Prospects of the Week: July 4 – July 10

Cade Cavalli, SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, July 11, 2021. Photo credit Scott Greene, @Scotty_Ballgame on Twitter

Each week during the Minor League Baseball season we pick the hitting and pitching prospects from each level (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A, Single-A, and Rookie League) who, in our opinion, had the best week. The team awards the 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.

Any issues with this week’s POTW? Did we miss anyone deserving? Hit us up and set us straight! As always, tweet us @Prospects1500 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.

Triple-A

HITTER: Gosuke Katoh, 2B (Mets NR)
Syracuse Mets (7 G, .435/.519/1.087/1.606, 10 H, 3 2B, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 4 BB)
Katoh was claimed off of waivers frm the Blue Jays in early May and has got in 85 AB’s since being assigned to AAA Syracuse. His seven extra base hits and eight RBI from this week now brings his season totals to ten and thirteen respectively. Great week for Katoh but there is not much here from a fantasy standpoint.
International Player of the Week!

Honorable Mentions:
Brewer Hicklen, LF (Royals #29)
Omaha Storm Chasers (7 G, .423/.500/.846/1.346, 11 H, 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 9 R, 4 BB, 2 SB)
Josh Palacios, RF (Nationals NR)
Rochester Red Wings (6 G, .429/.429/.571/1.000, 12 H, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, 4 SB)
Nick Pratto, 1B (Royals #4)
Omaha Storm Chasers (7 G, .375/.531/.875/1.406, 9 H, 4 HR, 4 RBI, 7 R, 8 BB)

PITCHER: Cade Cavalli, RHP (Nationals #2)
Rochester Red Wings (1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K)
It has been an up-and-down year in Rochester for Cavalli. Last week he showed why he is the #2 prospect in the Nationals organization. Some in the industry believe that we could see Cavalli on the mound in Washington before the season ends. If this happens, I would limit your expectations early as there are likely to be some more bumps in the road before he settles in. You can catch him in the Futures Game during All-Star weekend.
International Pitcher of the Week!

Honorable Mentions:
DL Hall, LHP (Orioles #4)
Norfolk Tides (1 GS, 6 IP, 3 H, R, 2 BB, 14 K)
Marcelo Martinez, LHP (Royals NR)
Omaha Storm Chasers (1 GS, 7.1 IP, 2 H, R, 0 BB, 4 K)
Michael Plassmeyer, LHP (Phillies NR)
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (1 GS, 6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K)

Double-A

HITTER: Izzy Wilson, RF (Red Sox NR)
Portland Sea Dogs (5 G, .474/.524/.842/1.366, 9 H, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 2 BB)
Eastern League Player of the Week!
Wilson is another case of a guy having a really good week but their season numbers to this point don’t impress (.160/.269/.278/.547, 8 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 16 RBI). Maybe last week will kick start something for Wilson.

Honorable Mentions:
Wilson Garcia, 1B (Nationals NR)
Harrisburg Senators (6 G, .348/.423/.826/1.249, 8 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB)
Kameron Misner, CF (Marlins #18)
Montgomery Biscuits (5 G, .500/.636/.813/1.449, 8 H, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 6 R, 5 BB, 3 SB)
Chase Calabuig, OF (Athletics NR)
Midland RockHounds (5 G, .611/.650/944/1.594, 11 H, 3 2B, HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB)
Texas League Player of the Week!
Matt Wallner, RF (Twins #16)
Wichita Wind Surge (5 G, .450/.542/.950/1.492, 9 H, 2B, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R, 4 BB)

PITCHER: Taj Bradley, RHP (Rays #2)
Montgomery Biscuits (1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K)
Southern League Pitcher of the Week!
Just in case you didn’t know this Bradley guy is pretty good. In our midseason Top-189 prospect list he came in at #47 overall, was the #10 ranked pitcher, and just shot up to #2 in our Rays midseason top-50. He is showing it on the field as well by dominating the AA level this year. In 71.1 innings, he is averaging 10.4 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 with a 1.51 ERA and 0.87 WHIP.

