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 Single-A) who, in our opinion, had the best week. The team awards the 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. Feel free to reply in the comments with any player who deserves to be mentioned that may not have made our cut.
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HITTER: David Villar, CI (Giants #29)
Sacramento River Cats (6 G, .400/.520/1.100/1.620, 8 H, 2 2B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 9 R, 5 BB)
Pacific Coast League Player of the Week!
Villar is having a very strong start to the year and is adjusting to AAA pitching quite well. His numbers were strengthened by a big game in their come-from-behind extra-inning victory over El Paso this past Wednesday. He hit a grand slam early in the contest and then the go-ahead 2-run shot in the 10th. He currently leads the team in batting average (.310), runs scored (27), home runs (12), RBI (36), and slugging (.690). Might we be seeing the Giants long term answer at the hot corner?
Words can no longer describe how good David Villar is.
— Sacramento River Cats (@RiverCats) May 14, 2022
Miguel Vargas, 3B (Dodgers #3)
Oklahoma City Dodgers (6 G, .407/.484/.667/1.151, 11 H, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 8 RBI, 8 R, 4 BB, 2 SB)
Pedro Leon, OF (Astros #1)
Sugar Land Space Cowboys (5 G, .364/.378/.955/1.303, 8 H, 2 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 6R)
Josh Lowe, OF (Rays #3)
Durham Bulls (5 G, .474/.500/1.000/1.500, 9 H, 4 2B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 SB)
PITCHER: JP Sears, LHP (Yankees #39)
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (2 GS, 9.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, BB, 14 K)
This week, Sears was very tough on Syracuse hitters, allowing only 5 base runners in his 9.1 innings (4 singles and a walk). He has been dominating AA hitters in the early going with an ERA of 0.53 and 23 strikeouts to only 1 walk in his 17 innings of work so far. He has had a short stint with the Yankees already this year and it might not be long until he is back.
The sun was searing and so was JP Sears. 🔥
5.2 IP // 2 H // 0 R // 1 BB // 6 K // 0.53 ERA pic.twitter.com/ECLhH1iJeH
— SWB RailRiders (@swbrailriders) May 15, 2022
Jackson Kowar, RHP (Royals #10)
Omaha Storm Chasers (1 GS, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 6 K)
Jared Koenig, LHP (Athletics NR)
Las Vegas Aviators (1 GS, 8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K)
Connor Thomas, LHP (Cardinals NR)
Memphis Redbirds (1 GS, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, BB, 11 K)
HITTER: Joey Wiemer, OF (Brewers #7)
Biloxi Shuckers (6 G, .417/.500/1.083/1.583, 10 H, 2B, 5 HR, 8 RBI, 8 R, 3 BB, 2 SB)
Southern League Player of the Week!
The Biloxi offense put on a power display this past weekend battering Birmingham pitchers for 11 home runs over 2 days. Wiemer definitely joined in on the fun launching 3 bombs of his own (and I mean launched). He is the most exciting prospect in the Milwaukee system right now as his raw power is truly 70 grade. If his hit tool can be even average he is going to be a monster. If he is somehow available in your dynasty league fix that immediately!
It’s hot today but @JWiems17 is hotter!
— Biloxi Shuckers (@BiloxiShuckers) May 15, 2022
Bryce Ball, 1B (Cubs NR)
Tennessee Smokies (7 G, .400/.483/.760/1.243, 10 H, 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 7 R, 4 BB)
Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (Phillies #8)
Reading Fightin Phils (6 G, .4174/.481/.875/1.356. 10 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 8 R, 3 BB)
Eastern League Player of the Week!
Kerry Carpenter, OF (Tigers NR)
Erie SeaWolves (6 G, .391/.462/.826/1.288, 9 H, 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB, SB)
PITCHER: Peyton Remy, RHP (Cubs NR)
Tennessee Smokies (1 GS, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K)
Southern League Pitcher of the Week
The 25-year-old Remy is starting to come into his own after being drafted in the seventeenth round in 2017. The signature pitch in his repertoire is his curve, which kept hitters off-balance in his recent combined no-hitter. (@The_Tom_U)
— Tennessee Smokies (@smokiesbaseball) May 12, 2022
Randy Vasquez, RHP (Yankees #20)
Somerset Patriots (1 GS, 5.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K)
Eastern League Pitcher of the Week!
Drew Parrish, LHP (Royals # 21)
Northwest Arkansas Naturals (1 GS, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K)
Texas League Pitcher of the Week!
Brayan Bello, RHP (Red Sox #6)
Portland Sea Dogs (1 GS, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K)
HITTER: Alex McGarry, 1B (Reds NR)
Dayton Dragons (6 G, .440/.500/1.080/1.580, 11 H, 3 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB)
McGarry had another strong week with 8 of his 11 hits going for extra bases, hitting home runs # 9, 10, & 11 in this series. He currently leads the Midwest League in home runs, extra-base hits, and slugging. If he can chip away at his high strikeout rate there could be something to get excited about here.
