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: Edwin Rios, 3B (Los Angeles Dodgers Preseason #12)
Oklahoma City Dodgers (6 G, .500/.625/1.286, 3 HR, 2 2B, 7 H, 8 BB, 4 SO)
Triple-A hitter of the week was almost a coin flip for me between Rios and the soon to be mentioned Padlo. It might not be the sexiest statline in Triple-A, but it likely was the most effective. The eight free passes really set his week apart from everyone else as the 25 year old led all of Triple-A in SLG% and OPS.
For those who have been following, we have another rendition of the 20+ HR Club with Edwin Rios. He has launched 23 💣 this year with @okc_dodgers. If you like homeruns, give this a 👀 #DodgersOnTheFarm pic.twitter.com/DbKjwJiffm
— Dodgers Player Development (@DodgerPlayerDev) July 31, 2019
Kevin Padlo, 3B (Tampa Bay Rays Preseason NR)
Durham Bulls (6 G, .435/.500/1.174, 4 HR, 1 3B, 3 2B, 10 H)
Jared Walsh, 1B (Los Angeles Angels Preseason #25)
Salt Lake Bees (was just called up to Angels) (5 G, 6 R, 7 H, .368/.455/1.53, 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI)
Pitcher: Anthony Misiewicz, LHP (Seattle Mariners #51 – on Mariners midseason Top 50 dropping soon!)
Tacoma Rainiers (14 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 18 K)
Misiewicz had a great outing last Tuesday of six frame, one earned run, eight strikeout ball, but what he did on Sunday solidified his place on this list. The lefty climbed the hill to take on the Iowa Cubs yesterday and ended up spinning one of the strongest starts in the minors this season: 8 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
Taylor Guilbeau will pitch the 9th. Take a bow, Anthony Misiewicz 👏👏👏
116 pitches pic.twitter.com/iUbKKE3406
— Tacoma Rainiers (@RainiersLand) August 4, 2019
Kyle Funkhouser, RHP (Detroit Tigers #20)
Double-A Erie Sea Wolves (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K)
Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens (5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K)
Funkhouser made one start at Double-A and one start at Triple-A last week. His stat lines are shown accordingly.
Hitter: Isaac Paredes, 3B/SS (Detroit Tigers #4)
Erie SeaWolves (7 G, .552/.567/.724, 16 H, 1 HR, 2 2B)
16 hits is a lot of hits and usually a pretty good qualifier for prospect of the week. Paredes had six more base knocks than the next closest Double-A hitter over the course of last week.
Isaac Paredes is 12 for his last 22. He only struck out 7 times in the entire month of July.
He has 45 BB to 47 strikeouts this entire season. 👀
— Tigers Minor League Report (@tigersMLreport) August 2, 2019
J.J. Matijevic, OF (Houston Astros Preseason #18)
Corpus Christi Hooks (6 G, .429/.636/1.143, 3 HR, 8 BB)
Pitcher: Jorge Guzman, RHP (Miami Marlins #13)
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K)
The Marlins number 13 prospect put up a season high game score of 80 and managed 15 swinging strikes on the night. You would like to see more balls on the ground as Guzman allowed 11 fly balls on the evening, one thing that will certainly hurt you with MLB and Triple-A balls.
Jorge Guzman has a no-hitter through seven against the Shuckers. Yeah, we said it.
— Biloxi Shuckers (@BiloxiShuckers) August 4, 2019
Cole Stapler, RHP (Arizona Diamondbacks NR)
Jackson Generals (7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K)
Hitter: Steele Walker, OF (Chicago White Sox Preseason#14)
Winston-Salem Dash (6 G, .565/.607/.913, 1 HR, 1 3B, 3 2B, 13 H, 4 BB, 4 SO)
Walker had a great week at the plate as evident by his five extra base hits, four walks, and just four strikeouts. The former second round pick had a multi hit game in each contest except for one and hit safely in each game.
