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.
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.
Hitter: Seth Brown, OF (Oakland Athletics #41)
Las Vegas Aviators (6 G, .480/.567/1.520, 8 HR, 12 H, 5 SO, 5 BB, 1 3B)
Brown just turned 27 this month so his “prospect” status could be debated, but that is not what we are here for. We are here to celebrate the guy that just homered eight times in six games while managing five walks on top of his 12 overall hits. Brown posted three two homer games last week and homered in every game except for one.
Flying high above the rest✈️🏅 Congratulations to our very own Seth Brown on being named the PCL Player of the Week.
Brown hit a league-leading 8 home runs and 13 RBI over the week in all 6 games against El Paso. He now holds a team-leading count of 27 home runs for the season. pic.twitter.com/kLaix0bxIb
— Las Vegas Aviators (@AviatorsLV) July 29, 2019
Jorge Mateo, OF/SS (Oakland Athletics preseason #6)
Las Vegas Aviators (6 G, .429/.500/1.000, 4 HR, 4 2B, 12 H, 2 SB)
Jared Walsh, 1B (Los Angeles Angels preseason #25)
Salt Lake Bees (6 G, .481/.533/1.037, 13 H, 5 HR)
Pitcher: Eduardo Jimenez, RHP (Detroit Tigers, NR)
Toledo Mud Hens (4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K)
Tough week for Triple-A pitching, so we thought it would be fitting to show some reliever love. Jimenez tossed just four innings last week, but he kept opponents off the scoreboard and off of the basepaths for the most part as he walked none and allowed just one hit. He also struck out six of the 13 batters he faced.
Dustin May, RHP (Los Angeles Dodgers preseason #2)
Oklahoma City Dodgers (2 GS, 2 W, 12 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K)
Dustin May is the PCL Pitcher of the Week for July 22-28, the league announced today! https://t.co/g74ZS2coP0
May went 2-0 over 12.0 IP during the week, with:
⚾️ 0.75 ERA
⚾️ 0.75 WHIP
⚾️ 10 K
⚾️ 1 R
⚾️ 6 H
⚾️ 3 BB
⚾️ .154 AVG pic.twitter.com/iLBsNJ3BwE
— Oklahoma City Dodgers (@okc_dodgers) July 29, 2019
Matt Hall, LHP (Detroit Tigers midseason #43)
Toledo Mud Hens (W, 6 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K)
Hitter: Darick Hall, 1B (Philadelphia Phillies midseason #22)
Reading Fightin Phils (9 G, .310/.444/.724, 9 H, 3 HR, 1 3B, 1 2B)
Double-A hitter of the week could have gone a couple of different ways and Hall got an advantage by having a couple of extra games on his schedule, but the .724 slugging percentage earned him the honors. Leading the level in homers helped also.
Hall hit .310 (9-for-20) with 2B, 3B, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 9 RS, 4 BBs, .724 slugging percentage in 9 games
— Tom Housenick (@TomHousenick) July 29, 2019
Nolan Jones, 3B (Cleveland Indians preseason #1)
Akron RubberDucks (7 G, .345/.387/.621, 10 H, 1 HR, 5 2B, SB)
Jarren Duran, OF (Boston Red Sox preseason #13)
Portland Sea Dogs (7 G, .464/.483/.536, 13 H, 2 2B, RBI, 2 SB)
Pitcher: Josh Fleming, LHP (Tampa Bay Rays, preseason NR)
Montgomery Biscuits (2 GS, 2 W, 18 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 K)
Two straight 9-inning complete games for the 23-year-old Rays prospect, their 5th round pick back in 2017. He gave up 5 hits and 1 ER on Tuesday, then only 3 hits in a shutout on Sunday.
Step 1: Throw two complete games
Step 2: Win Southern League Pitcher of the Week
Congrats to Josh Fleming on taking home this week’s Pitcher of the Week award after allowing just 1 ER over 18 IP in his two starts. pic.twitter.com/QlW0gtHUoo
— Montgomery Biscuits (@BiscuitBaseball) July 29, 2019
Daniel McGrath, LHP (Boston Red Sox, NR)
Portland Sea Dogs (1 GS, 8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, zero earned runs in 8 of his last 9 outings!)
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) July 26, 2019
Sixto Sanchez, RHP (Miami Marlins #3)
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K)
It was a spectacular outing for the Marlins top pitching prospect as the 20-year-old continues to dazzle at Double-A. The righty generated an impressive 21% swinging strike rate on the day.
Nate Pearson, RHP (Toronto Blue Jays preseason #5)
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (5.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K)
Cody Sedlock, RHP (Baltimore Orioles preseason #44)
Bowie Baysox (2 G, 1 GS, SV, 8 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K)
Hitter: Mason Martin, 1B (Pittsburgh Pirates preseason #27)
Bradenton Marauders (8 G, .346/.433/.923, 9 H, 4 HR, 3 2B)
Martin got off to a slow start in his first series after getting called up to the Florida State League, but the 20 year old first base prospect has really started to piece things together in Bradenton. The power stats were impressive and while there was still some of the dreaded swing and miss last week, he also drew four walks to top off his offensive production.
All Hands on Deck: Mason Martin now with 28 home runs https://t.co/trmEPwPKRO
— Bucs Dugout (@BucsDugout) July 27, 2019
Pedro Castellanos, 1B (Boston Red Sox preseason #37)
Salem Red Sox (7 G, .407/.448/.815, 11 H, 3 HR, 1 3B)
Our weekly honorees are in!
