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. We’re always on the lookout for candidates, so tweet us (@Prospects1500, @berrys_baseball and @Scotty_Ballgame) when you see a great performance.
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. Enjoy, and make sure you’re keeping an eye out for these prospects in your dynasty leagues.
Hitter: Luis Robert, OF (Chicago White Sox #3 Pre-Season)
Charlotte Knights (4 G, .438/.500/.938, 7 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 HBP, SF, SB)
We think it’s safe to assume Robert is comfortable in Triple-A. Fresh off his Futures Game weekend, the 21-year-old has a hit in each of his first four games since the All-Star break including a three hit, two homer debut at the level.
— Clinton Cole (@cdcole55) July 14, 2019
Alex Jackson, C (Atlanta Braves #20)
Gwinnett Stripers (3 G, .429/.429/1.143, 6 H, 1 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI)
Jackson came off of the Triple-A All Star break with a four hit, two homer game to start off the second half hot.
Alex Jackson went off yesterday, going 4-5 with 1 double, and 2 HRs. In my prospect write up, I talked about how he’s changed his physique and has been incredibly BABIP unlucky. He hits the ball as hard as anyone. Up to an .847 OPS now with 17 HRs. #Braves
— Ryan Cothran (@baldheaded1der) July 12, 2019
Jared Walsh, 1B (Los Angeles Angels #25)
Salt Lake Bees (4 G, .471/.526/1.118, 8 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI)
Pitcher: Mitch Keller, RHP (Pittsburgh Pirates #1)
Indianapolis Indians (W, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K)
Perhaps we have come to expect this from Keller as he is certainly no stranger to POTW honors. The 23-year-old got a 17% swinging strike rate in last week’s start and while he allowed more balls in the air than on the ground, he still induced weak contact for the most part.
Mitch Keller at Indy tonight – 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 Ks. Lowers his AAA ERA to 3.07.
With Brault on the IL and Taillon still a ways away, would really like to see the Pirates roll with Keller. Especially since his last MLB start was head and shoulders above the first two.
— Rum Bunter (@rumbunter) July 12, 2019
Thomas Jankins, RHP (Milwaukee Brewers, NR)
San Antonio Missions (W, 7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K)
Rogelio Armenteros, RHP (Houston Astros #21)
Round Rock Express (W, 6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K)
Hitter: Kevin Smith, 3B (Toronto Blue Jays #4)
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (4 G, .400/.389/1.267, 6 H, 1 2B, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 2 SF)
Four homers in four games for the Blue Jays preseason number four prospect. Scott Greene saw two of them Friday night in Hartford. One was an upper deck oppo shot, and the other was over everything in left.
🚨KEVIN SMITH HAS HIT YET ANOTHER HOME RUN. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.🚨
— New Hampshire Fisher Cats (@FisherCats) July 14, 2019
Kyle Lewis, OF (Seattle Mariners #8)
Arkansas Travelers (7 G, .333/.379/.815, 7 R, 9 H, 4 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI)
Yariel Gonzalez, 1B (St. Louis Cardinals #22)
Springfield Cardinals (7 G, .448/.500/.690, 13 H, 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 2 SB, only 1 SO in 32 PA)
Jo Adell, OF (Los Angeles Angels #1)
Mobile BayBears (4 G, .429/.529/1.000, 6 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, SB)
Pitcher: Nabil Crismatt, RHP (Seattle Mariners, NR preseason)
Arkansas Travelers (9 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 14 K)
I giggled when I saw the statline from this game and yes, that was just one game. Crismatt faced just one batter over the minimum in this complete game gem. He was living in the strike zone in this outing, but it clearly didn’t hurt the young righty. The big question here is, where do he slot in Joe Rush’s upcoming Mariners midseason Top 50?
Nine pitches, three punchouts.
Nabil Crismatt’s immaculate inning—aided by some strong receiving by catcher Joseph Odom—was the highlight of Wednesday’s 14-strikeout CGSO for the @ARTravs.
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) July 12, 2019
Michael Baumann, RHP (Baltimore Orioles #25)
Bowie Baysox (6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K)
Rony Garcia, RHP (New York Yankees, NR)
Trenton Thunder (8 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K)
After losing 8 of his last 10 starts, this was a huge game for Garcia. In this 108 pitch outing, 73 of them were strikes.
