WE ARE BACK! 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.
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: Jesus Sanchez, OF (Miami Marlins #7)
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (6 G, .556/.571/1.074, 15 H, 3 HR, 2 3B, 12 RBI)
The competition was fierce for Triple-A hitter of the week, but at the end of the day, Sanchez’s three bombs and 15 hits in Jacksonville’s first six games made the 23 year old our top choice. Sanchez has started the season on a six game hit streak and led all of Triple-A with 15 hits last week.
Jesus Sanchez. There’s no stopping this man right now.
— Fish On The Farm (@marlinsminors) May 9, 2021
Vidal Brujan, INF (Tampa Bay Rays #3)
Durham Bulls (6 G, .455/.571/1.000, 10 H, 4 HR, 9 RBI, SB)
PITCHER: Alek Manoah, RHP (Toronto Blue Jays #6)
Buffalo Bisons (6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K)
Manoah had never pitched above Short Season ball, but looked like he belonged, and then some, in his Triple-A debut. The Blue Jays 2019 first round draft pick K’d 12 through six innings and managed a miniscule 0.33 WHIP. Interestingly enough, while Manoah did not walk any batters, he did bean three.
Have a debut, Alek Manoah!
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) May 7, 2021
Joe Ryan, RHP (Tampa Bay Rays #14)
Durham Bulls (5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K)
HITTER: Aaron Whitefield, OF (Minnesota Twins #37)
Wichita Wind Surge (6 G, .444/.500/.815, 12 H, 2 HR, 1 3B, 2 2B, 7 RBI, 3 SB)
Whitefield made his brief MLB debut in 2020 and is making an early case to provide some OF depth at the big league level with the way he hit the ball in 2021’s Opening Week. Offensively, the Twins number 37 prospect had perhaps the most well-rounded week in Double-A as he racked up five extra base hits and three steals.
Aaron Whitefield clears the bases, a GRAND SLAM! 5-1 Wichita in the 7th inning.
— Wichita Wind Surge (Official) (@WindSurgeICT) May 7, 2021
Jose Miranda, INF (Minnesota Twins #24)
Wichita Wind Surge (6 G, .370/.414/.741, 10 H, 3 HR, 1 2B, 7 RBI)
Heliot Ramos, OF (San Francisco Giants #3)
Richmond Flying Squirrels (6 G, .417/.517/.792, 10 H, 2 HR, 3 2B, 5 RBI, 2 SB)
PITCHER: Jake Eder, LHP (Miami Marlins #47)
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 12 K)
Making your pro debut in Double-A is no easy task, even with an SEC pedigree, but Eder sure did make it look easy. He allowed just one hit over his first five innings while punching out 12.
Jake Eder has a career 36.0 K/9 ratio in his Minor League career. pic.twitter.com/rsCWdIV3sx
— Pensacola Blue Wahoos (@BlueWahoosBBall) May 6, 2021
Alec Marsh, RHP (Kansas City Royals #30)
Northwest Arkansas Naturals (5 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K)
Marsh set the bar high in his 2021 debut as he threw five hitless innings in his May 8th start. In addition to blanking the Arkansas Travelers over the course of his outing, the righty also struck out nine while generating 15 swinging and 12 looking strikes in his 85 pitches.
HITTER: Diego Rincones, OF (San Francisco Giants #21)
Eugene Emeralds (5 G, .455/.520/1.000, 10 H, 3 HR, 3 2B, 5 RBI)
Rincones is a sneaky prospect that often gets overshadowed by San Francisco’s prospect depth in the outfield, but people are definitely going to take notice of the 21 year old if he continues to hit the way he did in the opening week of 2021. Rincones had six extra base hits and reached safely in more than half of his plate appearances last week.
— SFGProspects (@SFGProspects) May 8, 2021
Liover Peguero, SS (Pittsburgh Pirates #5)
Greensboro Grasshoppers (5 G, .389/.450/.778, 7 H, 2 HR, 4 SB)
PITCHER: Luis Medina, RHP (New York Yankees #8)
Hudson Valley Renegades (2 GS, W, 9 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 15 K)
Medina is one of a handful of pitchers that got two starts last week and he impressed in both. The righty tossed nine shutout frames against Jersey Shore and proved he has some swing and miss stuff in his arsenal by striking out fifteen. Consistency was key for Medina as both of his box scores are extremely similar, a great sign out of a young pitcher.
Yankees prospect Luis Medina is showcasing some ridiculous stuff in the minors 🤮
(via pitchersnation / IG) pic.twitter.com/G0wGUr0zVI
— Talkin’ Yanks (@TalkinYanks) May 6, 2021
Brandon Williamson, LHP (Seattle Mariners #8)
Everett AquaSox (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K)
HITTER: Trevor Hauver, 2B (New York Yankees #30)
Tampa Tarpons (5 G, .556/.654/1.611, 10 H, 6 HR, 1 2B, 13 RBI, 7 BB)
The most dominant performance of Opening Week 2021 came from the Yankees 202 third round pick. The 22-year-old’s first week of professional baseball saw him hit six homers and walk seven times…in five games. Maybe Hauver is too good for Single-A, but those are still some gaudy numbers.
— Trevor Hauver (@TrevorHauver) May 9, 2021
Jhonkensy Noel, 1B (Cleveland Indians #21)
Lynchburg Hillcats (5 G, .440/.444/.960, 11 H, 3 HR, 4 2B, 11 RBI)
PITCHER: John Doxakis, LHP (Tampa Bay Rays #34)
Charleston RiverDogs (2 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 13 K)
It is hard to be much better than Doxakis was in week one of the MiLB season. The 6’4 lefty was dominant in his return to the mound as he tossed seven innings over two starts while striking out 13 and allowing just three base runners.
Jose Salvador, LHP (Los Angeles Angels NR)
Inland Empire 66ers (4.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 K)