Prospects of the Week: September 19 – September 25

Riley Greene and Josh Lester, Detroit Tigers Spring Training, March 18, 2022. Photo credit Tom Hagerty/MiLB.com, lakelandlocal on Flickr

Each week during the Minor League Baseball season we pick the hitting and pitching prospects from each level 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. This week we bring you the best from Triple-A and the Double-A playoffs as the minor league season winds down for 2022. Feel free to reply in the comments with any player who deserves to be mentioned that may not have made our cut.

Any issues with this week’s POTW? Did we miss anyone deserving? Hit us up and set us straight! As always, tweet us @Prospects1500 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.

Triple-A

HITTER: Alexander Canario, OF (Cubs #14)
Iowa Cubs (5 G, .350/.480/1.000/1.480, 7 H, 2B, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R, 4 BB, 2 SB)
Canario has rocketed up prospect lists with a 2nd half that has featured his speed, athleticism, and arm in the outfield but most of all his power. Hitting .274/.390/.625 (with just a .285 BABIP), he’s amassed 20 HR in his last 250 PA with 14% BB and 23.6% K. He also swiped 17 bases in 18 attempts. The hit tool is the weakest link right now, but he’s just 22 and already in AAA. (@CubsProspector)

Honorable Mentions:
Dominic Canzone, OF (Diamondbacks #34)
Reno Aces (5 G, .400/.478/1.050/1.528, 8 H, 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI,7  R, 3 BB)
Pacific Coast League Player of the Week!
Lenyn Sosa, SS (White Sox #5)
Charlotte Knights (6 G, .440/.481/.640/1.121, 11 H, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, SB)
Connor Norby, 2B (Orioles #11)
Norfolk Tides (5 G, .370/.414/.778/1.192, 10 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB)
Josh Lester, 3B (Tigers NR)
Toledo Mud Hens (7 G, .385/.467/8.46/1.313, 10 H, 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB, SB)

PITCHER: Jose Butto, RHP (Mets #11)
Syracuse Mets (1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 11 K)
International League Player of the Week!
Butto is finishing this season on fire. In his last three starts, he has allowed just one run in 19 innings with only eight hits scattered across those frames. During this stretch, he has walked just two batters while striking out 17. Last Wednesday night the 24-year-old righty allowed just two hits and one walk in seven scoreless innings, striking out eleven batters (nine of them swinging). He is finishing off a season in which he has pitched 127 innings across the Double-A and Triple-A levels with a respectable 1.22 WHIP and 9.6 K/9.

Honorable Mentions:
Davis Daniel, RHP (Angels #16)
Salt Lake Bees (1 GS, 7.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K)
Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week!
Noah Skirrow, RHP (Phillies #36)
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (1 GS, 6 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 5 K)
Caleb Boushley, RHP (Brewers #37)
Nashville Sounds (1 GS, 6 IP, 3 H, R, 2 BB, 8 K)
Michael Plassmeyer, LHP (Phillies NR)
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (1 GS, 6 IP, 5 H, R, 0 BB, 5 K)

Double-A Playoffs

CO-HITTERS:

Jair Camargo, C (Twins #39)
Wichita Wind Surge (3 G, .538/.600/1.077/1.677, 7 H, 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, 2 BB)
Camargo is a catching prospect who came to the Twins as part of the Kenta Maeda deal many years ago. Since his arrival, he has shown flashes of light at a desolate position within the organization just waiting for someone to step up. While his results have been mixed, his past week offered a glimpse of hope. Since September 18, 2022, Camargo has batted .471 with three home runs and ten runs batted in. He also struck out only three times in nineteen plate appearances, which is something he’s needed to improve upon in order to truly make an impact. That being said, all of this is something to build upon and hopefully carry over into 2023. (@sportz_nutt51)

Yonathan Perlaza, OF (Cubs NR)
Tennessee Smokies (4 G, .500/.556/.750/1.306, 8 H, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 SB)
Perlaza’s bat took off in the 2nd half carrying the Tennessee Smokies into the playoffs, and it’s now carried them to within one win of the Southern League Championship. Over the last 3 months (306 PA), Yonathan has slashed .290/.395/.591 with 16 HR, 28 2B, 14% BB against just 22.8% K. He’s also been successful in 11 of 12 stolen base attempts. A bit of a late bloomer, Perlaza has put himself on the list of future major league contributors with a ceiling of a 2nd division starter in LF. (@CubsProspector)

Honorable Mentions:
Parker Meadows, OF (Tigers #16)
Erie SeaWolves (3 G, .462/.500/.769/1.269, 6 H, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 5 R, BB)
Chase Strumpf, 2B (Cubs #28)
Tennessee Smokies (4 G, .357/.471/.714/1.185, 5 H, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, 3 BB, SB)
Kameron Misner, OF (Rays #21)
Montgomery Biscuits (3 G, .300/.417/1.100/1.517, 3 H, 3B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB)
Kellen Strahm, OF (Rangers NR)
Frisco RoughRiders (3 G, .556/.714/1.000/1.714, 3 H, 2 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 4 R, 4 BB, SB)

PITCHER: Dax Fulton, LHP (Marlins #19)
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (1 GS, 6 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 13 K)
Playoff baseball is where you want your stars to shine and that is what the Marlins 6’7” lefty prospect did for the Blue Wahoos. Dax Fulton completed 6 shutout frames hurling 90 pitches, 60 strikes, totaling 13 strikeouts. He did not get the win as the opposing Montgomery pitchers did not give up the winning run until the 8th inning, but it was his effort that kept them in the game. Tommy John surgery in his senior year of high school made his second-round selection in the 2020 draft questionable but he has regained his form and is now one of the top left-handed prospects in the Marlins system, at just 20 years old. (@stoffer81)

Honorable Mentions:
Cody Bradford, LHP (Rangers #24)
Frisco RoughRiders (1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9K)
Thad Ward, RHP (Red Sox #25)
Portland Sea Dogs (1 GS, 4.2 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K)
Chris Clarke, RHP (Cubs NR)
Tennessee Smokies (1 GS, 6 IP, 5 H, R, BB, 7 K)
Ky Bush, LHP (Angels #3)
Rocket City Trash Pandas (1 GS, 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, BB, 7 K)

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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