In a normal year, each week during the Minor League Baseball season, Scott Greene and I would pick the hitting and pitching prospects from each level (AAA, AA, A+, A, A- (Short Season) and Rookie ball who, in our opinion, had the best week. The 2020 season is a little bit different. Even though there is no minor league action, we’re still bringing you POTW, but instead of highlighting prospects at each level, we are highlighting prospect eligible players in the majors!
As always, tweet us (@Prospects1500, @berrys_baseball and @Scotty_Ballgame) when you see a great performance that warrants a consider for Prospect of the Week. Enjoy, and make sure you’re keeping an eye out for these prospects in your dynasty leagues.
Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B (Pittsburgh Pirates #3)
.292/.370/.667, 2 HR, 3 2B, 5 RBI
Hayes got the call to the show this month and is proving that he belongs so far. Last week in particular was a good one for him as he racked up seven hits and led prospect eligible players with two home runs. He hit safely in six games on the week.
Highest SLG% by Pirates in first 17 career games
Dino Restelli, .727 – 1949
Austin Meadows, .712 – 2018
Ke’Bryan Hayes, .603 – 2020
Barry Bonds, .583 – 1986
Dick Stuart, .562 – 1958
Johnny Rizzo, .554 – 1938
Roberto Clemente, .551 – 1955
(min. 60 PA, since 1901, via @stathead)
— Joe Block (@joe_block) September 20, 2020
Alec Bohm, 3B (Philadelphia Phillies #1)
.333/.419/.481, 1 HR, 1 2B, 9 H, 1 SB
With the exception of the first game of the week, Bohm hit safely in each of his contests which also included three multi-hit games. The Phillies’ top prospect also managed four walks and stole a base. This is the last time we will see him on this list as he has now exceeded prospect eligibility.
Luis Garcia, INF (Washington Nationals #2)
.500/.500/.750, 1 HR, 2 2B, 5 R, 3 RBI
Garcia made his presence felt after collecting multiple hits in four of the seven games he appeared in. While there were some other candidates to consider, most of them had high strikeout numbers. Garcia only punched out four times last week as he did a great job of putting the ball in play.
Tanner Houck, RHP (Boston Red Sox #9)
11 IP, 2 W, 11 K, 0 ER, 3 H, 6 BB
It is hard to beat this start to a career. Houck has struck out 11 batters over his first 11 career innings and has yet to allow an earned run. He has gotten the win for the Sox in his first two career games as well.
Pitchers in MLB history who opened their careers with 2 straight starts of 5+ IP, no earned runs, no more than 2 hits allowed:
Tanner Houck, 2020
Kaz Ishii, 2002
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) September 20, 2020
Keegan Akin, LHP (Baltimore Orioles #13)
5 IP, W, 9 K, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB
Akin made the Braves lineup look foolish in his five innings of work against them. He struck out nine of the 19 hitters he faced en route to his first big league win.
Devin Williams, RHP (Milwaukee Brewers #14)
4 IP, 8 K, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB
It’s always nice to get a bullpen guy in here. Williams is dominating this season and he continued that trend last week. He struck out eight of the 14 batters he faced last week and extended his scoreless appearance streak to 18 straight outings.
Devin Williams, Airbenders and K Strut. pic.twitter.com/y3sDbvP6OT
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 20, 2020