— Dayton Dragons (@DragonsBaseball) May 13, 2022
Tyler Black, 2B (Brewers #9)
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (6 G, .440/.500/.800/1.300, 11 H, 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB)
Eddys Leonard, SS (Dodgers #9)
Great Lakes Loons (6 G, .400/.464/1.040/1.504, 10 H, 4 2B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 5 R, BB)
Matt Mervis, 1B (Cubs NR)
South Bend Cubs (5 G, .571/.591/1.048/1.639, 12 H, 4 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R)
Midwest League Player of the Week!
Jacob Gonzalez, 3B (Pirates NR)
Greensboro Grasshoppers (5 G, .632/.667/1.263/1.930, 12 H, 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 8 R, 2 BB, SB)
Chad Stevens, IF (Astros NR)
Asheville Tourists (5 G, .500/.500/1.045/1.545, 11 H, 3 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 6 R, SB)
PITCHER: Bryce Miller, RHP (Mariners #23)
Everett AquaSox (2 GS, 11.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 17 K)
Bryce Miller is a name that dynasty league owners need to get on their radar. He is a 2021 4th round pick out of Texas A&M that showed up to Spring Training this year touching triple digits with his fastball. He pairs that high octane fastball with a hard mid-80’s slider but it will be the development of a viable third pitch that determines his future as a starter versus high-leverage reliever. Everett has quite the 1-2 punch going on with Miller and Adam Macko.
Bryce Miller with an ELECTRIC start:
6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 Ks
And here’s the catch…. He’s only at 82 pitches! Lowers his season ERA to 0.96
— Everett AquaSox (@EverettAquaSox) May 15, 2022
Connor Gillispie, RHP (Orioles NR)
Aberdeen IronBirds (1 G, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K)
South Atlantic Pitcher of the Week!
Royber Salinas, RHP (Braves NR)
Rome Braves (1 GS, 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, BB, 10 K)
Aaron Rozek, LHP (Twins NR)
Cedar Rapids Kernels (1 GS, 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K)
HITTER: Hao Yu Lee, 2B (Phillies #23)
Clearwater Threshers (6 G, .455/.556/1.091/1.647, 10 H, 2 2B, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 5 R, 5 BB, 2 SB)
Florida State League Player of the Week!
If you follow the Phillies system then Lee’s success might not be a secret to you. For those who don’t know him, he won’t be a secret for much longer. The 19-year-old is known for having a plus hit tool but now his power stroke is starting to show up in game. He came into this week with one home run on the season, he leaves it with five. He is young and has some development yet to do but the time is coming soon when it will be too late to add him to your dynasty league roster.
RECAP: Right-hander Jean Cabrera impressed in his season debut, and shortstop Hao Yu Lee recorded two big hits as the Threshers pushed by the Daytona Tortugas 4-2 for a second straight victory on Thursday night at BayCare Ballpark!#BaseballWithABite 🦈https://t.co/TgnQNNfktn
— Clearwater Threshers Baseball (@Threshers) May 13, 2022
Hunter Goodman, C (Rockies #23)
Fresno Grizzlies (6 G, .462/.500/.923/1.423, 12 H, 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 5 R)
California League Player of the Week!
Mikey Perez, SS (Twins NR)
Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (5 G, .444/.524/.944/1.468, 8 H, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R, 2 BB, 4 SB)
Grant McCray, OF (Giants NR)
San Jose Giants (6 G, .391/.533/.826/1.359, 9 H, 2 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 7 BB, 3 SB)
Blaze Jordan, CI (Red Sox #5)
Salem Red Sox (5 G, .455/.556/1.091/1.322, 9 H, 4 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB)
Carolina League Player of the Week!
PITCHER: David Festa, RHP (Twins NR)
Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (1 GS, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K)
Florida State League Pitcher of the Week
Festa, Jaylen Nowlin, and Hunter McMahon combined for the first nine-inning no-hitter in Fort Myers franchise history last Tuesday night, as the Mighty Mussels defeated the Palm Beach Cardinals. Festa tossed six no-hit innings, striking out a career-high 11 while walking only two. He mixed all three of his pitches (fastball, slider, and change-up) well in this outing with his fastball touching 99 mph.
— Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (@MightyMussels) May 11, 2022
Rodney Boone, LHP (Guardians NR)
Lynchburg Hillcats (1 GS, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K)
Carolina League Pitcher of the Week!
Liam Norris, LHP (Diamondbacks NR)
Visalia Rawhide (1 GS, 5.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, BB, 8 K)
California League Pitcher of the Week!
Nick Frasso, RHP (Blue Jays #42)
Dunedin Blue Jays (1 GS, 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K)
Frasso gets an honorable mention as the opener for the Dunedin pitching staff during their dominant 24 strikeout performance against Tampa this past Saturday night. He was followed by Dahian Santos (4 IP, 10 K) and Braden Scott (2 IP, 6 K).
We are not kidding! https://t.co/AXR2aVeCxc
— Dunedin Blue Jays (@DunedinBlueJays) May 15, 2022
Jeremy covers the Oakland organization and contributes on Prospects of the Week for Prospects1500. Born and raised in the Midwest, as a lifelong baseball fan he is passionate about the game from Little League to the Big Leagues. You can follow him on Twitter @JMahyfam for more baseball content.
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