Hitter: Cal Raleigh, C (Seattle Mariners #16)
Modesto Nuts (6 G, .350/.480/1.100, 6 R, 7 H, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 5 BB)
Seattle’s 3rd round pick in 2018 had a tremendous week, powered by a 3-3, 2 HR, 4 RBI game on Wednesday. Back on June 7th he was hitting .223 and he’s raised his average to .261 since then. Another great week has now earned Raleigh a promotion to Double-A Arkansas.
Cal Raleigh won back-to-back-to-back Cal League Player of the Week awards. Unfortunately, that streak has to end. Why? He’s moving up to @ARTravs.
— Sam Dykstra (@SamDykstraMiLB) July 15, 2019
Yanio Perez, OF (Texas Rangers, NR)
Down East Wood Ducks (7 G, .407/.407/.815, 11 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI)
The furthest faller in our Rangers Top 50 put together a solid week and showed flashes of the upside we talked about a year ago.
Pitcher: Leo Crawford, LHP (Los Angeles Dodgers, NR)
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (2 GS, 14 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 18 K)
Crawford entered the season having dropped off Jonathan Tripp’s preseason Dodgers Top 50 list. In his 22-year-old season, he’s making a case to make it back onto the list, pitching well for High-A Rancho Cucamonga. In his first start this week he dominated through 9 complete innings, giving up only 3 hits, without walking anyone and striking out 10.
— Howard Cole (@Howard_Cole) July 10, 2019
Spencer Howard, RHP (Philadelphia Phillies #11)
Clearwater Threshers (2 GS, 9 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 14 K)
Since returning from injury, the Phillies are taking it slow with Howard and slowly building up his innings. His two games this week were 4 IP and 5 IP, and he was lights out, giving up only 1 hit and fanning 7 per game.
— BaseballBetsy⚾ (@BaseballBetsy) July 8, 2019
Kris Bubic, LHP (Kansas City Royals #15)
Wilmington Blue Rocks (1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K)
Brenan Hanifee, RHP (Baltimore Orioles #29)
Frederick Keys (2 GS, W, 16 IP, 12 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, including a 9 IP, 5 H, complete game shutout on Sunday)
Ian McKinney, LHP (Seattle Mariners, NR)
Modesto Nuts (1 GS, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K), second straight week on the POTW list.
Hitter: Connor Scott, OF (Miami Marlins #8)
Clinton Lumberkings (5 G, .524/.524/.810, 11 H, 4 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, SB)
Miami’s 1st round pick from last season hit safely in all 5 games he played in this past week, tallying at least 2 hits in each contest. He’s raised his average from .213 on June 20th to .249, as he’s currently in the middle of a 7-game hitting steak.
Connor Scott is quietly tearing the cover off the ball right now 🔥
Progress is everywhere.
— Ian Smith (@FlaSmitty) July 14, 2019
John Jones, C (Oakland A’s, NR)
Beloit Snappers (6 G, .483/.500/.552, 7 R, 14 H (most in MiLB), 2 2B, 7 RBI, including a 5-6 game last Monday)
Pitcher: Brayan Bello, RHP (Boston Red Sox #27)
Greenville Drive (1 GS, 6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 13 K)
An absolutely dominant outing! Bello was one of Scott Greene’s sleeper Sox prospects heading into 2019. Boston didn’t even start him in Short Season Lowell this year, but challenged the 20-year-old in full season Single-A. Here’s the blurb from Greene’s preseason Red Sox Top 50:
SLEEPER ALERT! Bello will likely not be on many others’ radar, so click that “watch player” option on your dynasty league’s website. He posted sick numbers last summer and was in contention for Rookie ball Pitcher Prospect of the Week of several occasions. I’m really excited to see what’s in store for the 19-year-old Dominican right-hander, although we’ll probably see him go another season in the GCL.
Well he’s not in the Gulf Coast rookie league anymore. But keep a close watch. He has had several poor outings so far and his overall ERA sits in the high 6’s.
