Each week during the Minor League Baseball season we pick the hitting and pitching prospects from each level (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A, Low-A, and Rookie ball) 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. 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: Gilberto Celestino, OF (Minnesota Twins #11)
St. Paul Saints (6 G, .444/.500/.630, 12 H, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 7 R)
Celestino paced the way in Triple-A with a level leading 12 hits. The 22-year-old also added a dinger and a couple of doubles.
Cristian Santana, 3B (Los Angeles Dodgers #29)
Oklahoma City Dodgers (5 G, .556/.550/1.056, 10 H, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R)
Brendan Donovan, 3B (St. Louis Cardinals #23)
Memphis Redbirds (6 G, .474/.583/.842, 9 H, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 8 R)
PITCHER: Tommy Romero, RHP (Tampa Bay Rays #39)
Durham Bulls (W, 7.2 IP, 13 K, 1 BB, 2 H, 0 R)
Romero tossed a gem in his lone start last week as he struck out half of the batters he faced and didn’t allow a run en route to the W.
Well hello there Tommy Romero! It seems like the #Rays just constantly develop under-the-radar pitching prospects. Worth finding a roster spot for Romero in your leagues if you have the room! #RaysUp https://t.co/7l14zYl4zN
— Jared (@JaredCP1) September 11, 2021
Bryce Elder, RHP (Atlanta Braves #14)
Gwinnett Stripers (W, 7 IP, 13 K, 2 BB, 1 H, 0 R)
HITTER: Devin Mann, 2B (Los Angeles Dodgers #39)
Tulsa Drillers (6 G, .318/.385/1.136, 7 H, 6 HR, 12 RBI, 7 R)
Oh Mann! Seven hits usually doesn’t get you to POTW, but when six of them are homers leading to 12 RBI it sure does. He launched 2 homers in 3 consecutive games!
— Louisville Baseball Alumni Report (@Lvillebsblalum) September 12, 2021
Dominic Fletcher, OF (Arizona Diamondbacks #9)
Amarillo Sod Poodles (6 G, .458/.481/1.167, 11 H, 4 HR, 2 3B, 8 RBI, 9 R)
PITCHER: Hayden Wesneski, RHP (New York Yankees #30)
Somerset Patriots (W, 7 IP, 14 K, 1 BB, 1 H, 1 R)
Wesneski faced just one over the minimum which happened to be a solo homer, but he blew away everyone. His 14 K’s are made even more impressive by his 31% swinging-strike rate in this one.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) September 12, 2021
Jeff Lindgren, RHP (Miami Marlins NR)
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (W, 7 IP, 10 K, 0 BB, 1 H, 0 R)
Jose Quezada, RHP (San Diego Padres NR)
San Antonio Missions (3 SV, 4 IP, 8 K, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 R)
Chris Murphy, RHP (Boston Red Sox #24)
Portland Sea Dogs (W, 6 IP, 11 K, 0 BB, 2 H, 0 R)
Jordan Balazovic, RHP (Minnesota Twins #2)
Wichita Wind Surge (W, 6 IP, 5 K, 2 BB, 1 H, 0 R)
HITTER: Yainer Diaz, C (Houston Astros NR – Listed in “Next 15”)
Asheville Tourists (6 G, .480/.536/1.160, 12 H, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 10 R, 2 2B)
Diaz stuffed the stat sheet as he led all of High-A in R, RBI, and tied for the level lead in homers last week.
The Astros were high on Yainer Diaz’s hit tool when they acquired him from Cleveland in the Myles Straw trade. Diaz is slashing .384/.432/.836 with seven walks and 17 strikeouts in his first 81 plate appearances at High-A https://t.co/Yd4jnhLkUs
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) September 13, 2021
Eduardo Torrealba, SS (New York Yankees NR)
Hudson Valley Renegades (6 G, .650/.667/.900, 13 H, 1 HR, 1 3B, 1 SB)
Tyler Dearden, OF (Boston Red Sox NR)
Greenville Drive (6 G, .407/.448/1.000, 11 H, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 9 R)
Jordan Walker, 3B (St. Louis Cardinals #5)
Peoria Chiefs (5 G, .381/.458/1.000, 8 H, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 6 R, 1 SB)
PITCHER: James Marinan, RHP (Cincinnati Reds NR)
Dayton Dragons (W, 6 IP, 11 K, 2 BB, 1 H, 0 R)
This was Marinan’s High-A debut and the 6’5 righty shoved against Lake County.
-In his High A debut, James Marinan struck out 11 in 6 IP allowing a hit and 2 BBs. He was a 4th round of the Dodgers and was traded to the Reds in 2018. Marinan got a late start in 2021 and struggled with control but has been pitching better lately.#ATOBTTR
— Michael Schneider (@mikecschneider) September 11, 2021
Kai-Wei Teng, RHP (Chicago Cubs NR)
Eugene Emeralds (6 IP, 13 K, 2 BB, 3 H, 1 R)
Gavin Stone, RHP (Los Angeles Dodgers NR)
Great Lakes Loons (7 IP, 14 K, 3 BB, 3 H, 1 R)
HITTER: Alex Binelas, 3B (Milwaukee Brewers #17)
Carolina Mudcats (6 G, .458/.500/.917, 11 H, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R, 2 2B)
Binelas has been hitting extremely well since his promotion to Low-A and he continued to stand out last week with two four-hit games.
For a ninth time this season, Low-A East weekly honors are back in Carolina.
Alex Binelas blasted his way to the league’s Player of the Week award after batting .458 with 3 HR and an OPS of 1.417. pic.twitter.com/pMmFjvPr4U
— Carolina Mudcats (@CarolinaMudcats) September 13, 2021
Jordan Brewer, OF (Houston Astros #21)
Fayetteville Woodpeckers (6 G, .480/.536/1.160, 12 H, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 10 R, 2 2B)
Aaron Zavala, OF (Texas Rangers #12)
Down East Wood Ducks (6 G, .391/.517/.652, 9 H, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 7 R, 3 2B)
PITCHER: Gabe Bierman, RHP (Miami Marlins NR)
Jupiter Hammerheads (W, 5 IP, 10 K, 1 BB, 0 H, 0 R)
Bierman posted five hitless innings on his way to the win.
Emmet Sheehan, RHP (Los Angeles Dodgers #40)
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (2 G, W, 6 IP, 14 K, 2 BB, 5 H, 1 R)
HITTER: Bobby Seymour, 1B (Tampa Bay Rays NR)
FCL Rays (4 G, .538/.533/1.154, 7 H, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 4 R, 2 2B, SB)
Seymour was the Rookie Ball RBI leader last week.
Davis Tavarez, OF (Baltimore Orioles NR)
FCL Orioles Black (4 G, .526/.571/.789, 10 H, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 8 R, 2 2B, SB)
PITCHER: Will Dion, LHP (Cleveland Indians )
Lynchburg Hillcats (2 G, W, 6 IP, 14 K, 2 BB, 5 H, 1 R)
Promoted to High-A Lynchburg Monday following these two outings.
Another strong outing today for #Indians 21yr old LHP Will Dion making his 4th appearance in the Arizona Complex League.
Line – 3.0(IP) 1H 1R 0ER 1BB 5SO
— Indians Prospective (@indiansPro) September 11, 2021
Henry Nunez, RHP (Boston Red Sox NR)
FCL Red Sox (1 GS, W, 4 IP, 7 K, 1 BB, 0 H, 0 R)