Prospects of the Week: July 29 – August 4

Forrest Whitley (AFL 2018) - photo credit Benjamin Rush, forloveofbaseball 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: 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.


Honorable Mentions:
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


Honorable Mention:
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.

Double-A

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.


Honorable Mention:
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.


Honorable Mention:
Cole Stapler, RHP (Arizona Diamondbacks NR)
Jackson Generals (7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K)

High-A

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.


Honorable Mentions:
Ryan Vilade, INF (Colorado Rockies Preseason #5)
Lancaster JetHawks (6 G, .500/.500/.958, 3 HR, 12 H, 2 2B)


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.


Honorable Mentions:
Tim Cate, LHP (Washington Nationals #6)
Potomac Nationals (W, 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K)


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)


Single-A

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.


Honorable Mention:
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.


Honorable Mentions:
Brailyn Marquez, LHP (Chicago Cubs #3)
South Bend Cubs (W, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) – just promoted to High-A Myrtle Beach!


Andy Fisher, LHP (Cincinnati Reds NR)
Dayton Dragons (2 W, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K)


Short Season-A

Hitter: Alexander Canario, OF (San Francisco Giants #5)
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (6 G, 440/.500/.920, 3 HR, 11 H, 3 2B)


Honorable Mentions:
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)

Pitcher: Bryan Blanton, RHP (New York Yankees Preseason NR)
Staten Island Yankees (4 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K)

Honorable Mentions:
Blair Henley, RHP (Houston Astros NR)
Tri-City ValleyCats (7.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K)

Rookie

Hitter: Cristian Heredia, OF (San Diego Padres NR)
AZL Padres 2 (6 G, .450/.522/1.000, 3 HR, 2 2B, 9 H)

Honorable Mentions:
Jose Tello, C/1B (Cincinnati Reds NR)
AZL Reds (6 G, .455/.500/.773, 2 HR, 1 2B, 10 H)

Rayner Santana, C (San Francisco Giants NR)
DSL Giants (4 G, 6 H, 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 4 BB, with a 4-4, 3 HR, 9 RBI game on 8/3)

Pitcher: Jorge Rodriguez, LHP (Boston Red Sox NR)
GCL Red Sox (5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 12 K)


Honorable Mentions:
Donny Breek, RHP (Minnesota Twins NR)
GCL Twins (6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K)

Jheyson Perez, RHP, RHP (Arizona Diamondbacks NR)
DSL D-backs2 (2 G, 2 W, 9 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 17 K)

Brusdar Graterol, RHP (Minnesota Twins #4)
GCL Twins (on rehab) – (2 GS, 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K)




About Jake Berry 36 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.

3 Comments

  1. Brock Burke last 3 games.

    17 innings, 0 walks, 20 k, 2 earned runs, and one game with a perfect 5 innings before being pulled

    • He’s definitely been amazing. Jake and Scott need to keep a closer eye on him. Only one game this past week and it was a good one. Could certainly have been included in Honorable Mentions.

  2. Luis Patino was awesome! I watched that game! When are they going to call him up? His offspeed control needs work still but he looks ready to make a leap?

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