He’s only the 17th pitcher to collect 13 or more whiffs in a Minors game this year.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 14, 2019
Ryan Wilson, LHP (Baltimore Orioles, NR)
Delmarva Shorebirds (1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K)
Daison Acosta, RHP (New York Mets, NR)
Columbia Fireflies (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K)
Luis Medina, RHP (New York Yankees #9)
Charleston River Dogs (1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K)
Hitter: Sean Reynolds, 1B (Miami Marlins #50)
Batavia Muckdogs (5 G, .467/.600/1.000, 7 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, SB)
Reynolds began the season with Single-A Clinton, but was assigned to Short Season ball on June 20th. His first 5 games with Batavia this year were this past week and he got the ball rolling again in hopes of climbing up the Marlins farm system ladder. In his first game action since June 16 he went 3-4 with 2 HR and 5 RBI vs. Lowell on Wednesday and followed that up with 4 more hits in the next 3 games.
Another home run for Muckdogs first baseman @sean___reynolds, this time a two-run shot which has given Batavia a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Reynolds’ latest blast came off the bat at 115 mph pic.twitter.com/gzReYu60le
— Alex Brasky (@AlexBraskyBDN) July 11, 2019
Chase Strumpf, 2B (Chicago Cubs, NR)
Eugene Emeralds (6 G, .435/.448/.826, 8 R, 10 H, 3 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI)
Pitcher: Zack Trageton, RHP (Tampa Bay Rays, NR)
Hudson Valley Renegades (2 GS, 2 W, 11.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
Two solid starts for the 20-year-old who may not be on many prospect ranking lists. The 6th round 2016 pick picked up two wins on the road this week in Vermont and Mahoning Valley, limiting the opposing hitters to .228 and .221 averages against respectively.
Jaison Vilera, RHP (New York Mets #22)
Brooklyn Cyclones (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K)
Adam Stauffer, RHP (Baltimore Orioles, NR)
Aberdeen Ironbirds (1 GS, 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K), but then promoted to Class-A Delmarva and tossed 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, and 4 K in his debut there.
Julio Frias, LHP (Miami Marlins, NR)
Batavia Muckdogs (2 GS, W, 11 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 10 K)
Leonardo Rodriguez, RHP (Baltimore Orioles #47)
Aberdeen Ironbirds (2 GS, 11 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 12 K)
Hitter: CJ Abrams, SS (San Diego Padres, preseason NR – midseason rank coming shortly)
AZL Padres 1 (5 G, .500/.520/.955, 11 H, 6 2B, 2 3B, 4 RBI, SF, 3 SB)
The Padres‘ 2019 1st round pick keeps hitting! His crazy slash is .446/.470/.717/1.187 after his first 20 professional games. It’ll be interesting to see if the organization promotes him to the Tri-City Dust Devils Short Season team before the end of the year. Or could they surprise us and jump him to Fort Wayne in the MWL?
CJ Abrams is yet to go hit-less in a game in his professional baseball career (20-game hitting streak to open the year). #Padres
— Nick Lee (@NickLee51) July 15, 2019
Diowill Burgos, OF (St. Louis Cardinals, NR)
DSL Cardinals Red (4 G, .583/.688/1.583, 7 H, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, SH)
Diowill Burgos 4 for 4, and the CYCLE in DSL for the Cardinals today
107 AB/ 8 💣/ 4 SB 🔥/ 20BB/ 18K/ .364avg
— Barry Baker (@barrybaker8664) July 9, 2019
Pitcher: Brandom Sanchez, LHP (New York Yankees, NR)
GCL Yankees East (1 GS, W, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 77% SwStr%!)
If you look at swinging strike percentages each week you’re usually going to find all of the highest numbers in Rookie ball. That’s just the way that stat works. Not a lot of innings pitched. Young hitters that can’t catch up to the heaters some of these youngsters are throwing. But to see one this high (77%) in 5 full innings is almost unprecedented. It was an awesome game for Brandom, but let’s keep an eye on this 19-year-old to see how he follows it up this week and next.
If there’s any player we missed who you think should be honored or mentioned as a Prospect of the Week, please comment below or hit us up on Twitter to let us know. Until next week, thanks for reading and keep prospecting!