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. Jake has this week off, so if you agree or disagree with any of these prospects of the week, let Scott 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: Jason Vosler, 3B (San Francisco Giants NR)
Sacramento River Cats (6 G, .480/.581/.920, 12 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 9 R, 6 BB)
Vosler has played in 27 games for the Giants this season, but he killed it in AAA this past week for Sacramento. 12 hits in 6 games and 13 RBI. Look for him to be back in the majors when San Francisco needs another corner infielder bat in the second half.
Stuart Fairchild, OF (Arizona Diamondbacks #16)
Reno Aces (4 G, .500/.588/1.357, 7 H, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB
PITCHER: J.P. France, RHP (Houston Astros NR)
Sugar Land Skeeters (2 GS, W, 10.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 8 BB, 18 K)
The 26-year-old France led all of Minor League Baseball with 18 strikeouts, to go along with a 1.74 ERA in 10.1 innings this past week.
A breakout arm this year in the Astros system?
Former @HailStateBB righty J.P. France.
We explain why in today’s prospect report ⬇️https://t.co/1qrV6ulQ9E
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) June 29, 2021
Dietrich Enns, LHP (Tampa Bay Rays NR)
Durham Bulls (1 GS, W, 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 12 K)
HITTER: Christopher Morel, 3B (Chicago Cubs #11)
Tennessee Smokies (6 G, .364/.462/.955, 8 H, 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 8 R, 4 BB, 2 SB)
There may not have been a hotter hitter than Morel over the last week, even though he went into the week hitting .197. He was able to raise his average 27 points in six games and tallied some solid production for Smokies baseball.
— Tennessee Smokies (@smokiesbaseball) July 5, 2021
Mason Martin, 1B (Pittsburgh Pirates #11)
Altoona Curve (5 G, .333/.400/1.111, 2 2B, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R, 1 BB)
Lorenzo Cedrola, OF (Cincinnati Reds NR)
Chattanooga Lookouts (6 G, .458/.480/.667, 11 H, 2B, 2 3B, 3 RBI, 4 R)
PITCHER: Glenn Otto, RHP (New York Yankees #45)
Somerset Patriots (1 GS, W, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 12 K)
This was not Otto’s first outstanding performance of 2021. The recently promoted to AA righty is turning a lot of heads in MiLB, even though several industry folks still perceive him to be a fringe MLB starter. He
Graham Ashcraft, RHP (Cincinnati Reds #29)
Chattanooga Lookouts (2 GS, 2 W, 11 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 7 BB, 11 K)
#Reds RHP prospect Graham Ashcraft was on his game again! The 23-year old fired 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. Between High-A and Double-A he has a 74:20 K:BB in 58.2 IP. He’s been virtually unhittable since being promoted, giving up 5 hits in 20 IP without allowing an ER. #ATOBTTR
— Michael Richards (@MPRichards1981) July 5, 2021
Adrian Martinez, RHP (San Diego Padres NR)
San Antonio Missions (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K)
Ryan Pepiot, RHP (Los Angeles Dodgers #6)
Tulsa Drillers (1 GS, 2 W, 11 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 14 K) – 7 perfect innings in 2nd start before 1 BB
Ryan Pepiot is trending up in a hurry.
Last Night: 7 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K
Season (AA): 41.2 IP, 1.73 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 11.5 BB%, 36.3 K%
— Eric Cross (@EricCross04) July 5, 2021
Max Meyer, RHP (Miami Marlins #4)
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (2 GS, W, 11 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 10K)
HITTER: Garrett Mitchell, OF (Milwaukee Brewers #1)
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (6 G, .480/.536/.880, 12 H, 2 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 12 R, 3 BB, 3 SB)
Have a week Mr. Mitchell! The Brewers’ #1 ranked prospect put a hurt on the A+ competition this past week and then was rewarded with a promotion to Double-A Biloxi. He’s definitely living up to the 1st round pick expectations.