Honorable Mentions:
Nick Bennett, LHP (Brewers NR)
Biloxi Shuckers (1 GS, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 9 K)
Eury Perez, RHP (Marlins #4)
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, R, 0 BB, 10 K)
Freddy Tarnok, RHP (Braves #15)
Mississippi Braves (1 GS, 6 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K)
Stephen Kolek, RHP (Mariners NR)
Arkansas Travelers (1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K)
Texas League Pitcher of the Week!

High-A

HITTER: Noelvi Marte, SS (Mariners #2)
Everett AquaSox (6 G, .455/.586/1.091/1.677, 10 H, 2 2B, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 11 R, 5 BB, SB)
Northwest League Player of the Week!
Marte is heating up folks! Since the calendar has turned to July, he is hitting .441 with five home runs and twelve RBI.

Honorable Mentions:
Everson Pereira, CF (Yankees #9)
Hudson Valley Renegades (6 G, .357/.419/.679/1.098, 10 H, 2 2B, 2 3B, HR, 9 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 3 SB)
Yohendrick Pinango, OF (Cubs #23)
South Bend Cubs (6 G, .481/.481/.741/1.222, 13 H, 4 2B, HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, SB)
Elly De La Cruz, 2B (Reds #5)
Dayton Dragons (6 G, .421/.500/1.211/1.711, 8 H, 5 HR, 5 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 3 SB)
Midwest League Player of the Week!


Johnathan Rodriguez, OF (Guardians #51)
Lake County Captains (5 G, .333/.391/.905/1.296, 7 H, 3 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 3 R, BB)

PITCHER: Larson Kindreich, LHP (Rangers NR)
Hickory Crawdads (1 GS, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 8 K)
South Atlantic Pitcher of the Week!
After a successful 9 game stretch to start his second professional season at Single-A Down East, Kindreich was promoted to High-A Hickory at the end of June. In 3 starts with the Crawdads, he has not skipped a beat. In 15 innings he has only given up 4 hits and is averaging 10.8 K/9 and 4.2 BB/9. Did I mention that he is a 6’4″ lefty that threw 6 no-hit innings last week? He officially has my attention.

Honorable Mentions:
Nick Zwack, LHP (Mets NR)
Brooklyn Cyclones (1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 10 K)
Royber Salinas, RHP (Braves NR)
Rome Braves (1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K)
Jack Owen, LHP (Athletics NR)
Lansing Nugnuts (1 GS, 6 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K)
Midwest League Pitcher of the Week!
Austin Love, RHP (Cardinals #27)
Peoria Chiefs (1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K)
Cristian Mena, RHP (White Sox NR)
Winston-Salem Dash (2 GS, 10 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 11 K)

Single-A

HITTER: Rodolfo Nolasco, OF (Pirates #34)
Bradenton Marauders (6 G, .455/.571/1.136/1.707, 10 H, 3 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 10 R, 6 BB)
Florida State League Player of the Week!
The jump to A ball has been a mix of good and bad for Nolasco. The good, he is walking at a decent clip (12.3%) and hitting for decent power (.190 ISO). The bad, his strikeout rate has climbed seven percentage points to 33%. Maybe last week’s results will be the start of something for him.

Honorable Mentions:
Daniel Mateo, OF (Rangers NR)
Down East Wood Ducks (4 G, .368/.400/.895/1.295, 7 H, 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, 4 SB)
Willy Vasquez, 2B (Rays #26)
Charleston River Dogs (5 G, .421/.476/.947/1.423, 8 H, 4 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 6 R, 6 BB, 2 SB)
Carolina League Player of the Week!
Patrick Romeri, OF (Cardinals #26)
Palm Beach Cardinals (6 G, .500/.565/1.100/1.665, 10 H, 4 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 7 R, 3 BB)
Marcos Castanon, SS (Padres NR)
Lake Elsinore Storm (6 G, .364/.500/.864/1.364, 8 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 5 R, 6 BB)
California League Player of the Week!

PITCHER: Inohan Paniagua, RHP (Cardinals #40)
Palm Beach Cardinals (1 GS, 7 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K)
Florida State League Pitcher of the Week!
Paniagua is no stranger to POTW and dynasty owners need to start taking him seriously as well. His fastball starts out at 94-95 but fades at times as he gets deeper into starts. But as he adds weight to his 6’1″/148-pound frame the thought is that he will not only add to that fastball but be able to sustain the velocity longer into starts. He throws 2 different shaped breaking pitches that are both effective and is working on a change-up. Ultimately the development of that change-up will likely determine his ceiling. For now, he needs to be on the radar in deeper dynasty leagues.

