G, .385/.407/.769/1.177, 10 H, 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, BB, 2 SB)

PITCHER: Joe Ryan, RHP (Tampa Bay Rays, preseason NR)
Charlotte Stone Crabs (1 GS, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 13 K)


Honorable Mentions:
Tylor Megill, RHP (New York Mets, NR)
St. Lucie Mets (2 GS, 2 W, 10.1 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 18 K)

Jesus Luzardo, LHP (Oakland Athletics #1) – on rehab
Stockton Ports 1 game and Rookie AZL Athletics Green 1 game (2 GS, 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K)


Single-A

HITTER: Peyton Burdick, OF (Miami Marlins, NR)
Clinton LumberKings (7 G, .394/.429/.758/1.186, 13 H, 6 2B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 5 R, BB)


Honorable Mentions:
Gilberto Celestino, OF (Minnesota Twins #29)
Cedar Rapids Kernels (7 G, .419/.455/.677/1.132, 13 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R, 3 SB)

Ji-Hwan Bae, SS (Pittsburgh Pirates, preseason #18)
Greensboro Grasshoppers (6 G, .409/.500/.455/.955, 9 H, 2B, 3 RBI, 4 R, 5 BB, 6 SB)

PITCHER: Ryne Inman, RHP (Seattle Mariners #46)
West Virginia Power (1 GS, W, 9 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K)


Honorable Mentions:
Seth Corry, LHP (San Francisco Giants #10)
Augusta GreenJackets (1 GS, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 12 K)


Connor Curlis, LHP (Cincinnati Reds, NR)
Dayton Dragons (2 GS, W, 11.2 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 14 K)

Grayson Rodriguez, RHP (Baltimore Orioles #2)
Delmarva Shorebirds (1 GS, W, 5 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K)


Short Season-A

HITTER: Joe Perez, 3B (Houston Astros, preseason #23)
Tri-City ValleyCats (7 G, .308/.333/.923/1.256, 8 H, 2 2B, 3B, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 5 R, BB, SB)


Honorable Mentions:
Kendall Simmons, SS (Philadelphia Phillies #26)
Williamsport Crosscutters (7 G, .391/.483/.913/1.396, 9 H, 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 8 R, 5 BB, SB)


Gilberto Jimenez, OF (Boston Red Sox #5)
Lowell Spinners (7 G, .464/.467/.714/1.181, 13 H, 3 2B, 2 3B, RBI, 5 R, BB, 2 SB)

PITCHER: Kevin Magee, LHP (Baltimore Orioles, NR)
Aberdeen IronBirds (2 GS, W, 12 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 18 K)

Honorable Mention:
Tyler Holton, LHP (Arizona Diamondbacks, NR)
Hillsboro Hops (1 GS, W, 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K)


Rookie

HITTER: Nick Schnell, OF (Tampa Bay Rays, preseason #17)
Princeton Rays (6 G, .500/.593/1.182/1.774, 11 H, 2 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 9 R, 5 BB, 2 SB)


Honorable Mention:
Jesus Valdez, SS (Pittsburgh Pirates, preseason NR)
Bristol Pirates (8 G, .500/.553/.735/1.288, 17 H, 5 2B, HR, 15 RBI, 11 R, 3 BB, SB)


PITCHER: Brailin Rodriguez, RHP (Milwaukee Brewers, NR)
DSL Brewers (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 42% SwStr%)

Honorable Mentions:
Jherson Pereira, RHP (Houston Astros, NR)
DSL Astros (2 G, 1 GS, SV, 8 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 39% SwStr%)

Alex Pantuso, RHP (Oakland Athletics updated #36 – coming soon!)
AZL Athletics Gold (2 G, 5 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K)

Angel Zerpa, LHP (Kansas City Royals, NR)
Burlington Royals (1 GS, W, 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K)




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