Brewers No. 1 prospect, Garrett Mitchell has already been promoted to AA after being drafted 20th overall in 2020
He dominated High-A:
.359 AVG, 5 HR, 20 RBI, 12 SB, 1.124 OPS 🔥
— Farm To Fame (@FarmToFame_) July 5, 2021
Justin Yurchak, IF (Los Angeles Dodgers NR)
Great Lakes Loons (6 G, .542/.600/.583, 13 H (led MiLB), 2B, 5 RBI, 5 BB, SB)
PITCHER: Kenny Hernandez, LHP (Arizona Diamondbacks NR)
Hillsboro Hops (1 GS, W, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K)
Hernandez impressed in his best outing of 2021, shutting down the Eugene Emeralds over seven innings and 83 pitches. The 23-year-old was not ranked heading into 2021 on our Dbacks Top 50 prospects, but Nate Handy (@TheNeedle12) could very well be considering him for the midseason Top 50 coming soon.
Wilfredo Pereira, RHP (St. Louis Cardinals NR)
Peoria Chiefs (1 G, 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K)
Grant Wolfram, LHP (Texas Rangers NR)
Hickory Crawdads (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K)
HITTER: Curtis Mead, 2B (Tampa Bay Rays #33)
Charleston RiverDogs (6 G, .414/.452/.793, 12 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R, 2 BB, 2 SB)
How many great middle infield prospects do the Rays have? A lot of prospect followers and deep dynasty league players know all about Franco, Brujan, Walls, Edwards, etc. But who do you know that’s talking about Mead? Don’t sleep on him. This is very likely not going to be his only POTW mention this season. If you have spots in your dynasty league, claim him now.
Current rankings for @ChasRiverDogs infielder Curtis Mead in several offensive categories:
MiLB: T-2nd in doubles and T-6th in hits
Low-A East: 1st in hits and doubles, 2nd in batting average, extra-base hits and total bases and T-4th in RBI.
— Jason Kempf (@jkempradio) July 2, 2021
Marco Luciano, SS (San Francisco Giants #1)
San Jose Giants (6 G, .316/.500/1.000, 6 H, 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 5 R, 5 BB)
Marco Luciano went 3 for 5 with two HR’s (107mph EV, 99) and a 2B (94) on June 29th. pic.twitter.com/3YDEoXQ76A
— SFGProspects (@SFGProspects) July 3, 2021
TT Bowens, 1B (Baltimore Orioles NR)
Delmarva Shorebirds (6 G, .545/.630/1.045, 12 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 10 R, 4 BB)
PITCHER: Ryan Murphy, RHP (San Francisco Giants NR)
San Jose Giants (1 GS, W, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 12 K)
San Francisco’s 5th round pick in 2020 out of LeMoyne College (Syracuse, NY) has been pitching very well of late. He takes home Low-A POTW honors with a stellar one-hit, no earned runs outing at Stockton.
Matt Sauer, RHP (New York Yankees #36)
Tampa Tarpons (1 G, W, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K) – came on in relief and pitched innings 2 through 7.
HITTER: Elly De La Cruz, IF (Cincinnati Reds NR)
ACL Reds (4 G, .500/.550/.944, 9 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, BB, SB)
De La Cruz showed a little bit of everything in the first week of Rookie ball – some great contact, some power, and some speed.
Jose Salas, SS (Miami Marlins #22)
FCL Marlins (3 G, .583/.643/.750, 7 H, 2 2B, RBI, R, 2 BB, SB)
Prospects1500’s Stoffer Cochran (@stoffer81) is liking what he’s seeing after Salas tallied hits in half of his first 14 pro plate appearances. If you ask him, BUY his 1st Bowmans now!
PITCHER: Gabriel Aguilera, RHP (Cincinnati Reds NR)
ACL Reds (2 GS, 8 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 17 K)
A 64% swinging strikes percentage, 19.1 K/9, and 17.0 K/BB ratio for the 20-year-old Reds rookie leaguer.
Aaron Rozek, LHP (Minnesota Twins NR)
FCL Twins (2 G, W, 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 13 K)