— Julie Brady (@DestroyBaseball) August 4, 2019
Ryan Vilade, INF (Colorado Rockies Preseason #5)
Lancaster JetHawks (6 G, .500/.500/.958, 3 HR, 12 H, 2 2B)
— Ali Thanawalla (@Ali_Thanawalla) August 4, 2019
Cole Peterson, SS (Detroit Tigers NR)
Lakeland Flying Tigers (4 G, .600/.647/.933, 9 H, 3B, HR, RBI, 2 BB, 3 SB)
Pitcher: Forrest Whitley, RHP (Houston Astros Preseason #1)
Fayetteville Woodpeckers (5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K)
Corpus Christi Hooks (4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K)
Whitley tossed two solid games, but the better one came at High-A, so the 21 year old earns this week’s POTW for that level.
Forrest Whitley threw 69 pitches across four innings during his first start with Double-A Corpus Christi.
4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) August 4, 2019
Interesting #MiLB stats from yesterday
Geraldo Perdomo (ARI A+) 2-4, 2SB, 3RBI
Jesus Sanchez (MIA AAA) 3-4, 2HR, 3RBI (Welcome to Miami! 🥳)
Tim Cate (WAS A+) 6IP, 10K, 1BB, 1ER
Brock Burke (TEX AA) 6IP, 7K, 0BB, 1ER
— Shelly Verougstraete (@ShellyV_643) August 3, 2019
Luis Patino, RHP (San Diego Padres #3 – on midseason Top 50 coming soon!)
Lake Elsinore Storm (W, 8.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K)
Congrats to our @CalLeague1 Pitcher of the Week, Luis Patino!
— Lake Elsinore Storm (@Storm_Baseball) August 5, 2019
Hitter: Anthony Churlin, OF (Oakland Athletics Preseason NR)
Beloit Snappers (6 G, 542/.593/.833, 2 HR, 13 H, 1 2B)
Churlin was one of three Single-A players with 13 hits last week and of those three players, he was the only one that homered which he did twice. Churlin is riding a seven game hit streak as we speak.
— Craig Wieczorkiewicz (@MWLtraveler) August 4, 2019
Jonah Davis, OF (Pittsburgh Pirates Preseason #35)
Greensboro Grasshoppers (6 G, .417/.464/.958, 4 HR, 10 H, 1 2B)
Pitcher: Seth Corry, LHP (San Francisco Giants #10)
Augusta GreenJackets (2 W, 12.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 17 K)
Corry was straight dominant over his two starts last week. The first outing was 5.2 innings of hitless ball that featured 10 K’s. The second was seven innings of two hit shutout ball where he added seven more punchouts to the resume. I would like to add the caveat that just 10% of his strikes were of the swinging variety.
LHP Seth Corry (20.9Y) had his longest start of the season for Augusta today: 7IP 2H 0ER 0BB 7K.
His last 7 starts: 40.1IP 15H 2ER 6BB 50K.
Season: 99.1 IP 60H 48BB 136K 1.72ERA.
Video of five strikeouts from today (first and last ones are of 2019 8th overall pick, Josh Jung): pic.twitter.com/K8AQJVNIe1
— GPT (@giantsprospects) August 5, 2019
— Rebecca Snyder (@becsnyder) July 31, 2019
Andy Fisher, LHP (Cincinnati Reds NR)
Dayton Dragons (2 W, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K)
Hitter: Alexander Canario, OF (San Francisco Giants #5)
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (6 G, 440/.500/.920, 3 HR, 11 H, 3 2B)
— LMR (@TheMcBlack) July 31, 2019
Kyle McCann, OF (Oakland Athletics Preseason NR)
Vermont Lake Monsters (6 G, .346/.393/.692, 2 HR, 1 3B, 1 2B, 9 H)
Pedro Martinez, SS (Chicago Cubs #45)
Eugene Emeralds (7 G, .435/.536/.609, 7 R, 10 H, 2 3B, 3 RBI, 5 BB, 5 SB)
Blair Henley, RHP (Houston Astros NR)
Tri-City ValleyCats (7.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K)
Pitcher: Jorge Rodriguez, LHP (Boston Red Sox NR)
GCL Red Sox (5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 12 K)
18 year old lefty Jorge Rodriguez may have thrown the best game of any Red Sox pitcher today in the GCL. 5 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 12 K. On the season: 2.35 ERA 0.91 WHIP 1.76 BB/9 and 10.86 K/9 in 30.2 IP.
— Drive to Fenway (@drivetofenway) July 29, 2019
Jheyson Perez, RHP, RHP (Arizona Diamondbacks NR)
DSL D-backs2 (2 G, 2 W, 9 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 17 K)