Learn more about their huge weeks… https://t.co/wo0viaqeS1
— Carolina League (@MiLB_CarolinaLg) July 29, 2019
Cal Stevenson, OF (Toronto Blue Jays preseason NR – was in “others considered”)
Dunedin Blue Jays (5 G, .588/.632/.765, 10 H, 1 HR, 6 RBI)
Pitcher: Trevor Stephan, RHP (New York Yankees #13)
Tampa Tarpons (W, 7 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K)
Stephan faced just one over the minimum in this spectacular outing that saw goose eggs everywhere except for the strike out column. Jupiter had a tough time matching up with the righty’s high 90 fastball, hard-biting slider combo and were no hit by Stephan over the 7 innings.
Of all the dramatic things, IT’S A TAMPA NO-HIITER!#Yankees No. 8 prospect Trevor Stephan fans nine for the Minors’ fifth complete game no-no of the season.
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) July 26, 2019
Jojanse Torres, RHP (Houston Astros, NR)
Fayetteville Woodpeckers (1 GS, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K)
J.P. France, RHP (Houston Astros, NR)
Fayetteville Woodpeckers (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K)
Garrett Hill, RHP (Detroit Tigers, NR)
Lakeland Flying Tigers (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K)
Hitter: David Fry, C/3B (Milwaukee Brewers #23)
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (6 G, .346/.370/.769, 9 H, 2 2B, 3 HR)
Thomas Dillard, OF (Milwaukee Brewers #15)
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (6 G, .350/.462/.900, 7 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, SF)
Five extra base hits each get these Brewers farmhand teammates our c0-POTW honors as Fry and Dillard tied for the level lead with homers on the week. The 23-year-old Fry only struck out two times had three multi hit games on the week and is riding a five game hit streak. Dillard had a tremendous weekend, logging multiple hit efforts Friday through Sunday, while homering in each of those 3 games.
Malvin Matos, OF (Philadelphia Phillies, NR)
Lakewood BlueClaws (5 G, .588/.667/.647, 10 H, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 2 SB)
Lakewood’s Malvin Matos with walk-off hit in 4-3 10 inning win over Charleston Wednesday (Greg Giombarrese) pic.twitter.com/FvjFSuCnMx
— Tony Graham (@tonygsports) July 25, 2019
Francisco Del Valle, OF (Los Angeles Angels, NR)
Burlington Bees(6 G, .458/.667/, 11 H, 1 HR, 2 2B)
Pitcher: Brailyn Marquez, LHP (Chicago Cubs midseason #3)
South Bend Cubs (6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 14 K)
The Cubs top pitching prospect had the most dominant mound performance across Minor League Baseball last week as he was a strikeout machine, racking up 14 of them. It was a career high strikeouts for the lefty, in fact, it was the first time in his four year pro ball career that he punched out double digits.
Brailyn Marquez had himself a night:
Struck out the first 6 batters he faced.
Hit 101 on the gun.
Struck out the final 8 batters he faced.
14 strikeouts, just one hit allowed, in 6 shutout innings. https://t.co/5CJP7RyIl8
— Michael Ernst (@mj_ernst) July 26, 2019
Grayson Rodriguez, RHP (Baltimore Orioles preseason #5)
Delmarva Shorebirds (5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K)
Devin Sweet, RHP (Seattle Mariners, NR)
West Virginia Power (2 GS, W, 15 IP, 4 ER, 0 BB, 20 K – most in MiLB last week, 2nd game was a 9 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 12 K outing)
Nick Bush, LHP (Colorado Rockies, NR)
Asheville Tourists (1 GS, W, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K)
Hitter: Kenen Irizarry, INF (Texas Rangers, NR)
Spokane Indians (5 G, .423/.444/.769, 11 H, 2 HR, 1 3B, 1 2B)
Connor Hoover, 3B (Seattle Mariners, NR)
Everett AquaSox (5 G, .400/.474/1.000, 6 H, 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, SF, SB)
Ricky Martinez, OF (Arizona Diamondbacks, NR)
Hillsboro Hops (6 G, .500/.593/.591, 11 H, 4 SB, 2 2B)
Pitcher: Jake Lyons, RHP (Baltimore Orioles, NR)
Aberdeen IronBirds (5.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K)
Leonardo Rodriguez, RHP (Baltimore Orioles, NR)
Aberdeen Ironbirds (6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K)
Wen-Hua Sung, RHP (San Diego Padres, NR)
Tri-City Dust Devils (4.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K)
Anderson Munoz, RHP (New York Yankees, NR)
Staten Island Yankees (W, 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K)
Brandon Williamson, LHP (Seattle Mariners, NR)
Everett Aqua Sox (4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K)
Hitter: Eduarqui Fernandez, OF (Milwaukee Brewers #34)
DSL Brewers (6 G, .438/.438/.938, 11 R, 14 H, 2B, 5 HR, 8 RBI
5 homers in 6 games = a spot on the Team of the Week.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 30, 2019
Heriberto Hernandez, C (Texas Rangers preseason NR – Should have been ranked)
AZL Rangers (4 G, .611/.667/1.167, 11 H, 2 HR, 1 3B, 2 2B)
Pitcher: Jake Prizina, LHP (Baltimore Orioles, NR)
GCL Orioles (2 GS, 2 W, 11 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 13 K)
Jol Concepcion, RHP (Toronto Blue Jays, NR)
Bluefield Blue Jays (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K)