Each week during the Minor League Baseball season we pick the hitting and pitching prospects from each level (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A, and Low-A) 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. If you agree or disagree with any of these prospects of the week, let us know! Feel free to reply in the comments with any player who deserves to be mentioned that may not have made our cut.
As always, tweet us (@Prospects1500, @BerrysBraves, and @Scotty_Ballgame) 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.
HITTER: Frank Schwindel, 1B (Oakland A’s NR)
Las Vegas Aviators (6 G, .429/.448/.857, 12 H, 3 HR, 3 2B, 8 RBI)
He’s back! Schwindel has earned his second Triple-A POTW honors this season thanks to a 12 hit, three homer performance. The 29-year-old also drove in eight runs.
Jake Burger, 3B (Chicago White Sox #13)
Charlotte Knights (6 G, .423/.464/.577, 11 H, 1 HR, 1 2B)
Virtually everyone at the top of the Triple-A leaderboards is not prospect eligible. Burger had a solid, double-digit hit week at the plate, so it felt appropriate to include the potential feel-good comeback story here.
PITCHER: Shane Baz, RHP (Tampa Bay Rays #9)
Durham Bulls (2 GS, W, 10 IP, 15 K, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 H)
It was a two-start week for Baz and while the first one was solid and generated a W, the second one was straight-up domination. The righty struck out 10 over five shutout innings and did not walk a single batter.
Congrats to Shane Baz, who has been named Triple-A East Pitcher of the Week!
Here’s all 10 strikeouts from his strong performance last night.
— Durham Bulls (@DurhamBulls) June 28, 2021
Luis Patino, RHP (Tampa Bay Rays #4)
Durham Bulls (1 GS, 5 IP, 11 K, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB)
HITTER: Mark Vientos, 3B/1B (New York Mets #7)
Binghamton Rumble Ponies (5 G, .400/.500/1.200, 8 H, 2B, 5 HR, 10 RBI)
New York’s Top 10 prospect Vientos posted a 1.700 OPS this past week. Just that in itself makes him POTW worthy. Five out of his eight hits were long balls.
— Mets Farm Report (@MetsFarmReport) June 28, 2021
Jose Miranda, INF (Minnesota Twins #24)
Wichita Wind Surge (6 G, .481/.517/.778, 13 H, 2 HR, 2 2B)
Nick Allen, SS (Oakland A’s #5)
Midland RockHounds(6 G, .480/.500/.800, 12 H, 2 HR, 1 3B, 2 SB)
PITCHER: Edward Cabrera, RHP (Miami Marlins #5)
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (1 GS, 6 IP, 9 K, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 H)
It is a small sample size, but Cabrera is really having a strong season. His most recent outing was his longest of the year as he continues to ramp up.
Odalvi Javier, RHP (Atlanta Braves NR)
Mississippi Braves (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 8 K, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 H)
HITTER: Jake Alu, UT (Washington Nationals NR)
Wilmington Blue Rocks (6 G, .448/.467/.517, 13 H, 5 SB, 2 2B)
The power numbers were not pretty for Alu, but 13 hits and five stolen bases will get your opponent’s attention as well as the Prospects1500 POTW committee’s attention.
Vinnie Pasquantino, 1B (Kansas City Royals #40)
Quad Cities River Bandits (6 G, .444/.483/.852, 12 H, 2 HR, 3B, 3 2B, 14 RBI)
Coming into tonight, Vinnie Pasquantino was hitting .354/.411/.646/1.056 with 3 HR & 16 XBH in his last 90 PA (since May 30) with a 13.3% K%. He is 2-3 with a 3B and HR #12 tonight for Quad Cities.
Feels like he’s about ready for a promotion. Just not getting challenged anymore.
— Royals Farm Report (@RoyalsFarm) June 25, 2021
PITCHER: Logan Allen, LHP (Cleveland Indians #42)
Lake County Captains (W, 6 IP, 9 K, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 H)
The Indians 2020 second round pick has been really good in Single-A this year and that trend continued with his start last week. He struck out nine of the 23 batters he faced and generated a season high 18 swinging strikes.
Taylor Varnell, LHP (Chicago White Sox #50)
Winston-Salem Dash (1 GS, W, 5 IP, 9 K, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB)
HITTER: Victor Labrada, OF (Seattle Mariners NR)
Modesto Nuts (6 G, .379/.419/.552, 11 H, 6 SB, 3B, 3 2B)
It was a monster week from Labrada. Not only did he post double-digit hits, but he also swiped six bags.
Euribiel Angeles, 3B (San Diego Padres #47)
Lake Elsinore Storm (6 G, .542/.621/.667, 13 H, 3B, 2B, 5 RBI, 5 BB)
PITCHER: Jose Salvador, LHP (Los Angeles Angels NR)
Inland Empire 66ers (1 GS, W, 7 IP, 11K, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 H)
Salvador posted his longest outing of the season and his first double-digit strikeout game since Opening Day. The Pitcher of the Week in Single-A was a tough one, but Salvador got the edge thanks to his seven frames.
#Angels prospect Jose Salvador for the Inland Empire 66ers tonight: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB’s, 11 K’s.
Here are his 11 K’s: pic.twitter.com/VoA7vvBrsx
— Angels MiLB (@AngelsMiLB) June 26, 2021
Jared Jones, RHP (Pittsburgh Pirates #20)
Bradenton Marauders (1 GS, 4 IP, 11 K, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 H)
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