Each week during the Minor League Baseball season we pick the hitting and pitching prospects from each level (AAA, AA, A+, and A, with Short Season-A and Rookie league kicking off later this month) 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: Jorge Mateo, UT (Oakland Athletics #6)
Las Vegas Aviators (.424/.441/.727, 14 H, 2 HR, 4 2B, SB)
Mateo kicks things off with this week’s POTW as the 23-year-old is riding a 10 game hit streak entering play on Monday. Five of his seven games last week saw him collect multiple hits including two three hit games. He did so while playing at both middle infield positions and Mateo may be putting himself in position for a call up sooner rather than later.
— Chris Teevan (@BayAreaTeevo91) June 2, 2019
Bobby Bradley, 1B (Cleveland Indians #13)
Columbus Clippers (.310/.355/.759, 1 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI)
Jose Rojas, UT (Los Angeles Angels #28)
Salt Lake Bees (.394/.429/.879, 4 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI)
Pitcher: Adbert Alzolay, RHP (Chicago Cubs #2)
Iowa Cubs (12 IP, 17 K, 2 BB, 1 ER, 3 H)
Alzolay dazzled in both of his starts last week compiling seventeen strikeouts over twelve innings. The 24 year old went six innings in both outings allowing two hits in the first go and just one in the second. He tossed 79 pitches in both starts and the consistency Alzolay has found as of late could be a good sign for dynasty players with shares of the Cubs top pitching prospect.
— CubsHQ (@ChicagoCubsHQ) June 3, 2019
Shao-Ching Chiang, RHP (Cleveland Indians, NR)
Columbus Clippers (6 IP, W, 0 ER, 10 K, 3 BB, 2 H)
Kyle Hart, RHP (Boston Red Sox, NR)
Pawtucket Red Sox (9 IP, W, 0 ER, 5 H, 8 K in Triple-A debut)
Hitter: Forrest Wall, UT (Toronto Blue Jays #18)
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (.571/.636/1.000, 16 H, 2 HR, 6 2B, 4 SO, 4 BB)
It was quite a week for the Blue Jays number 18 prospect. 16 hits over seven games is already an impressive feat, but Wall was hitting the ball hard as half of his hits went for extra bases. The 1.636 OPS was good enough for second among all Double-A hitters.
Forrest Wall has turned into one of the best hitters in the Eastern League. Here’s a look at his line drive double (13 on the season), which extended his hitting streak to 12 games. pic.twitter.com/MJHW2D4Uz9
— Ryan D (@RyanDifrancesco) May 31, 2019
Bobby Dalbec, 3B (Boston Red Sox #2)
Portland Sea Dogs (.333/.379/.815, 4 HR, 1 2B, 9 H)
Tate Matheny, OF (Boston Red Sox, NR)
Portland Sea Dogs (.423/.444/1.000, 4 HR, 1 3B, 1 2B, 11 H)
Jake Fraley, OF (Seattle Mariners #13)
Arkansas Travlers (.440/.481/.920, 3 2B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 2 SB)
Trent Grisham, OF (Milwaukee Brewers #17)
Biloxi Shuckers (.409/.517/1.136, 5 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 6 BB)
Pitcher: Alec Bettinger, RHP (Milwaukee Brewers, NR)
Biloxi Shuckers (12 IP, 2 W, 1 ER, 15 K, 3 BB, 6 H)
A pair of six inning, three hit outings earns Bettinger Double-A pitcher of the week. He earned the W in both games and managed to strike out 15 batters over the 12 innings while tossing strikes at a 62% rate. Of the Double-A pitchers with at least 15 K’s last week, he was the only one to walk less than seven batters.
Southern League Pitcher of the Week Alec Bettinger was locked in again for the @BiloxiShuckers on Sunday: 6 IP | 3 H | 1 R | 2 BB | 9 K
Bettinger over his last 5 starts: 31 IP | 19 H | 5 R | 5 BB | 36 K pic.twitter.com/vxJpr8EYnF
— Brewers Player Dev (@BrewersPD) June 3, 2019
Alex Faedo, RHP (Detroit Tigers #5)
Erie SeaWolves (6.1 IP, W, 0 ER, 12 K, 2 BB)
Jonathan Hernandez, RHP (Texas Rangers #9)
Frisco RoughRiders (7 IP, 0 ER, 10 K, 0 BB, 3 H)
Jesse Scholtens, RHP (San Diego Padres, NR)
Amarillo Sod Poodles (7 IP, W, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K)
Jesse Scholtens turned in the finest pitching performance of the @sodpoodles season tonight AND got the win.