Honorable Mentions:
Reid Johnston, RHP (Guardians NR)
Lynchburg Hillcats (1 GS, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 10 K)
Jordan Jackson, RHP (Mariners NR)
Modesto Nuts (1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K)
Tommy Sommer, LHP (White Sox NR)
Kannapolis Cannon Ballers (1 GS, 6 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K)
Carolina League Pitcher of the Week!
Tyrone Yulie, RHP (Yankees NR)
Tampa Tarpons (1 GS, 5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K)

Rookie Leagues

CO-HITTERS:

Jose Rodriguez, OF (Twins NR)
DSL Twins (6 G, .478/.520/1.130/1.650, 11 H, 3 2B, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 11 R, 2 BB, 2 SB)
Dominican Summer League Player of the Week!
Rafael Cruz, IF (Twins NR)
DSL Twins (6 G, .429/.500/1.095/1.595, 9 H, 2 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB)
The 17-year-old outfielder (Rodriguez) and 18-year-old infielder (Cruz) formed quite the pair this week. In six games they combined for 20 hits, five doubles, eight home runs, seventeen RBI, and fifteen runs. It has been a strong start to the season for these two young Twins prospects.

Honorable Mentions:
Carlos Jorge, IF (Reds #44)
ACL Reds (5 G, .417/.588/.917/1.505, 5 H, 2B, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, 5 BB, 5 SB)
Rosman Verdugo, IF (Padres NR)
ACL Padres (5 G, .333/.429/.944/1.373, 6 H, 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB)
Armando Cruz, IF (Nationals #10)
FCL Nationals (6 G, .480/.500/.640/1.140, 12 H, 2 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 10 R, SB)
Jared Serna, IF (Yankees NR)
FCL Yankees (4 G, .571/.667/.1.214/1.595, 9 H, 2 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB)
Florida Complex League Player of the Week!

PITCHER: Osbriel Mogollon, LHP (Brewers NR)
DSL Brewers 1 (1 GS, 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 8 K)
Mogollon is an 18-year-old lefty signed out of Venezuela in this year’s international draft. Albeit a small sample size, the early results this year have been solid (15 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 9 BB, 25 K, 0.93 WHIP). As with any young pitcher, there is plenty of development left. His walk rate is a bit on the high side (5.4 BB/9), but if his control/command can improve his profile would take another step forward.

Honorable Mentions:
Aidan Curry, RHP (Rangers NR)
ACL Rangers (1 GS, 6 IP, 3 H, R, BB, 12 K)
Dylan Castaneda, RHP (Diamondbacks NR)
ACL D-Backs Red (1 GS, 5 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 7 K)
Arizona Complex League Pitcher of the Week!
Tomas Cleto, RHP (Twins NR)
FCL Twins (1 GS, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K)
Juan Rojas, LHP (Twins NR)
FCL Twins (1 GS, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K)
Kevin Briceno, RHP (Brewers NR)
DSL Brewers 1 (1 GS, 6.2 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K)
Deyer Zapata, LHP (Diamondbacks NR)
DSL D-Backs Black (1 GS, 6 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 8 K)
Dominican Summer League Pitcher of the Week!

Jeremy covers the Oakland organization and contributes on Prospects of the Week for Prospects1500. Born and raised in the Midwest, as a lifelong baseball fan he is passionate about the game from Little League to the Big Leagues. You can follow him on Twitter @JMahyfam for more baseball content.

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3 Comments

  1. Love reading these every week. As a dynasty league guy these are a very helpful resource.
    Question: Now that he has been promoted to AAA, do you see Taj seeing any MLB time this year? How about Eury?

  2. Glad to hear these are helpful for you Joseph. These are geared more towards the dynasty angle so I am glad to hear that it is serving its purpose for you.

    As for the pitchers I would definitely defer to the individual organization correspondents for more precise info but I would be surprised to see either in the majors this year for any substantial amount of time. Maybe a late September call-up. I do believe there is decent chance that they are both up by mid-season in
    ’23 and I really like the future for both of them.

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