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. Feel free to reply in the comments with any player who deserves to be mentioned that may not have made our cut.
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: Keibert Ruiz, C (Los Angeles Dodgers #5)
Oklahoma City Dodgers (6 G, .444/.483/1.037, 12 H, 4 HR, 4 2B, 10 RBI, 8 R)
Ruiz hit safely in every game last week and is riding a nine-game hit streak as we speak. His eight extra base hits in 6 games are impressive, but his July 23rd game against Sugar Land that featured three dingers and a double is his most notable showing.
What a night from the #Dodgers No. 1 prospect Keibert Ruiz
🔹 3 HR
🔹 Double that was nearly another HR
🔹 5 RBI
Season stats: .309 AVG, 1.026 OPS, 16 HR, 43 RBI pic.twitter.com/EphNxJci5d
— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) July 24, 2021
Aderlin Rodriguez, IF (Detroit Tigers NR)
Toledo Mud Hens (6 G, .458/.552/.917, 11 H, 2 HR, 3 2B, 1 3B, 6 RBI, 7 R
PITCHER: Reid Detmers, LHP (Los Angeles Angels #2)
Salt Lake Bees (W, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K)
It was Detmers’ Triple-A debut and he proved he belongs right from the jump. This was Detmers’ second shutout this season where he tossed at least six innings, but this one came against more challenging competition. I’m giving the nod to Detmers over the dominant first Honorable Mention due to this being his Triple-A debut.
#Angels prospect Reid Detmers in his 1st start at AAA with the Salt Lake Bees: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB’s, 9 K’s. He threw 91 pitches, 63 for strikes. pic.twitter.com/rjALTjD10R
— Angels MiLB (@AngelsMiLB) July 25, 2021
Luis Gil, RHP (New York Yankees #4)
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (W, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K)
Fifth-ranked #Yankees prospect Luis Gil caps six hitless frames for the @swbrailriders with a K. pic.twitter.com/H2MvkQOvG7
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 22, 2021
Drew Anderson, RHP (Texas Rangers NR)
Round Rock Express (W, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K)
HITTER: MJ Melendez, C (Kansas City Royals #15)
Northwest Arkansas Naturals (6 G, .400/.407/.960, 10 H, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 2 2B)
Melendez tied for the Double-A lead in homers while finishing second in hits. His .960 slugging percentage also put him in second for that category in the entire level.
This is getting obnoxious. HR #23 for MJ Melendez. 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/AfncGX4Ils
— Royals Farm Report (@RoyalsFarm) July 25, 2021
Adley Rutschman, C (Baltimore Orioles #1)
Bowie Baysox (6 G, .409/.552/.955, 9 H, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 3 2B, 7 BB)
PITCHER: Tobias Myers, RHP (Tampa Bay Rays NR)
Montgomery Biscuits (1 GS, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K)
This is Double-A pitcher of the week, so we are only using Double-A stats. Myers was amazing in his six inning start for Montgomery and it earned him a promotion to Triple-A Durham where he got lit up. We will ignore those numbers for now and focus on the perfect six innings with 12 K’s in Double-A last week.
Tobias Myers has been named the Double-A South Pitcher of the Week!
Tobias tossed 6 perfect innings on Tuesday while racking up 12 strikeouts before his promotion to Durham! pic.twitter.com/jQZ3407SQo
— Montgomery Biscuits (@BiscuitBaseball) July 26, 2021
Kyle Brnovich, RHP (Baltimore Orioles #42)
Bowie Baysox (5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K)
Shawn Semple, RHP (New York Yankees NR)
Somerset Patriots (W, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K)
Noah Bremer, RHP (Texas Rangers NR)
Frisco RoughRiders (2 W, 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K)
HITTER: Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (Philadelphia Phillies #22)
Jersey Shore BlueClaws (6 G, .407/.407/1.111, 11 H, 6 HR, 12 RBI)
Scott texted me right when I started this write-up and asked “Gotta have Jhailyn High-A, right?” My response? “100%”. Six long balls for the Phillies OF prospect secures his POTW honors.
MINOR LEAGUE DUDE OF THE DAY
Jhailyn Ortiz, 1B/OF @Phillies No. 20@BlueClaws
Jersey Shore’s Jhailyn blasted 2 more HR yesterday, giving him 6 in his last 5 games (and 18 on the year)! He’s also walking more and K-ing less. This one got out FAST.pic.twitter.com/eiGuP8xWWz
— The Minor League ⚾️⚾️⚾️ Guy (@MinorLeagueFun) July 26, 2021
Luis Curbelo, 3B (Chicago White Sox NR)
Winston-Salem Dash (6 G, .462/.481/.923, 12 H, 3 HR, 3 2B, 9 RBI, 6 R)
Trey Hair, 2B (Texas Rangers NR)
Hickory Crawdads (5 G, .545/.615/1.000, 12 H, 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R)
PITCHER: Carson Spiers, RHP (Cincinnati Reds NR)
Dayton Dragons (2 GS, 2 W, 10 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 15 K)
It was a rather consistent back-to-back performance from Spiers and I’m sure Fort Wayne was not upset to see him leave town. Two five inning starts where the righty allowed a combined one run while sitting down a lot of Tin Caps via the K earned him POTW honors.
Cody Bradford, RHP (Texas Rangers NR)
Hickory Crawdads (1 GS, 1 W, 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 14 K)
HITTER: Jayce Easley, OF (Texas Rangers NR)
Down East Wood Ducks (6 G, .429/.500/.667, 9 H, 3 2B, 1 3B, 5 SB)
It is very rare we see a guy with no homers and less than double-digit hits take POTW, but it is hard to ignore a .429 average with five steals.
Samil Polanco, IF (Chicago White Sox NR)
Kannapolis Cannon Ballers (7 G, .387/.406/.645, 12 H, 2 HR, 2 2B, 9 R)
PITCHER: Trey Cumbie, LHP (Tampa Bay Rays NR)
Charleston RiverDogs (2 W, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 12 K)
You know I am always here for some reliever love! Cumbie was the glue for a couple of RiverDog games last week as he struck out 12 of the 23 batters he faced in relief.
Prelander Berroa, RHP (San Francisco Giants #44)
San Jose Giants (W, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K)
Prelander Berroa named Low-A West Pitcher of the Week today. Fired six scoreless innings in his start last week with only one hit allowed, no walks & nine strikeouts. Retired 18 of 19 hitters. FB topped out at 99 MPH.
Berroa now leads the league with a 2.47 ERA.
— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) July 26, 2021
Nick Belzer, RHP (Milwaukee Brewers NR)
Carolina Mudcats (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K)
HITTER: Rainer Nunez, 1B (Toronto Blue Jays)
FCL Blue Jays (5 G, .450/.455/.900, 9 H, 3 HR, 2 2B, 9 RBI)
Jose Berroa, OF (Baltimore Orioles NR)
FCL Orioles Orange (5 G, .444/.524/.722, 8 H, 2 2B, HR, 3 SB)
PITCHER: Rigo Fernandez, LHP (Chicago White Sox NR)
ACL White Sox (2 G, 5.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K)
Carlos Calderon, RHP (Houston Astros NR)
FCL Astros (5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K)
I reside in Carrollton, Georgia and love everything baseball. I graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management. I have a passion for the minor leagues and have high hopes of visiting as many minor league parks as I can. I enjoy the statistical side of the game, especially sabermetrics. I am also an avid baseball card collector and fantasy baseball player.
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