7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 7 K
Masterful. Then, the offense pulled it out.n
— Sam Levitt (@SammyLev) May 31, 2019
Hitter: Tyler Frost, OF (Chicago White Sox #21)
Winston-Salem Dash (.480/.500/1.040, 12 H, 3 HR, 1 3B, 3 2B)
Frost led all of High-A with 12 hits last week, seven of which went for extra base hits making him the easy choice for POTW. Frost was on fire early on as he homered in three straight games to start the week. Not only did he hit safely in each of his six contests, but five of those were multi-hit performances.
Tyler Frost, who has homered in three straight games, contributes this double for the first Dash hit of the game pic.twitter.com/Qaa8p7n4Zz
— Julie Brady (@DestroyBaseball) June 1, 2019
Trevor Larnach, OF (Minnesota Twins #5)
Fort Myers Miracle (.500/.522/.900, 10 H, 2 HR, 2 2B, 2 SO)
Pitcher: Cody Bolton, RHP (Pittsburgh Pirates #22)
Bradenton Marauders (6 IP, W, 0 ER, 1 H, 10 K, 2 BB)
Bolton punched out nearly half of the batters he faced in his lone start of the week as 10 of the 21 opposing hitters were sat down on strikes. Bolton is having a career year and last week’s performance earned him his sixth quality start of the season.
Cody Bolton…the Bucs best pitching prospect outside of Mitch Keller….went 6 tonight on a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts to lower his ERA at Bradenton to 1.81. He’s 6-3…probably soon to jump to AA..
— Tab Douglas (@fantabulous937) May 31, 2019
Brett Conine, RHP (Houston Astros NR)
Fayetteville Woodpeckers (6 IP, 0 ER, 12 K, 1 BB, 6 H)
Hitter: Will Benson, OF (Cleveland Indians #14)
Lake County Captains (.409/.500/1.000, 4 HR, 4 SB, 1 2B, 5 SO, 5 BB)
This isn’t Benson’s first four homer week, but it is his first four homer, four stolen base week. Factor in the man matched his strikeout total in walks, and this was the ultimate offensive showcase. The Atlanta native is riding a four game hit streak entering play on Monday.
Will Benson HR Update: @_thekidbilly_ has 16 HR this season in 209 PA. He hit 22 last year in 506 PA. At his current rate, Benson is on pace to hit 38 HR in 2019. The MWL record is 42 by Jeffrey Jones (Cedar Rapids, 1982).
— Andrew Luftglass (@A_Luftglass) June 3, 2019
Wander Franco, SS (Tampa Bay Rays #1)
Bowling Green Hot Rods (.474/.500/.947, 13 H, 1 HR, 2 SB)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. through June 2 as an 18-year-old in the Midwest League:
.326/.414/.488 with 4 homers, 29 RBIs, 25 BBs, 24 Ks
Wander Franco through June 2 as an 18-year-old in the Midwest League:
.326/.392/.536 with 6 homers, 25 RBIs, 22 BBs, 16 Ks.#RaysUp
— Josh Norris (@jnorris427) June 3, 2019
Pitcher: Brett Daniels, RHP (Houston Astros NR)
Quad Cities River Bandits (7.1 IP, W, 12 K, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 BB)
You have to love those dominant relievers. While most big league relievers are failed starters and we don’t see a ton of exclusive relief arms in the low levels of the minors make an impact in The Show, we are here to admire the POTW based on their past week, not their projectability. Daniels is a great example. Two strong relief appearances included a whopping 12 punch outs over just 7.1 IP makes him our Single-A pitcher of the week.
Alexis Diaz, RHP (Cincinnati Reds, NR)
Dayton Dragons (6 IP, 5 K, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 31% SwStr%)
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!