Prospects of the Week: June 3 – June 9

Rico Garcia, Hartford Yard Goats vs. Binghamton Rumble Ponies (June 9, 2019) - photo credit Bill Mercey, hartford.baseball on Instagram and BillMerceyPhotos.com

Each week during the Minor League Baseball season we pick the hitting and pitching prospects from each level (AAA, AA, A+, A, and Rookie ball, with Short Season-A kicking off later this week) who, in our opinion, had the best week. You’ll see some Rookie ball names on this week’s list now that the Dominican Summer League (DOSL) has begun. 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.

Triple-A

Hitter: Dustin Peterson, OF (Detroit Tigers #26)
Toledo Mud Hens (.393/.400/.857, 11 H, 4 HR, 11 RBI)
A name that many would not have been surprised to see make this list a couple of years ago, Peterson put together a solid week for himself dropping four bombs for Toledo. While the Arizona native was much more highly touted coming through the ranks, he is still just 23-years-old and is showing the ability to hit at a pretty high level despite some struggles in a small MLB sample. I imagine Peterson will lose his prospect eligibility come September, or at least get very close to it.

Honorable Mentions:
Brent Rooker, OF (Minnesota Twins #6)
Rochester Red Wings (.458/.606/.625, 11 H, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 6 BB)

Co-Pitcher: Zac Gallen, RHP (Miami Marlins #17)
New Orleans Baby Cakes (12 IP, W, 16 K, 3 BB, 1 ER, 7 H)
He’s back and he’s still punching folks out left and right. For the second time this season Gallen earns Triple-A Pitcher of the Week honors (this time co-pitcher) thanks in large part to the K/BB ratio. The last time Gallen appeared on this series he was one of the hottest adds in fantasy. Not implying this series was entirely responsible for that… In all seriousness this week wasn’t as dominant as the last time we wrote about Gallen, but it is great to see a Marlins pitching prospect maintaining his productivity.

Co-Pitcher: Mitch Keller, RHP (Pittsburgh Pirates #1)
Indianapolis Indians (5 IP, 0 ER, 13 K, 0 BB, 1 H)
I was going to list Keller as an honorable mention and kept going back and forth between him and Gallen, so I’m just going to cheat and have co-pitchers of the week. This outing was HUGE for Keller who had an ugly debut in the show followed by a mediocre appearance after getting sent back to Triple-A. I was on the Keller hype train a couple of seasons ago and I’m still there. Capitalize on the overreaction by the fantasy community and buy low on Keller. This guy still has the potential to be a solid big leaguer for a long time. The hate that was thrown his way after four MLB innings was comical.

Double-A

Hitter: Kevin Padlo, INF (Tampa Bay Rays, NR)
Montgomery Biscuits (.450/.586/1.100, 3 HR, 4 2B, 9 H, 5 SO, 8 BB, 2 SB)
It was a tight race for Double-A hitter of the week, but ultimately the extra base hits and the insane number of walks Padlo drew led him to the honor. He also added a couple of steals to the stat line to round an impressive offensive week. The former Colorado Rockies draft pick had three multi-hit games and walked in every game except for one last week.

Honorable Mentions:
Evan White, 1B (Seattle Mariners #4)
Arkansas Travelers (.429/.448/.821, 12 H, 3 HR, 1 3B)

Khalil Lee, OF (Kansas City Royals #1)
Northwest Arkansas Naturals (.381/.536/.810, 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 9 R, 4 SB)

Pitcher: Rico Garcia, RHP (Colorado Rockies #23)
Hartford Yard Goats (12 IP, 2 W, 1 ER, 15 K, 3 BB, 3 H)
The Rockies number 23 prospect tossed two six inning outings last week, the first of which was a no hit, no walk, 13 strikeout gem. Garcia only allowed three fly ball outs and one line drive out in that start as the rest came via the strikeout or on the ground.

Honorable Mention:
Pedro Vasquez, RHP (Pittsburgh Pirates, NR)
Altoona Curve (12 IP, 2 W, 0 ER, 12 K, 1 BB)


High-A

Hitter: Mario Feliciano, C (Milwaukee Brewers #13)
Carolina Mudcats (.429/.500/1.286, 9 H, 5 HR, 1 3B, 1 2B)
Feliciano homered in four straight games, including a two homer game on June 3rd to start the week. He reached base in every game of the week and added a double in the final contest to boost his already impressive slugging percentage. The Brewers number 13 prospect did this while alternating between behind the dish defensively and as a designated hitter.

Honorable Mention:
Deon Stafford, C (Pittsburgh Pirates #28)
Bradenton Marauders (.467/.474/1.200, 7 H, 3 HR, 1 3B)

Pitcher: Miguel Yajure, RHP(New York Yankees, NR)
Tampa Tarpons (6 IP, W, 0 ER, 2 H, 10 K, 2 BB)
Unfortunately for the Florida Fire Frogs, they drew Yajure on his best start of the season. The Yankees farmhand spun a gem in which he recorded 20 swinging strikes on the day en route to posting a career high 10 K’s.

Honorable Mention:
Keylan Killgore, LHP (Philadelphia Phillies, NR)
Clearwater Threshers (3.2 IP, 2 SV, 0 ER, 9 K, 1 BB, 2 H)


Single-A

Hitter: Jonathan Guzman, SS (Philadelphia Phillies #50)
Lakewood BlueClaws (.429/.484/.464, 12 H, 5 SB, 1 2B)
Stolen bases don’t usually land you the POTW alone, but when you lead your entire classification in hits and swipe the second most bags, you’re almost always going to get considered for the weekly honor. Guzman is on a five game hit streak and the final four games of the week saw him collect multiple base knocks.

Honorable Mention:
Miles Gordon, OF (Cincinnati Reds #47)
Dayton Dragons (.423/.464/.577, 11 H, 5 SB)

Pitcher: Hector Yan, LHP (Los Angeles Angels #37)
Burlington Bees (9.1 IP, W, 17 K, 1 ER, 6 H, 4 BB)
It was just 9.1 innings and they weren’t the most efficient ones, but hey, it is hard to argue against 17 strikeouts and one earned run. Yan got the nod for two starts last week and performed fair in the first one before dominating with 12 punchouts over five frames against Clinton on Sunday. He produced a whopping 23 swinging strikes during that game.

Honorable Mention:
Osvaldo Bido, RHP (Pittsburgh Pirates #47)
Greensboro Grasshoppers (6 IP, 10 K, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB)


Rookie (Dominican Summer League)

Hitter: Fadriel Cruz, OF (Colorado Rockies, NR)
DSL Rockies (11 SB, 1 CS, .368/.586/.474, 8 R, 10 BB, 2 2B, 3 RBI)

Honorable Mention:
Albert Feliz, OF (Boston Red Sox, NR)
DSL Red Sox1 (.458/.462/1.000, 11 H, 4 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI

Pitcher: Rigoberto Borbolla, LHP (Arizona Diamondbacks, NR)
DSL D-backs2 (2 G, 1 GS, 2 W, 9 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 14 K

Honorable Mentions:
Francisco Fermin, RHP (Chicago Cubs, NR)
DSL Cubs1 (2 G, W, 8.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K)

Moises Castellanos, RHP (Boston Red Sox, NR)
DSL Red Sox1 (2 G, W, 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 12 K)

 

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!




About Jake Berry 35 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.

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