Prospects of the Week: July 22 – July 28

Mason Martin - photo credit Bryan Green on Flickr

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.


Triple-A

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.


Honorable Mentions:
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.

Honorable Mentions:
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)


Matt Hall, LHP (Detroit Tigers midseason #43)
Toledo Mud Hens (W, 6 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K)


Double-A

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.


Honorable Mentions:
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.


Honorable Mentions:
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!)


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)


High-A

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.


Honorable Mentions:
Pedro Castellanos, 1B (Boston Red Sox preseason #37)
Salem Red Sox (7 G, .407/.448/.815, 11 H, 3 HR, 1 3B)


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.


Honorable Mentions:
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)


Single-A

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)


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.


Honorable Mentions:
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)


Short Season-A

Hitter: Kenen Irizarry, INF (Texas Rangers, NR)
Spokane Indians (5 G, .423/.444/.769, 11 H, 2 HR, 1 3B, 1 2B)

Honorable Mentions:
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)

Honorable Mentions:
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)


Rookie

Hitter: Eduarqui Fernandez, OF (Milwaukee Brewers #34)
DSL Brewers (6 G, .438/.438/.938, 11 R, 14 H, 2B, 5 HR, 8 RBI


Honorable Mention:
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)

Honorable Mention:
Jol Concepcion, RHP (Toronto Blue Jays, NR)
Bluefield Blue Jays (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K)




About Jake Berry 39 Articles
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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