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! Welcome to the last installment of the 2020 season.
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)
.519/.567/.852, 14 H, 2 HR, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 6 R
Here he is again for the second week in a row. Hayes was a beast at the plate last week as he collected 14 hits in his 27 at bats. One of the few bright spots of the Pirates 2020 season, Hayes will be riding this momentum all offseason into what should be a starting job with the Pirates on Opening Day 2021.
Ke’Bryan Hayes went 5-for-5 last night.
The kid can hit. pic.twitter.com/zy7FvvN33s
— Pirates (@Pirates) September 27, 2020
Sam Huff, C (Texas Rangers #6)
.533/.563/1.067, 8 H, 2 HR, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 4 R
A personal favorite of mine, the 2019 Futures Game MVP racked up four extra base hits in just four games last week which included his first MLB multi homer contest. Huff had a three hit game and went for two hits twice last week as he ended the season on a six game hit streak.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) September 26, 2020
Ryan Mountcastle, 1B/OF (Baltimore Orioles #4)
.346/.370/.346, 9 H, 2 RBI, 1 R
While Hayes and Huff were mashing the ball, Mountcastle was busy piling up singles, nine of them in fact. The Orioles fourth best prospect did not eclipse 130 at bats this year and for fantasy terms will retain prospect status.
Riley Smith, RHP (Arizona Diamondback NR)
7 IP, W, 0 ER, 10 K, 0 BB, 5 H
Smith made two relief appearances last week and dazzled in both of them. He saw innings five through nine in his first trip to the mound where he struck out seven Texas Rangers and walked none. His second outing were innings eight and nine against the Colorado Rockies where he struck out three of the five batters he faced. Smith issued no free passes and goose egged his opponents on the scoreboard.
Riley Smith strikes out the side to close out the 2020 season with a WIN! 🔥
— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) September 27, 2020
Adbert Alzolay, RHP (Chicago Cubs #4)
9 IP, W, 2 ER, 15 K, 4 BB, 4 H
How about that K rate? Alzolay punched out 15 of the 33 batters he faced across his two appearances, one of which was a start, and walked just two in each. He also allowed just two earned runs over his nine frames.
Adbert Alzolay, Wicked 86mph Changeup. 👌 pic.twitter.com/OMIztWtDKG
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 27, 2020
Bryse Wilson, RHP (Atlanta Braves #6)
8 IP, W, 1 ER, 9 K, 3 BB, 8 H
Wilson got hit around a little bit in his second start that only lasted three innings, but he was able to limit the damage to just one run. His first start of the week against the Marlins is really what landed him on the list. Wilson went five shutout innings and picked up his third career big league win while striking out seven fish.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 23, 2020